We wanted a Toyota Venza and it was the first model year so no used cars were available. (see???)
If you've ever bought a new car within the last few years, you probably have a trial subscription to Sirius XM radio. I think our trial subscription was for six months.
SiriusXM is pretty great. You get high-quality audio, a bazillion different channels so you'll always be entertained, and it's available practically everywhere except if you're surrounded by mountains or in a tunnel. It's a solid service.
I just didn't want yet another subscription and even at $10.99 for their lowest “Mostly Music” package. It was too much. Their $15.99 and $19.99 All Access are all reasonable prices (when our trial ended, it cost closer to $30 a month, and now the plan names have changed) given what you get but let me explain how easy it is to save 75%.
But… you should never pay full price for Sirius XM. Never. Ever.
SiriusXM is a prime case where negotiating your subscription rate will always save you money.
All you have to do is call in, threaten to cancel, and wait until they offer you their comeback offer.
Sirius Streaming: $8 / Month
This will allow you to listen on your phone, at home, and online. If you have a smartphone and more than one car, this seems like a pretty good deal. You can listen on your phone and just bring your phone to any of the cars you drive.
It costs more than a single car but you can listen to it on your phone, which you can bring anywhere.
Sirius Standard Pricing: $5 / Month
SiriusXM has a few plans but the basic one for your car is $5 per month for 12 months (new subscriptions only).
The three tiers are:
- SiriusXM Select: $5 / month for 12 months for 140+ channels, then goes to $15.99 / month
- Premier Streaming: This one isn't for your car, it's streaming to your computer or phone. It's $5 / month for 12 months for 200+ channels, then goes to $15.99 / month
- SiriusXM All Access: $8.25 / month for 12 months for both streaming and in the car, then goes to $20.99 / month. It also comes with a free 3rd Gen Echo Dot.
After the 12 month promotion period, you're automatically renewed at the regular, much higher, price.
But you can do better than this offer. And it doesn't even require too many hoops.
The Best Deal: 6 Months for $25
You can always get 5 months of Sirius XM Radio for just $25. Sometimes people have gotten 6 months for $25.
All you need to say is “I love Sirius XM, I just can't afford that price. Is there any way you can help me?” — and they will help you.
If they don't, hang up and call again.
It's very important that you take note of when your promotional period ends because they will start charging you full price immediately. There will be no warning, it's automatic renewal at the full price, so mark it on a calendar somewhere and set up notifications.
When the time nears, call them up again. Sometimes they'll cut right to the chase and offer to extend the deal. If you don't, cancel it and you'll get a “winback” offer in a month or two.
Don't take anything worse than that deal.
If you only care about getting the very cheapest, then $4.17 per month is the cheapest.
If price is less important (say, if you're being reimbursed or it is a tax-deductible expense) and you want to take advantage of promotions, SiriusXM runs promotions periodically.
This is their current promotion on SiriusXM Select (lowest tier, but includes 140 channels), which is pretty good considering you have to jump through no hoops to get it:
This is the best offer on Sirius All Access (highest tier, includes in car and streaming):