How to Get Sirius Satellite Car Radio

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Sirius satellite radio is a subscription service that offers well over 100 stations of music, talk, sports and entertainment. Sirius differs significantly from so-called terrestrial radio because it offers uncut, uncensored material that you can pick up from anywhere in North America. Getting a Sirius satellite car radio is relatively easy, and it can be done in a number of ways.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite car radio receiver and antenna
  • Subscription to Sirius satellite radio service

Get a Sirius Satellite Car Radio

Step 1

Decide which type of Sirius receiver you want to put in your car. For instance, you can choose an add-on receiver that uses an FM adapter to get the signal from the satellite using an existing frequency. These receivers can be installed on your dashboard through the use of Velcro or suction cups, and they are available from many local and online retail outlets.

Step 2

Choose an in-dash unit that replaces your existing audio system. Many of these units also include functions for playing CDs, cassettes or even regular radio stations. This type of satellite car radio is available from most electronic retailers or car stereo stores and can be installed by professionals.

Step 3

Buy a new car that offers the Sirius satellite car radio option. A majority of new-car dealers now offers the service, and you may be able to find a deal where the subscription costs for the first year are included.

Step 4

Log onto the official Sirius website to purchase car radio receivers and accessories directly from the company (see Resources Below). From the website, you will be able to find program directories, product specials and the latest news concerning Sirius satellite radio.

Step 5

Use the website to activate your subscription. Your unit will have a specific code that you enter, and then you will be able to pay for a wide variety of services and subscription plans. You will also be able to activate your account over the phone, using the toll-free number that is available on the website as well as in the owner's manual of your receiver.

Tips & Warnings

  • When mounting the antenna on the exterior of your car, find a location that is at or near the highest point of your vehicle to get the best reception.