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There are some must-have accessories for your car and then there are the others that are not what you need, but would love to have. Here's my list of those SMALL ACCESSORIES for your car.

Ever since I bought my Ford Aspire I've been hunting for small value additions to it, and discovered a virtual treasure trove online. I'm sharing here a few things that caught my fancy. Most of the accessories listed below are inexpensive; around 20 to 500 rupees - nothing above Rs.1000. A lot of them are available as standard fitment in high-end cars/variants.

So if you have just bought your new car, or have been inspired to keep your old car by this classic thread by GTO (ARTICLE: YOUR 5 year old car : Keep, Upgrade or Swap?), then these small value additions are sure to add that feel good factor to it. These could also be the perfect gifts for any bhpian, or anyone who loves his/her car.

Fitting / installing these accessories do not require any special skills - they are all mostly plug-n-play or simple DIY jobs. For the few that require playing around with the wiring, and if you are not comfortable doing it, then just take it your FNG or car electrical shop, and ask them to install it.


CATEGORISATION
I have split the accessories into 3 categories, viz. Interior, Exterior, Passenger Safety (I may add more in future if needed). All the products will have an item code so that it's easier for reference. Each product will also have a qualifier before the number ie. IN for INTERIOR, EX for EXTERIOR, SF for PASSENGER SAFETY. eg. IN-001

I have also mentioned the product price in rupees (approximate dollar conversion where applicable). These are the prices prevailing at the time of writing the post. These will obviously vary with time and supplier. Be diligent in searching for the lowest price, but read customer reviews before ordering. You can also win the same item at much cheaper prices in the eBay.com auctions.

Links to purchase the product have been mentioned wherever possible. These links are for the app, so you might have to install the respective app to access them. But these links may not be active for long. When that happens, follow the link to the relisted product or use the product name as the search string. Add the word "Car" to every search, else you might get wrong results.

All DVRs, Reverse Cameras, Mobile Docks and Bluetooth Kits have been excluded as they already have dedicated threads.

BUYING
My sources are mostly international sites like ebay.com and Aliexpress.com as things are available at dirt cheap prices there, provided you have the patience to wait for 30-60 days. If not, then some of them are also available from Indian sellers, but at heavily jacked up prices - sometimes by as much as 10 times. Eg. www.ebay.in, www.amazon.in, www.jazzmyride.com. It is advisable to buy things that need warranty support from Indian sites, eg. Memory Cards.

Here's a link to a thread by bhpian naveen.raju that lists out a lot more online shopping sites. Online Automotive Accessories Stores


PAYMENT
To buy from www.ebay.com you can either pay with an international online shopping enabled Credit/Debit Card or through PayPal (your Credit/Debit Card or bank account needs to be linked to PayPal). I prefer PayPal because it offers additional levels of security and buyer protection. I have linked my Axis Bank savings account to it and payments get debited/credited directly from here via PayPal. For additional safety, I maintain just a minimum amount in this account and use it only for online shopping.

To buy from www.aliexpress.com you have to pay with your international online shopping enabled Credit/Debit card.

I will assume that you know how to purchase from Indian shopping sites

DISCLAIMER: I have no commercial interest in any of the suppliers of the below listed products. I do not own either eBay, nor Aliexpress, or Amazon for that matter. Though I have ordered most of the products listed here, I cannot be held legally responsible if you do not find it satisfactory or functional. All transactional responsibility lies between you and the seller. My effort in compiling this list is just an endeavour to save you some time and money.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTERIOR
IN-001 : Bottle Holder
IN-002 : Sunvisor Ticket / Sunglasses Clip
IN-003 : Storage Padding
IN-004 : Luminous Ignition Ring
IN-005 : Grab Handle Sunglasses Box
IN-006 : Ambient Lighting
IN-007 : Interior Edge Moulding
IN-008 : Chrome Highlights
IN-009 : Door Lock Striker Cover
IN-010 : Door Stopper/Hinge Cover
IN-011 : Boot Lamp
IN-012 : Seat Back Protector (Child proofing)
IN-013 : Seat Back Storage (Single Seat)
IN-014 : Seat Back Storage (Multi-Seat)
IN-015 : Seat Side Storage Pouch
IN-016 : Storage Nets
IN-017 : Headrest Bag Hook
IN-018 : Cable Manager / Wire Organizer
IN-019 : Seat Gap Filler
IN-020 : Seat Gap Storage Pouch
IN-021 : Pedal Upgrade
IN-022 : Umbrella Bags
IN-023 : Additional Power Outlets
IN-024 : Handbrake Cover
IN-025 : Temporary Car Parking Number Card
IN-026 : Coin Box

EXTERIOR
EX-001 : Door Handle Scratch Protector
EX-002 : Bumper Lip
EX-003 : Door Edge Protection Moulding Strip / Door Seal
EX-004 : Door Edge Protectors
EX-005 : Car Door Bump Guards
EX-006 : Front and Back Bumper Guards
EX-007 : ORVM Turn Indicators
EX-008 : Chrome Moulding Trim
EX-009 : Silencer Tip
EX-010 : Door Rubber Seal / Weather Strip
EX-011 : Rim Protector/Decoration Ring

PASSENGER SAFETY
SF-001 : Child Seatbelt Adjuster
SF-002 : Door Open Sticker
SF-003 : Reflector Stickers
SF-004 : Dog Safety Belt
SF-005 : Dog Seat Cover
SF-006 : Seat Belt Cushion for Kids
SF-007 : Seat Belt Strap Padding


All images courtesy their respective sites

NOTE: When you add an item, ensure that you continue the Numbering Sequence and follow the coding system. Give details in the same format that I have used for these products. I will add items to the Table of Contents at regular intervals.

