There are times when a deal can be too good to be true. It’s a great price and it is in stock so the temptation is strong. But then you discover that the retailer you are considering is not an authorized retailer for that product or brand. “What difference does that make” you might ask? When it comes to mobile electronics, the truth is it can make all the difference in the world.
Here are four important reasons to make sure you’re buying from an authorized dealer.
Authorized retailers know about what they are selling.
Do you know the difference between the $99 set of speakers and that $199 pair? They know. How about whether they are a good fit for your listening tastes? Will they handle the amount of power you will be throwing at them? They know that too. Wondering which pair will fit in your door panel without requiring modifications? They even know that. Are you starting to get the idea? Authorized dealers know much more about their product than just the specs printed on the box.
You know you will get a warranty
Most manufacturers require an original receipt from an authorized dealer to cover a repair or exchange under warranty. Even if a second-hand seller provides you with the original receipt, there are no guarantees – how do you know your new-to-you amplifier wasn’t damaged by a prior faulty installation? Service centers can identify electrical damage due to improper use and will often deny warranty coverage. When you buy from an authorized retailer, you can rest assured that the manufacturer will stand behind your purchase.
They have access to factory tech support
Imagine this: you finally get your new head unit installed. You plug in your smartphone to crank some tunes, and… Nothing. It won’t even connect! Would you rather spend all day searching the internet for a fix on your own, or a few minutes on the phone with your authorized dealer? In most cases, an authorized retailer will have the answer immediately, but if they don’t know, they will have a direct line to the manufacturer who will be able to solve the problem quickly.
You know you will get real goods and not knock-offs
Do you regret buying that set of Alfine or JDL speakers out of the back of a white van? Worried that the subwoofer you order might turn out to be a box full of bricks? There are people making a living by selling imitation electronics gear to unsuspecting consumers. How? Because to the untrained eye it is very difficult to tell what you’re buying. It sometimes looks good until you get it installed and then you find out that it doesn’t work or performs way below your expectations. The only way to know you are getting the real deal is to buy from an authorized dealer.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but keeping these four key reasons in mind will make sure you have the best mobile electronics experience from beginning to end. The best “deal” is not always the cheapest price. When you spend your hard-earned money only to get something different from you expected, the feeling can be downright nauseating. Always buy from an authorized retailer and you will always have the peace-of-mind that you are getting the best value.
Extreme Audio is an authorized retailer for every brand that we sell. You can count on getting the right product, a full warranty, tech support when you need it and of course, genuine products every time you make a purchase from us. Stop in and allow us to show you around.