Backup cameras, blind spot detection, smart cruise control, GPS, Bluetooth connectivity, premium sound systems, wireless charging – the list of tech packed into today’s cars is staggering.

But just because you’re not driving the most current version of a vehicle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same features. Aftermarket products are an efficient and cost-effective way to get the latest technology into your vehicle without having to upgrade.

1 Dashcam

A nonstandard feature in vehicles, dashcams can document memorable drives on long road trips.

But a secondary purpose is documenting an accident – the footage can show who is at fault.

2 Bluetooth Car Kit

You can implement Bluetooth connectivity into older vehicles with the help of Bluetooth car kits. These kits plug into your car allowing you to make hands-free phone calls over your car speakers as well as play music from your mobile device.

3 GPS Tracker

A portable GPS tracker helps you keep track of your vehicle’s location using your smartphone. This can come in handy in the unfortunate event of car theft or for keeping tabs on teen drivers. It’s also a useful way of helping you remember where you parked.

4 Backup Camera

A feature commonly found in modern vehicles, backup cameras help drivers monitor their surroundings when backing out of tight spaces. Older vehicles can enjoy the same perks with the installation of an aftermarket backup camera system. Simple setups consist of a license plate frame with built-in cameras that display the footage onto a smartphone.

5 Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

A device that plugs into a car’s on-board diagnostics port and displays the data onto a smartphone via Bluetooth, Automatic is a smart driving assistant that helps users diagnose that pesky check engine light, as well as display trip history, track mileage and call for help in the event of an accident.

6 Portable Jump-Start Kit

Even with roadside assistance, there’s no guarantee help will be around when you really need it.

A portable jump-start kit is a useful item to have in your trunk in case your car battery gives out. The kits are relatively inexpensive and can get you out of a pinch in a hurry.

7 Tire Pressure Monitor

Most modern vehicles have built-in features that keep track of tire pressure, but for older vehicles, a portable tire pressure monitor can be useful. More advanced monitors not only measure tire pressure, but temperature as well and displays the information on a screen that plugs into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter. 

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