- Sam

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IN-001 : Bottle Holder

Add additional space to hold bottles.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/322239680174
Price : 140-00


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http://www.ebay.com/itm/152232521086
Price : 70-00

There are a lot of other options, but I found the above kind to be the most convenient to install - no drilling or sticking.


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This one needs to be screwed to the door pad.
http://www.ebay.in/itm/111837424165
Price : 299-00


Bottle Holder cum Dinner Tray

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http://s.aliexpress.com/FveeyMjA
Price : 373-00


There are others that are clipped to the AC vents, but they end up damaging the vents themselves.

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IN-002 : Sunvisor Ticket / Sunglasses Clip

Make the prefect place to keep your shades or receipts.

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http://s.aliexpress.com/QfAjIrIN
Price : 35-00


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I prefer to use this as a ticket holder. Its very convenient to hold toll receipts and mall parking tickets.

http://s.aliexpress.com/F3A7J3MN
Price : 24-00

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IN-003 : Storage Padding

Helps to reduce a lot of cabin noise caused by loose objects in storage areas.

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Can't provide a link, because this item is model specific.
Price : 100 - 600

This can be a DIY solution, if not available online for your car. All you need is a thin foam sheet and good cutting skills.

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IN-004 : Luminous Ignition Ring

Helps to identify the keyhole at night and prevent scratches around that area. No electrical connection needed.

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Can't provide a link, because this item is model specific.
Price : 130-00
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IN-005 : Grab handle Sunglasses Box

Add a safe place to hold your driving glares. The existing grab handle will have to be removed.

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Not a universal size, but any sized version can be fit in the centre, near the cabin lights, like bhpian Tejas@perioimpl has done in his Pajero.

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Can't provide a link, because this item is model specific.
Price : 480-00 onwards
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IN-006 : Ambient Lighting

Jazz-up your car interiors with these lights. Lot of options in this, from single colour, multi-colour, remote controlled, music controlled and mobile app controlled systems.

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http://s.aliexpress.com/fQVFvu2Y
Price : 280-00


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http://s.aliexpress.com/rMnERVF3
Price : 200-00


Wireless Multi-Color Voice Sensor Sound/Music Controlled

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http://s.aliexpress.com/RzEBbAnM
Price : 900-00

Another cheaper link for a similar product.
http://s.aliexpress.com/vIFZRzYz
Price : 680-00
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IN-007 : Interior Edge Moulding

Gives a new look to the interiors. Available in various colours in powered and non-powered variants. Some have to be inserted into grooves while others are stuck with 3M tapes.


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http://s.aliexpress.com/uuiiiM7V
Price : 200-00


Powered variant

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http://s.aliexpress.com/Eneua2e2
Price : 700-00
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IN-008 : Chrome Highlights

Can add class to the interiors if not overdone.
Sizes range from 3mm to 50mm width for interiors and exterior. Available in rolls of 1 metre to 20 metres. Must make sure the backing tape is 3M brand and follow the instructions for surface selection and cleaning.

Available in various configurations and sizes.

Chrome Trim Strip

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http://s.aliexpress.com/MzmEbaQF
Price : 197-00

I had created a DIY thread for this.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/diy-do...interiors.html (DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors)


Chrome Edge Guard - 'U' Style

These are grooved to fit AC vents with adhesive inside the groove

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http://s.aliexpress.com/jMR7Rvqe
Price : 157-00

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IN-009 : Door Lock Striker Cover

Covers the door striker hook, thus hiding the screw and metal bits.

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Material : ABS Plastic, Chromed Plastic or Stainless Steel

Buy the correct size and shape for your car.

Source: www.aliexpress.com
Price : 60-00 onwards

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IN-010 : Door Stopper/Hinge Cover

Covers the door stopper/hinge, thus hiding the screw and metal bits.

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Material : ABS Plastic, Chrome or Stainless Steel

Buy only the pack of 4 in the correct size and shape for your car.

www.aliexpress.com
Price : 60-00 onwards

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IN-011 : Boot Lamp

Not every car comes with lighting in the boot area, and it is very necessary, especially in sedans. Some cars have them in the higher variants but not in the lower ones. In this case you can go the OEM way and ask your service centre to install it.

When there is no provision for it, you can go 3 ways :-
1) Visit any accessories shop and they will install it by tapping into the wires - this entails warranty risk.

2) Get a plug and play battery powered lamp like this:

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http://s.aliexpress.com/qaimUbYB
Price: 80-00

Also available in local stores.

3) Get an extension for the accessory socket (cigarette lighter) upto the boot and connect a powered light to it.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/252399552229
Price : 150-00

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IN-012 : Seat Back Protector (Child Proofing)

If you have beige seat covers and hyperactive kids then this one is for you

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/201664028790
Price : 130-00


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http://s.aliexpress.com/i6N3Y7j2
Price : 163-00

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IN-013 : Seat Back Storage (Single Seat)

Add additional storage space - useful for long journeys.

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This is the basic one - looks flimsy but is quite strong.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301949799770
Price : 210-00


There are a lot of other options, like this one that has better build quality...

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http://s.aliexpress.com/2qEr2eq6
Price : 306-00

Or this which is premium looking...

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http://s.aliexpress.com/mEFfUb6N
Price : 880-00


... or this one that can keep the kids occupied.

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http://s.aliexpress.com/ZzYrYjqu
Price : 355-00


Or something just to hold your phone and bottle.

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