It’s the worst when you’re reversing out of your garage and the kids are screaming, your junk is blocking part of your view and you just can’t see what’s behind you!
A backup camera and monitor are safe, effective and easy on the eyes when reversing; we all know that. But what are the differences and which backup cameras are best for you and your vehicle?
Here are four ways to integrate a backup camera and monitor into your vehicle.
1. Factory monitor.
Typically with a factory monitor, you will need an interface to integrate the camera into a factory monitor as well as the camera. Some, like select Dodge and Toyota vehicles, have the ability to add a factory-specific camera that doesn’t need an interface, which saves you money.
2. Standalone monitor.
Some vehicles have features made into the rearview mirror or factory radios that can’t be integrated with or removed. In that case, it is possible to add a stand alone monitor usually 3.5″-10″ in size, as well as the camera itself. Technology has come a long way lately, giving us the ability to have a camera displayed on your Android smartphone that triggers automatically when the car is shifted to reverse. How sweet it that?
3. Rearview mirror monitor.
Rearview mirrors have previously had a standard mirror mount across the major brands. For most vehicles, it’s as easy as removing the old mirror and replacing it with a high-quality mirror with a small monitor on the driver’s side. Some vehicles will need spacers or adapters in addition to the mirror, depending on the factory mount. If this option is available to you, there is an upgraded model in stock that will add touchscreen navigation as well as Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls.
4. Replacement radio with touch screen monitor.
We all either know someone who has had to replace a factory radio, or we’ve done it for ourselves—whether it’s a bad disc drive, more features, better sound quality, style, or whatever other reason. The touchscreen radio replacement only allows for a larger viewing display for the backup camera centrally located in the middle of the dash. The camera image will automatically appear on the screen when the vehicle is in reverse, and in some cases, it can be wired for viewing while in park or drive. This upgrade is normally done at a higher cost than the previous options, but it offers several extra benefits than camera integration alone.
Stop by today to speak with one of our professionals about which option is best for you!