Simple And Affordable Car Hacks Every Car Owner Should Know

We’re guessing you know how to drive a car. Even though you haven’t read a single page on your car’s manual, you already know how to operate the wipers, AC, radio, or even the hazard lights! Hopefully, you were also taught how to change tires. But do you realize that there are also life-changing yet straightforward car hacks out there? These hacks are fantastic even though you can’t find them in the pages of your car’s manual. Don’t worry, though, because we got you covered. You can easily avoid every minor to a major car problem, and it will make your life easier. Try and check if you’ve done anything like this before!

Fixing A Dent With Hot Water & A Plunge

Worrying about an eye-soar dent on the side of your car? We got you! You don’t need to worry about it. It happens to everyone, and they’re pretty easy to fix. Just boil some water in a saucepan or a teapot, whichever you prefer. Then run to your bathroom and take out the plunger, which is your weapon. Pour the hot water over the dent, and then take the plunger and pull. If the car didn’t have enormous damage, then it will pop right out! The result may not be as perfect as brand new, but it will make it less visible.

Dirty Headlights And Toothpaste

If you got foggy headlights, you don’t need to rush to your mechanic to get a unique solution. Instead, look around your home, and you might have the answer to your problem. It’s toothpaste! Who would’ve thought, right? As it turns out, it works well on headlights, just like on teeth, because it contains mild abrasives that clean our enamel. Awesome! This will make it clear again. (Note: This doesn’t always solve the issue, especially when the insides are already yellowing, replace it if that’s the case.)

Opening Your Keyring With A Staple Remover

You don’t have to break a finger by trying to fit a new set of keys on your metal keyring! Instead, here’s the best way to do it: use a staple remover! Just use it to separate the end pieces and slide the keys in. How simple was that? Now you’re wondering why you’ve never thought of doing it before!

Put A Shower Caddy In The Trunk

If you’re the type of person who likes to plan, you’re probably keeping an emergency kit in your trunk. We guess it consists of oil, funnel, rag, flashlight, batteries, and so on. Keep them organized by getting a shower caddy to secure them in your storage. We don’t need these items rolling all over your trunk when you need them — this will avoid getting anything dirty or, worse, doing more damage than good.

Use Pool Noodles To Prevent Car Dings

Admit it; you’ve hit your door on the side of your garage. Maybe not every time, but at least a few times! We got the perfect solution for you—pool noodle! Cut it in half, then tape it to the wall where you open your car’s door. (You quickly tell where by the scuff marks, heh.) Use bolts or even simple command strips to secure it in place. Your car (and your wall) will both be safe!

Need A Trash Bin? Use Cereal Bins

Are you the type of person who absentmindedly leaves trash in their car? If you’re not careful, that trash will linger a smell inside your vehicle that will last a lifetime! Yikes! Of course, that wouldn’t be a problem if you had a trash can inside your car. You don’t need to get new ones; take one of those small cereal plastic containers. Make sure to put a plastic pag inside so that you can seal the trash when you take it out. Now your car will be much cleaner and odor-free!

Reduce Glare With A Tinted Plastic Sheet

It happened to us once or twice: forgetting sunglasses. When it’s getting dark, and you’re driving west, you’ll know hard that is. At this angle, your visor won’t be any help, but something can— a tinted plastic sheet! Stick it to your car window with static so you can move it around as needed. The sun will never bother you again!

Lessen Frost By Parking Your Car Facing East

This may seem to be some weird witchy trick, but it’s very straightforward and reasonable. When you park your vehicle in the morning facing the sun, the sun’s rays will initially defrost your front windshield. Then, if you leave for work when the sun rises, you’ll never have to wait for the defroster to warm up again!

Extend Your Key’s Range By Holding Them To Your Head

We know it seems crazy, but it works! If your keys have limited range, put them under your chin and press the button again; the fluids in your head will somewhat alter the signal’s range. Try it out for yourself if you don’t trust us!

