Officially, Black Friday isn’t happening until November 26, 2021, but that hasn’t stopped online retailers from releasing seasonal deals without warning, which began this year in early October. So if you’re in the market for saving money and avoiding the Black Friday rush, you can start taking advantage of some best Black Friday automotive deals from major retailers websites such as Amazon, which started with Epic Daily Deals in early October, and then an Early Black Friday sale a month later. We’re including some of the best automotive deals from them below. Automotive tools, parts, supplies, accessories, audio, fluids, equipment, and more are the same year-round, so we like to wait for sales like this to snap up the things we’ve had our eye on.

We’re continuing to add both individual deals, and entire categories, as the (pre-) Black Friday deals for your cars and trucks really start to appear. We’re also leaving up expired ones, because we check on those throughout the week as well, and those products often go back on sale or get new coupons. Often, prices and deals can change within a single day—if you see something you like, even if it’s listed as “Expired,” it wouldn’t hurt to click the link to see if the Black Friday deal is back on before we can get back to it. You’ll find that popular products sell out fast and during Black Friday 2021, who knows when they’ll be restocked.

Fifteen percent off is more or less our threshold, but there are some products which almost never go on sale, so when we see one of those, we’ll include it, even if it isn’t a big discount. 

For our automotive Black Friday 2021 deals, we’re scouring the sites of more merchants than ever before, and even offering some bargains exclusive to AutoGuide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, stocking up, or looking for gift ideas, we’ll be keeping this post fresh with awesome Black Friday automotive deals, even if they’re happening in early November. Make sure to check back often, as we update this post all week long as we find more deals. Dates listed are the last price change.

Gift Ideas

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Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for gifts. If you have a car enthusiast in your life and don’t have the slightest idea what to get them, you’ve come to the right place. Some great gift ideas for car lovers include die-cast models, remote controlled cars, books, LEGO sets, Hot Wheels tracks, or even car-related puzzles. You can even think outside the box and get something a bit unique, like a portable refrigerator, if that special someone is always traveling on the road. Or maybe you’re shopping for a busy parent who’s constantly commuting with their kids; an organizer, container or holder makes for a great gift.

If you’ve ever noticed collectibles around the house of the person you’re shopping for, make sure to look up some die-cast models of their favorite car. Trust us when we say that car enthusiasts can never have enough collectibles of their favorite car. But you probably don’t want to get a big neon Ford sign for a Chevy person, so you’ll want to make some discrete inquiries. The same goes with LEGO sets and Hot Wheels tracks if they’re interested in either one. With so many different options out there for car LEGO sets and Hot Wheels, you’re likely to find something they don’t already have.

Shopping on a budget? Consider a nice, framed photo or even a poster for the garage (or getting a poster they already have framed). These fun and useful gift ideas are sure to make them smile during the holiday season.

Deals on Automotive Gift Ideas:

Bodega 37-Quart 12/24V DC/100-240V AC Portable Car Refrigerator/Freezer – $351.99, save 29%, save an extra $22 with coupon (11/26/2021)

SAILEAD Sun Visor Sunshade Extender – $13.58, save 46% (11/26/2021)

Pioneer Car Audio Bundle with MVH-S320 Touchscreen Receiver and (4) 6.5″ 200W Coaxial Speakers – $112.00, save 44% (11/25/2021)

Amooca Faux Sheepskin Seat Belt Shoulder Pad – $9.98, save 38% (11/26/2021)

Fast & Furious 8-Movie Collection, 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray + Digital – $48.99, save 51% (11/23/2021)

Sylvania Rugged SP782 Bluetooth speaker – $29.97, save 40% (11/18/2021)

Armor All Complete Car Care Holiday Gift Pack Bucket – $19.98, save 47% (11/08/2021)

RESQME Emergency Keychain Car Escape Tool 3 Pack – $17.01, save 34% (11/19/2021)

OUDEW 2-pack Diamond Design Car Trash Can with Lid – $10.79, save 28% (11/22/2021)

Cacturism Car Registration and Insurance Holder, six colors – $8.79 to $9.59, save up to 45% (11/26/2021)

Finsoft Bling Diamond Steering Wheel Cover – $11.98 to $13.59, save up to 24% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

LAEGENDARY 50 KPH 1:10 Large Scale Remote Control 4×4 Off Road Monster Truck – $199.97, save 33% (11/26/2021) SOLD OUT

Car Cleaning and Detailing Supplies

Detailing a Saleen S7

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Buying a car isn’t exactly a cheap investment, so you’ll want to make sure it looks good for as long as possible. That means regular washes and routine detailing should be on your calendar to retain that new car shine. Don’t focus on just the exterior of your car; you’ll also want to stock your garage with some interior cleaning supplies to make sure your seats, dash, center console, and more last for years.

From car wash soaps to pressure washers, waxes to quick detailer, tire shine to foam cannons, there are hundreds of options out there for car washing and detailing supplies. What you want to buy largely depends on just how passionate you are about washing and detailing your car. At the very least, you should get yourself a couple of wash buckets, a grit guard, a wash mitt, quality car wash soap, and a drying towel. For an easier and more thorough wash, invest in a pressure washer and a foam cannon. Wheel and tire cleaners also adds convenience, along with tools like a wheel cleaning brush.

