Perhaps it’s not surprising that AutoGuide.com readers are less concerned with accessories and tech than performance.
Car enthusiasts are generally handy, do-it-yourself types, and what you put in your Amazon shopping cart last year reflects that. Here we take a look back to see what products were most popular with our readers in 2017:
The bestselling item was this OBDII diagnostics scan tool
We’ve written about ODBII readers before, and readers have shown us their faves. An Amazon pick with over 9,500 reviews, this 4.5-rated OBDII diagnostics scanner is the bestselling among our readers. It works on all new vehicles purchased in the U.S. from 1996 on. Setup requires a Bluetooth-enabled Android device or Windows PC.
Using a third-party app or provided software for PCs, you can read the cause of an illuminated check engine light and gain real-time information on how your engine is running. Not for use with iOS and Apple devices.
BAFX Products 34t5 Bluetooth OBDII scan tool for Android devices, $29.99 $21.99, Amazon
Runner-up diagnostic scan tool
A backlit LCD screen and two-button design dominate the face of this simple diagnostic scan tool. Made to work with cars 1996 and newer in the U.S. as well as OBDII-compliant models in Europe and Asia, this scan tool also supports CAN protocols. This tool works with a simple cord, no Bluetooth-enabled devices necessary.
Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN OBDII scan tool, $15.50, Amazon
Most popular iOS-compatible OBDII scan tool
Developed by professional engineers, this diagnostics scan tool works with both Apple and Android devices. Its free app uses the same Identifix database garages use.
What BlueDriver provides that the other OBDII scan tools on this list don’t is a repair report with verified fixes for a specific make, model and year, so there’s no guessing about the best way to service your vehicle. BlueDriver also offers enhanced diagnostics on a long list of makes.
Lemur BlueDriver Bluetooth OBDII scan tool for iOS and Android devices, $99.95, Amazon
Top-selling motor oil
Mobil 1 seems to be a trusted brand among our readers, with a couple of their products gracing our bestseller list for last year. The most popular motor oil among our readers is this European car formula. For the best type of motor oil for your vehicle, you should reference our article on how to pick the oil that’s right for your ride.
One of the few interior accessories popular with our readers was this car neck pillow — and it was very popular. This universal memory foam neck pillow clips around the headrest to fill the gap between it and the seat. This review said it best: “I see a chiropractor about my neck and he suggested I invest in something like this. I have a tendency to sit hunched forward when I drive — this allows me to sit back comfortably. Fills in the void between the head restraint and my head and neck area quite nicely. Actually makes the whole driving experience better.”
Bosoner memory foam car neck pillow, $14.99, Amazon
Bright white lights
While there were a number of lights on our list, these outsold the next most popular by over 100 units. It’s AutoGuide.com readers are filling their Amazon carts with these interior/exterior Vision LED lights, guaranteed to last 12 years. Don’t forget to check for fit before checkout.
Philips 194 bright white Vision LED light two-pack, $13.95, Amazon
Save 40% off the sales price for the most popular tool on our list
Way better than a screwdriver, this device makes removing plastic hold-down fasters a breeze. The sliding urethane button can be used for extra leverage.
Lisle 35660 plastic fastener remover, $11.89 $7.19, Amazon
Most popular plastic fasteners
If you’re buying a tool to remove rivet clips, it only makes sense that you’d need to replace them. These push-type plastic clips by GOOACC are a bestseller among our readers.
GOOACC 40-piece rivet clips, $10 $3.10, Amazon
Keep your car fresh without adding any scent
This cabin air filter captures up to 98 percent of contaminants, trapping dust and pollen and preventing larger particles from entering the engine. The carbon filter and baking soda work to clean air coming through the ventilation system and prevent musty odors from forming inside vehicles.
Fram CF10134 Fresh Breeze cabin air filter with Arm & Hammer, $18.94 $9.13, Amazon
Universal UV protectant
This popular protectant by 303 is not part of the brand’s automotive line. Developed for aerospace and aviation applications, this protectant works everything from vehicles to sports equipment and outdoor items. Water-based, it does not leave a greasy residue, and is safe on a long list of materials, including internal engine parts, finished leather seats, rubber, vinyl, fiberglass, metal and painted surfaces, and plastics. It repels dust and stains, restores color and shine while preventing fading and cracking while UV blocking.
303 30313-CSR aerospace protectant, $28.99 $22.86, Amazon
Sound deadening mats
This self-adhesive 80-mil. sound deadening material is easy to cut and install. And it’s made not just the interior floor but inside the wheel wells, roof and doors as well as under the hood and trunk lid.
Noico sound deadening mat, $82 $63.99, Amazon
Apparently, AutoGuide.com devotees drive Toyotas. The only two console organizers on our list are made for the Japanese brand. This tray fits exactly inside the center console of the Tundra (2007 to 2018 model years) and Sequoia (20018 to 2018). Save 20 percent if purchased along with the grid-style organizer made to mount below the tray.
Salex Organizers OCD center console tray for Toyota, $22.99, Amazon
The runner-up in organizers
Also made by Salex for Toyotas, this organizer is made from interlocking plastic dividers made to fit the center console of the Tundra (2014 to 2018) perfectly — so there’s not rattling. Save 20 percent if you order it along with the Salex center console tray listed above.
Salex Organizers OCD center console organizer for Toyota, $19.99, Amazon
Bonus: The Top Three selling items for Jeep Wranglers
AntennaX Jeep Wrangler JK off-road antenna, $16.99, Amazon
Mopar Jeep Wrangler JK kicker speaker upgrade, $61.35, Amazon
Rugged Ridge 13551.16 Jeep Wrangler JK dash multi-mount phone kit, $50.99 $39.99, Amazon
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