You know all about accessorizing your outfit – buying all the best shoes so that you will be in mix-and-match heaven. Besides, the perfect pair of shoes or the perfect bag is like the Holy Grail. Or maybe you just see them as a necessary evil. Maybe you’re looking at this whole accessory thing all wrong if that’s the case. Or, if you simply love buying shoes, why not purchase some accessories for your car?

Look at it like this – accessories are there to make your life better. They are there to either make something more comfortable or to make it look better. If you are in your car for a couple of hours a day, then you might want to think about what would make your time there more comfortable. You always need more places to put things. If you have often thought that about your car, then you are probably ready to accessorize your vehicle.

A big problem that people who drive continually face is where to put their drinks and where to put their other little things like hair accessories and notes to yourself. Even if you have places to put these things, you may not have the best option out there – a center console with two cup holders plus a box for storing your stuff. These things are great. Even if you have one, you could probably benefit from having a better-looking one, right? Just think of it as a handbag for your car. Believe me, it’s worth it if it makes your driving time more enjoyable.

You could even just do something that makes the inside of your car look better, even if it doesn’t actually perform any other function. If your dashboard is looking a little ragged and depressing then, for a couple hundred dollars, you can install a new dashboard kit with some car spares. Being inside a car that looks better will make you feel a lot better. Who needs therapy? All you need to do is take control of your life, one little piece of your environment at a time. When you can ride around feeling better about the world you live in, you will know it is worth it.

You could even just get something inexpensive and easy like new floor mats. Maybe something that pays homage to your personality, like Tweety head mats or mats with little paw prints on them. That can really make a lot of difference to you and your passengers. What about decals or seatbelt covers? It’s all about fun.

So next time you feel the urge to accessorise, think about your car and let your shoe closet breathe easy for a little while.

Four Car Accessories That Aren’t Worth the Hype

Searching for a new car to purchase can be an exciting, yet daunting task. Whether it’s a new or used car, there is always a certain level of anxiety associated with making a purchase as large as a vehicle. The anxiety involved with making a purchase over a few thousand dollars can be great. The car dealer offers you a full array of items that they can have installed in your vehicle. Not all of the options are worth much.

The following items are considered totally overrated with regards to car purchasing:

Remote start

The remote start option can be quite useful to the ideal user; the person who owns a car and does not own a garage. If you own a garage, the remote start option is quite useless. Since carbon monoxide poison is quite common with regards to leaving a vehicle running in the garage, there is no reason why one would want to start a vehicle while it’s in their garage.

Parallel Parking Assistance

It sounds like a useful tool until you realize that you will rarely have an opportunity to parallel park your Lexus LS400. Most country clubs and restaurants offer valet parking. Splurge on this option and you will find yourself wondering the reason why you purchase it, months down the line.

Built-in Satellite Radio

Unless you plan to continue your satellite radio subscription, having a satellite radio will be pointless after the manufacturer ends their promo deal. Let’s face it, in this economy no one is in a major hurry to pay for a service that is usually free. With satellite radio surcharges averaging more than ten dollars per month, the satellite radio option may not sway you to purchase a particular vehicle, let alone pay a monthly fee to keep the entitlement.

Sunglass Holder

The sunglass holder is a useful feature if only one thing; if the sunglasses actually fit inside the holder. These days with regards to sunglasses, the bigger the better for many users. This makes the sunglass holder quite pointless when the glasses are so large the compartment can’t close. With the larger new sunglass holders on the market, the sunglass holder has a new purpose; it’s now considered the napkin holder in my vehicle.

 

While some car accessories are absolutely crucial in the everyday world, others are actually wrapping us up in the hype of what we think we need. We rely so much on technology that at times it feels as though we forget what we’re capable of doing without it. At least I can speak for myself when I say I’ve come across a few belongings that make me think, “what was I thinking that I needed this for again?” And with that said, I have come across my top three “Why is this taking up space in my car?” Items.

