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    I just brought a new Prius 2010 Trim III without NAV.

    I'd like to install a carputer. It would probably go in where the radio unit is. Do you know if the dealership does this kind of work and how much it would cost?

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      A dealership won't put anything in unless it's something they sell you.
      That means a factory nav system, which is overpriced as it is. The installation will only add to that price.

      You might try a car audio shop, but most won't do a PC. They are more likely to help with any wiring and audio upgrades you may want than the whole PC install.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



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        I'm in DC. Do you know any good quality shops that will do it (VA, MD, DC region)? It's a brand new car and I don't want anyone ripping out the dash carelessly...so hopefully its a shop with high reviews? etc.

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        • #5
          a dealer would never touch a car computer--unless toyota decides to make one..

          the best way to find out might be to start calling shops to see if they would be willing to install a carputer. the local shops near me usually don't advertise everything they sell/install, but are usually willing to work with you.
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            Might not be what you want to hear, but as far as I know there are not any shops near DC doing car PCs. Your best bet would probably be to come to an area meet and get some ideas or see if you can convince the local guys work work with you on one.

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              Years ago I went to a local shop and asked how much for a carpc on my M35? It would range from 3K to 7K, using the stock screen via vga-to-composite (3k just that screen, 7k would add focal speakers, JL amps/sub with enclosure and two headrest screens). Computer would be a via C7 or something like that. Extra screens would involve fabrication, then it would get much more than that.

              My own contraption ended up costing a fraction of all that, with a much more powerful computer and I learned a lot to boot.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by mwok86 View Post
                I'm in DC. Do you know any good quality shops that will do it (VA, MD, DC region)? It's a brand new car and I don't want anyone ripping out the dash carelessly...so hopefully its a shop with high reviews? etc.
                Its a little bit of a drive (near baltimore i believe), but these guys could do it for you easy:

                http://www.westminsterspeed.com/

                there demo car from our AFKFest last year:

                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/mp3c...r-afkfest.html

                and since your in the DC Metro check out the link in my sig and come out to the next meet!
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                  I looked at their site and I don't see them installing carputers as a service? If I take my Prius there, do they have to order the parts?

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                    Originally posted by mwok86 View Post
                    I looked at their site and I don't see them installing carputers as a service? If I take my Prius there, do they have to order the parts?
                    they do custom work, its not going to be on the website simply because you cant really quote something like that over the phone. And i'm all but positive they would have to order parts. Most of the stuff we use isnt over the counter type stuff.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
                      they do custom work, its not going to be on the website simply because you cant really quote something like that over the phone. And i'm all but positive they would have to order parts. Most of the stuff we use isnt over the counter type stuff.
                      Depends who's counter you use

                      I still think you should do it yourself. You'll save money, have a better working knowledge of it, and will be confident to work on it should something go wrong.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mwok86 View Post
                        I looked at their site and I don't see them installing carputers as a service? If I take my Prius there, do they have to order the parts?
                        I went to 3 local shops, two of them never did a carputer, but they were very excited to try it. So yeah, if you have the money, they will do it. Jusk ask a lot about post install support. Say one year from now your HD goes bad, how easy would it be for you to replace it (or how much it would cost), install everything, and deal with licenses for the installed software and stuff (and configure it)?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
                          I went to 3 local shops, two of them never did a carputer, but they were very excited to try it. So yeah, if you have the money, they will do it. Jusk ask a lot about post install support. Say one year from now your HD goes bad, how easy would it be for you to replace it (or how much it would cost), install everything, and deal with licenses for the installed software and stuff (and configure it)?
                          Those are VERY good questions and suggestions if you're having a shop do the install!
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                            It'll cost you about $500 in gas each way to drive to my place and I'll do it for you! For an extra fee.
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