Once you’ve got your car washed and looking clean, consider detailing supplies such as hybrid ceramic quick detailer or wax. If your paint has some flaws, you’ll want to get yourself a clay bar and maybe even some polish. Don’t forget to stock up on microfiber towels if you’re planning to detail your car.

When it comes to your interior, grab yourself a bottle of interior detailer or upholstery cleaner. You may even want to consider a vacuum designed to clean up messes inside the cabin of your vehicle.

Car Cleaning and Detailing Deals:

Avid Masterworks 6-inch Random Orbit Power Buffer Polisher – $59.49, save 41%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/25/2021)

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner, 8oz – $19.99, save 28%, save an extra 20% with coupon (11/26/2021)

Weiman Leather Wipes – $3.33, save 44% (11/10/2021)

303 Products Car Wash with Wash Mitt – $10.53, save 25% (11/22/2021)

Shine Armor 5 pc. Big Bundle – $79.95, save 15% (11/08/2021)

Jay Leno’s Garage Exterior Essentials Detailing Kit – $24.88, save 32% (11/08/2021)

Chemical Guys XXX Hardcore Carnauba Paste Wax, 8 oz. – $16.24, save 39% (11/22/2021)

Griot’s Garage Micro Fiber Wheel Wand (2 pack) – $27.10, save 34% (11/22/2021)

Sun Joe SPX3000-XT Electric Pressure Washer – $159.00, save 12% (10/29/2021)

see our car pressure washing tips

Meguiar’s D11101 Shampoo Plus, 1 Gallon – $22.78 save 19% (11/26/2021) EXPIRED

Portable Car Jump Starters and Battery Tools

top 10 best portable car jump starters

Even if you don’t plan on having your car parked for a long period of time, a portable car jump starter is still a wise investment. These devices are fairly compact, allowing you to conveniently keep it in your glovebox for when you need a jump start. The main advantage of owning a portable car jump starter is being able to jump your car at anytime, without having the need of another vehicle. We all know how tricky that could be if your car is stuck in the garage and you’re trying to get the jumper cables to reach from one vehicle to another.

Most portable jump starters these days can also serve as a battery bank for your portable devices, allowing you to charge your phone on the go. Some options will have other features such as a built-in LED flashlight or even an adaptor so you can power your 12-volt accessories from the jump starter.

When shopping for a portable jump starter, the first thing to ensure is that it’s capable of jump starting the engine under your hood. Most manufacturers will state the engine size their products are capable of jump starting. If you’re planning on regularly using it as a portable battery bank, get a device with more battery capacity (measured in mAh) so you don’t have to constantly recharge the jump starter itself.

Portable Jump Starter and Battery Tool Deals:

OBDResource BM560 6V 12V Car Battery Tester – $27.98, save 42% (11/26/2024)

Schumacher Rechargeable 1200 Amp AGM Jump Starter with Air Compressor – $116.99, save 46% (11/23/2021)

Schumacher Battery Charger and Engine Starter, 30A/100A, 6V/12V – $86.39, save 50% (11/12/2021)

PowerTop 2/8/15A 12V Smart Battery Charger/Maintainer – $57.79, save 23% (11/25/2021)

NOCO Boost Plus 1000 Amp 12-Volt Lithium Jump Starter – $99.95, save 21% (11/23/2021)

Everstart Maxx 800 Peak Amp Camouflage Jump Starter with Compressor – $50.00, save 38% (11/12/2021)

TOPDON BT200 car battery diagnostic tester – $79.99, save 37% (11/08/2021)

Gooloo GP37-Plus power battery charger– $48.99, save 30% (11/22/2021) 

SOLVTIN S6 1200 amp Jump Starter – $59.49, save 15% (11/22/2021)

autowit SuperCap 2 12-Volt Battery-Less Portable Jump Starter – 

Solar BA9 Digital Battery and System Tester – $36.68, save 29% (11/16/2021) EXPIRED

Tires

A stack of tires delivered from Tire Rack

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Have you been putting off getting new tires? Or maybe it’s time for you to switch to a new set of winter tires. Whatever is the case, there are a few great deals to take advantage of this year. It’s always important to make sure the tires on your car are in good condition and you definitely don’t want to get caught in a rain storm before realizing your tires have little to no tread left. If you live anywhere it snows, you need at a minimum good all-season tires, and preferably snow tires. According to NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 612 people in the United States died in 2019 because of bad tires. So while they may be one of the larger annual expenses for your car, tires are the only thing connecting your car to the road and should always be in good condition.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get tires delivered. You can get them already mounted on new wheels, balanced and with TPMS sensors installed, too, to save you the expense and hassle of trying to schedule time at an installer. If you don’t have room to do it yourself, retailers like Tire Rack will ship the tires of your choice directly to a local installer. The advantage of that is they have a much greater selection than any tire store, along with in-house testing, video reviews, and hundreds of customer reviews. Shipping can be expensive, but we’ve found it still ends up being more affordable than paying a local retailer’s markup. They even offer free pickup for returns if there’s a problem. AutoGuide staff have bought dozens of tires and wheels this way with their own money over the years.

