Once upon a time, tinted windows were the stuff of dreams. If you had them, you were doing well for yourself. And if you didn’t, you wanted them. But these days, they’re just one of many lavish extras that are becoming quite affordable for many Australians.
If you could have your dream car, what are the extras you’d include? Dream big. Because that crazy list that’s adding up inside your head may not be that utopian after all. For many, the trimmings that were once the stuff of dreams when car shopping have now become increasingly affordable.
So, what are the lavish extras that the elite once enjoyed, but the everyman can now afford? Read on to find out. And be sure to jot them down, because they could be yours, too.
1. Tinted windows
They may sound less-than thrilling, but tinted windows are a practical necessity that you won’t be able to live without once you’ve had them.
Allowing you to avoid the eyes of other drivers, enjoy greater UV protection, and generally just feel a bit more shielded from the outside world when driving your precious cargo from A to B, tinted windows are now a must for many drivers.
2. Seat warmers
Keeping your toosh warm while driving isn’t a must-have. But it sure is nice.
Seat warmers work by spreading heat through the seat upholstery - controlled by panels on your vehicle’s steering wheel or dashboard, depending on the make and model you end up purchasing.
While you may feel that a heating system is more than enough to keep you cosy on cold winter drives, the warmth from seat warmers is a different breed entirely. A little like having a wheat bag against your legs, or a blanket on the couch you’ll feel cosier than you ever could have imagined.
Cars that have seat warmers often have the very same function for seat cooling, too.
With vehicles such as the Jeep Cherokee boasting seat temperature systems, this kind of luxury isn’t that hard to find.
3. Internal sat nav
Saving you from serious fines on the road for using your phone to navigate while driving (or adjusting the mount that’s meant to stop you from using your phone while driving!), internal sat nav systems are a luxury that has fast become a necessity in recent years.
More than just a map system, these inbuilts are miniature computers of sorts - offering a screen for you to peruse radio stations, enter your destination address, answer calls via bluetooth and even download and use apps such as Spotify and YouTube while on the road.
A far cry from the phone that keeps falling off your dashboard, an internal sat nav is worth looking into in your next car purchase. And it doesn’t have to cost you a pretty penny.
The first such system was introduced in 1990 by Mazda. But for many, it was completely unattainable. Now, more than 20 years later, they’re standard.
4. Drink holders galore
You may not think of extra drink holders as particularly luxurious, but when you’ve got a burly bunch of kids with numerous drink bottles on board, having a sacred place for your morning latte that is only yours feels quite special indeed.
Cars such as the Nissan Pathfinder boast an enormous 14 cup holders for you to disperse evenly between your motley crew. While the Honda Odyssey hosts a massive 15.
Suddenly, the two cup holders that sit between you and your partner may feel a little lacklustre. Luckily, that’s an easy fix.
5. Keyless ignition
A keyless ignition may seem like black magic, but it’s mostly smoke and mirrors. Working in a similar way to a conventional key ignition, the only difference is that pushing the button closes the circuit on your ignition, instead of the key.
“But, how does the car know that it’s me, and not some random person starting the car?” you ask. Well, the real magic lies in the fob that sits on the actual keys (usually sitting in the driver’s pocket). The proximity between the fob and your vehicle when the button is pressed will allow the car to start.
It may sound a little sci-fi-esque if you’re used to the old turn-key (particularly if it takes you multiple turns of the key to get the engine going), but the cost doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. Keyless ignition is now available across many standard makes and models, including Suburus, Hondas, Nissans and even Toyotas.
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