Who’s looking for gift ideas for the drivers in your life?
Here are some suggestions, at prices from a few bucks for stocking stuffers to more than a few thousand for a garage filler.
Auto club membership
Rest easy knowing your teen or spouse can call one number when keys are locked inside, a tire is flat, a battery is dead, or a tow is needed. While you’re at it, get yourself a membership. Price: $30 to $75 per year.
OK, so your husband’s car or truck smells like his last fishing trip. Get him a car air freshener for the stocking. Air fresheners come in all shapes — even NFL helmets. Find these in discount stores. Price: $4-$20.
If you want a car to last, regularly scheduled oil changes are a must. Jiffy Lube sells in multiples of $25. Perfect for the young driver who won’t spend cash on maintenance and isn’t around to get badgered by parents. Price: $25 and up.
If someone wrote WASH ME on the trunk last year and it’s still there, get a prepaid wash and interior cleaning at your local carwash. Coupon books usually are available, too, with multiple cleanings at discount. Price: $20-$150.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Newer cars have this, but older cars don’t. If that old car still has a few miles in it, add this reassuring feature. Sensors that get mounted inside the tire will require professional installation. You can screw valve cap sensors on by yourself. Information is sent wirelessly to a dash-mounted readout. Price: $40-$200.
AM/FM just doesn’t cut it anymore. Add a radio with better reception, MP3 and MP4 capability, a cell phone link for hands-free calling, an input jack for an iPod, and Sirius radio. Buy online, from discount stores or from car parts stores. Price: $80-$250.
Oh, about Sirius: It’s commercial-free, but it’s a pay service. Music-only is the cheapest, but you also can get comedy, sports and news. There’s even — Siriusly — a golf talk channel. Price: $132-$252 per year.
You can buy from an auto center, but online sellers such as Discount Tire Direct and Tire Rack make this easy. All you need to know are the year and model of the car. This is mostly a guy thing, and especially a young guy thing. Price: $300-$4,000.
Hey, you can always dream. It’s fast, well behaved, classically pretty and a scourge on any private road course. It eats SUVs for breakfast. And it’s pricey. Price: $155,310 — and up!
Happy holidays from BestUsedTires.com! And dream on.