Portable Tire Inflators

best portable tire inflators air compressors

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There are plenty of reasons why you want to have a portable tire inflator or air compressor for your home garage or to carry in your car. While they’ll definitely come in handy if you unexpectedly need air in your tires, the main reason to keep one nearby is to always ensure your tires are properly inflated. Driving on underinflated or overinflated tires can have adverse effects, from a rough ride to negatively impacting your fuel economy. Add convenience to your life by being able to add air to your tires from the comforts of your driveway or garage.

With dozens of options out there, shopping for the right tire compressor isn’t easy. One main feature to look out for is auto shutoff, which will automatically turn off the air compressor once your tire reaches the preset air pressure. This allows you to set it and forget it, so you don’t have to sit there monitoring the pressure the entire time the tire is inflating. Other minor features that are nice to have include a built-in LED flashlight, just in case you need to use the portable tire inflator in the dark. Generally, you’ll want a product that uses your car’s 12-volt outlet for power.

Don’t forget other tire pressure-related accessories, like a tire pressure gauge and spare valve stem caps!

Portable Tire Inflator Deals:

EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor – $31.47, save 27% (11/25/2021)

Sylvania Pro Portable Tire Inflator – $39.99, save 37% (11/08/2021)

GSPSCN Dual Cylinder Air Compressor Pump – $60.99, save 27%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/24/21)

GSPSCN Double Cylinder Air Compressor Pump with Tire Repair Kit – $79.99, save 18%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/24/2021

AZUNO Digital Tire Chuck W/ Pressure Gauge, LED Flashlight and 7 pc Accessory Kit (requires air compressor) – $25.99 save 19%, save an extra 10% with coupon (11/25/2021)

California Air Tools Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 1.0 HP 2.0-Gallon Aluminum Tank Air Compressor – $199.40, save 27% (11/26/2021)

Avid 12V DC / 110V AC Power Tire Inflator Air Compressor – $69.99, save 22%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/08/2021)

iKer Portable Air Compressor and Tire Repair Kit – $54.99 (with coupon) (11/02/2021) EXPIRED

Pittsburgh 12v 150 PSI Compact Air Compressor – $49.99, save 28% (11/17/2021) EXPIRED

OBDII Code Scanners, DIagnostic, Test, and Measurement Tools

Autel OBDII Code Scanner

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Don’t be intimidated by the thought of attaching a scanner to your car and looking up a trouble code. Unless you’re a tuner adjusting your fuel-air mixture for nitrous, it’s literally as simple as plugging in a cord to a socket under your dash, and looking at a screen. If you can set a timer on your microwave, we guarantee you can read an OBDII scan tool.

An automotive scan tool can literally pay for itself the first time you use it. A check engine light can come on for literally hundreds of reasons. Sometimes it’s something serious that means you should park the car; but often it can be as simple as a loose gas cap, or a bad O2 sensor. The peace of mind knowing you can safely continue to drive your car until you get the repair made is priceless. 

OBDII scan tools range from the twenty dollar range well into the thousands. Cheap ones will probably just give you a code that you then have to look up online; while a professional tablet style automotive code reader may display a whole range of information. 

OBDII Automotive Code Scanner, Diagnostic, Test, and Measurement Deals:

Launch 5G/WiFi X431 PAD V All-in-One Automotive Scan Tool – $2,449, save 30% (11/26/2021)

Launch CRP129X OBD2 Scanner – $258.00, save 26% (11/17/2021)

Launch CRP129X OBDII Scanner – $199.43, save 34% (11/26/2021) DEL BACK ON

OTC CAN Test Box Breakout Box and Protocol Detector – $225.01, save 38% (11/26/2021)

The Garnish Gripper Mechanic’s Stethoscope – $5.96, save 15% (11/26/2021)

Mitutoyo Digimatic 0-8″ Coolant Proof Caliper – $221.50, save 23& (11/24/2021)

Edge Products Insight CTS3 Digital Gauge Monitor – $377.96, save 28% (11/24/2021)

ANCEL AD310 Classic Enhanced OBD II Scanner – $26.41, save 25% (11/26/2021)

Kasmotion OBD2 Scanner – $20.79, save 48% (11/26/2021)

FIXD OBD2 Professional Bluetooth Scan Tool & Code Reader – $59.00, save 34%, save an extra $12 with coupon (11/22/2021)

Fluke HVAC Multimeter and Clamp Meter Combo Kit – $260, save 21% (11/26/2021) EXPIRED

Baby Car Mirrors

top 10 best baby mirrors for cars

Don’t think the only essential item you need for a newborn child in a vehicle is a baby car seat. It’s just a matter of time before you start wishing there was an easier way to keep an eye on your infant or child while driving, especially when they’re in a rear-facing seat. Well, there is—they’re called baby car mirrors and they’re perfect for infants and toddlers who are in rear-facing seats.

