Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Car (and Make Your Commute More Enjoyable)

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

The typical American spends hours and hours a week in his car, which can sometimes be more pleasant than others. To help give you peace of mind and generally remove hassle from your life, we've rounded up deals on beloved auto accessories including a remote car starter, a 2-way car alarm, a 4-piece oil change kit, and lots more.

  1. Pioneer DEH-1300MP In-Dash CD Receiver
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $29.99 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $34

    Is It Worth It?: Sure the radio and good ol' cassette decks have their moments (I would walk 500 miles!) but it's 2013 and time to go digital. Do so with this Editors' Choice in-dash CD receiver: it's an unbelievable $29.99 and the least expensive Pioneer in-dash CD / MP3 receiver we've ever seen. It's got a 50-watt peak per channel into four channels, a detachable faceplate, pre-amp outputs, MP3 capability, front 3.5mm auxiliary input (for your iPod or iPhone), tons of AM/FM presets, and much more. Note that stock limited by ZIP code.

  2. Avital 1-Way Remote Car Starter System with Virtual Tach
    Store: Sonic Electronix
    Price: $39.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $5

    Is It Worth It?: While the long, harsh days of winter are a thing of the past, we're still fans of remote starts — the Avital 1-way remote car starter system in particular. At $40, it's currently the second-least expensive remote start we've ever seen. It has an impressive range, too, and the virtual tach eliminates the need for a tachometer wire. The kit features a 12-, 24-, or 60-minute time run, car finder function, ignition controlled door locks, valet mode, and more.

  3. Refurbished Viper Responder LE 2-Way Security System Car Alarm
    Store: Sonic Electronix
    Price: $74.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $74

    Is It Worth It?: Your car is one of your prime assets so you should protect it with a high-end security system. And you won't find a much better deal than the refurbished Viper Responder LE for the low price of $74.99. It provides an entire range of car-entry-related functionality, including a 5-button 2-way remote and a 5-button 1-way remote with a 2,000-foot range, on-board door locks, keyless entry, valet mode, and much more. A 1-year Sonic Electronics warranty applies.

  4. 4-Piece Oil Change Kit
    Store: Advance Auto Parts
    Price: $5 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $19

    Is It Worth It?: Changing your own oil doesn't have to be a hassle with this 4-piece kit. It's nice to have a 55-sheet roll of Scott Towels shop towels on hand, and if you have to replenish your oil in a hurry, you'll thank your lucky stars you have a Flotool funnel around — ditto the Rhino Gear 7-quart drain pan. Tack on some GoJo pumice hand cleaner, and you're talking about a kit that might enhance your automotive life a dozen times a year and is well worth the trouble of an investment of, say, $20. But it doesn't cost $20, it's a mere $5 at your local Advance Auto Parts.

  5. Advance Auto Parts Coupon
    Discount: $40 off purchases of $100 or more via coupon code "DOW16"
    Shipping: $9 s&h or free shipping on orders over $75
    Expires: April 20

    Is It Worth It?: We've hit a bunch of useful devices in this roundup, but we can't anticipate all of your auto needs. So what better than an all-purpose coupon that saves you a whole bunch of money on a more substantial order? This Advance Auto Parts coupon nets you $40 off of an order of $100 or more! It's one of the best standalone coupons we've ever seen from this merchant.

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