The introduction of new vehicle technology has car owners wondering if they can make cost-effective upgrades to theirs. The answer is yes. In 2022, dealers add-on the newest tech when buyers purchase packages, manufacturers don’t necessarily incorporate them into the vehicles. When buyers purchase the add-on packages, dealers work with their maintenance and repair shops.
Some vehicles can handle new tech that older ones do not. However, entrepreneurs in this space usually come up with workarounds and alternatives. For example, an efficient way to cool down homes is to install smart thermostats. Most older air conditioning systems will sync with it. You only need to hire the right tech to make it happen. It’s similar to vehicles.
If you want to listen to your smartphone playlist in your vehicle but also have an older radio and media installed, purchase a compatible and new version. Then, take it to a vehicle shop or have knowledgeable friends install it for you. Let’s take a look at five easy and inexpensive ways to add new technology to an old car.
1. Add Bluetooth
Bluetooth is a tech that has spread far and wide. With laptop computers, the tech has allowed manufacturers to remove USB ports. Now, auxiliary keyboards, mice, and storage backups connect to the computers through Bluetooth connectivity and cloud tech. You can even find Bluetooth technology incorporated into toothbrushes. For a vehicle, Bluetooth allows owners to receive and make hands-free calls. It also allows your smartphone to read text messages to you. The tech works by connecting to the vehicle’s wiring system and speakers.
2. Install Backup Cameras
Once you understand how the wiring in your vehicle works, you can install backup cameras too. Backup cameras have several purposes. Among them is creating the ability to parallel park like a pro. After installing the camera, you’ll hook it up to a screen in your vehicle. When everything is properly installed, you’ll have the ability to see what’s behind your vehicle. Initially, vehicle manufacturers sold the feature as a way to parallel park. Drivers quickly found out that it has other uses. For example, you can spot when small children decide to hang out in that area. Kids have minds of their own and their size makes it difficult to see them through the rearview mirror. Therefore, the tech helps reduce unnecessary accidents.
3. Install Dash Cams
Another camera-related way to upgrade an old car is to install dash cams. These cams are useful for freelance rideshare drivers. Since they find themselves on the road so often, it captures accidents and damage caused to the vehicle. The footage makes your case stronger if you need to take another driver to court. Simply hand it to your car accident attorney and let them do the rest.
4. Enjoy Cross-Traffic Alerts
In some ways, the roads have become more dangerous. It’s no secret that people are driving while distracted. Plus, some continue driving while intoxicated. As you wait for a red light to turn green, a car might head toward the same intersection that you will enter in seconds. Even the most alert driver can’t spot all hazards coming toward them. A cross-traffic accident has significant ramifications. One way to protect yourself is to install the tech in your vehicle. Simply hook it up to the necessary wires and receive worthwhile peace of mind.
Americans first saw the Global Positioning System in Mazda vehicles. Then, the feature went mainstream in vehicles in 2007. The cool thing about GPS is that it’s affordable and easy to add to any car, regardless of age. Moreover, it’s available in several styles from different manufacturers. Even if your vehicle is older, you can enjoy GPS to the fullest by syncing it with your smartphone and complementary app. Most GPS systems don’t need to connect to wiring in the vehicle. Once you set it up, the system works independently of the vehicle’s wiring. So if you need to transfer it to a different one, you can. For safety reasons, put away the GPS when you’re not in your vehicle. Individuals with nefarious intentions have stolen these systems, especially the expensive models.
Some professionals estimate that installing the above upgrades to an old car will cost about $550. If your vehicle still runs well at its older age, you can wait to purchase a new one that has the latest bells and whistles. Whether you take the vehicle to professionals, knowledgeable friends, or install the upgrades yourself, enjoy your smarter car.
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