There are two simple designs of baby mirror. For younger children in rear-facing car seats, they’re typically a mirror that attaches to the backseat headrest, reflecting the view back to your rearview mirror. This way, you’re able to check on your rear-facing baby with a quick glance. You’ll find that the majority of baby car mirrors are similar in design, mostly varying in sizes and finishes. You’ll want to make sure you’re shopping for one that is shatterproof, just in case of an accident.

When children are older and in front-facing seats, you can add a larger rear-view mirror, or passenger visor mirror, which lets you see both the back seat and the road behind you.

Within this category, you’ll also find wireless baby monitors, which serve the same purpose, just in a more high tech fashion. These products use a wireless camera and a display, allowing you to see exactly what you need to see without any fuss. If you’re willing to pay a bit more for convenience and a more detailed solution, definitely consider a wireless baby monitor for your car.

Baby Car Mirror Deals:

Concept FiFi Wide Angle Baby Car Backseat Mirror – $12.99, save 19% (11/24/2021)

Zohzo 6-piece Car Seat Protector Cover, Baby Car Mirror, and Kick Mat Bundle – $49.99, save 17% (11/24/2021)

Yandoctor 5-inch Baby Car Camera Monitor – $39.99, save 15% with coupon (11/24/2021)

Macally Baby Mirror for Car – $18.99, save 37% (11/26/2021)

Sunferno Shatterproof Baby Car Mirror – $17.44, save 44% (11/25/2021)

Shynerk SH-M-02 Baby car mirror – $12.18, save 50% (11/26/2021)

So Peep Convex Shatterproof Baby Backseat Mirror – $29.99, save $10 with coupon (11/08/2021)

Enovoe Baby Car Mirror with Cleaning Cloth – $12.78, save 29% (11/26/2021)

Smart eLf Baby Car Mirror – $15.59, save 21% with coupon (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Facekyo Baby Mirror for Car – $15.99 (11/25/2021) EXPIRED

Cargo Carriers

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*Don’t do this–ed.

We love having a roof cargo carrier on hand for those times when we end up with a car full of people and too much gear. Soft carriers are easy to store out of the way and most of them don’t even require you to have a roof rack—they can just be clamped right onto your roof, expanding your cargo capacity by the size of a small refrigerator.

You do make some compromises with a soft, collapsible cargo carrier. They’re harder to attach and to load than hard cargo carriers, and you have to take extra care to make sure they’re sealed up against water and dust. But you can also get a perfectly good roof cargo carrier for a fraction of what even an inexpensive hard carrier costs, and never have to worry about storing a big, bulky container. And where a roof box can easily weigh 30 pounds or more and take two people to install and remove, most soft rooftop car cargo carriers weigh about 10 pounds, so one person can easily handle with them.

Cargo Carrier Deals:

RoofPax XXL 19 cu.ft. Rooftop Cargo Carrier Bag – $138.00, save 27% (11/24/2021)

Whistler 100% Waterproof Truck Cargo Bag with Net – $99, save 34% (11/26/2021)

Allen Sports Deluxe Locking 4-Bike Hitch Racks for 2 in. Hitch – $126.49, save 16% (11/26/2021)

Forauzon Universal Car Soft Roof Rack Pad System – $47.99, save 20%, save an extra 30% with coupon (11/26/2021)

CORFICH 15 Cubic Foot Car Rooftop Cargo Carrier – $76.49, save 15%, save an extra 20% with coupon (11/23/2021)

Reese Explore Rainproof Cargo Tray Bag – $89.79, save 22% (11/22/2021)

Vetoos 21 Cubic Feet Car Rooftop Cargo Carrier Bag – $99.99, save 33% 11/26/2021)

DEISNGB Waterproof Expandable 15-21 Cubic Foot Rooftop Cargo Carrier – $48.89, save 64% (11/26/2021)

JEGS Waterproof Hard Side 18 cu.ft. Rooftop Cargo Carrier – $206.99, save 10% (10/21/2021)

Fivklemnz 15 Cubic Foot Car Roof Bag Cargo Carrier – $55.24, save 39% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Windshield Wipers

best windshield wipers

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You do not want to wait until you’re caught in a giant storm to realize your windshield wipers are worn out. While relatively inexpensive, who doesn’t want to save a few bucks on replacement wiper blades? There are plenty of reputable brands and options out there, so here are a few suggestions on what to look out for when shopping for replacement windshield wipers.

For starters, check your car owner’s manual to determine the size of wiper blades you need. Typically there will be two different sizes, so shop accordingly. You don’t want to rely on the fitment systems that some online retailers offer, as they’re not always entirely accurate. Then, consider your environment. Just how much rain are you really dealing with? If it’s not frequent, you could live with all-season wipers. Live in an area that drops below freezing and snows? You’ll want to make sure you’re getting proper winter wiper blades so they can endure the cold and not easily get damaged.

