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    22 Car Products That Must've Been Designed By Geniuses

    Truly there is a whole world of car accessories out there I did not know about.

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    1. A stick-on shade to help keep your car from becoming as hot as a sauna on sunny days.

    The shade in use in a car window with the door open
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These shades work great. With a freshly cleaned window they stick to the glass quickly, even in Arizona. They fold up easily and stay on indefinitely."—Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87.

    2. A drop stop car seat gap filler you'll feel calmer just thinking about. Imagine — never a misplaced phone or fry lost to the abyss of your car again.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. Little did I realize it would become one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car, and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat. There really isn't another product that compares to this. That's why I gave it 5 stars." —Tessa Forbes

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A clever stowaway trash can to stuff trash into what looks like any other car organizer 'til it's filled. Take that, friends who throw their trash on your car floor like you're driving around a dumpster.

    A hand placing a bottle into the trash can in a vehicle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely hate having trash in my car. This trash bin is actually pretty good looking. It has two pockets on the sides and one on the front. I let this trash can hang behind my passenger-side headrest, and it's easily accessible while I'm driving. It's pretty sturdy, and I'm surprised at how much fits in here." —BlessedSIren

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A steering wheel desk for anyone who needs a mess-free way to eat in their parked car, or a comfortable on-the-go working station.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    (You don't drive with this thing, of course.)

    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 — 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!" —Mike

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

    5. A blindspot mirror that's genius, safe, and practical as heck.

    The blindspot mirror in use on a vehicle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really like these mirrors. The extended length provides a wide field of view, and they are adjustable vertically for proper view regardless of driver height. I would definitely purchase these again, as they are the best I have found." —RSH

    Get ttwo from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. An essential oil diffuser designed to clip onto your vent and deodorize the car. Just apply your fave essential oil to the felt pad inside the locket!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "High quality! I was not expecting such a hearty piece of hardware! Came with plenty of little pads. The clasp has a built-in magnet and a slight clip to it so it has a good strong hold closed. Also the clips that attach to the vent are built solidly too. Beautiful designs on front. I put a few drops of oil on mine and put it in my car and the whole car is scented! Comes in a cute little package perfect for gifts. Will be buying again for second car and as gifts! 100% recommend! —Alaina

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.99 (comes with 12 felt scent pads).

    7. An orthopedic cushion people swear by for staying comfy on long drives. If you spend a lot of time in your car, this is the cushion for you!

    the memory foam cushion placed on a passenger seat of a car
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The rubberized dots on the reverse side stay in place on my car's seat when I sit inside my car. The memory foam supports my lower body, and keeps me from shifting positions on long drives. I have used a similar cushion from another manufacturer, and I have to say the material covering this memory foam cushion is superior. I will continue to purchase this product and will recommend it to all my friends and relatives." —Michael Snow

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in five colors).

    8. A phone grip strip to keep your phone in place so you can glance at GPS or Spotify without using your hands.

    a smartphone stuck to the grip strip in a car
    Firebox

    Get it from Firebox for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    9. A pair of durable escape tracks lightweight enough to store in the car in case you get stuck in the snow, sand, or a ditch on the road.

    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 6 stars I would have!" —sean

    Get them from Amazon for $133.62 (available in three colors).

    10. A heavy-duty power inverter that'll allow you to charge a computer, blow up an air mattress, run a projector for a DIY drive-in, or accomplish all sorts of other possibilities!

    A close-up of the power inverter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Now that’s power! On long driving trips we all need to power our various electrical accessories; those things we have come to consider necessities. For my wife it was a heating pad and for me my laptop. We tried other smaller inverters, the kind that makes your cigarette plug look like an AC plug, but they were loud and would only work temporarily for the heat pad. This unit does have a fan but only turns on when needed; so far our unit has powered the heat pad quietly and continuously. Since my laptop requires less power I anticipate the same when I use that too. We love this unit and highly recommend it." —George

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    11. A heavy-duty expandable car hanger bar so the car can get loaded up with clothes, plants, dry-cleaning, and whatever else you need — the easy way.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These were a lifesaver during a recent move. My girlfriend and I just moved about 20 miles, and we were faced with deciding how to move all of our clothing. We didn't really want to remove all of our hanging clothing, fold them, pack them, move them, and then have to unpack them again for such a short move. Thanks to these clothes bars, we were able to move our clothes one car-load at a time instead. The bar is very strong and high-quality. Her car has hooks and mine has handles, and this worked great for both. It can handle a huge amount of weight." —Mike Chrisley

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    12. A clever seatbelt pillow cover for anyone with kids who are always falling asleep in the back seat. Voila, instant headrest!

