There are lots of inexpensive car accessories that you can use to make your car more pleasant to ride in and more accessible to drive safely. Wouldn't you love to have a better rearview mirror, brighter headlights, and a fresh-smelling interior? Here is a list of eight cheap car accessories that you can get for under $15.00. They will make your life easier for next to nothing.
Is there a cheap table-top type flat surface car accessory?
There are five or six different types of portable flat table-top type accessories for under $15.00. There is some slight variation in size, but they are all around 16 inches wide and 11 inches deep. They simply attach to the steering wheel. They are generally universal, fitting just about any steering wheel, but there have been a few complaints about them not fitting quite right in a particular car. Measure your steering wheel before you order. Check out the Zento Deals Black Multi-purpose Portable Car Desk when you're ready to buy. It sells on Amazon for $12.25.
What can I use to restore old, discolored car headlamps?
Turtle Wax sells an excellent Headlight Lens Restorer Kit for under $7.00. This kit works like a charm. You will have to use it on your headlamps every 6 to 12 months to keep them clear.
Is there a good smartphone holder for under $15?
There are a couple of good smartphone holders for under $15.00. Newegg sells the iOttie Easy View 2 Universal Car Mount Holder for $14.95. It is designed to hold the iPhone 6, 5s, 5c and 4S but will hold any smartphone between 2.3 and 3.5 inches wide. It can be affixed to the dashboard or windshield quickly and easily with a sticky gel pad that comes with the holder.
ABAOLUX makes a handy little smartphone holder that clamps onto an air vent. It is called the Air Vent Phone Holder Car Mount and only costs $9.95 on Amazon. This one holds smartphones between 1.9 and 3.7 inches wide.
Is there an inexpensive way to improve visibility through my back window?
Type-A convex mirrors improve visibility, eliminate blind spots and help you keep an eye on back seat passengers. The Broadway BW847 300mm mirror is only $10.44 on Amazon with free shipping. The mirror is about 12 inches wide and 3 inches high. It just attaches to the rearview mirror that's already in your car. There are other similar mirrors, but this one is a #1 Best Seller.
What can I do to get rid of blind spots on either side of my car?
Affix blind spot mirrors to your side mirrors. There are many options that cost under $10.00. The LIBERRWAY Blind Spot Mirror Square is a good, 4.5-star mirror. A 2 pack only costs $7.98 on Amazon, and you can get square mirrors or round mirrors. The Ampper Blind Spot Mirror is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. It's a 2" round mirror that is on a swivel so you can adjust its angle after you affix it to your side mirror. It costs $7.99 for a 2 pack.
Is there a cheap way to get rid of bad smells in my car?
There are a couple of different types of products that you can put in your car to absorb bad odors. Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags are the best option for the money. They are little burlap bags filled with bamboo charcoal. The bamboo charcoal soaks up nasty smells, pollutants, allergens and even moisture. 200-gram bags are ideal for cars, and they only cost $9.95 each. These odor absorbers work incredibly well. Just place them in your car anywhere. Set them outside in direct sunlight for a few hours once a month to refresh them. If you have light upholstery or carpet, set the bag on a small plate or in the drink holder of the console. The charcoal sometimes leaves a black residue.
What can I use, besides a couple of old towels, to keep things from falling between my car seats and the console?
The Drop Stop Automotive Car Seat Gap Filler. It is a 19-inch long, 2-inch wide polyester/neoprene space filler. The gap filler slides over the seat belt at the edge of the seat and moves forward and back with the seat. You can buy them at Walmart for $9.88 a piece or on Amazon for $19.99 for a 2 pack.
Is there a good digital tire gauge for under $10?
The TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge is a very good digital tire gauge that you can get on Amazon for $10.16. It has a 4-star customer review rating and is an Amazon's Choice tire pressure gauge. It has a lighted nozzle and display that makes checking your tire pressure at night a breeze and the batteries are replaceable.