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    Updated on Sep 30, 2020. Posted on Sep 20, 2020

    Cool And Useful Things For Your Car That You'll Basically Be Racing To Buy

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    1. A REALLY cute hanging diffuser that'll make your car feel like a fancy spa. Or, if you get the spiced cider scent, a harvest festival in full swing.

    hand holds small glass container with rope around the rear view mirror
    AmberandWoodCo

    Get it from AmberandWoodCo on Etsy for $6 (available in 12 scents).

    2. A set of seat gap fillers to prevent things from tumbling down into what scientists have called the Black Hole of Vehicles.

    seat gap filler with hole for seatbelt buckle to fit through
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I watched the episode of Shark Tank this was on. I have had incidents where things have dropped into the gap between seat and console and what a pain that is! This product is so simple and easy to install. I highly recommend it and wonder why I didn't think of it first." β€”TheCrewDog

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A pretty-much-universal phone holder that'll keep your GPS at eye level so you can be your own navigator.

    phone holder than connects to vent
    Amazon

    This will hold most smartphones out there and has a quick release button so you can easily grab your phone again after your car is in park! It easily attaches to any horizontal vents, and has a ball-and-socket joint so you can angle your phone however works best for you.

    Promising review: "Am happy to say it holds the iPhone 6s inside an OtterBox cover, even though the OtterBox’s thickness exceeds the two bottom feet of this holder. Squeeze the two sides really hard to ensure that they grip the Otter box tightly. I have already made a long trip of nearly a 1,000 miles without the phone falling out. Really love the ball and socket joint since you can angle the phone just right to avoid glare. " β€”maiji

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A light saber windshield wiper cover for anyone who wants to use the Force to get rid of stray raindrops.

    Amazon

    It's reflective, so it glows! Reviews suggest attaching it with velcro (or any other hook and loop adhesive) so you can easily remove and re-attach the cover as needed.

    Promising review: "I bought this knowing it would just be a piece of plastic, but didn't care because I thought it would be fun to have on my car. I've received so many compliments so it definitely was a good buy." β€”ewitt3

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    5. And if you want your whole car to be somewhat Star Wars themed, consider a Chewbacca seatbelt cover.

    furry brown seatbelt cover that looks like the thing chewbacca wears
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    6. A keychain car escape tool able to both cut your seat belt and break your car window in emergency situations.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Thankfully I haven't needed to use this item BUT.. if I ever do, I have it in my car, in the pocket of the driver side door. I live in Florida where we are surrounded by water and there are lakes, canals, drainage ditches, flood control ditches and many bridges. There are constantly stories on the news about vehicles losing control and heading into the waters. One of the last news stories showed using this little tool. I immediately purchased several of them and gave them out to family and all of my neighbors."β€”pete33

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55 (available in seven colors).

    7. A sweet lil' Groot sure to protect you and your car from danger by hanging out on your antenna. You can also add him to a stephoscope, potted plant, bag strap, or any other cord.

    baby groot holds onto antenna
    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A wet and dry vacuum small enough to help you get into all the nooks and crannies.

    Amazon

    Vacuum includes a six-foot hose and 10-foot cord.

    Promising review: "This is the vac you are looking for, if you are looking to keep your car clean. Easy-open clips make emptying a breeze. It is lightweight for ultra portability. The best, most unexpected surprise are the attachments. They actually fit into BOTH the nooks AND the crannies of your car. We have two dogs. This picks up about 95% of the dog hair (I would estimate that the average shop vac picks up 85% of dog hair). There will always be a stray hair that has somehow bonded at the molecular level with the car mat. Finally, it's not painfully loud to operate." β€”MJKeys

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    9. A Hocus Pocus air freshener vent clip so you can get into the spooky season mood.

    silhouettes of the main characters hair and the words "i smell children" on disc holding type of air freshenr
    DickandDolly

    This is a "locket" that can fit a pre-scented pad. The kit comes with three pre-scented pads and five extra unscented pads that you can add your own scent to. How? Spray on perfume or an essential oil.

    Get it from DickandDolly on Etsy for $13.41.