Wiper Blade Deals:

Michelin Stealth Ultra Windshield Wiper Blades, 14″ to 28″ – $7.69 to $18.99, save up to 43% (11/26/2021)

TRICO White 24 Inch & 22 Inch Extreme Weather Winter Wiper Blades – $19.14, save 20% (11/23/2021)

Trico Exact Fit 14 Rear Wiper Blade – $9.12, save 24% (11/23/2021)

PEAK Silicone Plus Wiper Blades, 13″ to 26″ – All sizes $29,99, save 20% with coupon (11/22/2021)

Bosch Automotive MicroEdge 22″ Wiper Blade – $12.54, save 21% (11/17/2021)

Rain-X Latitude 2-in-1 Water Repellency 18″ Wiper Blade – $15.27, save 15% (11/26/2021)

Motorcraft WW-2501 26″ All Season Wiper Blade – $14.91, save 47% (11/16/2021)

Rain-X WeatherBeater Wiper Blade Combo Pack 26″ and 16″ – $17.73, save 32% (11/22/2021) EXPIRED

Trailering, RV, and Camper Equipment

Jeep and vintage camper

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A lot of parts and equipment is shared between trailers and campers. Everything associated with the hitch, wheels, lighting, maintenance and many other items are the same whether you have a pop-up, fancy camper or just a flatbed you throw bags of mulch onto. And for some people, a trailer is just a tool, but some people treat them like their cars, with upgraded wheels, custom paint, lights and more.

Like Jeeps, we’ve never known a camper or RV that didn’t need something. Whether it’s a repair, maintenance or upgrade, you’re never satisfied with the way things are…and if you achieve that brief nirvana, you know in the back of your mind that it’s only a matter of time until the next project appears.

We like to stock up on repair and maintenance items when the opportunity presents itself. The AutoGuide Garage has a whole shelf of repair, maintenance and upgrade parts waiting to go, and we’ll pick up some more during Black Friday this year, too.

Trailering, RV, and Camper Equipment Deals:

Armtex Camper Leveler Kit Levelers with Camper Wheel Chocks – $79.99, save 33% (11/26/2021)

Reese Towpower 1-7/8″ Coupler Lock – $17.88, save 30% (11/26/2021)

Camco Rhino Heavy Duty 15 Gallon Portable RV Waste Holding Tank with Hose and Accessories – $89.86, save 39% (11/22/2021)

Blue Ox Class IV 10,000 lb. Capacity Tow Bar with Safety Cable – $750.40, save 25% (11/22/2021)

Camco Stabilizer Jack Flex Pads (4 Pack) – $13.44 to $22.28, save up to 31% (11/25/2021)

Quick Products Deluxe 2″ RV Bumper Receiver Adapter – $48.40, save 45% (11/25/2021)

Trimax TLR51 Lunette Tow Ring Lock – $38.59, save 45% (11/08/2021)

Buyers Products Oversize Locking Rack Gas Container Holder – $42.89, save 32% (11/15/2021)

FORTEM 4 X 15ft Tie Down Ratchet Strap Set – $21.24, save 15%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/18/2021) EXPIRED

Motor Oils, Lubricants and Fluids

Motor oils, automotive fluids and lubricants

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Well, if you haven’t already made the leap and purchased an electric vehicle, you’re probably shopping for motor oil. No car’s engine will function properly without oil and if you care about your car, you’ll want to do routine oil changes. Designed to prevent friction inside your engine, which is full of moving parts, motor oil keeps those parts lubricated so it can do its job. Quality motor oil will do more than just that, also working to keep your engine’s internals clean by preventing buildup, rust, corrosion, and oxidation.

Even in an electric vehicle, there are still lubricants and fluids you’ll need to use. Door, hood and tailgate hinges, door locks and other components still need the same routine maintenance as any other vehicle, and if you’re doing even slightly more involved work yourself, like changing tires, you’ll find other components that could benefit from lubrication (or wheel studs that like a little anti-seize compound). And of course, your tools and equipment need to be kept lubricated and rust-free.

If you’re shopping for motor oil, make sure you’re getting the correct viscosity as recommended by the automaker. Many modern cars will throw an error code if you use the wrong oil.

If your car still needs conventional (as in, pumped from the ground) motor oil, you’ll want to stick with the old 3,000-miles or six months oil change interval. Most cars now use synthetic oil, which has oil change intervals of 5,000 miles or more. Changing it more frequently than that is a waste of money, as synthetic oil is perfectly functional long after conventional starts to break down.

The exception to longer oil change intervals with synthetic oil is in what is called “Severe Service.” This is when your engine is under heavy load for extended periods, or you’re operating in harsh conditions. Towing a trailer or carrying heavy loads, or drag racing, are typical severe service environments. If you’re somewhere extremely dusty or cold, or using fuel which might be contaminated, this counts as well. What might be less obvious severe service driving is short, stop-and-go trips. If your engine and engine oil never warm up fully, water that enters through normal driving won’t have the change to be driven off with heat. Always make sure you get your car out on the highway for 45 minutes at least once a week, if possible.

Turbocharged engines, those using cam phasers (like Ford’s 5.4-liter Triton), and engines with cylinder deactivation are especially sensitive to oil condition, although for different reasons. Check int0 an owner’s forum for real-world advice that can prolong the life of your engine. Your owners manual will give you both regular duty and severe service intervals, and recommended oil type and viscosity. You can also get good real-world advice from the many owner’s forums—just search for your make and model, and “forum.” There’s a group for every car.

