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40 Crazy Car Features and Accessories You Didn’t Know Existed

Cameron EittreimMarch 7, 2022

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16: Sunglasses Visor Clip

You’ve gotta be in style when you drive, right? That is where the sunglasses visor clip came into play. Many automakers have tried different variations of this thing over the years. It could be in the center of the roof over the driver, or it could be built into the visor. Nevertheless, there are many variations that you’ll encounter (via The Sun).

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The premise of this feature was simple, to ensure that you could access your sunglasses in a moment’s notice. You want your sunglasses where you can easily reach them, instead of digging around for them in your car.

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15: Tesla Down Under Car Theft Protection

Tesla models are some of the most advanced vehicles in the world. The anti-theft systems that go into these cars are definitely top notch. In the future, it will become more difficult than ever to steal an electric car. The reason behind this is that these vehicles will be linked to our smartphones and identity (via The Sun).

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The Tesla Down Under Car Theft device is about the same as the rest of the technology that the company has been using. You are connected into the Tesla app, and this controls who has access to your vehicle or not.

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14: IceScreen Mirror Mitz

Nothing is worse than going to start your car in the morning and it’s covered in ice. If you don’t have heated mirrors, then seeing out of your mirrors is also a pain. Nevertheless, the IceScreen Mirror Mitz were a unique thing that helped. You’d put the mirror mits on your mirrors prior to a frost, and they stop the mirror from icing up (via The Sun).

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Not the most ingenious thing, but it seemed to do the job well. Unfortunately, most cars nowadays have defrosters built-in, so the need for these would be very slim. Nevertheless, it never ceases to amaze us how many unique items can be found in the automotive space when it comes to accessories.

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13: Solar Shower

A built-in shower is something that we’ve covered earlier, but it takes a lot to get a shower into a vehicle. You’d need some type of conversion van to power the shower, and that doesn’t even solve the water problem. But a few smart automotive accessory makers have also come up with a solar shower idea (via The Sun).

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This way, you aren’t using the vehicles built-in power to get the shower heated. A solar shower can be used anywhere, as long as you have a water source. This is definitely a great idea for the weary traveler, who might want to stop and take a shower from time to time.

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12: Handpresso Auto

If you drink coffee, then you know that hand-pressed coffee is the only way to get the true flavor of the beans. We tend to be in such a hurry in the mornings that having a hand-pressed cup of coffee isn’t in the question. Luckily, there was a nifty accessory created to solve this problem, the handpress auto (via The Sun).

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This nifty device is a full coffee press that can be built into your car. We’re not sure how the thing works, but it’s a novel idea to say the least. You could be pressing coffee when you were on the way to that meeting, or even a soccer game.

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11: The Carstache

This is one of those accessories that just makes us scratch our heads. The carstache is a one-off accessory that gives your car facial hair. We’re not sure why you’d want facial hair on your car, but it seems to work like that. You simply attach it to the front of your car, and now your car has a set of facial hair (via The Sun).

This was popular for a while when UBER and Lyft first became popular, but the novelty of dressing your car up has worn off. There are much better accessories that you could use on your car to get a unique look.

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10: Portable Vehicle Traffic Speed Bump

Tired of those pesky teens speeding through your neighborhood? No speed bumps on the ground to keep them in line? Well, there is also an option for that, and it is the Portable Vehicle Traffic Speed Bump. This unique device can be placed anywhere, and you can have a portable speed bump setup within minutes (via The Sun).

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The idea is novel at best, as the portable speed bump probably wouldn’t stop anyone from speeding. But if you have an event where little kids will be present, and want to slow down the flow of traffic, then this might work.

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9: Monsters For Your Car

Want to celebrate the unique? Check out these Monsters for your car steering wheel covers. Usually steering wheel covers are a bit overrated, but these have a certain sense of style that makes them unique. Whether you get the pink one or the gray one, you can’t go wrong by using these (via The Sun).