Place a Ziplock Bag on Your Car Mirror 

Ice is one of winter’s hazards—both on the road and on your car. It’s always best to park in your garage or covered carport to prevent ice from forming on your windshield and rearview mirrors. But for those who are stuck with parking en plein air, here’s a clever trick. Just open up a few Ziplock bags and slip them over your mirrors. The plastic covering will keep most of the ice and snow from sticking, making those frigid mornings way less frustrating.

You Can Use Pantyhose As A Fan Belt

First and foremost, if you have any other alternatives (such as contacting a tow truck) when your fan belt breaks, you should utilize them. Saving money isn’t worth the danger of catching fire in your engine. If you’re truly stranded, you may use a pair of pantyhose as a fan belt to get you to a petrol station or an area with cell coverage where you can seek assistance.

There Were Plastic Bottles on The Tires

The trick is quite simple; thieves begin by targeting parking lots. The criminals then sneakingly place an empty plastic bottle on top of the car’s right tire. That way, the driver can’t see it. Then, they wait.

When the driver is about to drive away, a strange noise sounds as the bottle is cracked broken. Unaware of the bottle’s existence, and the thieves on the lookout nearby, a driver’s first instinct is of course to leave their car and investigate where the sound came from. It’s at that moment that the thieves complete their plan.

Use Nail Polish On Small Scratches

It’s generally not worth the money to have your car’s paint professionally restored if it just has a little scratch or chip. The disadvantage is that you will be driving around with ugly scrapes on your vehicle. We’re sure you had no idea you could do it yourself! It just takes a smidgeon of nail paint. If you can reasonably nearly match your vehicle’s color, a small amount of nail polish will conceal the scratches effectively enough that no one will notice them unless they are searching for them.

Keep Your Seats Buckled During Hot Weather

Trying to fasten your seatbelt in the heat is a dangerous game. Any metal component of your automobile that has been exposed to sunshine and heat may hurt your hands, but you can prevent the seatbelt problem by buckling it in when you leave and keeping it there until the next time you enter. Then, if the sun can’t reach it, it can’t become hot enough to burn!

Use Over-The-Door Shoe Racks As Backseat Organizers

This one is beneficial if you have children: All of the backseat essentials, including sippy cups, toys, chargers, and snacks, may be stored in a simple over-the-door shoe rack. All of the pockets are readily accessible, and they’re far more visible at a look than the pouches that come standard with certain minivan seats.

Window Chips? Clear Nail Polish Could Help

Once again, magic nail paint strikes! If you acquire a crack or chip in your windshield, it will almost certainly expand and crack further, making driving unsafe. However, if you can’t afford a new windshield, a few drops of clear nail paint in the damaged region, similar to a run in a pair of stockings, should prevent the crack from spreading until you can.

You Can Use Rubber Bands As Phone Holders

It’s very inconvenient when you need to glance at your GPS but don’t have a co-pilot to hold it up for you and don’t have one of that window or air vent holders to hold your phone (and potentially dangerous). However, it’s effortless to get the same effect using a rubber band. If you thread it through a few vents on your center console and around the top and bottom of your phone, the strain will keep it in place.

Easy Way To Cool Down A Hot Car

Have you ever had to stand outside in the summer to air out your suffocatingly hot vehicle just enough to BREATHE when you got inside? To expedite the procedure, roll down the passenger side window and open and shut the driver’s side door rapidly for a few seconds. This produces a fanning action, enabling fresh air to enter while eliminating all of the hot, stagnant air from your car.

Use Scented Wax Cubes As Air Fresheners

Aside from dryer sheets, there’s another DIY air freshener trick for your nose’s delight. Put a few scented wax cubes in a mason jar with holes punched in the lead. When you put the pot in your car, the wax will melt and fill the car with a pleasant fragrance.

Check Your Tire’s State With A Penny

The following tip may save your life. Place a coin upside down in the treads of your tires. If President Lincoln’s head falls halfway in, you’re good. However, if the tread doesn’t cover the president’s head, you’ll need new tires.

Save Space Using Carabiner Hooks

If you need to free up some room in your backseat, get some carabiner hooks and connect them to your headrests. They can hold bags, groceries, umbrellas, and other things. This will help you free up a lot more space than you may imagine.

