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    Updated on Jan 29, 2019. Posted on Jan 17, 2019

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

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    1. A windshield cover to protect your car from the stormy weather ahead. It'll also get you to work on time 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 three sizes and two colors).

    2. A polymer compound grip strip you can pop on your dashboard to grab and hold onto your smartphone, sunglasses, pens, keys and pretty much anything else you can think of.

    Firebox

    The material is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, glue-less and won't leave any stains!

    Promising review: ""I gave it to my mother, she loved it. Perfect to drive while looking at Waze or other GPS apps. It sticks very well!"" —Jeremy

    Get it from Firebox for $8.99.

    3. A car washing mitt made of microfiber material that'll pick up dirt, soak up suds, and leave a smooth finish — all without leaving behind a scratch.

    Amazon

    Oh and when you're done you can just go ahead and 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 $8.04.

    4. A non-slip, orthopedic memory foam cushion that'll promote healthy posture so anyone who suffers back or tailbone pain while driving can feel instant relief.

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    Promising review: "I suffer from chronic coccyx pain. Ahhhh! Relief! I don't have words for how this instantly relieved much of my pain. The cut out of the cushion is perfect to relieve the tender area. It fits perfectly in my office chair. Worth every penny! One side is a soft fabric. The bottom is grippy to help it stay in place. I plan to also take it with me when I travel by car as that is the most painful sitting for me. It fits well in my car so I'm very happy for that!" —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    5. A console side pocket with a piggy bank for putting loose change (great for tolls and parking) and a longer pocket trailing behind for your keys, phone, and wallet. Did I mention it also has a cupholder?!

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    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." —R.Garcia

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

    6. A collapsible car trunk organizer to neatly store all the things you keep in your car. It has non-slip bottom strips so your valuables don't go flying about in the backseat while you're driving.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is so great! As soon as I got it I got to organizing my truck, and everything fits perfectly! There’s a detachable separator if you have items you don’t want to touch and that’s good. Also multiple pockets for little things you may need like pen and paper. It sticks perfectly to my truck floor so nothing moves around while I’m driving, which is the biggest plus for me!" —zionthecustomer24

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    7. A (3D printed!) clip-on sauce holder for your air vent so you can have optimal snacking abilities when you can't wait to dig into those fresh and hot nuggets! The "Dip-lock" design allows any size sauce to sit comfortably and snug so as to not fall out.

    Limit3DitionShop

    Promising review: "This is the coolest most innovative thing I’ve ever seen. This person needs to go on Shark Tank. So convenient and awesome that it comes in colors." —Julie Jones

    Get it from Limit3DitionShop on Etsy for $9.50.

    8. A compact trash bin that'll hang conveniently nearby so you can keep your car clean and tidy day-to-day — and especially for longer car rides or trips!

    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." —Paula D. Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A 2.5-gallon wet and dry vacuum perfect for those hard-to-reach spots between seat cushions and inside air vents.

    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." —MJKeys

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    10. A portable car jump starter, phone charger, and battery booster all rolled into one that'll come in handy when you need it the most. It has up to 20 jumpstarts and up to four smartphone full battery cycles on a single charge!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing has saved my bacon (and some other people) several times! I must have a battery going bad in my full sized Chevy van with big V8 engine. Several times I have turned the key and the engine will not crank. I hooked up this wonderful gadget and the van starts right up. I can have it started in about two minutes time from when I find out the battery is dead. Just this week a motorcyclists battery was dead at the gas station I was filling up at. I said no worries friend. I got out the NOCO and we jumped his motorcycle in a jiffy. He was very appreciative and I was happy to help a stranger in distress out. This thing just plain works and it holds its charge for a long time. I could not be happier with it." —J Kessler

    Get it from Amazon for $99.50 (available in four varieties).

    11. A collection of small collapsible cart bags you'll use while shopping to separate categories of food. Then they go straight from the cart to the car!

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    Promising review: "I'm a stickler on how my groceries are packed. I hate half-full bags — I'm one lady, I can't carry five or six half-full bags of groceries. These bags, however, are so easy to carry! It takes the guesswork out of bagging groceries! No more multiple trips in and out of the house and no more hundreds of plastic bags floating around my kitchen! One trip, easy to carry, reusable, and good for Mother Earth. LOVE!" —Amazon Customer

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $39.99.

    12. A blind spot mirror perfect for catching those out-of-view spots that can often get you into sticky situations if unchecked.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I looked at most of the blind spot mirrors on Amazon and settled on this one. I really like that the mirror is low profile and doesn't have a border around it. It is good quality with no flaws. Once installed it looks like it was meant to be there and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. It is also tiltable in all directions which was absolutely a requirement. If it is not adjustable, then most of your view will be of the side of your car." — Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97 (also available in three other shapes).

    13. 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.

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    Promising review: "These clip to the air vents of a vehicle and improve the overall odor SO MUCH! They’re passive; all you have to do is remember to ‘charge’ them with the oil of your choice. I have small children and a giant Newfoundland dog, and yesterday it was raining AND I had to change a dirty diaper in the parking lot. When we returned to the car after running errands, it just smelled nice. No wet dog or residual diaper smell." — Raising_Arrows316

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.99. (comes with 12 felt scent pads).

    14. A compact digital tire gauge with a digital LED display so you can accurately assess your car's tire pressure, day or night.

    Amazon

    Store it in your glove compartment or center console for when the day comes that you'll need it!

    Promising review: "This is my third digital tire gauge. I like it better than the others because the non-slip texture makes it easy to hold on to, the LED light makes it really easy to use in the dark, and it easily forms a seal with the valve stem to get an accurate read on the first try." — IT-Guy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    15. A natural air-purifying bag that will eliminate unwanted odors from your car without adding any artificial scents that often induce headaches.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing. When I got it I was hesitant to believe that it would work but it does! My boyfriend smokes cigarettes in my car and every time I would get back in the car the smell was overwhelming, but now the smell is gone! It doesn't create good odors but it definitely eliminates all of the bad ones. I will definitely be buying another one soon." — Beffanyyy

    Learn about more ways to use these deodorizing bags in our Moso charcoal bag review!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors and a variety of pack sizes).

    16. A pair of pet hair–removing brushes for the person with a furry friend who likes to roll around the seats as if it were their own car.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Who knew these handy little guys would work so well brushing away hair from upholstery or carpets? I keep one at home and one in my car." —Jane Jenerette

    Get it a pack of two from Amazon for $9.45.

    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.

    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." — The Crew Dawg

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. A Dwight Schrute or Jim Halpert car freshener, because you just can't beet the smell of a fresh car on your way to the office.

    VictoryScreechLabs

    Promising review: "OMG! My daughter just went crazy over the Dwight Air Freshener! She has it hanging in her room and says it cracks her up every time she sees it!! Thanks for a fun product for The Office fans!" —Etsy Customer

    Scent options include: Apple, Bay Rum, Candy Cane, Cherry, Mulled Cider, Orange Chili, Patchouli, Pumpkin, Rose Jam, Strawberry, Vanilla, Waffle Cone

    Get them from VictoryScreechLabs on Etsy for $7. Get the Jim Halpert one from the same shop for $7.

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

    Amazon

    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." — Lynette Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    20. A keychain car escape tool able 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this product for my wife and one for my daughter. In 2010, she had a car accident and had to use the seat belt cutter and the glass impact hammer after she went off a bridge and into the water... I believe it helped save her life." — Samuel G. Gentry

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

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

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    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!" —Brad

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

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

    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!" — Sean

    Get them from Amazon for $139.16.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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