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Satellite Radio In-Vehicle FAQs

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎07-18-2013 03:27 PM - edited on ‎08-07-2015 10:31 AM by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist (7,119 Views)

What is satellite radio?


Satellite radio is radio that provides a wealth of news, weather and entertainment stations, including commercial-free music. Because it is produced via an analog or digital radio signal through one or more satellites, satellite radio allows for a much wider geographical reception area than ordinary AM or FM radio.


What is SiriusXM?


SiriusXM radio is America's satellite radio company that delivers subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather. Satellite radio is available in your home, in your car, and even on portable radios.

How can I find out whether my vehicle has SiriusXM?


To see if your vehicle already has Sirius or XM built in, press the AUX or SAT band button on your radio controls to scroll through the radio bands. If the service is activated, you can use your radio controls to scan through all of the channels. If your service is not activated, you will only have a limited number of channels available. To activate, visit or call SiriusXM toll-free at 1-866-635-8634.

How will I know if I'm eligible for a free vehicle SiriusXM trial?


Most new and select pre-owned vehicles equipped with SiriusXM offer some complimentary services. To find out if your car comes with a trial, check any in-vehicle materials, or ask your dealer for details. You can also visit SiriusXM's page here to see if your vehicle qualifies. Be prepared to have your vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) handy.

What if I want SiriusXM in more than one vehicle?


There are a number of ways to get SiriusXM in an additional car. Your car or truck may already be equipped with satellite radio, in which case you can sign up for an additional subscription. If your vehicle doesn't already have satellite radio, you'll need to add a radio. Sirius offers a portable option as well as dock-and-play radios that easily move from car-to-car and car-to-home. You may also be eligible for a discount on your second through fourth subscriptions.

Can I get SiriusXM radio in my leased car?


Yes. Many new vehicles whether leased or purchased come equipped with SiriusXM and offer some level of complimentary service. Check with your dealer to see if you are eligible for a trial.

If I buy or lease a car, can I transfer my subscription to my new vehicle?


Yes. On most plans you can transfer a subscription to another radio. If, however, you have a lifetime subscription associated with an automotive receiver, it will not be transferrable unless the receiver was stolen or is defective. A complimentary or trial subscription cannot be transferred.

How do I activate SiriusXM in a used or certified pre-owned vehicle?


If your pre-owned vehicle is already equipped with SiriusXM, activate it by visiting SiriusXM's website.

What does it mean if my vehicle is Sirius- or XM-ready?


If your vehicle is Sirius- or XM-ready, it was equipped at the factory with a radio to receive Sirius or XM satellite radio. But you may still need an antenna or a Sirius or XM tuner installed. Contact your car dealer for more details.

My vehicle doesn't have SiriusXM. How can I add it?


SiriusXM offers a range of in-vehicle solutions, including a truly portable option as well as dock-and-play radios that can be moved from car to home.

How do I install SiriusXM in my vehicle?


Step-by-step instructions for installing most satellite radios are available at Simply select your specific model of radio for detailed instructions.

Where should I mount my radio in my vehicle?


Placement of your radio really depends on the type of radio and your vehicle. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the radio's user manual.

I installed SiriusXM and listen over my FM radio. Does the FM frequency I select affect my audio performance?


The FM frequency selected can affect your sound. Some frequencies work better than others, depending on your location. To find the FM channel that works best in your area, visit

Can I use a previously installed dock and antenna to receive SiriusXM?


Using a previously installed dock and antenna with satellite radio service will depend on the make and model of the radio and if it's compatible with that particular dock and antenna. Refer to the radio's user manual or visit for more information.


If I rent a car, can I get SiriusXM?


SirusXM is available in Hertz, Avis and Budget car rentals in select areas of the country.