Three Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas for the Car Enthusiast on your List


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Need to find a gift for the car enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, but are operating on a very tight budget? If so, don’t freak out just yet. Just because cars themselves are expensive doesn’t mean that you can’t find budget-friendly parts and add-ons that will make an automotive enthusiast jump for joy. Below, you’ll find three gift suggestions each presented for their low total costs. By that, we not only mean that the initial expense for the merchandise is on the low side for automobile upgrades, but the full cost is low entirely. That means no pricey professional installation or other sidebars that might add hundreds or thousands on to the actual price of the piece. That way, you can stay on budget, and still provide an incredible gift to the car lover on your list.

Performance Chip
There are few upgrades that offer as much bang for the buck as a performance chip. A typical performance chip will cost you less than a hundred dollars, and they’re so easy to install you can do it with only basic tools (meaning no professional installation is required). A chip can boost a vehicle’s stock horsepower output potential by up to 60 extra horsepower, and can even improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency as well. Plus, this little add-on is small enough to be a great stocking stuffer, so you won’t have to worry about finding a box big enough to fit it as you would with many other automotive parts.

It’s true that there are many exterior rims available on the market that are quite pricey, some even running into the high hundreds and low thousands of dollars in terms of cost. Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget varieties out there. With the proliferation of aftermarket body parts in the last few years resulting in overproduction on the parts of many manufacturers, there are quite a number of budget-friendly rim sets you can pick up for your car enthusiast. Just keep a few things in mind if you do choose rims. First, make sure to find a set that reflects light well. A glossy set looks nice, but a matte finish on rims is commonplace on many vehicles so the new wheels won’t really do much to improve a car’s appearance. Also, take note of the spoke count on the set you’re buying. Some drivers prefer high spoke counts, others low ones. Find out which count your car enthusiast prefers, and go with that to avoid disappointing him when he opens his package.

Seat Covers
Available in many brightly colored designs and patterns, interior seat covers are fun to pick out. With so many varieties available, this is a gift you’re certain to be able to tailor exactly to the personal taste of the person you’re giving the gift to. Unlike actual seat replacements, seat covers allow you to improve the condition of your seats’ looks without requiring expensive new physical seat components. You can simply slide the new seat covers on and customize the appearance of the car’s interior anyway you like. Considering how nasty some car seats can get with juice stains, dust buildup, and other issues such as general wear and tear, seat covers have a big impact for a low price point, and are sure to impress someone whose car seats are worse for wear than most.

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