The backup camera is a handy piece of automotive equipment that's getting increasingly popular these days. Although you're probably most familiar with these cameras in terms of gear that comes installed on a new car, backup cameras can actually be installed in a much wider range of vehicles.
Backup cameras take a lot of the guesswork out of tricky driving situations that could lead to bumps, fender benders, and more serious
rel=nofollow>accidents. If you're interested in adding this functionality to your car, there are aftermarket camera kits that can get the job done cheaply and effectively.
Surprisingly, even if you're buying a brand new car, you might want to consider saying no to the optional backup camera being offered by your dealer. You can often get a better deal - in multiple ways - by using aftermarket equipment. Here are two important points to consider:
1) Quality Actually Favors Aftermarket Cameras
Like any aftermarket accessory, you're probably worried about meeting the quality of factory-installed equipment when you shop for an aftermarket camera. It's important to bear in mind that factory-installed and dealer-sold aren't the same thing! When it comes to backup cameras, what's often happening is that a very cheap camera is being installed on the new vehicle onsite so that the dealer can charge a stiff premium. When this is the case, you can actually get much better equipment - a clearer, more durable camera and better electronics - by going with an aftermarket kit. Trusting the installation to a mechanic of your own choice also represents a better option, as camera installations at dealerships usually stress speed over other concerns - like quality of workmanship.
"Gosh," you may be thinking, "a backup camera is an awfully high-tech gadget! My dealer is going to charge me thousands of dollars for it. How much more expensive would it be to install a camera of my own?" The answer to that question is that an aftermarket backup camera is not a cent more expensive than a dealer-installed one. In most cases, it actually costs you significantly less. As noted above, dealers tend to use very cheap equipment on extras like backup cameras. They take things further by including outrageous profit margins. Once you start looking at the market for aftermarket camera kits, you'll see that you can actually save a significant amount of money by buying a camera on your own. In most cases the difference is so great that you'll still be spending less for an aftermarket camera even after you factor in the cost of professional installation.