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23 Clever Car Accessories That You'll Actually Use

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the things they use to make their car just that much better. Here are their 🚙 recommendations:

1. This Frost Guard that saves you from scraping ice off your windshield.

"If you park outside and ever deal with frost/snow/ice, your life will change after getting a Frost Guard. The best, most time saving $20 I ever spent." —meganj4aa442abc

Price: $20

2. This dash cam so you don't get screwed in an accident.

"I got one because I was the victim of a hit and run, and also due to how many close calls (at the fault of others) I was having. I want to be sure I have irrefutable evidence if I’m ever in an accident. Not only that, but I tend to capture a lot of dumb/dangerous driving from others, which serves as a reminder of why I bought the dashcam in the first place." —blackzephyr

Price: $120

3. This seatbelt cutter tool for daring escapes.

"In northern Wisconsin, driving your vehicle on the frozen lake to go ice fishing is a big deal. An essential tool if you’re going to do that, is an item that can break the car window and cut your seatbelt. When people do drive on the ice, 99% do drive with the windows open and their seat belts off just in case they break through." —emilyb77

Price: $10

4. This Bath and Body Works vent-clip that will greet you with sweet scents and freshness.,

"I have two in my car (currently filled with the watermelon lemonade scent) and I am greeted by the sweet smell of freshness each time in get in the car. Obsessed! Plus, they’re super adorable and come in a ton of designs and scents." —brookem4803f1623

Price: $15

5. These weatherproof floor mats that will make cleaning your car so much easier.

"I work in a bakery and my non-slip shoes always have TONS of crap on them. It makes cleaning my car a lot easier." —gptejeda

Price: $150

6. This survival kit because you never know when disaster will hit.

"I’ve never been at home when a destructive earthquake has hit, but so far I've been able to get home within 12 hours. But some day I won’t." —maryann02

Price: $95

7. This Twistep to create a platform to help your dog jump into the back of your car.

"It hooks to the hitch, rotating out for use, and back under for driving. It makes that big leap into the back (or the need for a boost from me) unnecessary! My doggies waltz right up like a regular stair!" —kellyd43b5fb356

Price: $250

8. This remote starter so you can have your car toasty warm before you get in.

"If you live ANYWHERE that gets cold and snowy (like Chicago), you don’t want one, you NEED one." —sitkal

Price: $38

9. This mounted notepad for writing down your deep thoughts or accident details.

"It comes in handy when you get in an accident, witness an accident, or even just to jot something down (after you stop, of course)." —courtiepaigee

Price: $10

10. This bag of cat litter to help your tires get unstuck in the snow.

"Just throw down some cat litter in front of the tires to get moving." —AL401

Price: $15

11. This backseat pet cover that will keep your car clean and stop your pet from slipping.

"This cover protects the entire back seat, plus the backs of the front seats. It has handy pockets to keep leashes, treats, etc. And it’s affordable, considering how great it is! Well worth the money!" —meganf4384a5a1f

Price: $20

12. This Garmin GPS so you don't have to drain your phone or use your data.

"It comes in handy if my phone is dying, I don't have service, or if I've run out of data." —Lexi Morissette, Facebook

Price: $116

13. This battery pack that will jump your car and charge your devices.

"It will charge your battery without needing another vehicle. That really saved me when I had my old car." —nemi1969

Price: $60

14. Photo boxes to help you organize your supplies.

"I use pretty photo boxes from Michael’s to keep blankets, jumper cables, water, first aid kit, flashlights, etc." —BrookeTX

Price: $5

15. This small trashcan you can strap to the back of your seats.

"You’d be surprised how much garbage you collect, especially on road trips." —grr469

Price: $15

16. This fire extinguisher for when the mixtape is too good.

"Most car fires aren't the flaming explosions in the movies: they start in the electrical system, often in the dash. If you can nip it the bud, the damage may not be too bad (you'll still probably need a tow), but if you have to wait for emergency services, that five minutes is often enough to have your car turn into a bonfire." —Shelley Elwood, Facebook

Price: $20

17. This AUX cable so you can play your podcasts on the road.

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Price: $5

18. This Swiss Army rescue knife that can handle any situation.

"It has a window breaker, glass cutter, a seatbelt cutter, and a 5-inch knife." —Amber Mari, Facebook

Price: $60

19. This sunshade to keep your car cooler in the sun.

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"They’re cheap and it only takes a few seconds to put it in the windshield when you’re getting out of the car. It reflects away the sun. It keeps my car at least 20° cooler in the summer. No more big whoosh of air so hot it could cook you when you open the door" —renan4406f03ee

Price: $13

20. This air compressor for all your deflated tire needs.

"It has saved my backside twice, as well as my brother's." —Kara Cosser, Facebook

Price: $66

21. This bag of bamboo charcoal that absorbs all of your unpleasant odors.

"I bought a car whose previous owner had smoked in it. I kid you not, within a few days, the smell was GONE. Just put this in the sun every so often to 'rejuvenate' the charcoal for a long-lasting, clean air smell." —asplashoflime

Price: $10

22. This purse hanger keeps all the shit in your purse from spilling.

"My sister bought me this on Amazon and it prevents me from spilling all the shit in my purse whenever I make a hard turn." —teeawwnuhh

Price: $7

23. This roadside kit to help in any unforeseen emergency.

"I got a roadside kit when I got my first car way back in the day and out of all the stuff in it, the jumper cables are the only things I’ve ever used." —RCIAG

Price: $22

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