By Mr Retail
Nu Image Audio in Salina, Kansas submitted an interesting build to us recently. The shop had a client with a 2020 Dodge Journey stop by who wanted wireless CarPlay and Android Auto installed in their vehicle. When TC, the shop owner, showed how the radio was going to be placed lower in the dash, the client didn’t like it….at all. But, instead of giving up and throwing in the towel, Nu Image Audio got creative.
While the client was there, the topic of the required touchscreen to control the climate control system became an important discussion. The vehicle owner was willing to have the climate controller installed in an inconspicuous spot if the radio could be mounted high up in the dash. OK, first obstacle overcome. The next obstacle was going to be the limited depth of the dash opening where the new screen was supposed to go. The install team removed the screen from the Kenwood deck and flipped the case sideways so it could fit behind the screen. A filler panel was made to go below the screen with a Journey logo affixed to the front of it.
In the glove box, Nu Image made a custom mount to hold the climate controller and shifted it all the way to the left so it would be more easily accessible. As you can see in the final images, the new unit looked great in the upper dash. I can tell you that I would have never thought of it as I would have assumed the client would never have agreed to move the climate controls to the glove box area. So, TC and his team should be commended for not taking their own thinking and applying it to the customer. They let their client know the options and make the decision.
About Mr Retail
Mr Retail will be offering opinions and information on car audio retailing for CEoutlook. He wishes to remain anonymous. He has owned a retail store in this country for over 20 years now. Mr Retail loves what he does and loves the 12 volt industry and is happy to share his hard won expertise.