Make Grocery Shopping Easier With Laundry Baskets

When you go grocery shopping, have an empty laundry basket in the trunk. When you arrive home, you may load the basket with bags, decreasing the number of journeys back and forth to the vehicle and easily make your shopping excursions a lot simpler!

Another Kitty Litter Hack

Another clever use for cat litter is to stuff it inside a sock and keep it on your dashboard. This may seem strange, but it will prevent your windshield from fogging up. And, yeah, this is a genuine suggestion.

Gauge Your Garage Parking With A Tennis Ball

Having issues parking the car in your garage? Now, you don’t have to worry anymore. Trying to Gauge just how far forward you’ve pulled into the garage is now super easy. All you need to do is simply tie a string with a hanging tennis ball onto the ceiling of the garage. If it rests on your windshield when you’ve driven in, its the right time to stop. You’ll never have to guess again. Accuracy at its finest!

Download a Parking App to Find Your Car

Are you one of those people who always have problems remembering where you parked the car? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Thanks to incredible, modern technology, those forgetful days are over. Now there are so many useful apps that can instantly help you locate your car. There’s no more wasting time walking up and down the parking lot trying to locate your car. Make sure to check out the several different applications that are available, all of which can easily help you track where you parked.

Warm Up Your Windshield Wipers

It’s true, the winter months will be here sooner than we know. But before that time comes, we have a great hack just for you!  You don’t ever have to waste time in the mornings trying to thaw out your windshield wipers. All you need is an old pair of socks, then put them over each wiper just before you go to sleep. By the time the morning comes and you will be ready to start the day, your windshield wipers will no longer be packed with ice or stuck to your windshield. You can thank us later!

Handy Towel Holder

We can definitely assure you that we have some of the most excellent hacks that are truly useful. For this next one, all you need to do is attach a roll of paper towel to your car with a piece of bungee cord. This will allow you to take the towels quickly without having to search the entire car for the roll. We all know what it’s like to always have at least one passenger in the car who spills something or has a runny nose, right?

Vinegar To Defrost Your Windows

People who live in areas where it generally gets super cold during the winter will definitely appreciate this hack. Being accustomed to the daily chore of having to defrost your car in the mornings is no joke. But luckily for you, we have something to help you out. Instead of pouring water over your windshield in the morning, rather mix it with some vinegar. Then mix it together in a spray bottle and spray the solution onto your windows. The vinegar helps burn through the ice much faster, and with a spray bottle, you’ll be able to spray the mixture evenly to avoid icy patches that may block your view.

Get More Gas From The Pump

Filling the car with gas may seem completely straightforward, but there’s actually a better way to pump gas than simply going at it full throttle. If you press the gas pump all the way down it can often create bubbles in your tank, making the nozzle think you have filled it. However, the truth is there is still a lot more space to put gas in, the trick is to go slower. All you need to do is press the pump just halfway, wait a bit longer for the gas to come out, but so much more will actually go into your tank.

Blow Away Bumper Stickers

There’s a high chance that the majority of you reading this has some kind of bumper sticker on your car. Did you know that it’s actually pretty easy to remove them? All you need is a working hairdryer for this trick. Then, heat up the sides of the sticker with the hairdryer and within a few minutes, the glue should start to lift, making it easier to peel off. Time to say goodbye to all those bumper stickers from 2002.

Slime Is Your Savior

Who would have ever thought that a child’s toy would come in handy when it comes to car hacks? The truth is that slime and car interiors are actually the perfect match. Head on over to your local supermarket, then use the slime as a cleaning tool for all those hard-to-reach spots in your car. This includes the air vents and down the sides of your chair. The slime will easily pick up any dirt or dust that you’ve been struggling to clean for months.

If Your Tires Blows, DON’T Brake

This next one is not so much of a hack but more of a really helpful piece of advice. When driving on an open road at a speed of at least 65km/h and your tire blows – whatever you do, do not break. Although this may be a natural response try your best to resist the urge. When you hit the brakes during a situation like this, you’re going to fishtail and possibly lose control of your car, which could instantly see you crashing your car. Instead, rather slightly keep your foot on the accelerator. We know this may sound a bit bizarre but this will help you regain control of your car and steer straight on the road.

