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5 Cool Car Accessories

Luxe extras that used to be available only in cars bought from high-end dealers can now be had without a side trip to the poorhouse. Useful, reasonably priced add-ons make an older vehicle feel newer and more fun, making everyone happy and safer too.

By Dan Tynan

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GPS navigation
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GPS Navigation

Satellite-based nav systems like the TomTom Go 540s ($170) or the Garmin Nuvi 1250 ($130) plug in to your car's lighter socket and render moot the argument over when you are lost enough to ask for directions. Depending on the model, you may be able to add real-time traffic and weather updates and information on local businesses—service fee ranges from $10 to $15 a month.

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