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Ultimate upgrades: 5 gadgets to breathe new life into your car

If your car is overdue an upgrade, the latest gadgets may be just the ticket. Check out these five pieces of kit to add a cutting edge to any set of wheels, brought to you in partnership with American Express®

  1. Hawk Ha-008 Universal Remote Upgrade System  – from £19.99

    If you still open your car the old-fashioned way, this will come as a blessed relief. Hawk’s remote upgrade system will convert your existing car key to give you the power of central locking from up to to 30 metres away. It works on virtually any type of vehicle, so whatever your situation, you can kiss goodbye to the frustration of trying to turn a key with 5 shopping bags in your hand, and other such shenanigans. 

  2. Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam  – from £99.99

    It’s always a great idea to have a dashboard-mounted camera. It can provide you with the perfect memento of an especially scenic journey, or more importantly come in very handy if you have an accident. So much so, in fact, that cars fitted with dash cams can often be rewarded with lower insurance premiums. Among the most popular is the Nextbase 312GW, whose WiFi capability makes sharing footage, whether on social media or with insurers, as easy as pie.

  3. Streetwize SWCF5 Twin Cyclone Car Fan – from £14.99

    Particularly if you drive an older car, the air con on a hot summer’s drive can often feel like being gently breathed on by a labrador. Give it a boost with this convenient, quiet, yet powerful dashboard-mounted fan, that plugs into your cigarette lighter and will keep you cool as a cucumber.

  4. Energizer Lithium-Polymer Jump Starter – from £69.99

    It’s every driver’s nightmare scenario: a flat battery, in the middle of nowhere, with no one around, and no phone signal. Thankfully, the rather nifty Energizer Lithium-Polymer Jump starter will jump-start any 12V vehicle around 22 times with a full charge, and comes with a range of extras, including a USB charging port for your phone. 

  5. Belkin F4U037bt Bluetooth Music Receiver – from £143

    Think you need to buy a new car to access the new world of fancy, hands-free Bluetooth technology? Think again. This receiver plugs right into your car’s cigarette lighter, and comes with an attached AUX cable so you can plug your music in. Its pièce de résistance, however, is that it can switch seamlessly between music and phone calls at the touch of a button. It also comes with a USB charging port and integrated microphone, with can be mounted anywhere on the dash. 

  6. A card that gives back

    Why not get 5% cashback on all your new kit? With the American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card you can receive 5% cashback on your purchases for the first three months of Cardmembership, up to £100 cashback. Earn up to 1% cashback thereafter depending on spend. The minimum annual spend to be eligible for cashback is £3,000. There is no annual fee and cashback is paid annually. Offer is not available to existing cashback Cardmembers.

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