Motor oil, automotive lubricants, and fluids deals:

Star Brite Star-Cool Premium Synthetic PG Engine Coolant, 1 gallon – $31.30, save 15% (11/26/2021)

Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife Technology SAE 10W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil 5 quarts, Case of 3 – $62.30, save 15% (11/26/2021)

Royal Purple 10W-40 High Performance Street Motor Oil, 6 quarts – $51.60, save 24% (11/26/2021)

Mobil 5W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 quarts – $27.47, save 35% (11/22/2021)

Valvoline Multi-Vehicle (ATF) Full Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid, 1 gallon – $17.97, save 49% (11/22/2021)

Valvoline SynPower SAE 75W-140 Full Synthetic Gear Oil, 1 quart – $11.67, save 27% (11/25/2021)

Red Line Heavy ShockProof Gear Oil, 1 quart – $21.79, save 88% (11/22/2021) 

Valvoline VR1 Racing SAE 20W-50 Motor Oil, 5 quarts – $22.94, save 15% (11/16/2021)

ACDelco GM Original Equipment 10-4044 Transfer Case Fluid, 1 liter – $12.15, save 25% (11/16/2021)

Elf 4-Stroke 80W-90 Motorcycle/ATV Transmission Gear Oil, 1 liter – $8.43, save 14% (11/22/2021)

Renewable Lubricants Bio-Bottle Jack ISO 32 Hydraulic Lubricant, 1 gallon – $30.48, save 35% (11/02/2021)

Castrol Edge 0W-20 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 quarts – $20.80, save 44% (11/26/2021) EXPIRED

Trunk Organizers

Trunk of a 1972 Dodge Polara

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Having things rattling around loosely in your trunk isn’t just inconvenient, If it’s groceries or other loose items, they’re going everywhere (ask us about the time we had a gallon of milk come open in the trunk of a Mercedes. Or don’t, it wasn’t fun). If you’re in an SUV, your cargo has the potential to go airborne in a collision, or even just end up under your brake pedal in normal driving. And in many vehicles, it’s easy to damage wiring or a socket for lights.

Trunk organizers are great because unless you want to get a custom fitted one, they’re not specific to any car or SUV. You find the size and features you want, and that’s your trunk organizer. If you’re in a truck or larger SUV, you can easily also add a seatback organizer that leaves the floor of the trunk open while holding smaller items in a easy to access pouches. That’s a perfect place to put emergency supplies like gloves, your first aid kit, jump starter, and a small tire inflator, things you might not need often but you’ll want to get to in a hurry when you do.

Trunk Organizer Deals:

Drive Auto Ultimate Trunk Organizer – $19.11, save 32% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Oasser Waterproof Collapsible Trunk Organizer – $30.59, save 22% (11/26/2021)

Insulated Car Console Organizer By Lebogner – $24.47, save 30% (11/26/2021)

Orient Famulay Collapsible Trunk Organizer with Cooler – $37.58, save 37% (11/26/2021)

OxGord Auto Trunk Storage Organizer Bin with Pockets – $23.99, save 29% (11/19/2021)

SURDOCA Super Capacity Car Hanging Organizer – $21.99, save 27% (10/28/2021)

EPAuto 3-Compartment Cargo Trunk Storage Organizer – $13.57, save 15% (11/22/2021) EXPIRED

Winter Accessories

Automotive winter accessories

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Winter is…well, you have a calendar. Here, in some parts of the country, and on the way for most of the rest. There aren’t many places outside Southern California and the Gulf Coast where you won’t want at least an ice scraper in your car, and with a La Niña winter on the way for the 2021-2022 season, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. 

What you can do is have at least the basics for a winter emergency in your car (and in your house, for that matter), especially on any kind of a trip. A warm blanket, jump starter, good tires, and ice scraper are the minimum you should have on hand. Remember: Having emergency supplies isn’t just for your benefit or that of the people who depend on you, but for anyone who might be in trouble.

Winter Accessories Deals:

Snow Joe 2-In-1 Telescoping Foam Snow Broom + Ice Scraper – $10.99, save 56% (11/22/2021)

YUICHH 35.5″ Extendible Snow Brush with Ice Scraper – $14.38, save 42% (11/26/2021)

Meddom Windshield Snow Cover – $15.99, save 52% (11/26/2021)

Hopkins Subzero Ice Crusher Ice Scraper – $9.92, save 29% (11/08/2021)

ANDETEPY 56.7″ Extendable Car Snow Brush and Ice Scraper– $13.99, save 60% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Coindivi 2-pack Ice Scrapers – $9.59, save 20% (11/26/2021)

LED Headlight Bulbs and Headlamp Accessories

Best LED Headlights

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For the most part, the factory headlight bulbs on your car do an adequate job of lighting up the road. But if you often drive at night or in areas that aren’t well lit, you may want to consider upgrading your factory headlights with a set of LED headlight bulbs. The main advantage of LED headlight bulbs are that they are generally brighter than standard halogen bulbs, but you should also take into account that they last much longer. This means you’ll end up spending less money over the lifetime of owning your vehicle, and you’ll have a less chance of hitting the road and discovering your headlight bulb is out.

