The Future is here. Maybe not the one from “Back to the Future” with hoverboards, but the technology that’s available to consumers now is seriously impressive. In recent years, the automotive industry has fully embraced high-tech gadgets like backup cameras, smart cruise control, and tablet-sized infotainment screens. But not everyone can get – or wants to get – a brand-new vehicle just to enjoy our technological advances. So, we’ve compiled a list of accessories that can transform any vehicle from 2000-and-late to 3008.
Very few vehicles come with factory-installed dash cameras, but it’s a great accessory to have on any car. A dash cam is one of those “hopefully you’ll never really need it, but when you do, you’ll be very happy you had it” gadgets – coming in handy if you’re in an accident or need to file an insurance claim. Because of their usefulness, there are countless options to choose from at a variety of price points. They usually mount — as the name suggests — on your dashboard, though some can be placed higher, near your rearview mirror.
In our humble opinion, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are some of the best technologies in new cars today. But if you drive an older vehicle without this option, don’t despair! You can still listen to your tunes pretty easily in your vehicle with a Bluetooth adapter. While not adding the full touchscreen experience, an adapter allows you to use your phone through your car’s speakers, so you can blast your favorite Spotify playlist while you drive. These accessories will either plug into your car’s accessory outlet or aux port, depending on which one you buy.
Now, if your phone is playing DJ while you’re driving, it might need some extra juice to last the journey. USB ports are common on a lot of vehicles, even those with less technology. But what if you forgot your charging cord, or lost it in the void that is the crack between the car seats? A wireless phone charger might be the more convenient option for you. Of course, you’ll need a phone that has wireless charging capability, but if you do, the chargers are super simple to use. Some even double as a phone mount, so you can keep using Google Maps uninterrupted.
Starting in 2018, all new cars sold in the United States must have a backup camera as standard equipment. But, if your car was made before then, there’s a decent chance it doesn’t have a camera. Luckily, there are countless options available for aftermarket backup cameras, and they’re pretty easy to install. Once you have one, you won’t want to go back, as they make pulling out of parking spots and tight squeezes a breeze.
Back-Seat Tablet Mount
Let’s face it: it can be hard to keep the kiddos happy on long road trips, especially if you don’t have a fancy minivan or SUV with Blu-ray players for the back seats. But if you already own a tablet, getting a headrest mount is a super convenient and inexpensive alternative. This mount puts a tablet in the same spot as those built-in screens, the perfect place for your children to watch their favorite cartoons, shows, and videos on your next family vacation.
Wherever you live, it’s likely you deal with some type of extreme weather during the year. (Unless you live in a paradise-like Hawaii, in which case, we’re very jealous!) Climbing into your car during boiling summers or freezing winters is no fun, but having a remote start system on your vehicle makes things a lot more pleasant. This gadget allows you to turn on your car before you get in and get that heat or A/C blasting ASAP.
With the right accessories, you can turn any vehicle into your own high-tech sanctuary. But if that FOMO is too strong to resist, or you just really need an upgrade, we’ve got you covered on that too. BestRide makes it simple to find the exact car you’re looking for, so start your search for that perfect vehicle with a backup camera, DVD players, and remote start.