How much does it cost to fix a car’s audio system?

I need to work on my car’s stereo, but I’m worried they’ll return to me with a huge bill. How much does it cost to fix a car audio system? Will this cost a fortune?

Matt Terzi · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
There’s nothing worse than getting to the good part in the song, only to have everything go wonky.
Car audio system repairs can vary wildly. Some will cost $10 while getting a super crazy high-end sound system with every possible bell and whistle could run you $10,000. It will boil down to what’s wrong with your audio system. And if you’re putting a new one in, it’s a question of how far you want to go.
Some of the more common types of car audio system repairs you might run into:
  • Replace the head unit: The labor costs between $75 and $200. The head unit itself can cost anywhere from $100 to $3,000. If you’re driving a newer car with an infotainment system, expect the repairs to cost more.
  • Replace a broken antenna: $100 to $300 or thereabouts
  • Replace the amplifier: $30 to $300 for the part, and $50 to $200 for labor
  • Replace a speaker (woofer or subwoofer): $50 to $500
Here’s the rub: you can replace a car stereo system entirely for around $200 to $500, while $1,000 to $3,000 will buy you a top-of-the-line system. But that’s only if your car doesn’t have a custom-built infotainment unit, which can eat up that cost. In that case, you’re looking at expenses in the $1,000 to $5,000 range.
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