    10. A pair of lightweight and durable escape tracks you'll be really glad you got if you ever get yourself stuck somewhere. Quicksand might not be the ever-looming threat you'd thought it would be, but snow can be just as trapping.

    orange plastic tracks under two front wheels
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These traction pads are amazing! For anybody who's never used them, essentially you jam them against your drive tires in slick conditions or if you're stuck in sand, and your tires grip them and pull you right out! The bright orange makes them easy to see after digging them into the mud, and the knobs are durable enough to withstand a very large truck's beating. For the price, the quality, the durability, and the hundreds of uses, you can't go wrong with these. If I could give them six stars I would have!" β€”sean

    Get them from Amazon for $136.10.

    11. A set of car hooks that will keep your purse, grocery bags, and jackets off the floor.

    the hooks
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Everyone who has gone into my car loves these hangers. So useful to hold purses, plastic bags, jackets, 40-ounce water containers, etc.! They have remained where I hooked them no matter." β€”L.H

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. The White Guy Blinking meme but in air freshener form! It's like the gif is playing right in your car every time the air freshener spins.

    freshener that's a picture of guy with eyes closed in front a pile of the same guy but with eyes open
    freshmemesau

    Get it from freshmemesau on Etsy for $4.58.

    13. A restorative headlight cleaning kit to give your car's eyes (Cars was wrong when they put the eyes in the windshield) a proper cleaning.

    before: cloudy headlight after: clean and shiny headlight
    amazon.com

    The kit includes: gloves, surface activator (activator softens plastic, making it easier to sand smooth) sanding paper, polish, and a finish and seal UV block clear coat applicator.

    Promising review: "The results. I am still in shock about them. I saw some pictures of 'results' and I thought they were all fake. NO, they are not. It's that good. I am very pleased with this product. If you need your headlights cleaned, buy this kit! On another note, my mom was so amazed by how well it worked she made me go buy another kit and clean her headlights too!" β€”Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two styles).

    14. A sweet lil' No Face car charm. Oh, to be a spirit swinging away on a rearview mirror!

    no face from spirited away sits on swing hanging from mirror
    Snapcrowd

    Get it from Snapcrowd on Etsy for $9.99.

    15. A durable, three-pocket folding car trunk organizer to keep your stuff secured in one place instead of say, rolling around in your truck.

    bin with pockets on the outside and handles
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It was just what I needed for my messy and unorganized truck! I wanted something not too bulky, but just the right size to help me reorganize my trunk. This product did that for me. I was also concerned that it’ll move when I drove but luckily there is Velcro on the bottom that secures it in place while you drive, and sure enough it did just that! This product does not take up a lot of space and gives you the right amount of measure to place other things like groceries and a suitcase. I am completely satisfied and content with this product! I wish I had it all along!" β€”Sheneese

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    16. A two-sided wheel desk so you can comfortably work or eat in your parked car. Wow, is that a Honda Civic or a 5-star restaurant?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "As an outside sales rep, I sometimes feel like I live in my car. This dual-purpose tray is a must-have if you need a well-positioned mobile desk or a less awkward way to eat (and avoid wearing) your lunch. It's nice that both sides are functional β€” a food tray complete with a cup holder on one side, and a smooth flat writing surface on the other. You won't have to worry about getting grease or food residue on your paperwork! Also works well with small laptops or your iPad. Made of high-impact plastic, it won't melt or warp if you leave it sitting in your hot car... virtually indestructible. I can't imagine how I lived without one of these for so many years!" β€”Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A comfy, memory foam chair cushion for anyone whose butt needs a little extra support and comfort on long drives.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Works great, helps to relieve some pressure from sitting. This is a great memory foam cushion for office chairs or your couch. You really can feel the difference. This is thick, and feels like it will last for a really long time. I've been using mine for a couple of weeks and already feel a little better. The cover is removable for washing, and the stitching is done really well. I recommend this to anyone who has to sit for more than a few hours." β€”phillygirl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    18. A teeny-tiny trashcan that fits in your car's cup holder so you have no excuse for all the gum wrappers and tissues littering the passenger seat.

    tiny trash can in cup holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart-size Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" β€”Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. Or a larger trash bin for bigger messes and longer trips.

    waste bin that attaches to front seats
    Amazon

    This 1.85-gallon trashcan has adjustable straps and a waterproof interior, and it's leakproof!

