Auto Gift Guide: What To Buy Dad This Father’s Day

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More often than not, dads are devoted to their cars. Whether it is his tough-as-nails truck, a racy red sports car or his faithful commuter companion, your dad very likely has money invested in his vehicle.

This Father’s Day, there are more ways than ever to spruce up his ride. The most obvious way is to spruce up his ride with auto detailing. This could be as simple as borrowing his car and cleaning it top to bottom yourself. If you really want to treat him, though, take his car to a professional detailing company, or get a gift card so that he can take it to one. If your dad cannot be parted from his ride, send mobile detailing experts to his vehicle.

With the right cleaning service, Dad’s car can come out looking brand new. We have a long list of other ways to improve his ride, too, including upgrading his sound system, adding navigation tools and more.

Auto Heat Shield: Website

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Exact Mats: Website

This is the other product I endorse.  I have a set of these in every car I own and LOVE THEM.  Exact mats are clear and cut to protect your factory carpeted mats, which can cost over $200 to replace.  They don’t slide and are laser-cut to fit right on top of your factory-carpeted mats.  You can simply wipe them off if they get dirty, but your factory mats are 100% protected.

Pamper Him With In-Dash Navigation: Kenwood DNX7160

To really treat a technology-loving dad, you need to find a gift that exceeds all expectations. With our help, you can find an in-dash navigation system that fits the bill and your budget. These units are basically entertainment systems and GPS units combined in one. They will integrate seamlessly into Dad’s dash, get him to his destination and allow him to listen to his favorite tunes along the way. With an accurate and efficient GPS on board, he will never be late to an event again.

Audio Books Make the Time Fly, Even in Traffic: Audible

Your dad might spend a lot of time in his vehicle, whether it is an 18-wheeler, central command for a real estate business or just a car used for long commutes to the office. One thing that will make extended spans of time more pleasant in any situation are audiobooks. Listening to a good book is a great way to help the time pass. Limited selections of audiobooks are available at your local library, but gift-wrapping one of those seems like a bad idea since Dad would have to return it in a couple of weeks. Subscription services like offer monthly plans starting at about $8.

Put Safety First with a Bluetooth Car Kit:  Amazon

Your dad has always been there to protect you and keep you safe. Now it’s your turn to protect him. The right Bluetooth car kit, such as the MOTOROKR T505, can keep his hands safely on the wheel while still allowing him to talk on the phone in the car. These systems clip securely to your dad’s visor and allow him to make calls using only voice commands. The best ones offer easy-to-use buttons so his eyes will never leave the road and his hand will only have to leave the wheel for seconds at a time to find the right button.

Protect His Investment With a Quality Car Alarm: Viper 5901

If a man’s house is his castle then his vehicle could be considered his trusty steed. A quality car alarm can help make sure Dad gets years of faithful service from his automobile. Car alarm systems have come a long way. Many now offer remote starters and other interesting features that would thrill many dads we know. Being able to start your car with a remote is not necessary, but that’s not the point. Just the idea that your car will already be toasty during the winter or comfortably cool during the summer before you even get in the car is a luxurious dream.

Building a Better Sound System: JVC KD-A615

The sound systems that come standard in most new cars are tolerable, but they won’t satisfy the true audio nut. This year, pamper Dad with a truly awesome stereo system for his car, especially if his car is from a previous era. Even if your dad’s car has one of the newer and better systems, he might like one that is more personalized to his needs.

The first stop on the journey to a better car stereo is a great receiver. We like the ones that can reproduce sounds from a number of sources, including CDs, iPods and Bluetooth devices. Units like the JVC KD-A615 allow you to use any of those sources; you can even access your tunes with nothing more than a flash drive. A detachable faceplate is also a great trait for discouraging theft. The JVC KD-A615 has it. It also is designed to give 50 watts of output power over four channels and comes with a remote control.

Charging On-the-Go Made Easy: Griffin Technology

For years, your dad worked to instill common sense in you. How about putting it to use this Father’s Day with a practical present that keeps on giving? An iPod charger for his car may not be the most original gift, but your dad will appreciate it. Nothing is more annoying than a dead phone. On-the-go dads may not always remember to charge their mobile devices as often as they should. His car should not leave the driveway ever again without one of the great new chargers, like Griffin PowerJolt Dual Micro.

This little dynamo charges not one, but two devices at a time, including iPhone, iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and really any device that requires a USB port. This unit is also teeny tiny, which makes it very portable. It won’t get in the way of anything when it is plugged into your dad’s dash.

HD Radio Offers Singular Sound Link: Kenwood KDC-HD545U

If you are looking to upgrade Dad’s car stereo this Father’s Day it is worth considering an HD radio. These will really appeal to the techy type, upping the potential clarity of sound and the information options compared to an analog system. The “HD” in HD radio does not stand for high definition. It does not stand for anything except a specific brand name. What makes an HD radio stand out is its ability to pick up the digital signal, which will always have a better sound quality than your typical analog station. A digital signal also means you will be able to see the name of the artist and title information on your radio screen while you are listening. When Dad hears something he likes he can press a button that will store the information about the song until he connects his iPod, making it easy to purchase the song if he chooses.

There are also a ton of radio stations available on HD radios, stations that used to be only on the Internet. The best HD radios can play music from a wide range of sources, including iPods, Bluetooth systems and even SD cards.

Arriving Safely With Radar Detection  Link:  Escort Passport 9500ix 

A radar detector may be a practically perfect gift for your lead-footed father.  A quality radar detector might encourage him to slow down, at least when he knows a police car is in his vicinity. It even makes sense for the more conservative driver. No one likes a speed trap. The best of these products can filter out false alerts and just narrow their finds down to police equipment. The Escort Passport 9500ix is a great radar detector.

This unit can quickly alert Dad to commonly used radar bands – such as X, K, Ka and Ku – as well as laser guns used by law enforcement. Hooking the unit up to a computer using a USB port gives Dad access to an oft-updated database of red light cameras and speed cameras. The Passport 9500ix offers voice alerts and multiple threat displays. The easy-to-read LED display will help make the warnings unmistakable.

Jerry Reynolds, The Car Pro

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