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CarPlay for Older Cars: Upgrade Your Ride

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Do you have an older car that doesn't have a built-in infotainment system with Apple CarPlay? If so, you may feel left out when it comes to accessing your favorite apps, music, and navigation while driving. CarPlay connects your iPhone to your car's infotainment system, providing access to apps, music, contacts, and Siri. Although initially available in newer cars, several adapters now enable older vehicles to enjoy CarPlay's benefits.

Navigating a carplay

These easy-to-install adapters offer the same features as built-in systems, enhancing your driving experience by keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. So, why wait? Upgrade your classic car with a touch of modernity and enjoy the perks of CarPlay today.

Join us in this quick read to discover how to give your older vehicle a high-tech twist!

Getting Started with CarPlay in Older Cars

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If you own an older vehicle and want to take advantage of Apple CarPlay, there are a few things you should know. Here are the key steps to get your update started:

Understanding CarPlay Compatibility

Before you start adding CarPlay to your car, you need to make sure your car is compatible. CarPlay is available on most new cars, but older cars may not have it. To check if your car is compatible, you can search the internet for your car's make, model, and year along with the phrase "CarPlay compatibility."

Options for Adding CarPlay to Your Car

Carluex CarPlay adapter connected in a carplay

If your car is not compatible with CarPlay, don't worry! There are several options available in the market to add CarPlay and have a modern ride. One option is to install an aftermarket head unit with CarPlay support.

Carluex Pro CarPlay Adapter

Another option is to purchase a CarPlay adapter. These adapters plug into your car's USB port and allow you to connect your iPhone to your car's stereo. Most CarPlay adapters can cost anywhere from $50 to $300 or more, depending on the brand and features.

Evaluating Aftermarket Head Units

When choosing an aftermarket head unit, there are a few things to consider. First, make sure the head unit is compatible with your car's make and model.

Second, consider the features you want. Some head units offer additional features like HD radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Finally, consider the installation process. Some head units require professional installation, while others can be installed by the user.

CarPlay Installation and Setup

iPhone connecting to CarPlay

Setting up CarPlay can be a bit challenging, but it's not impossible. In this section, we'll discuss the different ways you can install and set up CarPlay and enhance your driving experience by having that "advanced technology" feel.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

If you're tech-savvy and confident in your skills, you can install CarPlay yourself. However, if you're not comfortable with electronics or don't want to risk damaging your car, it's best to have a professional install it for you.

Connecting Your iPhone and Apps

Once you have CarPlay installed, connecting your iPhone is easy. Simply plug it into the USB port and follow the prompts on the screen. You can access your music, apps, maps, and more through the CarPlay interface.

Maximizing CarPlay Features

CarPlay offers a variety of features to make your driving experience more enjoyable. You can use Siri for hands-free control, make phone calls, get turn-by-turn directions, and more.

To get the most out of CarPlay, make sure your car's audio system is compatible, and your iPhone is updated to the latest iOS version.


Upgrading to CarPlay in older cars enhances your driving experience by integrating modern technology seamlessly into your vehicle. It's an efficient way to bring advanced navigation, hands-free communication, and entertainment features without replacing the entire system.

To explore a variety of CarPlay adapters suitable for older models, visit us and transform your driving experience today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put Apple CarPlay in an older car?

Yes, you can install Apple CarPlay in an older car. There are different ways to do it, such as using a wireless CarPlay adapter or upgrading your car's infotainment system. However, the process and compatibility may vary depending on the make, model, and year of your car.

Will new CarPlay work in older cars?

New CarPlay may work in older cars, but it depends on the car's hardware and software compatibility. Some older cars may require firmware updates or upgrades to support new CarPlay features. It's best to check with your car manufacturer or a professional installer to determine if your car is compatible with new CarPlay.

How much does it cost to install Apple CarPlay in an old car?

The cost of installing Apple CarPlay in an old car varies depending on the installation method and the car's make and model. Using a wireless CarPlay adapter may cost around $300 to $400, while upgrading your car's infotainment system may cost over $1,000. It's recommended to get a quote from a professional installer to get an accurate estimate.

What is the oldest car that has CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay was first introduced in 2014 and became more widely available in 2016. Therefore, the oldest car that has CarPlay is likely a 2016 model or newer.

However, some car manufacturers may offer CarPlay retrofits for older models. So, it's worth checking with your car manufacturer or a professional installer.

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