Easy & Affordable Tech Upgrades For Your Older Vehicle
While most people would love to have all the latest whistles and gadgets that come in a new vehicle, that’s not always possible with everyone’s budget. But the great news is… just because you need to purchase a vehicle that is missing some of the extra options you are looking for, doesn’t mean you have to do without! Here are some terrific upgrades that are both budget-friendly and can help you bring your older vehicle into the 21st century.
Phone mounts might not be part of the recent wave of technological advancements in car technology but they are key components in creating a safe and legal way, when combined with other hands-free tools, to utilize your smartphone while you’re behind the wheel. By utilizing a phone mount, your phone can be raised up to your dashboard to mimic an infotainment screen where navigation on your phone can be utilized, as well as music apps. A variety of different options exist for mounting techniques to include being able to mount it to your windshield, vent or directly onto your dash, all at varying price points but largely affordable for even the strictest budget. Shop online at retailers like Amazon and in-store at places such as Office Depot to find one that works best for you.
By buying a Bluetooth transmitter or car kit, you are creating a veritable hands-free experience for your vehicle no matter the age, make or model. Simple, easy to install and affordable, these systems work by transmitting a signal from your phone to your stereo system without the need of an auxiliary cord, making it possible to listen to your music, stream a podcast, take in an audiobook or even take a phone call all without touching your phone! Better yet, some of these even offer a single or double USB port where you can charge your phone while you’re driving. With many options available, you can easily find one with great ratings for less than $25, making this one of the cheapest and easiest ways to upgrade your vehicle in an instant.
Backup cameras have been shown to save lives and lawmakers began requiring car manufacturers to make them standard by the year 2018. But if your vehicle was manufactured before then, it might be missing this key safety feature. Fortunately, aftermarket backup cameras are pretty easy to come by these days and are often just as easy to install. With some starting under $50 and ranging to the hundreds, they are actually quite affordable for the peace of mind they can afford.
Once an expensive add on, remote starters have become quite affordable and even easier to use. In previous modules, the user needed to be within a certain range in order to press the button to start their vehicle, they now can simply start it from an app on their smartphone from the comfort from their home or business. With price points from just over $100 to $300, if getting out in the cold during our harsh West Michigan winters doesn’t sound appealing, you can upgrade pretty easily to add on a remote option.
Parking sensors use high-frequency sound waves to detect objects near your vehicle. These sensors emit sound pulses that reflect off of nearby objects which a receiver detects the reflected waves and calculates the distance from your vehicle to the object to warn you when your vehicle is getting too close to an object. For less than $20, you can find parking sensor kits readily available online which are easy to install yourself.
Seat Heater/Cooler Unit
Surprisingly affordable, aftermarket seat heater and cooling units are appealing for many in Grand Rapids who have to battle both the extreme temperatures of our frosty winters and our humid summer days. And with prices beginning around $50 for dual units which are capable of cooling when your vehicle is hot and warming when its cold, their cost can be equally tantalizing. Shop online to find the best deal.
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