Don’t Weigh Down Your Key

Having too many keys or fluffy keychains is known to actually cause damage to the ignition switch. Meaning that over time, your car will not start as easily as it should. Experts suggest that you really need to have multiple keychains on one key, you should have a maximum of 3 keys or keychains on your bunch. However, the moment you start to notice a tightness or your key locking while it’s in the ignition, then best take it to the dealer as soon as possible. Or, before you know it, it will end up costing you a lot more money.

Prevent Car Sickness

We totally love this next tip! For people who are looking for different ways to prevent car sickness, simply keep some fresh bay leaves in your car. Bay leaf is a wonderful way of preventing car sickness, especially during long-haul trips. All you need to do is place the leaf under your tongue, and within a few minutes, you will feel better. This works for both children as well as adults. It can also save you from pulling over or buying medicine at the pharmacy, and best of all, it is completely natural.

Lowering Your Insurance Costs

From time to time, we often feel the need to look for ways to lower monthly costs, especially when it comes to our cars. We have good news for you, you just need to learn defensive driving. Not only is it super beneficial but it also helps improve your driving skills. In a lot of countries around the world, defensive driving is one of the easiest ways one can substantially lower their car insurance costs. Take a look into it, you won’t regret the decision!

What Side Is The Tank On?

It happens more than we like to admit. Pulling up to pump gas and “forgetting” which side the tank is on. Can you relate? We thought so. What we all don’t realize is that the answer is actually right in front of our eyes. Take a quick look at your dashboard fuel gauge…see it now? You’ll notice a picture of a gas pump with an arrow. Whichever way that arrow point is on the same side of the car that the filler cap is located. Impressive right?

Diagnose Your Own Car troubles

Back in the day, it was really as if we needed to magically guess what was wrong with our vehicles before visiting a mechanic. Now since times are a lot simpler, all you need to do is purchase an auto-code reader. Plug it into the car’s computer system through the OBD plug, and it will instantly read your engine’s fault codes. In a short amount of time, you will be able to know what’s causing the check engine light to illuminate, locate a bad oxygen sensor, read enhanced data, or even redeem the VIN of your car.

Always Keep An Emergency Kit

If you ask any expert within the motor industry, no questions asked, they will always recommend that every person who owns a car should have an emergency kit in their vehicle. This kit should generally include items such as jumper cables, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and sometimes even a compass. One key item in this kit should include a basic tool kit. You may also want to keep warm clothing, a shovel, and a spare cellphone charger. You just never know when any of this may come in handy.

Clean Your AC Vents

We can all agree that air conditioning is a huge blessing on freezing cold days as well as during the boiling hot summer days. Despite this being the case, what most people tend to forget is just how crucial it is to clean the air vents in the car. One of the best ways to clean them (from the inside) is to grab a foam brush, which you can usually find in your local hardware store. Then, gently clean each panel by going back and forth. Not only will this keep your air conditioning fresh and dirt-free but it is so much healthier for everyone who sits in the car.

Vaseline Tip

Not too many people are aware, but Vaseline is actually one of the best life-savers on the planet. It is truly useful for so many things. Not only does it help with colds and flu but can really be used for basically anything and everything. Sure you never thought of using it for the interior of your car? When it comes to a vinyl or leather interior, smear some Vaseline onto a cloth or cotton wool and rub it over the car. This is how you can prevent the leather from cracking. Additionally, you can also rub the vaseline on the rubber door seals to prevent them from freezing during the winter. Amazing, right?

Avoid Crumbs

Parents with young children will know exactly how messy cars can get. It’s really like your car becomes a personal trash bin. One of the more annoying parts is when all kinds of bits and bobs drop between the car seats because cleaning up can truly become a living nightmare. To avoid this kind of disaster in the future, simply put a large sheet underneath the booster seat so if things do fall through, the sheet will collect it all! Your car will now be completely protected from any types of future accidents, such as melted candy, milk spills, or even dog drool.

Use A Newspaper To Clean Windows

We know we’ve already mentioned a hack on how to clean windows but it’s always good to have a few other options. Trust us, this one has been tried and tested and works wonders. All you need is an old newspaper. Then, spray your windows with some window cleaner, take the newspaper and give it a good scrub. This will promptly give you sparkly clean results. Just be sure that the windows are not tinted!