The brightness of LED bulbs is measured in lumens, and the higher the number, the brighter the bulb. Typically you’ll find today’s offerings range from 8000 lumens to 16000 lumens, but brighter isn’t always better. Extremely bright bulbs can cause glare for others on the road, while possibly obstructing your own view. Also, you’ll want to check with your local laws to make sure certain LED bulbs are legal.

If you’re in the market for LED headlight bulbs, make sure you’re getting the proper fitment (bulb type) for your vehicle. Check to see how long the bulbs are advertised to last, and get a plug-and-play option for easy installation.

LED Headlights Deals:

Cerakote Ceramic Headlight Restoration Kit – $16.88, save 32% (11/25/2021)

YITAMotor Headlights, Taillights and Light Bars – Save up to $50 sitewide (11/24/2021)

AUXITO H11/H8/H9 LED Bulbs Kit – $31.49, save 37% (11/26/2021)

honcs 9005/H3B 6500K Cool White LED Headlight Conversion Kit (high beams) – $29.99, save 9%, save an extra 20% with coupon (11/16/2021)

SEALIGHT X1 Series 6000K 9007/HB5 LED Bulbs – $49.99, save $11 with coupon (11/15/2021)

Marsauto 6000K 9006 LED Bulbs – $29.99, save 25%, save an extra 30% with coupon (11/26/2021)

Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit – $19.99, save $5 with coupon (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Nilight 9005 9006 LED Headlight Bulb Kit – $47.99, save 20%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Seat Covers

best car seat covers

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Out of all your interior components, your car’s seats likely see the most use on a daily basis. That means they endure plenty of wear and tear, which overtime can cause them to fade, tear, and simply look awful. If you’re interested in preserving your car’s seats for as long as possible,you’ll need a set of quality seat covers. Another reason to buy the best seat covers is if you find your factory seats a bit boring and want to customize your interior.

Available in a wide variety of styles, you can add a splash of color or a crazy design through seat covers. More importantly, they’ll protect your seats from accidental spills and general use. They’ll also serve as a shield from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause leather to crack or cloth seats to fade. Choose from several different material types, depending on your needs. Want something with water resistance? Grab a set of neoprene seat covers. Want to add some luxury to your cabin? Get some artificial leather seat covers.

One factor to consider when shopping for car seat covers is whether or not you have side airbags. If you do, you’ll want to make sure the seat covers you’re purchasing are compatible and won’t interfere with their deployment.

Seat Cover Deals:

Red Rain Universal 11pc Pink Car Seat Cover Kit – $79.99, save 56% (11/24/2021)

Dickies Black, 2-Piece Seat Cover with Matching Headrest Cover – $25.99, save 30% (11/22/2021)

Black Panther Diamond Pattern Car Seat Covers (pair, Wine Red) – $52.79, save 44% (11/26/2021)

Luckyman Club Universal Waterproof Seat Cover Black Full Set – $165.00, save 17% (10/11/2021)

kingphenix Memory Foam Car Seat Cushion – $33.99, save 15%, save an additional 10% with coupon (10/20/2021)

Carhartt Universal Fit Nylon Duck Bucket Seat Cover – $74.99, save 17% (11/02/2021)

Jeep and Offroading Equipment

Jeeps doing Jeep things

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We see you, Jeep people. Firstly, if you’re using your Jeep, you’re breaking your Jeep. It’s a fact of life. You’ve got a to-fix punchlist that never has zero things on it. Sometimes it’s a pinion gear that can’t wait, but most of the list is probably little repairs and upgrades that you can technically live without. And, let’s face it, it’s a Chrysler (or possibly AMC, you graybeards) product.

Don’t get us wrong: The AutoGuide project car is a Mopar. And it’s got a steering wheel indexed wrong from fixing the clock spring, which also broke keyless entry. We replaced the seized brake caliper, but there’s at least one warped disc and the parking brake isn’t working. It needs control arms and we haven’t got around to trying to remove the dent and scratches from the bumper (watch for future articles on both). All things we can and do drive around with, but we’d be a lot happier with a shorter list.

Black Friday is the perfect time to get some items crossed off your list. Things like marker lamps, recovery equipment, switches and more go on sale and even if you’re not doing the work right now, you can grab them and put them on the shelf for a rainy/snowy/100-degree day.

