What can be better than a new car’s smell? We can all associate this specific scent with the fun experience of driving our newly bought car off the showroom for the first time. If you are also buying a new car or already bought one, then congratulations.
Now, you must be eager to know all the essential items for your new car, right? There are quite a lot of items that every car owner must have – be it old or new. In this article, we will talk about some of the essentials so you can buy them for your car as well. Let’s get started.
1. Phone Holder
First, you shouldn’t text and drive. Your loved ones are waiting for you at home and not answering a text message won’t do any harm. In fact, you can get heavily penalized if you even have your phone in your hand while driving. However, a phone holder can be a helpful gadget while driving as you don’t have to hold it if you need GPS to find your way.
There are quite a lot of phone holders in the market that you can use to attach your phone to your dashboard – and they aren’t expensive at all. iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Car Mount Phone Holder is a great option to consider. It is cheap, made of high-quality material, and can accommodate 4 to 6.5 inches of devices quite easily.
2. Phone Car Charger
You never know when you run out of battery in the middle of nowhere, especially when on a road trip. Having a phone charger at hand in your car would be great. You don’t need to invest in the most expensive car charger as a simple one would also do the job quite well.
Metal Car Charger by MONGOORA is a great choice to go for as it has Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB ports that allow you to charge your phone in less time. It is best for both android and iOS devices.
TECKNET USB Car Charger is another amazing option that you can consider if you want to charge more devices at the same time. This charger offers four fast charging ports, which means you don’t have to wait for the other person’s battery to get full to charge yours.
3. Jumper Cables
Imagine your new car breaks down when you are on the road, what would you do? You never know when a mechanical failure occurs, or your car’s battery dies due to several reasons. Therefore, having jumper cables in the boot of your car can be helpful. You cannot expect the person who stops to help would have cables.
You can check out this 20 ft. 4 Gauge Jumper Cables by Always Prepared. It has a capacity of 400 amps that can help your car’s dead battery back to life in every weather condition. Also, the package includes a bonus hammer tool that you can use to break a window in case of emergency.
4. Owner’s Manual
You might not be fully familiarized with your new car’s functionalities and options. In case if anything goes wrong or you don’t know how to perform that specific operation in your car, then the owner’s manual will come in handy.
5. Emergency Warning Triangles
Unlike flares, warning triangles are reusable. They come in handy at both night and day as the bright orange color of these triangles is visible by day and the reflectors by night. Also, they can fold flat when not in use, saving you a lot of space. But we hope you never have to use them.
6. Fire Extinguisher
A safety item like a fire extinguisher is useful for mishaps at home, office as well as any that happen in the car. You can opt for the automotive version of fire extinguisher, such as First Alert Fire Extinguisher for Car. It won’t take up much room and be useful when required, though we hope you’ll never need them.
7. Spare Key
Save yourself from the embarrassment of forgetting the key inside your car and always have a spare key at hand. The best thing you can do is hold your spare key in a magnet case and place it under your car (in a secret location, of course).
MiniMag 2 Dual-Magnet Waterproof Strong Magnetic Stash Box is an excellent choice as it features powerful dual magnets. You can securely mount your valuables like keys, FOB, set of keys, or more in under or behind any magnetic surface.
8. Air Pump
You should always have a spare tire and jack in your car. But if you can get to a tire shop quickly, then an air pump comes in handy too. It will save you a ton of time and effort. You don’t need to buy the most expensive air pump for your new car. A budget-friendly one, such as the EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump is also an excellent buy. You can plug it directly into your cigarette lighter socket and use it on the go.
9. Tow Strap
Wondering why you would need a tow strap for your new car? Because you never know when and why your car breaks down when there is no mechanic nearby. A high-quality tow strap like the Rhino USA Recovery Tow Strap can help get your car to a relatively safe distance until a tow truck arrives.
10. Cordless Vacuum
You don’t want those crumbs and dust particles to accumulate in your new car, right? For this purpose, you should invest in a cordless vacuum cleaner for your car. BLACK+DECKER dustbuster Handheld Vacuum is one of the best options you can consider. It features a lightweight, portable design along with lithium technology that ensures strong suction and extended run time.
11. Digital Tire Gauge
When on a road trip in your new car, you would want to make sure that your tire pressure is always maintained. This will ensure a comfortable drive.You can consider getting your hands on the TEKTON Instant Read Digital Tire Gauge that shows the accurate reading, which means no guesswork from now on. Moreover, it features a simple push button to turn on. Once you have checked the tire pressure, it will automatically shut off after 30 seconds.
12. A Pet Seatbelt
If you don’t own a pet, then you can skip this item. But if you have a little furry friend, then we recommend purchasing a pet seatbelt as well because the safety of your pet is as important as any other passenger’s.
13. First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit in your car is a good thing because you never know when you might need it. The AAA 121 Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit is an amazing option to opt for as it contains everything that is required in an emergency. The kit includes vinyl gloves, bandages, scissors, and antiseptic.You can easily put it in your glove compartment. Moreover, it also comes with a whistle.
14. Front Seat Cover
Again, if you want to bring your furry friend along with you for a road trip but don’t want to spoil your car’s seat, then you should purchase a front seat cover. With URPOWER Pet Front Seat Cover, you don’t need to worry about dirt, dander, or claw marks on your car anymore.
15. Wheel Chocks
To prevent your car from rolling off the jack, you can place quality wheel chocks under your car’s wheels.
16. Glass Cleaning Tool
Want to make your car windows look brand new and shiny? Invisible Glass 95161 Reach and Clean Tool is what you should be buying. You can easily clean your windows almost effortlessly with this tool. So, the next time you want to get a streak and lint-free shine on your car windows, don’t waste your money on streaky paper towels and get this glass cleaning tool by Stoner.
17. AAA Road Kit
Don’t want to purchase all the essentials individually? No problem, you can buy this 42-piece Emergency Car Kit by Lifeline. It is a complete package that has almost every essential for your car that might need on the road. It includes 8 ft. 8 gauge jumper cables, a duct tape, an aluminum flashlight and batteries, 20 bandages, an emergency poncho, shop cloth five cable ties, four towelettes, a reusable zipper-lock bag, AAA accident guidelines, a AAA membership brochure, and a carry case.
18. Winter Readiness Kit
If you live in an area that is more prone to severe weather conditions, then you should invest in a quality winter readiness kit like the Lifeline AAA Severe Weather Emergency Road Safety Kit. For instance, if you ever get stranded due to a blizzard or other disaster, you need to be prepared for every element in advance. This kit includes 66 pieces that you can easily pack in a bag and store in the boot of your car.
19. Sunshade Windshield Cover
If you want to prevent your car from overheating, then a sunshade windshield cover would be a great investment. All you need to do is put it on your car’s front windshield, and it will help keep your car from becoming a boiling pot of pasta.
20. Carpet Spot Removal Spray
A new car is meant to look like brand new for the years to come. For this purpose, a carper spot removal spray like Folex can target those annoying stains and clean them easily. Moreover, you can use the same spray to remove stains and spots from colorfast carpet, upholstery, rugs and clothing without leaving a sticky residue.
To use this spray, all you need to do is apply it to the stain, gently agitate with your fingers, and rub with an absorbent cloth. It is both non-toxic and non-irritating on the skin – hence a safe choice.