Last-minute Christmas shopping woes? Car enthusiasts can be tricky to shop for if you’re not one yourself. If you still haven’t crossed out the car-crazy friend on your shopping list, we’ve got you covered. We’ve sorted this list according to price from cheapest to the more expensive. Take a look at our top affordable car gifts for the car enthusiast.
1. Air Freshener
Nothing expresses a good first impression on a car than how it smells. Car owners think of their cars as their second home and nobody wants a smelly home. Having your car smell like a rundown taxi with a pinetree air freshener hanging in the rearview mirror isn’t what you want.
Look for quality brands like Air Spencer or Meguiar’s, they’ll give you a new car or perfume-like scent. Or consider going with California Scents or My Shaldan if you like those fruity notes. Some from the Ambi Pur brand are also nice.
This will set you back starting from 250.00 pesos and will be enjoyed by your friend for months.
2. Mobile Phone Holder / Dash Mount
Shopping for a gearhead can be a tricky task. What can be even trickier is navigating your
way in the winding streets of Manila, or any road in the Philippines, actually. Having a navigation app like Waze or Google Maps is a necessity for even the most seasoned driver.
Having something to hold your phone that’s running your favorite navigational app while you drive is a legal necessity. (We’re serious! Ever heard about the ADD Law or Anti-distracted Driving Law?) This is a great gift to keep your friend's hands in the wheel and off their phones as well!
We recommend getting something like a sturdy air-vent or a low-key suction-cup mount. You can get one for around 300.00 pesos.
3. Car Port Charger
Your device is working hard to find the fastest route to your destination using GPS and data, while streaming music because, let’s face it, local radio stations just doesn’t cut it anymore. All these are consuming a lot of your battery’s juice. Add traffic and you’ll soon find your devices drained out of life.
Having a car port charger is an essential. Depending on the number of devices you and your friends use on an everyday basis, we suggest a 2-port car charger and more if you use a lot.
We recommend those that can provide consistent power and a higher output wattage for quicker charging. Brands like Anker, Aukey, Romoss, or Nonda ZUS comes into mind. Prices start at 300.00 pesos.
CTPL or Compulsory Third-Party Liability insurance is a requirement by law for all car owners to have and a mandatory insurance for liabilities involving a third party. It’s a prerequisite for any car owner for them to register their vehicle with the Land Transportation Office.
What better gift to give than something they truly need? Considering this is a requirement for every car owner, why not spare them this expense and give the gift of safety to those you care for?
Prices differ depending on the motor vehicle type. They’re set at around 325.00 pesos for motorcycles and 625.00 pesos for private cars. We recommend skipping the lines in the LTO altogether and buying CTPL insurance online
5. Car Care Kit
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Every serious car guy treats his car as his temple and he doesn’t just let anything clean his car but the best. The best car cleaning kit should contain everything you need to fully clean the car -- from shampoos to waxes and microfibre cloths, from tirefoams and tireblacks to glass wipes and interior detailers.
There are bunches of kits out there from basic cleaning kits to full-blown car-show-level kits. Depending on how serious your car friend is with cleaning his/her car and of course your budget, we recommend getting the trusted brands such as Meguiar’s, Armor All, Turtle Wax, or 3M.
Price for basic cleaning kits starts at 800.00 pesos.
6. Dash Cam
I’m sure you watched those videos about car accidents, traffic altercations, and misbehaving traffic enforcers. All thanks to dash cams, motorists feel much safer knowing they have it all on tape. Buying this for your road warrior friend who always drives alone is like giving him another set of eyes. Plus, he/she can also use it to record his/her karaoke skills while in traffic!
We recommend avoiding those cheap Chinese brands and go for quality dash cams like Zumi, Polaroid, Abee, Blaupunkt, or brands that can provide 720p or higher video resolutions, a wide-angle view, a 2.0 aperture for night videos, and G-sensor, (which automatically saves the footage after sudden braking or impact preventing it to be accidentally overwritten.)
Quality dash cams might set you back anywhere from 3,000.00 to 5,000.00 pesos. A cheap price for added surety.
7. Auto Insurance
With accidents involving motor vehicles increasing year after year, the CTPL that comes with your LTO registration is simply inadequate. Having a comprehensive auto insurance can save you a lot of headaches from theft, car and property damages, injuries, and even acts of nature! But most importantly, it can save you, your friend’s, or love one’s life.
There are plenty of brokers and agents out there that can give you premium quotes. We recommend talking to someone who really knows their deal. Try to look for those who prioritizes their customers interests and needs, easy to contact, and is transparent with their pricing.
Premiums vary depending on car models and make. For more information regarding Auto insurance try contacting the people at One Source Solution Agency.
Do you think we missed out on any cool gifts? Let us know in the comments down below.