  1. The Garmin Portable GPS
    Any model really. Now, not to say each and every human being definitively carries around a phone with GPS capabilities, but for the large portion of us that do, why do we have this voice box in our cars? Not only have I wasted time getting the suction cups to hold secure onto my windshield through a whole ride, but I’ve also spent the $120 on it to do exactly what my good ol’ google maps can do. Some of these also require you to update them, which c’mon technology, what are we paying you to do?? While some cars don’t come equipped with a built in GPS system and easy to see monitor, if we have a GPS application loaded onto our mobile phones, and we NEED to look at the route and our little blue path along the way, we can just buy a dashboard dock for our phones. Which brings me to the next item…
  2. The LifeProof Car Mount
    Again, not to pick one out, this goes for all phone docks. And yes, I did just mention these could be useful to hold our phones up as a monitor, but here’s the exception to the rule. If you are NOT using your screen to see a route and avoid looking down at it, you really shouldn’t be using one of these. I mean, you can either a) be reading texts b) be playing a game c) using it for selfles. As I am not one to look much at my moving location ball, why oh why did I get myself tangled in more suction cups for my car? Ever hear “out of sight, out of mind”. That applies to cell phones…while you’re driving. It’s hard enough to hear a buzz and resist from looking to see who it is, but to see messages or notifications directly come into your sight is pretty dangerous and distracting, considering your sight should be on the road. While these aren’t a big pocket buster, ranging from $10-$20, if they’re being used to keep the life distractions in your face when they shouldn’t be, they will never be as convenient as you may think they could be. Ever.

3) Car Antlers
Just why. I’ll tell you why. These are undeniable ridiculous, or cute. I’d like to think a little of both. However, they do add height to your car (making it hard to go into low ceiling garages…like the ones you already think the height warning dangling pole will take off your roof). They also could potentially make some non-Christmas spirit drivers angry. I really don’t have much negative to say about these, but they are pretty common, and pretty annoying. But that’s probably just me denying their magic.

Tips for Modifying Your Car: How to Keep it Legal

If you are planning to modify your car there are 2 big myths that you may have encountered concerning this endeavor. First, that modifying your car instantly voids your car’s warranty. Second, that it’s illegal to modify your car.

True, these are just myths that are not to be taken seriously. However, there are regulatory boards in the automobile industry that you need to consult and some regulations that you need to keep closely in mind before modifying your car.

There are 2 regulatory agencies that oversee the automotive industry – they are the EPA or Environment Protection Agency, and the DOT or the Department of Transportation. Both of these agencies oversee the automotive industry on the federal level.

What Do They Do
Most of the regulatory power that these agencies have is focused primarily on creating and enforcing laws and regulations that deal with safety and emission equipment along with some criteria that a car to be sold in the US needs to meet.

If you’re a car manufacturer, you should take a close look at the guidelines set by these agencies. If you’re a private consumer, however, it’s very improbable that you’ll have direct contact with these federal government agencies.

There is one instance, though, that EPA and DOT actively interferes with your automobile dealings as a consumer – when you buy or bring in a gray market car in the US road for personal use.

Gray Market Car Defined

A gray market car is a model that was never officially sold in the United States. However, these gray market cars have features, bells, and whistles that are so desirable that people like you, who love modifying and turning ordinary vehicles into performance cars, ignore the law or go through a very expensive certification process.

This certification process involves crash testing as well as retrofitting and analyzing emissions and safety features that the gray market car has.

Examples Of Gray Market Cars

2 of the most popular gray market cars that have penetrated the US are the Porsche 959 and the Nissan Skyline GTR. Many enthusiast and car modifying fans have spent a lot of cash, time, and effort in search for these cars and to get them into US soil.

If you’re planning to import a gray market car that you’ll modify and tweak, you need to consult your attorney about the process to make it legal. Don’t even think about ignoring the law. Doing so can result to financial damage as well as jail time. That’s not my definition of fun!