It’s that time of year again, the Christmas lights are up, the gritters are out and the elves are busy preparing Santa’s sleigh for its magical annual voyage. It’s also the time of year for giving and we all know that finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be a mission and a half. However, if that special someone is in to cars then, you’re in look as we’ve just finished test driving some of this year’s hottest in car gadgets and here are six of the best.
#1 Auto Glym Perfect Bodywork, Wheels and Interior Gift Collection
We all have a friend who suffers from obsessive car cleaning disorder (well most of us) and this is guaranteed to make their face shine brighter than the lights on your Christmas tree. Forget the £10k car wash, this Auto Glym car valet kit has everything you could possibly need for a top-notch valet. From bodywork shampoo to resin polish and even alloy wheel seal, that P reg Fiesta will be looking as good as new in less time than it takes to hit 60 from standstill.
Sounds pricey, right? Wrong! Retailing at just £60, the Auto Glym option provides exceptional value for money.
#2 Alco Sense Lite Breathalyzer
Now we all know that no drink is the best policy, but given that the festive period lends itself to embracing a drop or two of port the line between legal limit and too much to drink can easily become blurred. There’s also the possibility of remaining over the limit the morning after, something many of us our guilty of overlooking. So, become a life saver, quite literally (well possibly) and buy your loved one a Alco Sense Lite Breathalyzer, at just £39.99 it’s a ‘grab me now’ type bargain. If that’s not enough to convince you, What Car? Rated this as the best sub £40 breathalyser on the market, deal done.
#3 Breffo Spiderpodium
Lending its name and number of legs from our universally feared eight legged friends, the Breffo Spiderpodium in-car phone cradle has won countless design awards. It’s probably the best looking, most ingenious and reasonably price in car phone holder we’ve tested and can even double as a desktop iPad cradle. Now for the price, which is a bit of a shocker, retailing at just £14.99, it’s cheap. Furthermore, buy one now and you will also receive a free earphone tidy, that’s a gift for a mate and a little freebie for yourself, woop!
#4 iOBD2 Engine Diagnostics
Forget your local garage owner and his overpriced engine diagnostic machine, meet the iOBD2, which almost sounds like something from an instalment of Star Wars, but stick with me on this one as it could save you a bomb, it’s also a fantastic Christmas gift for the ‘do it yourself’ mechanics among us.
The iOBD2 is a tiny plug in engine diagnostic device, connected to your smartphone via built-in Bluetooth connectivity, the device is pre programmed to recognise countless fault codes from countless manufacturers. We tried it out on a 08 reg Renault Meganne and managed to diagnose a pair of faulty glow plugs within seconds, epic! The iOBD2 is available for just £52 and the accompanying app is downloadable for free on both Android and iOS.
#5 Car Seat Gap Fill
Gap Fill is intended to quite literally ‘fill a gap’, the one between the front seat and the bulge of the hand brake/gear stick housing. Why does this gap need filling? Picture this for a second, you’re driving along and all of a sudden you hit a bump or grove in the road and some of your change slides out of your pocket and into the ‘never to be seen again’ depths of the open gap.
However, invest just £12 in a Gap Fill and you can simply scoop that loose change back up again, it literally stops anything, phones, keys and bank cards included. This is perhaps the most practical and useful gift idea on this entire list, buy one for a friend or colleague and you will be best buds for life.
#6 RAC Telescopic Snow Brush, Squeege, Ice Scraper
This is literally the dog’s bollocks of ice scrapers. Okay, with a quick ‘corner of the eye’ glance it my appear to be little more than a seriously overengineered ice scrapper, but look a little closer and you will begin to appreciate it for what it really is, a super-mean, hand operated de-icing machine.
However, it doesn’t stop there, this is a three in one, one being the ice scraper, of course, two being a snow brush for removing snow form the roof or bonnet and three being a squeege for clearing loose snow and water from the windscreen. Currently, on sale at £20.99, the Rac snow scraper is one of the best sub £25 gifts for long distance commuters.
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