5 Automotive Accessories to Pimp Your Ride


Even though October tends to bring the best deals on cars if you opt for previous models, this month we're already starting to see signs of awesome automotive deals, including a 3-year lease on the all-new 2014 Honda Fit EV Electric Car for $259 per month. But for those of you who already own a nice ride and just want to pimp it out a bit, we found the right accessories: new rims, an LED grille kit, NFL family decals, and more.

  1. 4 Velox Custom Wheels
    Store: Costco
    Price: From $409.96 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $150
    Expires: September 22

    Is It Worth It?: Costco, the warehouse that sells virtually everything, now has cool custom wheels in stock, with prices starting at $102.49 each, or $409.96 total. Click "Start Your Wheel Search" and you'll go to Velox's site where you can select your vehicle and wheels. Features include one-piece construction, aluminum casting, and a center cap with logo emblem. There's also a limited lifetime structure warranty and a 1-year surface finish warranty. Note that this deal is for Costco members.

  2. PlasmaGlow Grille KitPlasmaGlow ThunderGrille 2-Strip LED Grille Kit
    Store: CarID.com
    Price: $29.81 with about $8 s&h
    Lowest By: $4

    Is It Worth It?: If you're going to turn your car into greased lightning, it pays to invest in a ThunderGrille set like this one, which will light up the asphalt with luminescent menace. These LED strips can be mounted to any grille, and they can be switched separately or wired to turn on with the vehicle's running lights. Choose from nine colors including Purple (pictured). These strips are waterproof as well, and a 1-year warranty applies.

  3. Whistler Radar DetectorWhistler XTR-145 Laser Radar Detector
    Store: Kmart
    Price: $34.99 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: While it isn't exactly the kind of thing that'll trick out your car, this radar detector will keep you safe from hiding State Troopers. It features 360-degree alerts for radar and laser signals, three city modes, and icon display. And while it doesn't offer voice alerts, as more expensive detectors do, it is a great entry-level system. Click here to find out more about how to choose the best radar detector.

  4. NFL Car DecalsNFL Family Car Window Decal Set
    Store: MidnightBox
    Price: $3.95 with $3.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $4
    Expires: September 11

    Is It Worth It?: Your family is a team, right? Well, these NFL family decal are a touchdown for the home team! Choose from 32 NFL teams (Baltimore Ravens pictured) and slap on any number of the six 5" x 7" decals featuring your favorite team's logo.

  5. Road Warrior Trike Road Warrior 250cc Trike
    Store: MegaMotorMadness
    Price: $3,999 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $2,900

    Is It Worth It?: While three wheels are admittedly less than four, three wheels are often much more fun than four! And with this souped-up Editors' Choice trike, you're getting a double-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that can run up to 70mph. Its 5-speed transmission (with no reverse) is mounted on a steel frame and has dual telescopic front forks, front and rear disc brakes, and chain drive system. But be advised: It won't arrive fully assembled. If you choose, you can pay an additional $249 to have it completely assembled upon delivery.

DealNews Contributing Writer

Lou Carlozo is a DealNews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the Managing Editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Yeah, I remember that MTV show that had all those pimps pimping cars!
Dan de Grandpre (DealNews)
@dcast, please consult a dictionary to see the verb form of "pimp":

2 [ with obj. ] informal make (something) more showy or impressive: he pimped up the car with spoilers and twin-spoke 18-inch alloys.
Please do use the word "pimp". A pimp is a disgusting human being who exploits people. A journalist should always be aware of the ramifications of their words.