Automotive & GPS

Great deals on auto accessories

On Black Friday, you'll find great deals on a wide range of automotive accessories, including everything from car stereos to GPS units. While many major retailers with automotive departments offer well-publicized Black Friday sales, independently-owned stores and specialty shops typically hold sales as well, in an effort to keep up with their big-box competitors.

If you're going shopping for a new car stereo, anti-theft device or GPS system, you should always do your research before heading to the store. It's a better idea to arrive with an idea of what you're looking for than to try to make a choice while fighting the crowds on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday Shopping: Automotive Product Categories

Here's a closer look at the major automotive product categories, and where you're most likely to find the best Black Friday bargains:

  • Accessories. This broad category includes everything from spare tires and seat covers to window tints and maintenance products. Many major department stores, such as Target, Walmart, Sears, and many others, have in-house automotive sections. If you're heading to a department store as part of your Black Friday shopping, you can avoid making another stop by checking out the auto aisle for common and popular accessories. However, if you are purchasing items such as snow tires or modification accessories, you're better off shopping with a specialized retailer.
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  • Car stereos. Aftermarket stereos are a major part of the automotive industry, and car stereo manufacturers offer a growing range of unique options with features including HD playback, satellite radio, hands-free calling support, built-in GPS features, and more. Also, if you're looking to upgrade your speaker system, Black Friday is a great time to go shopping, as you can enjoy significant discounts on premium, state-of-the-art auto sound systems that bring professional, concert-quality sound into your vehicle. Make sure, though, that the advertised price includes installation.
  • Anti-theft systems. Auto theft continues to be an attractive criminal pursuit, but car owners can fight back in more ways than ever before. Some of the options on the market include car alarms, vehicle immobilizers, and specialized tracking systems that report your vehicle's location to the police if an unauthorized person drives your car away. Remember that investing in an anti-theft system can make good financial sense, as you may qualify for reduced auto insurance premiums if you install a proven anti-theft device made by a trusted manufacturer.
  • GPS units. With an automotive GPS unit, you'll never get lost again no matter where on the road you may venture. While many newer cars come with built-in GPS technology, these auto accessories are indispensable additions to older vehicles. Though they tend not to be very expensive, you can still find a great deal on a top-of-the-line GPS unit on Black Friday.

No matter where you shop on Black Friday, you can expect that crowds will be much larger than usual. For the best selection, plan to arrive early, and be sure to check with the store beforehand to see if they are offering extended holiday shopping hours. Many retailers open earlier than usual on Black Friday to meet consumer demand.

As a final word of advice, be sure to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the store's return and exchange policy before you make your purchase. Some items may be subject to restrictions and limitations on returns and exchanges, while others may only be brought back to the store if they are unopened and in their original packaging. If you custom-order an item, the retailer is unlikely to accept returns or exchanges of any kind.