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Top 10 Gifts For Dads Who Love Cars


If your dad or grandfather is passionate about his car, then this list of car gift ideas will be just what you are looking for. After talking with dads who love their rides, I compiled this list of things they said they would love to make their experience with their cars even better.

1. Tomtom GO 630 Automobile Navigator

Tom Tom GO 510 GPS Navigator

Just plug in the TomTom portable automotive GPS and know the way to any destination in the U.S. and Canada. Get directions via spoken turn-by-turn instructions, in text or via clear easy-to-view 3-D maps. The Tom Tom 630 features a large high-resolution color LCD screen displays crystal clear graphics, connections for iPod cables, and both a lighter and AC charger included. This is a great car gift for any dad who loves cars.

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2. Passport 8500 Radar Detector

Passport 8500 Radar Detector
The Passport 8500 X50's new "V-Tuned" radar receiver provides extreme range on all radar; conventional and "instant-on" including POP mode, X-Band, and up to 50% more range on the all-important K and Ka bands than the original Passport 8500. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides maximum range, with minimum false alarms. Just make sure it is legal in your state.
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3. Delphi Roady XT XM Satellite Radio

Delphi XM Roady XT
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Delphi XM Roady XT is a small, light XM Satellite Radio that offers a true plug & play design with simple docking and connection. Roady XT comes with everything you need to enjoy XM satellite radio in your vehicle. It has some great features including notifying you when a favorite song is playing on a radio channel and a wireless FM transmitter so you can listen to the radio when you are out of the car. A real consumer favorite.

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4. Stansport Hand Crank/Solar Battery Radio/Flashlight

Stansport Hand Crank/Solar Battery Radio/Flashlight
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Just what every man needs in the trunk of his car. This flashlight/radio combination features a compact design and operates from solar power, hand crank, DC power, or 2 AA batteries.
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5. Black & Decker Electromate TM 250 Jump-Starter

Black & Decker Electromate TM 250 Jump-Starter
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I have bought a number of jump starter batteries over the years, but this is the best one I have seen. Not only does it give you 300 amps of starting power, but attach it to the battery and plug in the Electromate, and you can recharge your dead battery overnight. It also has a good work light for connecting to the battery in the dark. This is the best of the best for the price.
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6. Simoniz Wax and Polish Detailing Kit

Premium Car Detailing Kit
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This car cleaning kit features a Simoniz Vista Microfiber Wash & Scrub Sponge, a Microfiber Soft Chenille Wash Mitt, Microfiber Applicator Pads-2-Pac,and various Simonize car wash, wax and polishes. A must for the do-it-yourself car detailing dad.

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7. Repair Manual

Auto Manual
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If your man is into doing his own repairs on his car, consider giving him a factory original repair manual. Virtually anything he will want to do on the car is covered in one of these very comprehensive manuals

8. Auto Detailing Gift Certificate

If a clean and stylin' vehicle is important to your dad, consider contacting a local detailing shop and buying him a gift certificate for a detail. This online directory will let you search for a detailer near you; then contact the detailer for gift certificate information.

9. Tattoo Sleeve

Tattoo Sleeve
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OK...maybe this is more for bikers, but I loved the idea. This sleeve has traditional biker tattoos on it and can just slip on over his arms. All the fun of tattoos with none of the long term risks and expenses. If your dad has always wanted the best of tattoos but hasn't been willing to take the jump, this might be just the thing.

10. Wireless Backup Camera

Wireless Backup Camera
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There aren't many things more important than knowing what's behind your vehicle as you back up. This Backup Camera System takes the guessing out of driving in reverse. The wireless backup system is reliable and straight forward. Simply mount the ultra-slim wide-angle camera flush to your license plate cover. From there it sends a wireless signal to your 3.5-inch screen which can be mounted anywhere in the car -- from the dashboard to the sun visor. The camera boasts a 110-degree horizontal/80-degree vertical camera viewing angle, providing a comprehensive view of what's behind your car.
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