Best Car Accessories

Best Car Accessories

by Kurt Knutsson

Whether the car is shiny and new with the greatest state-of-the-art auto tech, or a classic ride made before GPS was a thing, these are great gift ideas from car enthusiasts who have made the most popular automotive accessories.

For many of us, we are now spending more time in the car again.  Making your car feel more comfortable, safe, and functional can improve your ride whether it’s a 5-minute jaunt to the store, commute, or marathon road trip.


Nextbase iQ Smart HD Dash Cam


The Nextbase iQ Smart HD Dash Cam is more than just a camera. It’s a smart device that connects to your phone via 4G and lets you monitor your car from anywhere. You can also use voice control, get real-time notifications, and access cloud storage with a Nextbase iQ subscription.

Get iQ Smart Dash Cam

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Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug

Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug Gift

This could be the smartest coffee mug for your car’s cup holder ever. The Ember travel mug has 3-hour battery life on a single charge keeping your beverage hot. Touch the + and – symbol to adjust to your perfect temperature.

Get the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug




Car Cupholder expander

Car Cupholder expanderI can’t live without this device.  This car cup holder expander is perfect for all of my coffee mugs when I dart off early in the morning with coffee in hand.   You’ll see it has a gap so that my coffee mug handle can easily poke through.  It’s also big enough for oversized thermoses, my large water bottle, and practically all my handheld containers.

Get the Car Cupholder expander



Faraday blocking pouch 

Credit: Lanpard

If you have a car with a keyless entry system, you might want to get yourself a blocking pouch, also known as a Faraday Bag. The pouch protects your key fob from being hacked or cloned by thieves.

It does this by blocking all signals from your key fob, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and RFID. We recommend the Lanpard Faraday Bag, which is made of high-quality carbon fiber material and has two layers of shielding for maximum security.

It also has a hook and a key ring for convenience. And the best part is, it comes in a pack of two, so you can have a backup or give one to someone else. At the time of publishing, this product had over 32,000 global reviews, with 74% giving it 5 stars.

Get Lanpard Faraday Bag



LED Road Flares set of 6 Emergency Lights

LED Road Flares Set Of 6 Emergency Lights

These best-selling roadside flare kit with 9 warning flash modes. The included storage bag is the perfect emergency color to find in an emergency. You’ll want to snag 3 AAA batteries for each beacon disc.

Get the LED Road Flares 



12V DC to 110V AC Power Inverter


12V DC To 110V AC Power Inverter

Plug this Bestek 300-watt power inverter into the cigarette lighter adapter to get two 110V AC power outlets and dual USB ports in your car.

Get the 12V DC to 110V AC Power Inverter




BACtrack S80 Personal Breathalizer

BACtrack S80 Personal Breathalizer

Blow for 5 seconds and your BAC results are displayed 10 seconds later on a bright, easy-to-read LCD screen. Alcohol tester breathalyzer AA battery powered, comes with 6 reusable mouthpieces. Wait 15 minutes after consuming alcohol for the most accurate result.

Get the BACtrack Personal Breathalizer



meross Smart Garage Door opener

Meross Smart Garage Door Opener

Control your home garage door with an app and voice control with smart speakers using Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to open and close. Compatible with 200+ garage door brands. Warns you if the garage door is left open.

Get the meross Smart Garage Door opener



First Aid Trauma Pack with QuikClot


Ask any EMT what the most useful trauma item that could save your life on the road and many will tell you it’s QuikClot. Be ready with this Trauma Pack with essentials in your glove box to stop major bleeding on site quickly.

Get the First Aid Trauma Pack with QuikClot



The Club


The Club is still a good device to use, as it can be an effective, highly visible anti-theft deterrent that might discourage thieves from taking your car. It’s a universal lock that can fit on most steering wheels and makes it difficult to steer the vehicle, forcing car thieves to move on to easier targets.

The company claims it resists sawing, prying, hammering, and freon attacks. However, it isn’t foolproof, as some thieves may be able to cut through it or bypass it. Therefore, you shouldn’t rely on it alone. I recommend using it in combination with other security measures, as I mentioned above.

At the time of publishing, this product had over 2,7000 global reviews, with 83% giving it 5 stars.

Get The Club 



Collapsible Trunk Organizer


Collapsible Trunk Organizer

This multiple-compartment organizer is perfect for storing all the extras you need to have with you on the road. When not using the back seat, I move this from the trunk to the floor behind the front seats. Easy to collapse and fold away with strong tie-down strap system.

Get the Collapsible Trunk Organizer



Nextbase 422GW Dash Cam

Nextbase 422GW Dash Cam

Award-winning best-selling dash cam with world firsts like Alexa Auto, Built-in Emergency SOS to be your extra set of eyes on the road when driving. The device’s recording is motion-activated to help keep an eye on things when you are away from your vehicle.

Get the Nextbase 422GW Dash Cam

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Car Seat Gap filler

Car Seat Gap Filler

As seen on Shark Tank, Drop Stop blocks the annoying gap space between your car or truck seat and the center console. This patented original comes as a set of 2 that provide 100% gap coverage on the driver and passenger sides.

Get the Car Seat Gap filler



Amazon Echo Auto

Amazon Echo Auto

Bring Alexa along for the ride where she can play, and shuffle music keeping your hands free.  I love all the music and local destination information you can get reliably.  Bonus is the mic off button to mute Alexa from being able to hear you too.

Get Amazon Echo Auto



MagSafe Car Vent Mount for iPhone 12 and later

MagSafe Car Vent Mount

Brings the phone closer to your line of vision while in the car. The Belkin MagSafe car mounts solution clips to your vent easily and make it simple to let the magnet hold your late-model iPhone in place.

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Car Detailing Cleaning Gel

Car Detailing Cleaning Gel

This is the perfect car cleaning putty gel that gets into places you’d never be able to reach with a clearing rag. What I love is that it’s reusable and works!

Get Car Detailing Cleaning Gel



Windshield Cleaning Tool

Windshield Cleaning Tool

Finally, I can reach every part of the windshield with this cleaning tool and microfiber surface. I use it to make sure the anti-collision sensors in the windshield near the mirror are clean and clear. You can use this outside and inside.

Get the Windshield cleaning tool



Waterproof Car Trash Can

Waterproof Car Trash Can

2-gallon capacity is the perfect size to keep your car clean of trash. Don’t worry about disposable cups leaking over the interior since this is waterproof and won’t leak.

Get the Waterproof car trash can



Portable Car Jump Starter

Portable Car Jump Starter

This can get you out of a pinch in seconds. It’s got a peak current output of 2500 amps to jumpstart a gas or Diesel engine.

Get the portable car jump starter



Portable 12V Air Compressor tire inflator

Portable 12V Air Compressor Tire Inflator

I’m done trying to fill my tires at the gas station. This plugs into your lighter adapter socket and pumps car tires to the desired inflation. When you’re not using it for your car, break out the inflatables and let it do the work inflating anything else in your world including bikes.

Get the portable 12V air compressor tire inflator



Car Tablet Holder for backseat entertainment

Car Tablet For Backseat Entertainment

Lamicall headrest tablet mount is easy to install. Compatible with a wide range of sizes for devices like iPad, Galaxy Tabs, and any tablet ranging from 4.7” to 12.9”.

Get the car tablet holder for backseat entertainment


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