If you can’t afford to buy a new car but don’t want to forgo the cool new tech coming out, including cameras, entertainment systems, and the latest safety tech, here are a few ways to upgrade your old car on the cheap.
Install a Dash Cam and Rear View Backup Camera
Two of the best things about buying a new car is the safety tech included, like dash cams and rearview backup cameras. The good news is, you can now get them for your old car too, whether you want to upgrade your current vehicle, or you’re in the market for a second-hand car. The Garmin Dash Cam 55 is just under $200 so isn’t a huge amount to spend on new tech if you’re simply looking to record videos in case of a collision or theft. You can sync to your phone, making it super simple to share videos with friends, insurance agencies and legal authorities. Another great camera option is to install an Esky Waterproof Rear View Backup Camera which mounts to your license plate area or back window. You’ll have a 170-degree field of visibility behind your car, streamed to your car’s infotainment system.
Install a DVD Player in the Headrest
If you’re going to be taking long family trips in your old car, then you might be seriously lusting after newer cars that include headrest players for the kids. The good news is you can install them in your old car too. The Audiovox 7-Inch Headrest DVD Player becomes part of the seat with a 7-inch screen in the headrest. It works with headphones or can be played through the radio with an FM transmitter. If DVDs aren’t your thing, or you want a cheaper solution to your children’s in-car entertainment problems, the iKross Car Headrest Mount Holder Car Kit for Tablet is here to save the day. The iKross holds almost any tablet (up to 10.2 inches) and is adjustable. Perfect for watching downloaded Netflix cartoons.
Install a Navigation System
You could go to your local auto service and upgrade your car with a fancy new navigation system mounted in the dash or you could pay as little as $10 and use the navigation system you likely already have in your phone. Your smartphone offers travel apps, including Google Maps that give turn-by-turn directions, just like if you had a new car with a fully equipped navigation system. Instead, invest $10 or more on a cradle holder to have your phone in view on top of the dash, or better yet, opt for the Vanmass Car Charger, part phone mount, part wireless charger, so you don’t get caught out without battery when you arrive at your destination. It has a flexible arm and gravity-sensing splint to be super adjustable. You can mount from your dashboard, air vent or your windshield. And it comes with a two-year warranty.