How Much Does It Cost To Get A Dashcam Fitted / Hardwired? Find Out Here!
Written by Nick
Updated On 
Apr 20, 2021 @ 9:51 am

Dash cam fitting can be overwhelming for beginners who aren't familiar with wires, leaving most people wondering how much it will cost to get a professional dash cam fitting.

To install the average dash cam in a car can cost £50-£200, this all comes down to the range of dashcam you have, your location and the type of fitting you require, for example, it will cost more to hardwire types of dash cams which are front and rear rather than single.

We have put together a short guide below that will tell you all you need to know about dash camera installation, whether or not you should get it done professionally and alternative ways to fit your dash cam that can cost less. 

How Much Does It Cost To Get a Dashcam Fitted?

As we mentioned above, it can cost anything from £50-£200 to get your dash cam hardwiring fitted depending on where you go and other factors. 

Some stores such as Halfords may offer a complete package where they provide you with the dash cam as well as dash cam installation which can often lower the cost but this means you don't have a wide pick of models. 

Rear-facing dash cam models will cost more as they will have to do a more complicated cam fitting service, but this is a great way to ensure your dashcam comes with a warranty too. 

Should I Get My Dashcam Fitted Professionally?

For people who are familiar with wires and are car DIY savvy, you might not think a cam fitting service is worth it when you could install it yourself into your vehicle, but many people opt for this cam hardwiring services as it saves you time. 

Getting your dashcam fitted professionally is also great because - 

  • There is the advantage of parking mode - Having your dashcam hardwired in allows you to have the advantage of parking protection mode which lets your camera video record when your car is turned off.
  • They have installation under warranty - Many shops or mobile dashcam installers will have installation under warranty which means that you are covered in case anything is not installed properly.
  • There will be no dangling wires - Installation services will know how to hide lots of wires, especially if you have a front and rear dash cam, doing a neat service that allows your camera to be installed more discreetly.
  • Uses the correct hardwire kit - Professional shop dash cam fitting will always guarantee they use the correct hardwire kit for your model of the vehicle and have a range of hardwire kit options to choose from with voltage monitors to protect your car battery.
  • Keeps the cigarette lighter power supply free - Getting your dashcam hardwire installed into your vehicle allows you to keep the alternative power source of your cigarette lighter free, allowing you to use it for navigation or as a phone charger.

What Other Ways Can I Install My Dashcam?

If you don't want to pay to get your dashcam professionally fitted, you could always try hardwiring your dashcam in yourself, but this does require some skills and for you to be knowledgeable of the fuse box in your model of vehicle.

Luckily, you can power your dashcam in a few other ways if you want to avoid the hardwire process. 

  • Power via an external battery - First off, you can buy an external power bank for your dash cam, this is a great idea especially if you don't want complicated installation and want to eliminate the risk of your dashcam draining your car's battery when it is set on parking mode and the car is turned off.
  • Buy a model with a rechargeable internal battery - Some models work similarly to go pro and have a battery inside, this means all you need to do is charge the dashcam when your home then reinstall it before you hit the road again.
  • Use your cigarette lighter port - You can additionally power your dashcam via the cigarette lighter port in your car, but many people prefer to keep this free for a phone charge or navigation.

Final Words 

Overall, we recommend paying to get your dashcam professionally fitted, as not only does this save you time, but also makes sure your hardwiring is done correctly. If you don't want to hardwire your dashcam in, you can always buy a cigarette lighter to fit it or an external battery for power.

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