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    25 Game-Changing Things For Your Car You'll Probably Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

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    1. A bumper sticker remover that'll attach to your drill for quick and easy removal of stickers you don't want in your life anymore.

    Before and after of a car with bumper stickers and then without bumper stickers
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    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 with no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bumper stickers in the future." —PrestidgeSouthside

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    2. A near-universal phone holder to make playing road trip tunes and long talks with your mom all the more accessible and safe!

    A phone holder attached to the car vent
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    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 whatever way 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 OtterBox tightly. I have already made a long trip of nearly 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." —maiji

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    3. A Velcro storage wall that fits against one side of your sedan's trunk to keep things contained and prevent them from rolling around in the back while you drive.

    The storage wall Velcroed to the side with items snug inside
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    Promising review: "I found this product after spending more than a year trying to find a trunk organizer that didn't take up all of the limited space in the trunk of my Civic. I've driven about 100 miles on NYC area highways, and it's held tight and kept everything organized." —Penny Wise

    Get one from Amazon for $22.99.

    4. A pair of kick mats to protect the back of your seats if you have kids along for the ride.

    A kid in a backseat of a car with their feet kicking the front seat but the cover is protecting the back of the car seat
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    It fits most sedan, SUV, and minivan seats. They buckle on using two elastic straps.

    Promising review: "They installed in seconds in my 2016 Hyundai Sonata. I was worried about the light interior color and messy children, so these mats are a perfect solution. Went back and forth on whether or not to buy these particular kick mats because I was worried about the strap visibility. Even though it is visible, it is not unsightly and could possibly even be shoved into the crack of the seat little further depending upon the type of seat you have. So far so good." —Annie D

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. An air mattress for literally anytime you're in your car and need it to also be a bed. Camping, long road trips, etc!

    The air mattress laid out in a car back seat
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    It comes with one air mattress, two inflatable pillows, one inflator/deflator pump, 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!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in seven colors).

    6. A microfiber car washing mitt that'll pick up dirt, soak up suds, and leave behind a smooth finish — all without scratching your vehicle.

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    Oh and when you're done you can just toss this in the washing machine — 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." —WoodTurner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.40.

    7. A car seat gap organizer for keeping cash for tolls and parking and for holding your keys, phone, and wallet.

    The car seat gap organizer holding a phone, cash, sunglasses, and more
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    Promising review: "I love this product!! I'm always dropping things and they fall in between or under the seat! Not only do these pockets prevent that, but they can also be used to store items like my cell phone and lip balm. The pockets fit perfectly between my seat and center console." —Dea

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16.96 (available in two colors)

    8. A mesh organizer to stretch across the back of your trunk to keep your groceries from bouncing all around. You want to make your scrambled eggs at home, not in the back seat!

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    You'll need those handy hooks in the back of your vehicle to make it work or pick up some Command hooks while you're checking out!

    Promising review: "I have used these pocket nets in each of my last three cars, one being an SUV. I wouldn't be without these. I like not having to climb into the trunk or the back end of the SUV to retrieve items that rolled or slid. Bought another one because my new SUV's larger than my last, and that one wouldn't fit in my new trunk. My wife wouldn't let me take the larger one out of her car so another purchase was required; wouldn't be without one!" —N. Beattie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    9. A powerful wheel cleaner made with an acid-free and pH-balanced formula to penetrate dirt and grime safely with incredible results.

    A before and after image of a dirty hubcap becoming clean after using the product
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    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?" —johnfcon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.42.

    10. A portable car vacuum perfect for those hard-to-reach spots between seat cushions and inside air vents.

    A person using the vacuum on their seat cushion
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    Promising review: "OK so I went ahead and tried out my car vac today. It worked like a champ. It picked up the dirt and debris perfectly. The attachments it comes with were great; exactly what you need to pick up the crumbs, pet hairs, dirt from your shoes, etc." —Minkerbell

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    11. A blind-spot mirror so you can catch those out-of-view spots that can often get you into sticky situations if unchecked.

    The blind spot mirror stuck on the car mirror
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    Promising review: "I purchased this one because there is no bezel that takes up space when the rear view mirror is already so small and you'll need whatever space you can get. The angle is also adjustable. Of all the ones I've purchased, this seemed to fit and look the best." —LiterOfPeter

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in packs of two or four and in four shapes).

    12. A bug remover to rid your car of unwanted gunk while leaving behind the things you want like a clean shine and your paint still intact.

    a before and after of a car mirror with bug splatter on it and then none left after using the product
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    Promising review: "This item was recommended by a stranger in the next RV lot at a campground hundreds of miles from home. This Good Samaritan brought his bottle over, sprayed down the front of my bus, and then just wiped half an inch of smashed bugs off it! Just like magic. He then smiled, shook my hand, and left. When we got within two days of home, we ordered this, and it was delivered the day after we arrived. Again, it worked just like magic." —Hikes in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A replacement air filter because you're going to gasp when you look at how dirty your current one is (and you don't want to be inhaling that anymore)!