Inside Out

Have you ever thought about the real reason why your air conditioner isn’t so strong anymore? Well, we can tell you that there’s a good chance that the air isn’t actually circulating in your car. To check this out you need to take a look under the hood and take out the air filters. Chances are it probably needs a good clean with a vacuum, so you completely get rid of all the muck and junk that often finds its way inside. Alternatively, you can spray the filter with a cleaning solution, such as Clean Green, allow it to soak in, then rinse them off with water. Also, make sure they are completely air-dried before placing them back in the car.

Squeegee

Pet owners – we have the best life hack waiting for you! Getting rid of dog or cat hair can really be tough and frustrating, but now this no longer needs to be the case. Also, you don’t need to get your car professionally cleaned as often as you have been. You can now save a lot of time and money. All you need to do is buy a squeegee, trust us the results even surprised us. Spray water on the seats, then use the squeegee multiple times to scrape off all that unwanted hair.

Magic Eraser

Unfortunately for some reason, the beloved Magic Eraser is very much underrated. However, many experts advise that you should always keep one nearby, especially in your car. It has been proven to really do a terrific job with everything, it will easily help you scrub off those nasty stains on your leather or vinyl seats. Simply, wet the Magic Eraser slightly and then gently scrub on the dirt. Within no time at all, you’ll have a clean, fresh set of seats.

Remove Acidic Battery Juice

Thorough cleaning in your car might sound extremely difficult, but with all these terrific hacks it definitely makes things a lot easier. This next tip is mostly for older cars or those that get a lot of wear and tear. If this is the case it will usually mean that the battery might start to release some acidic liquid. If this happens and is then left for too long, it could begin to break down other areas of your car engine, too. This is where coca-cola comes to the rescue. Before you pour the cola onto the engine, make sure that the engine is completely off AND cool. Only then can you gently loosen the terminals slightly, disconnect the battery, and soak the corroded areas in soda. If need be, maybe ask for assistance!

Adjust Your Car Mirrors Properly

You would think that when people start to learn how to drive a vehicle they would learn this simple piece of advice. But shockingly, that is not always the case. The ‘blind spots’ are the area of the road that can’t be seen by looking forward through your windscreen, or by using your rear-view and side-view mirrors. Blind spots can be large enough in size to easily block another car, motorbike, cyclist, or pedestrian from your view. Now, there is a smart way to adjust your mirrors to neutralize any and all blind spots. The trick is to adjust your side mirrors further out to the point where you can’t view your own car. This means that your view of the sides overlaps with the image in your rearview mirror, as a result, it will eliminate any and all blind spots from your point of view.

Check If You Need An Oil Change

Now, you longer need to be a mechanic to know how to check and change the oil in your car. Simply try this incredible hack. First, start the car and let it warm up for 5 minutes, switch off the ignition, and then open the hood and take a few drops of oil. These drops will serve as a sample. Next, get a clean cloth or some paper towel and wipe the dipstick onto it. Let that sit for roughly 2 hours, come back later, and check the paper. If you see that the oil has become dark at the center, your oil is dirty, however, if it’s smooth, your oil is clean. Who knew it could be so simple, right?

A Little Olive Oil Can Go A Long Way

Is your dashboard showing signs of wear and tear? Do not be concerned; this is a simple fix. The answer to this problem will be found in the kitchen cupboard. Take a bottle of olive oil and polish the dashboard with it. This will make it look brand new and shiny again.

Icy Windshield? Maybe This Could Help

It’s never been easier to clear ice from your windshield! All you need to make your own de-icer is a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol and one part water, plus a few drops of dish soap. This simple cocktail sprayed on an icy windshield with an ice scraper (or even windshield wipers if you’re willing to wait for a little longer) will quickly loosen the ice, making it easy to remove.

Make Sure To Check On Your Tire’s Pressure

When you next enter a gas station, walk over to the “Air” machine and examine the nozzle. The one end allows you to inflate your tires, while the other is usually a pressure gauge. Maintaining proper tire pressure will not only help you save money on gas, but it will also improve the overall performance of your vehicle.

