Car stereo installation in Kansas City
Always Evolving. Never Compromising.
A KC Classic That’s Gotten Better With Age
Change is an inevitable part of life not only for all people, but for all businesses as well. Customer demands and tastes will inevitably shift, technology will continuously advance, and even entire industries will evolve.
Santa Fe Auto Sound has seen and experienced plenty of changes over the past 50-plus years. But through them all, what’s allowed us to continue thriving are the things we haven’t changed. Because the fact is, providing exceptional service and cutting-edge products will never go out of style.
The Story of Santa Fe Auto Sound
Founded in 1967
as Mid-Town Auto Sound—originally located at 54th and Troost in Kansas City—we’ve been fortunate enough to become a fixture in the KC metro area for multiple generations of drivers.
(Seriously, ask your dad about us. We just may have helped him with a repair, installation, or custom fabrication back in the 70s.)
You may think a lot has changed since then, and you’d be right. In fact, we’ve been around so long that most cars weren’t even equipped with stereos back then. Many others didn’t even have a designated space for things like radio, tape players, speakers, and antennas.
Just because vehicles didn’t come equipped with these features in the past doesn’t mean there was no demand. But many shops across the area simply did not have the knowledge, skills, or experience needed to perform installation work.
It was around this time that Mid-Town Auto Sound began establishing itself as the go-to experts for car stereo installation in Kansas City. This led to Mid-Town Auto Sound performing extensive installation and car audio services for Kansas City car dealerships—in addition to working on imported vehicles such as MG, Triumph, Fiat, Porsche, Mercedes, Datsun, and Mazda.
In 1977 we expanded to a second retail location in Overland Park and opened Santa Fe Auto Sound. Though the Overland Park store experienced great success that still lasts to this day, Mid-Town Auto Sound ultimately closed 5 years later due to decline in the area and other factors.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Santa Fe Auto Sound continued to evolve alongside the car audio industry, which began to introduce auto security, remote start, marine audio, and much more. This era also saw the purchase of Santa Fe Auto Sound in 1984 by Mark & Vicky Scrivner. This means the business would stay in the family, as the two purchased the company from Vicky’s parents, the shop’s original owners.
In 2000, Santa Fe Auto Sound finished a complete remodel of the building in an eye-catching “Santa Fe” Southwest theme. The shop was expanded to four installation bays, a state-of-the-art showroom and an expanded office area.
Santa Fe Auto Sound continues to provide Kansas City with the latest car audio technologies and services. In addition to comprehensive installation, repair, and custom fabrication services, we’re also proud to say we offer an expansive selection of cutting-edge products.
In 2018, current owner Ryan Arvidson took over after the retirement of Mark and Vicky Scrivner. Ryan has continued to carry on the tradition of Santa Fe Auto Sound being a local, family-owned business. Under his leadership, Santa Fe Auto Sound underwent a remodeling again in 2022—upgrading the showroom experience, installation bays, and adding new state of the art equipment.
Although the original Mid-Town Auto Sound is long gone,
its spirit still lives on through our commitment to upholding the values established over 50 years ago. Then, now, and for as long we’re around, we’ll always pride ourselves on giving each of our customers a fully tailored experience based the unique needs and wants outlined in their project.
Since the days of Mid-Town Auto Sound, we have seen the car audio industry change from radios and antennas to high-tech stereos and digital technologies, giving today’s car owners more options than ever before to personalize their vehicles.
Our entire staff will go above and beyond to achieve your vision and answer any questions you have along the way.
Our industry is ever-growing and constantly changing. We always ensure that we keep up with the times by offering the most advanced technology.
Your vehicle is an extension of you, your personality, and your lifestyle. And because each person is unique, we treat you and your experience the same way.
Once you drive off the lot, you can rest easy knowing your system is built for long-lasting quality.
What We Do
Whether it’s a car, motorcycle, boat, or anything in-between, every single vehicle is as unique as the person who owns it. More than just transportation, they’re a blank canvas to simplify our lives, express our personalities, and enjoy the activities we love.
Our team understands this at a deep level and takes pride in providing solutions as distinct as the people we serve. Santa Fe Auto Sound offers a wide range of service capabilities in all of the following:
Take a Peek Under the Hood
A car or other type of vehicle is a significant investment. Instead of using it solely as a way to get from Point A to Point B, your car can instead be an extension of you, your personality, and your lifestyle.
See what our team can do for you! View some of our past projects involving custom fabrication, repair, and car audio installation in Kansas City by viewing our project gallery!
I will absolutely use them again & recommend them to others.
I used Santa Fe for the first time 12/18/20 for a 10" Stinger head unit upgrade for my 2021 Wrangler JLU. They were wonderful to work with, the work was done as scheduled, and I'm happy with the install & product. I will absolutely use them again & recommend them to others.
Staff was very friendly and service was completed quickly and to my satisfaction!
Had them hardwire a radar detector. I provided the equipment and paid a very reasonable per hour labor charge. Staff was very friendly and service was completed quickly and to my satisfaction! Hadn’t been in their store for over 20 years. Very nostalgic. Will be returning with future projects.
10/10 my vehicle audio place.
So, About 5 years ago, I got my 06 F250 worked on. They replaced all my speakers, put a new head unit and left hook ups for installing my own amps and subs. Was super happy with their service and JL Audio's quality/affordability. They made sure all door panels where solid on reinstall and didn't leave a mess. I went in there like 2 weekends ago to pick up a 12" to add to my truck and my 1st 12". They didn't have the model I wanted but had a slightly more expensive model which I bought. Service was the same and everyone was friendly. 10/10 my vehicle audio place.
Will be going back for future work needed
Took my 05 silverado in for an alarm system install. Friendly staff, upfront and easy process. Had me in and out in a half day. Will be going back for future work needed
The work was done in just a few hours and the end result is better than I imagined.
The crew at Santa Fe is awesome, it was an absolute pleasure working with them. I felt like they were just as excited as I was to upgrade the audio in my car. The work was done in just a few hours and the end result is better than I imagined. Thanks!!!