How to get your car ready for your next staycation | Top Gear
BBC TopGear
BBC TopGear
Advertisement feature
Shell V-Power: Fuelling your passions
Saturday 10th June
Advertisement Feature

How to get your car ready for your next staycation

eBay’s wide range of in-car tech and travel accessories mean a UK road trip to remember

  • Caravan

    We’re all occasionally guilty of seeing our car as a means to an end, a way to get from A to B, even if that B is a cosy cottage tucked away in picturesque countryside, or a blowy campsite on the coast. But a great getaway needn’t be all about the destination – it can be about the journey too. Indeed, there’s no reason the holiday can’t start the minute you roll off your driveway.

    Thanks to eBay, you can make that dream a reality. Whether you’re looking to kit out your vintage Mini with a few mod cons before setting off with that special someone, you want to keep the family entertained during half term, or you even have a swanky motorhome or caravan to maintain, the right product for you is out there.

    eBay is the UK’s biggest marketplace, with 50 million live listings for car parts and accessories, all at great prices. Plus, with a large base of trusted auto sellers and official brands on the platform, it’s the perfect place for petrol heads to get everything they need in one place.

    Get travel ready with at least 15% off

    Advertisement - Page continues below
  • I once was lost…

    In modern cars, navigation woes are largely a thing of the past. If there isn’t a built-in satnav, invariably you’ll be able to plug your phone in and use that instead. But if you’re in a vintage saloon or camper van and heading out on a road less travelled, a quality windscreen- or dash-mounted satnav is worth its weight in gold.

    Happily, eBay allows you to shop for satnavs by brand – from the likes of TomTom and Garmin to Belkin and Omega – and if you want to take it to take it a step up, there are full-scale integrated dashboard upgrades for Fords, BMWs and more. You’ll also find plenty of durable accessories such as mounts, so you can position it exactly as you’d like.

    Shop satnavs

  • Let me entertain you

    The prospect of a marathon drive with young kids in the back is enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most unflappable motorist. Thankfully, eBay’s range of in-car entertainment systems can preserve some sense of order – and your sanity. 

    You can find Apple CarPlay DAB receivers with a mountable head up display, which will allow you to transform your dashboard into a modern command centre. From here you’ll be able to plug in your iPhone and play podcasts, music and radio, as well as answer phone calls to your heart’s content.

    And if you thought your DVD days were behind you, why not dig your collection out from the loft and invest in a portable DVD player from a trusted brand such as Pioneer or Sony? You’ll even discover headrests with a built-in player and screen, so whoever’s watching won’t have to balance a screen precariously on the central console or hold onto it for hours. Just make sure any device that plays video is safely out of the driver’s view

    Shop in-car entertainment

    Advertisement - Page continues below
  • Play it cool

    Particularly if you’re going on a summer holiday, you’ll require refreshments. But as the driver, it can be frustrating to constantly be asked to pull into service stations when all you want to do is get to your destination.

    That’s where eBay’s large range of in-car fridges can come in handy. There are plenty of basic options if you want to stay below the £100 mark, but venture just a little beyond that and your eyes will light up. More advanced models like the LVYUAN can store up to 40 litres of drinks, fresh meat, vegetables and whatever else you can think of, so you could even pack what you need for a self-catering stay.

    You just plug it into the 12V socket and go, and once you’ve unplugged it after a long journey, you can wheel it wherever you want. If there’s a way to win at camping trips, this has got to be it.

    Shop in-car fridges

  • Life on the road

    If you’re a seasoned road tripper and have managed to get your hands on a motorhome or caravan, eBay’s got your back too. You’ll find top-of-the-range air conditioners and heaters for your ultimate comfort whatever the weather. And for when you need added insulation, there are several options for stretch liners in hundreds of colours.

    You can consider eBay your one-stop shop, in fact, because whether you need to replace a hatch, vent or tow bar, or want to upgrade your living space with an attachable awning or canopy, you’ll find just what you need on the site. Your next staycation could be your best yet with eBay.

    Shop for caravans and motorhomes

    Get everything you need for your car on eBay

More from Top Gear

See more on Thrifty Motoring

Subscribe to the Top Gear Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear and BBC Studios. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

BBC TopGear

Try BBC Top Gear Magazine

Get your first 5 issues for £5