Call to install DAB digital radios

Buyers have been urged to opt for vehicles with DAB digital radios, in a bid to help their vehicle hold greater value on the used market.

Some 25 million UK vehicles will be left with a useless radio in the coming years, under the Government's planned digital radio switchover, according to CAR magazine

Once the new rules come into effect, many services will stop being received by analogue radios. And car manufacturers do not intend to install DAB radios as standard until 2013.

Thus, experts are urging people to buy upgraded vehicles, to avoid additional costs after the switchover.

Also many traffic monitoring sat-nav systems receive updates through FM radio signals, and cars still using analogue radios following the switchover may face problems due to that.

The magazine warned that together car owners may need to pay £1 billion to rectify the problems.

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