Choosing the right installer for your car seat upgrade or replacement can feel overwhelming. You're probably wondering whether to go to the dealership, a car audio shop, a body shop, or to attempt a DIY installation. In this guide, we'll break down the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision.

DIY Installations - The Most Common Choice

According to our data, 92% of our customers opt for a DIY Seat Swap. Our team is always on standby to provide general guidance and ensure that you're adequately prepared for your seat installation. 

Dealership Installations - Rarely Recommended

Although dealerships are experts in brand-specific vehicle parts and service, they are often not the best choice for seat swaps. They can quote inflated prices or may even refuse the job, citing liability issues when it's actually unwillingness to handle third-party components.

Dealers are mostly interested in selling their own parts and are generally more expensive than other options for the same quality of work. For example, one of our customers was quoted almost $9,000 for powered seat installation in his Ford Focus. In contrast, a car audio shop did the same job for $120 in under 90 minutes.

Body Shop - The DIY Alternative

If you're not comfortable with DIY but still want an affordable option, a body shop is your best bet. They are excellent for straightforward swaps requiring minimal electrical work. For example, replacing 2016 F250 seats in a '99-'07 style F-250 would be a suitable task for a body shop.

For more customized needs, consider our premium custom seat builds.

Car Audio Shop - Electrical Specialists

If your seat swap involves complex electrical work like heating or cooling functions, then a car audio shop is the way to go. They have the specialized skills needed for such advanced installations. For more complicated setups, such as adding heated & cooled seats, these are the experts you'll want to consult.

If you have a specific request for a seat or console that we don't have in stock, you can submit it through our request service.

For any more questions or to start your seat swap process, please contact us.