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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Must-have Gadgets and Interior Accessories

There are a lot of gadgets and accessories that you can get that would put all those high-tech stuff on modern cars to shame. From entertainment to temperature control, this list will highlight all the must-haves available in the market today. The price range is varied so I will no longer place estimates. Feel free to browse any online store for the pricing.

Video Unit

This is extremely useful during long drives, especially if you have kids in tow. You can play a video or have them play a game. So you won’t be tempted to sneak a look while you are driving the best system that you can get is one that can be placed at the back of the headrest. Some of these units still need to be attached to a central entertainment system in the dash, but there are already new designs that integrate the CD player in the headrest. However, if you want to be able to watch a movie while you are resting you can get either an overhead monitor or a sunvisor monitor. This also comes in handy when the missus throws you out of the house in the middle of the night because you snore too hard.

Video UnitHeater

It’s winter and you’re stuck inside your car watching the latest blockbuster movie. It will be very comfy if you have a heater installed. You can get a 12V portable heater that you can plug and use inside the car. You can place one in the backseat so you’ll feel comfortable whilst enjoying the movie. If you have the habit of driving in cold weather, then you should get a defroster too. It’ll be much safer if your windows are clear.

Portable Car Heater
Cellphone Accessories

Do you need to call someone while you are on the go? Not advisable to do so. But if you have a hands-free kit, you can call as many times as you want. This device enables you to answer and make calls without holding on to the cellphone; that’s why it’s called hands-free. But of course you can’t make calls if you are low on battery. And so, a charger should also be on your shopping list. Or if not, you can get a battery backup. If you’re out for a long drive, like if you are gonna catch the NBA finals in the next state, then you should have a spare battery or a charger at hand.Cellphone AccessoriesCompass/Clock

Men have a good sense of direction. That’s true. But if you have already forgotten which way is north and which is south, then a compass will come in handy if you use a map to get around. This is extremely useful if you don’t want to re-live what happened in the movies Wrong Turn and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Anyway, compasses usually have built-in clocks just in case your stock one is already broken. They are also very stylish.

Compass / ClockInterior Lights

Do you know what one of the differences between a UFO and a car is? Well a UFO has a lot of lights, that’s for sure. If you don’t want to be outdone, then run to the nearest store and get as many lights as you can. Dash lights. Seat belt clip lights. Moodlights. Book lights. LED lights. Map lights. Trim lights. Light tubes. The list is virtually endless. You shouldn’t overdo it, however. Not unless if you are gunning for the Guinness record for Most Interior Lights in a Car. Because if you are, I sure am interested in knowing how it all pans out. I’d even pay for a picture so I can post it online.

Neon Interior Lights