Back in the 1950’s, your vehicle had one main purpose – to get you from point A to point B in a relatively safe manner. There were no such things as “infotainment” systems, let alone modern safety equipment such as airbags. No. Those old cars and trucks made up for a lack of accessories with an abundance of chrome, style, and high displacement engines.
Fast forward to 2020.
Buying a vehicle without power windows would seem almost foreign in today’s world. Heck, almost everything in my 2017 Highlander is powered, heated, cooled, and lit up. When I walk near my Highlander, it senses my key fob and illuminates the ground around it, lighting up an otherwise dark world. The future is truly magnificent.
Where Are You Going?
When my boomer father got his driver’s license at fifteen years old, one of the main items that were found in almost any vehicle were atlases. Don’t know what an atlas it? Don’t worry. Nobody does anymore (click here to find out). Now, one of the most common car accessories are GPS units and capabilities. These highly sophisticated tools have been developed so intuitively that you can just use your voice to search for and set navigational directions. These GPS units can even recommend great places to eat, point drivers to nearby attractions, and even indicate heavy traffic ahead on the road. No atlas could ever do any of that. And the best part about GPS? They can be found at almost every car accessory store in your area. Prices for these highly accurate tools are actually pretty low. In fact, most new vehicles come with GPS already installed. But, if you’re still driving your dad’s restored 1958 Chevy pickup truck, you can usually pick up a GPS unit at your closest car accessories store.
Start And Stop At The Push Of A Button
Keys… who really needs them anymore? Sure, keys are nice when you need to get into your house or to lock up your firearms. But keys for a car? C’mon. It’s 2020 now. Remote start has been around for at least the last 15 years and more consumers are opting to ditch the heavy and bulging key rings for small remote controls, capable of starting and stopping your car from the comfort of you home.
Remote start systems, available at most car accessory stores in your area, are becoming more affordable for the budget conscience consumer. Remote start systems can usually be installed within an afternoon and many vehicles even come with them right from the factory. Remote start is also favorable for those consumers who live in very hot or very cold areas. Just imagine, getting ready for work on a cold winter morning knowing that your car will be warmed up and comfy when it comes time to make your morning commute. The opposite is true for those living in the southwest where temperatures inside of your vehicle can reach 150 degrees plus on a summer day. Having a perfectly comfortable car in extreme temperatures can really make life easier to live. Or at least make it more tolerable.
More Eyes Are Better Than Yours
One of the most useful car accessories that have been developer have got to be high definition cameras. These wonderful devices help make backing up safer for pedestrians, warning drivers of their presence. Backup cameras used to be pretty spendy and even required the installation of monitor screens inside of the vehicle. Nowadays, most newer vehicles come stock with backup cameras and displays already installed. But drivers of older vehicles don’t need to worry about missing out on these options. Modern aftermarket backup camera systems can be had for just a couple of hundred dollars. And, your local car accessories store probably has many different models and options to choose from to fit almost any budget.
Welcome To The Modern World
There are so many options available for GPS, remote start, and camera systems that it can be quite overwhelming when faced with what to choose. Your local car accessories store will be able to offer plenty of assistance when deciding what is best for you and your vehicle. Be sure to do your research before you begin shopping so that you can understand the pros and cons of each product. After all, you don’t want to resemble like your dad when he tries to program the time on his VCR (click here to learn what a VCR is, zoomer).