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What are the Different Types of Vehicle Accessories?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 23, 2024
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Vehicle accessories can be useful for all sorts of things, from making it safer to travel with pets to improving a car's performance. Many car parts stores sell accessories along with parts, and specific accessories can also be ordered from dealers or manufacturers. Many accessories will add to the value of a car if they are included in a car at the time of resale, which is something to think about when ordering and installing vehicle accessories.

Some vehicle accessories are intended to make a car safer and more practical. Car organizers, for example, allow people to keep things organized in the car so that they are not loose in the vehicle, which could be hazardous in an accident. Pet barriers can be used to keep animals in the back, while cargo liners can protect the bed of a truck or the trunk of a car from damages caused by cargo. First aid kids are another example of a safety accessory, along with roadside emergency kits which contain things like jumper cables and flares, and car seat kits which ensure that car seats for infants and children are mounted safely.

Other accessories protect a car, keeping it in better condition in the long term. Car covers, mudflaps, floor mats, and seat covers are examples of this type of car accessory. Specialized rims can be used to offer additional protection to the wheels, and to add to the resale and aesthetic value of a car by making it more visually interesting.

Things like bicycle racks, ski racks, and surfboard racks can be used to make a car more useful for trips and outdoor adventures. Likewise with rooftop luggage containers or tow hooks which can be attached to trailers or campers. Convenience vehicle accessories like remote controls for cars and garages can also be extremely useful.

It is also possible to find vehicle accessories which are designed to make a car more fun to drive, such as a premium sound system. Drivers of specialty cars may also obtain branded accessories which can be used to identify them with the cars they drive. A fan of Morris Minors, for example, might have a Morris Minor branded keychain, so that people know what he or she drives.

Performance accessories include things like tachometers for cars which lack internal tachometers, along with fuel management supplies, air intakes, and other things which increase efficiency or engine power. Typically, some mechanical skill is required to install performance accessories, as the car may need to be modified to install such accessories.

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Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WikiMotors researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By Heavanet — On Apr 10, 2014

A vehicle accessory that is important for me is a windshield protector. I live in an area that has hot summers with a lot of sunshine, so this accessory helps to keep my car's interior a little cooler. In addition, it also helps to protect the interior of my car from the intense rays of the sun.

By Raynbow — On Apr 09, 2014

I think that the best vehicle accessories that protect the inside of a vehicle are floor mats and seat covers. When you use both in your car, you will protect your carpet from dirt, mud, and grime, and your upholstery from spills and wear and tear.

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