    Promising review: "This is a very convenient addition to my car and fits perfectly without being in the way of passengers in the second row seating area. I highly recommend. Fits easily in vehicles that have a center armrest in the front passenger seating area. Universal fit." β€”Paula D. Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    20. A powerful wheel cleaner made with an acid-free and pH-balanced formula to obliterate any speck of dirt on your hub caps.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It will take one look from your friends to say. 'Did you buy some new wheels?' This stuff is absolutely amazing. For the full effect, dismount your wheel, spray the back. Go do something for 10 minutes. Wash with water, no scrubbing needed. Turn the rim face up, do it again. Do the rest of your rims, and don't forget the tire protectant when you reinstall them. This stuff will handle salt, road tar, off-road dirt and mud; you get it dirty, it comes clean. Where was this stuff when I was racing off-road?" β€”johnfcon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.34.

    21. A pair of pet hair-removing brushes because Fido is a great co-pilot, but wow does he shed a lot.

    Amazon

    Promising review: Really impressed with these! We have a dog that sheds like it’s his job and our car is always extremely difficult to vacuum. These really picked up the hair with minimal effort. I’ve also used on our home area rugs and got way better results than our shark vacuum. Left the carpets feeling soft as well. I’d definitely recommend for any pet owner!"β€”jonathanc1222

    Get it a pack of two from Amazon for $18.

    22. A console side pocket with a piggy bank and cup holder. Change organized instead of under a seat? This thing pays for itself!

    Amazon, youtube.com

    You can order one for the driver's side seat or passenger's side seat.

    Promising review: "I put this in last night and went to work today and everything was perfect. I did have to install the foam spacers (included) to make it a really snug fit. It would have still worked without it but I like things perfect. So now the coins go in the coin pocket and my keys and other work related accessories go in the bigger pocket. This is one of the best cheap life hacks you can get if you're a car person and/or just like being organized and neat." β€”R.Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available with or without cupholder).

    23. A car washing mitt made of microfiber material that'll gently lift away dirt, soak up suds, and leave a smooth finish with no risk of scratches.

    Amazon

    Oh and when you're done you can just go ahead and toss this in the washing machine β€” so easy!

    Promising review: "I've owned many mitts in the past and this one is right up there with the best. I like a mitt that's thin enough to feel through, yet thick enough to hold the water and suds and not feel cheap. I also like a mitt to stay firm to my wrist, yet easily be able to spin around and not have to take another dip into the bucket, so I can utilize both sides. This mitt meets all of these requirements and is cheap enough to replace once a year." β€”WoodTurner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    24. Resin car coasters that'll make you feel like you're driving with a little piece of the ocean with you. This is way better than just having a bunch of sand all over the seats.

    coasters in cup holders with glittery water and sand
    SummerAzureDesign

    Get two from SummerAzureDesign on Etsy for $10.

    25. An air mattress you can place in the backseat to instantly turn your sedan into a bedroom.

    mattress in back of car
    amazon.com

    It comes with one air mattress, two inflatable pillows, one inflator/deflator pump, one repair kit, and one storage bag.

    Promising Review: "I have to say that this is amazing! This bed can be used in a truck or the back of a car, which is so practical. The machine it comes with helps it inflate quickly. It can also be used anytime you're camping, not just in a car. It shocked me how spacious the back seat was with this air mattress. And the cushion is very comfortable. It's easily portable because it's not heavy at all. Such good quality!" β€”Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in four colors).

    26. An all-purpose car cleaner that works for leather, vinyl, carpet, upholstery, plastic, and rubber. Just marinate your whole sedan in this stuff.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    27. A bumper sticker remover you attach to a drill to remove any unwanted band stickers, political campaigns, or other regrettable logos. Goodbye, Eve 6 sticker! You are gone but not forgotten.

    before: car with bumper stickers after: car with no bumper stickers
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don't like bumper stickers. At all. This removed all of them in 25-30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future." β€”PrestidgeSouthside

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    28. A blind spot mirror so switching lanes doesn't have to be a heart-stopping moment of terror.

    small round mirror stuck to side mirror
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these for my mom's car and mine a while back and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel in the city." β€”Mariam Abass

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in three shapes).

    29. A ball of slime putty that's really fun to play with β€” but don't forget to use it to clean up anything with lots of nooks and crannies.

    slime-like ball being pushed into vent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on the keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. LOL." β€”Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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