Technology FAQ's

We'll happily offer a refund or exchange within 28 days of purchase, provided that you return it to us in its original and unused condition. Take a look at our Delivery & Returns page for more info.

Yes it's a good idea to update your sat nav every 3-6 months to ensure you have all the new roads on your device. If you need any help with the process, take a look at our guide to updating sat navs, or pop into your local store and we'll be happy to explain the process.

What Does Digital Radio Switchover Mean for Cars?

As the main form of entertainment for motorists, it's important to stay in the loop when it comes to DAB radio. Luckily, Halfords have got you covered!

Why do we need a digital switchover for radio?

DAB is set to replace analogue radio, or FM, at some point in the future. Similar to the TV switchover in 2012, switching to digital broadcasting will open up more space on the airwaves and offer a greater choice of stations to listen to. It's proposed that all national stations make the jump to DAB, although there will be a few local stations that will remain on FM. AM services will either move to FM or digital.

Why should I get a digital radio in my car?

DAB radio gives you your existing stations plus many more. As well as extra stations, you'll get improved functionality, clearer reception and easier tuning. Take a look at our guide to DAB radio to find out more.

When is the switchover happening?

Although originally planned to take place around 2015, there is now no set date for the digital radio switchover to happen. Instead, the government have set certain criteria that need to be met before the switchover can be planned. Those criteria are:

  • 50% of all radio listening must be digital
  • National DAB coverage matches FM coverage
  • Local DAB reaches 90% of the population

If current rates continue we're projected to hit these criteria towards the end of the decade, meaning the earliest a switchover could take place would be 2020.

How can I get digital radio in my car?

All cars can be converted to receive digital radio if they don't already. One way to do this is with a DAB adaptor - a device that attaches to the dashboard, letting you play DAB through your system. Another way is to fit a new radio that can receive DAB. They often come with lots of extra features too, such as aux-in and Bluetooth. Don't forget that you might need a DAB antenna if the adaptor or radio you have doesn't come with one.

Remember, we can fit your radio for you - just get in touch with your local store and ask!

What does the digital radio tick mark mean?

A radio with the digital radio tick mark tells you that the radio you're buying is an approved product which is future-ready. Radios with this mark can receive FM, DAB, and DAB+, which is a technology standard being adopted across Europe.

So there you have it! Now you're in the know, take a look at our range of DAB car radios and join a new world of stations!


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If you've bought or are thinking about buying a dash cam, then you may need to buy an additional micro SD card if the dash cam doesn't come with one as part of a bundle. The following recommendations make it easier to choose the right one.

If you still aren't sure which features you want from your MicroSD card, then check out our MicroSD Card Buyer's Guide, or ask one of our colleagues at your local Halfords store. We'll be happy to help!

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In order to keep your satellite navigation unit in tip-top working order, it's recommended that you update your unit as often as possible. This makes sure that it has the most up to date system and mapping information available. In order to do this, you would may need to connect your device to your PC or Mac or you may be able to do via Wi-Fi or a wireless network. Please follow the individual product information provided with your device.

  

You'll need to register your device either on the unit itself (if built-in WiFi) or by connecting it to a computer to activate the Lifetime maps. To download the latest version, reconnect to WiFi or computer and the device will automatically find the latest version of the maps. Please refer to your instruction manual.

Some vehicle manufacturers or independent retailers have warranties which become void after the fitting of aftermarket stereos, or the hardwiring of dashcams or sat nav units. We'd recommend that you should check the Terms and Conditions of your warranty prior to having any such work carried out. It may be that the retailer or dealership you bought the vehicle from would have a list of approved dealerships for such installations. It's up to you where you decide to go, and we'd be happy to help should you choose us.