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Seattle Dashcam Installation Recommendations

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by dknisely, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. dknisely

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    Nobody seems to have provided any concrete recommendations for dash cam installers in the Seattle area. Any experience? I'd like to get a quality job for installing a Thinkware F770 pair in a Tesla MS.
     
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    Benchmark Motors of Bellevue did a clean install of my BlackVue single camera. I've used them in the past for other work on other cars. They have always done an outstanding job and charge accordingly.

    BENCHMARK
     
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    Thanks. I ran across Benchmark. I made an online inquiry and got no response, so I'll have to give them a call. I'm not sure why it is, but a lot of these car work shops have very poor customer skills and fail to get back to customers!
     
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    Justin at Benchmark has always been responsive for me over several years and cars, you might ask for him. Hope all works out well!
     
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    I checked with Benchmark, and they only do Blackvue. I will keep looking for somebody who can do Thinkware, which I think is a lot better for the features I care about.
     
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    Also, very expensive install @ Benchmark ($1100 for Blackvue 650 with install, so that's about $700 installation!).
     
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    Curious which features are more important for you. What are the pros and cons of Blackvue vs. Thinkware?
     
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    Thinkware has a lot better dynamic range and better image quality, and the rear camera is the same quality as the front camera (full HD), while Blackvue uses a 720p rear camera with very limited resolution. Otherwise, they are pretty comparable.

    I'm not in a big rush because there are huge sensor and processing/power improvements coming in this space, so I would expect to see much better IQ in smaller packages and potentially with wireless connections soon. I also expect ultra-low power always-on devices that work for years off batteries and record footage when activity or triggers occur. This segment inherits a lot of advances from cellphone designs over time.

    Both Thinkware and Blackvue are way overdue for a refresh, but other competitors may overtake them.
     
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    I'm interested in if you find a good place with reasonable rates! Keep me updated :).
     
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    Systems Unlimited in Bellevue did my Blackvue 650-2CH, did an excellent job. I bought the camera on Amazon and they did the install for $500. Home - Systems Unlimited
     
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    I contacted Benchmark and Systems Unltd on 5/2 for a quote via their website - zero response so far. o_O

    Any other recommendations?
     
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    Same thing for me, except my contact was a few weeks ago.
     
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    Calibred Customs comes to town periodically and they are the gold standard for Tesla Blackvue dash cam installation. I had mine done the week before last, and the work looks great. (310) 654-0532. I had the 4-camera install done (Blackvue main camera in front and rear; smaller camera mounted to the window pillar to cover the sides. It looks great and works well.
     
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    price?
     
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    $1600 for 4-camera, discounted a bit when I asked.
     
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    #17 blackhawk, May 30, 2017
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    Calibred came to my place in Seattle over the long weekend - quick install and excellent work on a 2 channel Blackvue in my new Model S. Highly recommend Johnny. I didn't have the time or patience for Benchmark or Systems Unlimited. I may get Johnny to put some tie downs in my frunk next time he is up here.

    Calibred Customs

    Edited to add - thanks @dknisely for posting their details.
     
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    What did it cost to do your 2 channel system?
     
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    $400 for install only

    I am going the DIY route, seems easy enough
     
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    How did your install go? I finally got all the parts and pieces. I think I am also going to try the DIY route. Do you have a sunroof? All of the videos of the install I've watch had the sunroof... Hopefully the lack of a sunroof doesn't complicated it too much.
     

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