    Amazon

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    13. A restorative headlight cleaning kit that'll make your lights shine like new so you can see better when you're driving at night!

    before: cloudy headlight after: clear headlight
    amazon.com

    Set includes: gloves, surface activator (an activator that 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!" —Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A pair of versatile back seat headrest hooks so you can snap these on, hang up your bag, and focus on the journey ahead.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered a pair of these hooks for my wife's car so she'd have places to hang her waste bin, purse, and other bags. They went on with a quick snap. And they have stayed in place with no issues.” —Baseman

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. A 4-gallon compact wet-dry shop vacuum that'll clean up dirt, dry messes, and spills — you can skip the gas station vacuum and detail at home.

    A person using the shop vac to clean a truck
    The Home Depot

    Set includes: a 20-foot cord, a 7-foot hose, two extension wands, a utility nozzle, a car nozzle, a standard filter, built-in accessory caddy, and a life-long warranty

    Promising review: "If my van was stolen an I had to start all over again, this would be the vacuum I’d buy; hands down. The suction is consistently powerful no matter what you’re cleaning. It’s lightweight, portable, and the tool caddy on the back is perfect for my brushes and attachments. It easily wheels around vehicles and its low profile helps avoid getting stuck on tow hitches." —Corey

    Get it from The Home Depot for $89.94.

    16. A car air mattress to take car naps, camping trips, and overnight adventures to the next level of comfort.

    quilted inflatable bed in back of car
    Amazon

    Set includes: air mattress, two inflatable pillows, one inflator/deflator pump, one repair kit, and 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!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. A lint-free car duster people swear by, as will you, for keeping your car shiny and dust-free on the daily.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m extremely fussy about keeping my Ram 2500 clean — I do some type of detailing every morning before leaving for work because the truck lives outside, and there is so much dust and pollen here that there’s always a fuzzy coating on it. The Ultimate Car Duster does an amazing job of lifting the dust away while being gentle on the paint. Get the large size with extendable handle if you have a large vehicle — it’s worth it. I’ve got a collection of different brands of dusters, and the Ultimate does the best job — removes the dust instead of pushing it around." —Robert M.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available as a single brush or set).

    18. A personalized car air freshener to keep the car smelling phenomenal in the most unique way I have ever seen. Choose your scent, upload a few faces of your choice, and these babies will be at your door in 6-10 business days.

    the air freshener in three different faces
    Firebox

    *Uploads high-res photos kittens and mangos to hang in my car.*

    Promising review: "Ordering was easy and the preview matched the finished product! These were a gift and the recipient really enjoyed them!"

    Get a set of three from Firebox for $19.99 (available in 10 scents).

    19. And a set of bamboo charcoal air purifying bags you can count on to remove unwanted and smelly car odors the natural way.

    A charcoal bag on the back dashboard of a car
    Amazon

    Promising review: "No BS, these things work and this is a great deal for four bags of 500g Bamboo charcoal. Don't waste your time with bags smaller than 500g. It has large charcoal chunks inside which work better in my experience than some of the other bags that have small granules of charcoal. The bag build quality is as good as the Moso bags, which I think started the bamboo charcoal craze. How do they work? Well they will freshen the air around the bag, expect a five-foot diameter around the bag. If you place them in a closed space they should filter the entire space over a period of time. You can smell it working, it has a static crisp smell, like fresh air on a snowy winter day. Right out of the bag it's very noticeable. When it starts to fade just toss in the sun (UV light) for a few hours to give it some filtering power back." —B. Baginski

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $15.89.

    20. A handy keychain car escape tool that'll break your car window and cut your seatbelt in the event of an emergency so you can get out of the car safe and sound, god forbid.

    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."—pete33

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in one or two-packs and in seven colors).

    21. A waterproof nonslip trunk organizer so you can keep all the junk in the trunk organized, tidy, and in the right place!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was so happy with this when it came! It's the perfect size for the trunk space in my Subaru Outback, it's super durable and the bottom spacers make it feel extra sturdy. I love to organize clutter in my storage area, so this has really been a great solution. It fits all of my emergency gear, changes of clothes, and the outside mesh pockets are great for my bike tools. I'm so happy with it I'm actually ordering a second for my groceries!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    22. And a frost guard windshield cover honestly anyone who owns a car in a cold climate needs to own. Where was this when I was scraping snow from my windshield with a wet mitten at 8 a.m. in college?

    A hand peeling the frost guard off the clean windshield with snow on the hood of the car
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am in central NY for college and figured I should invest in one for my new car. Fits my Hyundai Sonata like a glove and works amazing. I will recommend it to anyone looking for a good windshield cover. Worth every penny!! I got an XL for my 2011 Sonata." —Shelby Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors and mutiple sizes).

    How your car is gonna be feeling pretty soon!

    @Netflix / Via Giphy

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