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Installation is fairly straightforward, and while most steering wheel covers are very limiting, these ones seem to grip the wheel well. You can celebrate the odd and get a lot of stares in the process with these unique steering wheel covers.

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8: Truck Bed Swimming Pool

Many people have dreamed of having a truck bed swimming pool, but the application is a lot harder than you’d think. Fortunately, you can buy a prebuilt truck bed swimming pool that can be dropped directly into the rear of the truck. This will prevent the water from spilling out, and you can have great temporary fun in the bed of your truck (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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Now obviously this will be limited if you actually need to drive your truck around. But if you want to have a quick novelty in your backyard, then this might be worth investing in. You can literally have a hillbilly limo with a little work.

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7: The XD Design Solar Window Charger

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to charge your phone and you don’t have a cable. Or the battery to your car dies, and you are stuck with no way to charge your phone. There’s a solution for that, and it is the XD Design Solar Window Charger. Just attach to a window in your car, and you have a quick charging solution (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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Solar power is everywhere, so it makes sense to use one to charge your phone. The installation isn’t that difficult, and the results are surprisingly better than you’d expect for the price.

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6: Car Jack That Uses Car Exhaust

There are many unique car jacks that have hit the market, but this one takes the cake. It uses your own cars exhaust to lift the vehicle up. This is ideal for someone who might not have the strength to do it themselves. The application seems easy enough to get going, and you can get your tire switched quickly (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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These jacks haven’t seemed to catch on at this point, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds. There is always a need for better roadside assistance stuff that can help the consumer get back on the road.

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5: Swivel Tray For Your Dining Needs

As with the Toyota MasterAce, there have been many unique dining options built into vehicles. If you don’t want to pack extra tables and all that extra stuff, then having a built-in swivel table can help. These tables were great for outdoor outings and even getting the kids setup with snacks (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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There have been many different table designs that have gone into vehicles, from being built into the back of the seat to a standalone design. No matter which type of table you use, there is sure to be a unique use and option for it.

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4: App-Controlled Fiber Optic LED Accent Light

Some cars, like the Rolls Royce, have LED optics built into the roofs, but for the average consumer, you won’t have this. Fortunately, with the advances in LED technology, it isn’t difficult to get this built into your vehicle. The App Controlled Fiber Optic LED Accent Light can be installed easily and operated from your phone (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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Generally, the car battery will power these devices and can do many colors. If you want to add that late night ambiance to your car, then the App Controlled Fiber Optic LED Accent Light might be a great option.

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3: Car Jump Starter

We’re not sure how many people like to drive around carrying jumper cables in their backseat. But with the advances in portable charging technology, you can now jumpstart a car with something as small as a cell phone. These portable jump starters can be used on the fly and offer many unique features (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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If you’re looking for a quick way to start your car on the fly, then one of these portable jump starters is a great option. They are very easy to setup, and you can get up and going within a few minutes.

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2: Portable Gas Pump

The days of carrying a heavy gas can around are gone, and now you can get a portable gas pump for half the price. The portable gas pump is a unique device that can pump up to ten gallons of gas without you having to lift a finger. The design is a miniature gas pump, and it has some pretty unique features (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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If you’ve ever wanted to pump gas, but you didn’t want to deal with a heavy gas can, then this is a great option. Although the price is high, you can’t put a price on convenience, and this is about as convenient as you can get.

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1: Alexa-Enabled Roav VIVA Car Charger

Although modern cars have all kinds of new technology, if you drive an older vehicle, you don’t experience this. Fortunately, there is a way around that, and it is the Alexa-Enabled Roav VIVA Car Charger. You can simply plug this into your accessories port, and you will have an Alexa enabled vehicle in a matter of minutes (via McCarthy Auto Group).

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There are many benefits to having Alexa capability built-in to your car, which is why many drivers want it. The Alexa-Enabled Roav VIVA Car Charger is fairly inexpensive and easy to use, making it a great accessory for drivers who want more in their ride without having to completely change the factory infotainment center.

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