SilentCar Is Silent.
November 10, 2012 6:08 PM Subscribe
Used car came with a stereo, but no head unit. What should I do?
posted by Sara C. to technology (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Welcome to the ongoing saga of Sara C. purchasing a car.
I did something very stupid when I bought my used car (a '97 Honda Civic hatchback, for the curious). I noticed that it had an aftermarket stereo installed, and during the test drive I noticed that there was no front control panel thingie.
I stupidly assumed they'd give me that piece when they gave me the keys, the title, etc. But I didn't bring it up, because I am apparently an idiot. And also because I had way more important things on my mind, like whether the car actually worked as a car, not as a traveling music box.
When we did the key hand-off, I asked, "Where's the front thing for the stereo?" and the seller said, "I don't have it." No offer to retrieve it from home for me, no profession of "oh, no, I forgot to bring it!" Just "do not have."
So now I own this silent car. What do I do?
Firstly, A) I am paranoid that this means the car is stolen. I mean, if you go to the trouble of installing a sweet stereo in your car, how do you lose the head unit? (I have the title to the car, and a bill of sale, so I think it's OK? But????)
Secondly, B) I really don't want to drive around in silence. What are my options, here? Am I going to have to completely replace the stereo? Just buy a new front panel? Do I have to get one that matches the brand of the stereo, or will any old thing do? I see a lot of cheapy cheapo brand STUFF on Amazon for like $30-50. Will that do? I have no desire to do anything fancy with the audio. Even just a radio would be fine. I don't need to be able to take it out and carry it with me. I really don't care. I just want TUNES, bro.
Thirdly, C) What is the correct name for this piece I'm missing. It's hard to see what to order online when I don't know whether I'm looking for a receiver, a head unit, or what.
I don't have a ton of money for this. Is there a worthwhile way of rigging up my iPhone to play music in the car, until I have the extra cash for frivolous things like car stereo tweaking? It feels weird and wrong to listen to headphones in the car, especially a 15 year old car I just bought.