    A reviewer comparing their dirty, gray air filter and their new, white air filter
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    Promising review: "I know very little about cars but I do know quite a bit about saving money. I went to get my airbag replaced this past month and they recommended I replace my cabin air filter. It was going to cost $60 and $40 for labor!! I YouTubed a tutorial and it looked so simple. I bought one on Amazon (same brand) for less than $20!!! For a 26-year-old (completely inexperienced with cars) who spent 10 minutes on YouTube and an extra 10 minutes in installation, I saved over $80!!! I probably would have had to wait at the dealer more than the 20 minutes it took me overall and would have had to pay an extra $80. No thank you!!" —Vanessa C.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

    14. An essential oil diffuser to clip on your car vent. Simply apply essential oil to the felt pad inside the locket for the new car smell of your dreams.

    the diffuser you clip on your car vent in pink and green with a floral design on the front
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    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 solid 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 and 12 felt scent pads from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A pair of pet hair-removing brushes for the person with a furry friend who likes to roll around on the seats as if they own the car.

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    Promising review: Really impressed with these! We have a dog who 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!" —jonathanc1222

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

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

    The hook hanging from the headrest holding a purse
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    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 what I hung on them so far." —L.H

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors and as a four-pack).

    17. A set of seat gap fillers so when you inevitably drop your phone between the seat and the center console, you won't have to stick your arm down the dark crevice of doom and despair to find it.

    The seat gap filler sliding over the seat belt
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    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." —The Crew Dawg

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $22.99.

    18. A keychain car escape tool to both cut your seat belt and break your car window in emergency situations where you'll need to get out of your car as quickly and safely as possible.

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    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." —Shesinstpete33710

    Get it from Amazon for $11.11+ (available in a variety of colors and in multipacks).

    19. A pair of lightweight and durable escape tracks you'll be grateful to have if you ever get stuck in a tough spot.

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    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!" —Arianna

    Get two from Amazon for $124.99 (available in three colors and three sizes).

    20. A restorative headlight cleaning kit to make your car look so shiny and new, people will think you just drove it off the lot.

    A before and after of a headlight with the after looking brand new
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    The kit includes gloves, the 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!" —Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    21. A two-sided wheel desk so you can take a pit stop on a long road trip and eat comfortably (or get some work done) right in the comfort of your parked car!

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    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 $12.99.

    22. A pack of six cable clips that'll finally organize your car charging situation by keeping cords in their place, because gravity has been making your life harder for 👏far 👏too 👏long.

    Two cable clips attached to the dashboard of a car holding two charging cords off the ground
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    Promising review: "If you have devices that need to be charged and you want to keep your cables neat, tidy, and in place, you need this product. You could also use your imagination to find other uses! I have purchased two packs of these and used them all! I simply could not imagine life without these cable clips!" —Mike Tickle

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.97.

    23. A leather cleaner and conditioner made with powerful ingredients that'll remove stains and discoloration, while also softening worn-down leather, so your car will look and *feel* brand-new!

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    It works on any color of leather you happen to own, from beige to gray to black! First you go in to remove the dirt with the cleaner, then follow up with the no-rinse conditioner, which leaves the leather lightly shined and super soft.

    Promising review: "The stuff is amazing and absolutely worth buying. First I applied leather cleaner and allowed it to sit for a few minutes. Then I took a towel to remove dirt. Next I used my hands to rub the leather treatment in cracks and stitches, and took a small clean cloth wiping residual off. My leather never looked this good. About a half-bottle left after applying on Acura TL, Nissan Armada SUV, F-350 pickup, and Harley Davidson leather seat. Placed the cloth in a sealed zip lock bag to reuse again. Best leather treatment I have found." —Spiderman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    24. A dog bowl water bottle that will keep your precious pups hydrated in the car while you're off on the next adventure.

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    Who's a good boy?!

    Promising review: "We have four dogs and have wasted a lot of water over the years in collapsible bowls. Purchased this before taking them all for a week long beach trip and now wish we had discovered it sooner! So easy to use (especially on the go), no waste, and the dogs love it! We do a lot of hiking with our pups and are thrilled to find something to make water breaks so much quicker and easier!" —T. Wood

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).

    25. A windshield cover to protect your car from stormy weather. It'll also get you to where you're going faster, because you won't be scraping ice and snow off your windshield.

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    The shield cover is made with straps that hang down and attach to your cars' wheels for a secure and tight fit. This keeps snow/wind/and frost from building up under the cover!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing I could have ever bought! I bought one for myself, my mom, and my sister. New England just got slammed with a nor'easter, and let me tell you...this thing works! It only took about five minutes to put on my car, and like five seconds to get it off this morning. No snow or ice anywhere on the wiper well or windshield. I highly recommend this!" —Shelley

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in two sizes).

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