Remember Where You Parked
Finding your car in the grocery store lot might not be that hard, but when you’re in a giant structure or enormous stadium parking lot, things get trickier. Sure, you could always just snap a photo of your section in the lot, but you could also use apps like Park Me Right or Valet which offer a ton of extra smart parking features. If all else fails, though, you could always do the ol’ “walk through the lot pressing your panic button.” Don’t forget to amplify your remote’s signal with your head while you do it.
Integrate Your Gadgets
Lots of new cars have full-blown computers inside of them ready to wait on your every whim, but if you’ve got a slightly older model, you can still integrate your favorite gadgets without too much work. If you want to go simple, you can mount your phone or tablet in your car with just a few simple items, or do a bit of extra work and actually build the dock into your dashboard (for a phone, tablet, or even an iPod nano). Want more than that? You can add Bluetooth and inductive charging to your car too, control it with your voice, and even remote start your car with a text message. Just make sure you keep that mess of technology and cables organized. Photo by DaLee_pl
Keep It Clean the DIY Way
It’s remarkably easy to clean and detail your own car, even if you don’t have professional-grade cleaners lying around. In fact, you can clean almost your entire car with nothing but shampoo, baking soda, and water, with a bit of nail polish remover to get that sap off (or seltzer water for bird poop). Toothpaste will work on some of those scratches and foggy headlights, but if there’s one tool every car detailer should have in his or her arsenal, it’s a razor blade. Take one of those suckers to your windshield or windows (not the car body!) and you can get just about anything off. Photo by Eduardo Sciammarella.
Save Money On Your Next Car (and Your Commute)
All of these are nice if you already have a car, but what about when it comes time to buy a new one? They may not be DIY hacks in the strictest sense, but we’d be remiss not to mention ways to save money on a new ride. The biggest tip we can give is: haggle. Cars are one of the top items you should absolutely negotiate for, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort either—two simple bits of research can save you hundreds. You can bring the price down by avoiding those extra fees, too, and—if you’re feeling a little evil—screwing with the salesmen. Not in the market for a new car? Well, at least you can save some money on your commute. Photo by Joe Belanger(Shutterstock).