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Buying Satellite Radio and FAQs

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎07-18-2013 03:27 PM - edited on ‎03-25-2020 12:37 PM by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist (13,254 Views)

Enhance Your Drive
Listen to your favorite music, stay tuned for every minute of the game, or follow the biggest names in talk radio, all from behind the wheel. Satellite radio is different than your local stations, as it gives you access to commercial-free stations from anywhere in the United States, and requires a monthly subscription. Plus, you can integrate satellite radio into your home audio setup, with a satellite receiver that lets you listen through your home stereo. Whether you prefer news, sports, talk radio, comedy or music, satellite radio has the options you want around the clock.


Get Started
In order to access satellite radio, you'll need a car stereo receiver that's equipped with satellite radio capabilities. These receivers often offer additional features like GPS navigation, hands-free calling and a streaming feature, so you can listen to radio apps or your music library from your smartphone. When you're choosing a portable satellite radio, you can select between XM radio, Sirius radio, or SiriusXM radio.


Listen in Style
For even better car audio, add a speaker dock, or replace your factory speakers with high quality speakers and a subwoofer, then run the components through an amplifier for the powerful sound you want. You'll get better clarity, be able to listen louder, and enjoy a wider range of sound; from vibrant highs and midranges, to deeper lows and richer bass.


Geek Squad® Installation
Let the MECP certified autotechs at Geek Squad provide you with professional installation services for your satellite radio and other car audio parts. As qualified industry experts, they'll install your satellite radio, and offer a Protection Plan that will help you keep it working as long as possible. Plus, Geek Squad installation comes with a lifetime workmanship guarantee, even if you bought your products somewhere else.


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 (866) 635-5027.

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.