5 Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Car

You don’t have to buy a new car to enjoy some of the latest technology features. Affordable aftermarket devices can provide modern elements to make driving easier and more comfortable.

Your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are available to discuss and demonstrate the following:

Heads-Up Displays (HUDs)

These devices mount on a car’s dashboard or specially designed stands and project translucent graphics on the windshield. Drivers can keep their eyes on the road while interacting with navigation, calls and text messages. Prices range from $50 to $500.

Parking Sensors

Using sound waves, sensors detect objects and use sounds and lights to warn drivers when they get too close. Aftermarket sensors range from less than $20 to a few hundred dollars. Research the best design for your vehicle. Professional installation is recommended.

Rear View Camera

Starting next year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require rear view cameras in all new vehicles. The
Insurance Institute for Highways Safety says backup cameras reduce a driver’s blind zone by an average of 90 percent. Depending on features and the resolution of the camera and display, prices can vary from less than $50 to more than $100.

Bluetooth

Older cars lacking Bluetooth connectivity in the sound system can benefit from a car kit that has a speaker, microphone and an interface that is positioned on the center console. Or you can replace your current stereo with a Bluetooth-equipped stereo and operate music and phone calls through the stereo system. Professional installation is recommended.

Seat Massagers

Make your commute more comfortable with a full massage behind the wheel. InSeat Solutions Relaxor offers 6 or 8 massage motors, four massage styles, and programmable levels of intensity and speed. You can also find seat heaters or a combination of heaters/coolers ranging from roughly $40 to $100 at stores and online retailers.

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