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How to Find a Car Radio Code
How to unlock a car radio code for free
Some car radios come with an anti-theft feature that kicks in whenever they lose battery power. This feature typically locks the unit up until the correct car radio code is entered. The code is almost always specific to not only the make and model of the radio, but also to that specific unit.
- The make, model and year of the vehicle
- The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle
- The brand, serial number and part number of the radio
In order to obtain the brand, serial number, and part number of your radio, you will typically have to remove it. If you’re uncomfortable with removing and installing a car stereo, you may be better off just taking your vehicle to a local dealer and asking them to reset the radio for you.
At this point, you have three main options available. You can contact a local dealer and talk to their service department, go directly to the website of the automaker that manufactured your vehicle, or rely on free or paid online resources and databases.
Official OEM Car Radio Code Sources
After you’ve gathered all of the relevant information about your car and your radio, you can use the following table of popular vehicle manufacturers to either locate a local dealer or the official online car radio code request site.
|OEM||Dealer Locator||Online Code Request|
There is a chance that you will be able to obtain the code over the phone, but you may need to make an appointment to actually visit the dealership. You also have the option to just take your car straight to the dealer, where they will figure out the serial number of the radio and input the code for you.
If the manufacturer that built your vehicle offers online code lookup, you will typically have to enter information like your VIN, the serial number of the radio, and contact information like your phone number and email. The code may then be emailed to you for your records.
Official Head Unit Manufacturer Code Request
In addition to local dealers and OEM online code request services, you may also be able to obtain your car radio code from the company that actually built the head unit. Some examples of head unit manufacturers that can provide car radio codes include:
|Head Unit Manufacturer||Offline Customer Service||Online Code Request|
|Grundig||(248)813-2000||Yes (fax online form)|
Every head manufacturer has its on policy in regards to car radio codes. In some cases, they can help you with any “personal” codes that may have been set by a previous owner, but they will direct you to the vehicle OEM for a “factory” code.
In other cases, they may require some type of proof of ownership to ensure that the head unit isn’t stolen. Unlike vehicle OEMs, head unit manufacturers typically charge a lookup fee to find a car radio code.
Other Sources, Including Online Code Lookup Services and Databases
If the manufacturer of your vehicle doesn’t have an online code request service and you prefer using an online resource to contacting a local dealer, there are both free and paid databases that may be helpful.
Another option is to contact a car audio installer in your area. Since they deal with this type of situation all the time, some car audio installers pay for access to car radio code databases. Keep in mind that since they have to pay for the information, they will typically charge a fee for this type of service.
Exercise caution when using any site that promises free access to car radio codes, especially if the site asks for your credit card details. There are legitimate sites out there that offer this type of service, but there’s always a chance of contracting malware from a malicious site or falling prey to a scammer.