Another Way Of Cleaning The Air Vents

The air vents in your car can become filthy and dusty over time. Cleaning them out, on the other hand, is simple. Pick up a foam brush (almost always for less than a dollar) at your local craft store and use it to easily remove all that hard-to-reach gunk. This is especially useful if you don’t have any paintbrushes on hand because it is less expensive.

Make Your Leather Seats Shine With This

Want to make your leather seat shine but don’t know how to? Believe it or not, what you need to make it shine can be found in your kitchen cabinet: olive oil. Polish in a circular motion with a microfiber cloth in VERY SMALL amounts. It is sufficient to do this once every two or three months; otherwise, a sticky build-up may occur.

Use This To Remove The Ice On Your Car’s Door

Alcohol can be used to unfreeze the locks on your car’s door, just like it can be used to remove ice from your windshield! Rubbing your key or door handle with a squirt of hand sanitizer will have the same effect. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice quickly, allowing you to get into your car.

How To Check The Level Of Fluids

Look in the manual that came with your car (remember that?) or go online to find where the levels for your oil, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are. You don’t need to know how to disassemble and reassemble a vehicle, but if things get tough, you should at least be able to check and adjust these fluids.

How To Escape A Sinking Car

A sinking car is one of the most terrifying situations to be in. Keeping your cool and following these simple steps, on the other hand, can make a huge difference. Before the car is completely submerged, roll down at least one window quickly to climb out or open a door. Second, make sure you can quickly release your seatbelt.

Check Your Engine Temperature

Another important thing that every car owner should be aware of is the temperature of their engine, both in terms of its current state and the temperature at which it should operate. Never assume that the fuel temperature warning light will save you in an emergency; most of the time, you’ve already got a major problem on your hands by the time it illuminates.

Refresh Your Wipers With This

No, we’re not suggesting that you take shots with your wipers, but clean wipers are essential for preventing streaks and scratches on your windshield. Cleaning your wipers with rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth is a cheap but effective way to keep them in good shape.

Other Use Of Your Glove Box

What to keep in your glove box is one of the most important tips that every car owner should know. Most people tend to keep their manuals and other documentation inside, but it actually serves a much more important purpose. The Roadside HERO and Ultimate Auto Emergency Kit, for example, are compact enough to fit directly into your vehicle’s glove box. This ensures that the items you require are always within easy reach of your arm.

Remove Bad Odor With The Help Of Baking Soda

If your car stinks, it ruins the entire driving experience, not just for you, for everyone else too! making it awkward to give someone a ride. Using baking soda to absorb and neutralize the noxious fumes, you can once again be proud of your clean car.

Coffee Filter Trick

The lint-free material of the coffee filter is ideal for cleaning car dashboards, center consoles, and other items. Coffee filters are inexpensive, and you can buy large packages of them at the dollar store. Even if you don’t brew drips, you can use them for other things like keeping the interior of your car clean and free of lint, splatters, and stains.

Changing The Filter

Another important tip that every car owner should be aware of is not only where their filter is located, but also how they should be changed. This information may vary slightly depending on which vehicle you drive. Learning how to locate and adjust your filter, on the other hand, is an excellent way to improve the overall fuel quality of your vehicle, as it draws in more gasoline when your filter has to work too hard, resulting in a significant reduction in your average miles per gallon.

Your Phone As A Heads Up Display

Huddy is a dash mount for cars that uses your phone to display navigation information in your line of sight without obstructing your view. The navigation information from your smartphone will be displayed on a transparent digital display glass, transforming your car into a jet fighter cockpit. Details like current speed, navigation direction, traffic conditions, and so on can be displayed. It all depends on the app you’re using on your phone.

Make Note Of What Accessories You’d Keep

These are just a few of the numerous tips, tricks, and hacks that every car owner should be aware of. It is impossible to overstate the importance of being as prepared as possible for whatever life throws at you – especially if you are driving a car at the time. This is why it’s critical to keep track of any accessories or tools you keep in your vehicle. In order to ensure that you are always prepared for any situation.