Update your wheels

Don’t fall behind on technology with your older car – the 5 upgrade tips below will give you that new car spec without the hefty price tag writes Suzanne Keane 

  1. Touchscreen Double Din – It’s probably time to throw out that nasty CD player! With some careful online research you can pick up the perfect stereo system to suit your needs whether that’s with DVD/Blu-ray, MP3, iPod connectivity etc. It’s a good idea to buy from a local supplier, especially if you’re unsure about fitting as they will usually install the stereo for you. If you’re doing it yourself make sure to get the correct wiring kit and faceplate for your car.


  1. Bluetooth – If you don’t want to upgrade the whole stereo system you can install a standalone Bluetooth kit to keep you connected while on the road without getting penalty points. Once again, if you buy this from a local supplier more than likely they will install it for you too!


  1. In Car Entertainment – keep your kids and friends happy on long journeys with screens in the back seat – you can get these roof mounted or installed in head rests. Just make sure you don’t have any screens installed where they could distract the driver or block your view!


  1. Parking Sensors – avoid those bumps and scrapes or wow your friends with magic parking skills by installing aftermarket parking sensors – these are available as painted sensors you’ll need to have installed into your bumper or a detection strip that hides behind the bumper – much cleaner and doesn’t involve any drilling! If you’re not comfortable doing the installation yourself get in contact with your local body shop!


  1. Cruise Control – for long motorway journeys you can’t beat cruise control but if you’re not lucky enough to have it as standard in your car it’s worth looking into whether or not it can be retrofitted. This will depend on the type of car and control box that’s fitted but it’s a worthwhile investment if you spend long periods of time on the road.



Suzanne Keane

12th January, 2014

Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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