How many watts is my factory car stereo?

I want to upgrade my car stereo. I’m not sure if what I’m looking at is better or worse than my current stereo. How many watts is a factory car stereo?

Answer
It’s smart to research this before upgrading, as you don’t want to upgrade to something worse by mistake!
Generally speaking, the average factory car stereo is about 8 to 12 watts. An upgraded stereo is typically more wattage, averaging 25 to 50 watts.
If you are seriously considering upgrading, you should first have your battery’s power checked. You’ll want to make sure it can handle the additional wattage that an aftermarket stereo would output. If your battery is older, you may also need a replacement, as battery life tends to decline after five years.
Should you decide to upgrade your stereo, make sure your car insurance will cover your new sound system with Jerry.
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Will Baldwin
Answered on Jan 14, 2022
Will Baldwin is a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism with three years of experience writing and freelancing for multiple publications including The Globe and Mail. With a deep interest in geography, economics, and politics, he has come to be extremely interested in the relationship of personal finances and culture with the auto industry as one of the forefronts of his interest. When not writing, he’s an avid sports fan who splits his time between watching too much basketball and having his heartbroken by the New Orleans Saints. Will is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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