Jeep and Offroading Deals:

Nitto Ridge Grappler 275/60R20 tires – $281, save 15% (11/26/2021)

ASR 1″ x 20′ Offroad Kinetic Recovery Rope – $107.99, save 20% (11/26/2021)

Sunferno 3″ x 20′ 35,000-pound Recovery Tow Strap – $39.97, save 24% (11/26/2021)

Bunker Industries Recovery Traction Boards  -$60.79, save 20% (11/26/2021)

Bestop Black Diamond Wrap-Around Windjammer for 2003-2006 Wrangler TJ – $131.61, save 42% (11/26/2021)

Paramount Automotive Wrangler TJ Black Front Steel Fender with Mesh Insert – $261.35, save 25% (11/25/2021)

Viair Onboard Air Hookup Kit – $25.71, save 78% (11/23/2021)

Tabor Tools 18-inch Folding Steel Shovel – $14.99, save 29%, save an extra 15% with coupon (11/15/2021)

Air Lift 1000 Air Suspension Kit for 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator – $87.20, save 41% (11/26/2021)

LIBERRWAY 28.5 Ton 3/4″ D ring Shackle 2-pack – $18.39, save 39% (11/26/2021)

Go Rhino Dominator D2 Round 1-Piece Side Steps – $529.99 – $569.99, save up to 23% (10/21/2021)

Schtumpa 1/2 X 22-inch (55,000-pound) Soft Shackle Set (two colors) – $23.99, save 20% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Cherokee/Wrangler YJ XJ 5×7 7×6 inch Led Headlights – $72.79, save 27% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

IKURAM Recovery Boards (seven colors) – $76.49, save 15% (11/15/2021) EXPIRED

Car Covers and Floor Mats

Best Ways To Protect Your Car From The Elements

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Just like how seat covers protect the interior of your car from wear and tear, a car cover is a worthy investment to ensure the exterior of your car stays scratch free and shiny for years to come. Even if you park your car inside a garage each night, a car cover can protect it from accidental scratches and bumps, not to mention keeping dust and other contaminants off the surface.

If you do have to park your car outside, and especially for an extended period of time, strongly consider getting a car cover to protect it. When shopping for a car cover, consider your environment. Do you experience heavy rainfall or wind? You’ll want a car cover with extra straps so the cover stays snug on your car. Endure snowstorms? Look for a multi-layer cover to make sure you have adequate protection. None of the above? Save some money and get a durable cover that keeps particles off the surface and harmful UV rays from damaging your interior.

Car Cover And Floor Mat Deals:

ODERO Floor Mats, Cargo Liners, Tonneau Covers and more – Save up to $80 sitewide (11/24/2021)

AUTOSAVER88 Universal Fit Waterproof All-Weather Car Cover for Sedans 178-193 inches – $20, save 30% with coupon (11/25/2021)

Bliifuu 180-190-inch SUV Length Car Covers –  $32.99, save 28% (11/23/2021)

Titan Premium Multi-Layer PEVA Car Cover, Coupes and Sedans up to 200″ – $67.95, save 15% (10/11/2021)

Husky Liners WeatherBeater two-row floor liners, 2014-’19 Toyota Corolla Sedan With AT – $123.15, save 36% (11/25/2021)

Bulldogology Premium SUV Cargo Liner Seat Cover – $59.99, save 14%, save an extra 5% with coupon (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

CAT ToughRide Heavy-Duty 4 Piece Rubber Floor Mats – $32.20, save 15% (11/17/2021) EXPIRED

Leader Accessories Car Covers, 13 options – $30.59 to $46.74, up to 24% off (11/22/2021) EXPIRED

Tools

A basket of tools from a 1937 Oldsmobile

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If you’re hands-on with your car and prefer to handle routine maintenance from the comforts of your garage, Black Friday is a great time to get those tools you’ve been keeping an eye on. And even if you’re not regularly working on your car, it’s never a bad idea to have a general tool set lying around. When it comes to working on your car, you’ll want the basics, including wrenches, a socket set, a floor jack, and jack stands.

But automotive tools go beyond what you’d expect to find at your local hardware store. There are also DIY windshield or dent repair kits, if you’re looking to fix that one blemish on your car. There are the OBD2 readers you can get to troubleshoot check engine lights, or even a car escape tool you can keep in your car in case of an emergency. Tools also make for a great gift idea, especially if the person you’re shopping for is always working on their car. Oh, and don’t forget about gloves—they’re basically an essential tool when it comes to working on cars. Even a specialty tool, like a puller, can pay for itself the first time you use it, and tools are the same all year round, so it makes sense to grab what you need when it’s on sale.

Automotive Tools Deals:

Eagle Red Galvanized Steel Type I 5-Gallon Gasoline Safety Can with Funnel – $53.39, save 37% (11/22/2021)

FloTool 16-Quart Drain Container – $10.47, save 37% (11/22/2021)

Powerbuilt 23 Piece Ball Joint and U Joint Service Set – $161.89, save 56% (11/25/2021)

Klein Tools Katapult Wire Cutter / Wire Stripper – $29.97, save 29% (11/10/2021)

JEGS 81545 Plasma Cutter – $277.99, save 15% (11/08/2021)

Fluke electrical testing and thermal imaging tools – $32.98 to $719.00, up to 28% off (11/26/2021)

OTC Deluxe Compression Tester Kit with Carrying Case – $73.68, save 44% (11/26/2021)

Traxion ProGear Mobile Rolling Gear Seat W/Equipment Tray – $145.49, save 18% (11/22/2021)

Omega 91000 Black 40″ Foldable Z Creeper – $76.16, save 36% (11/22/2021)

Torin Big Red Rolling Creeper Garage/Shop Seat with Tool Tray – $36.28, save 27% (11/16/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Jacks, Jack Stands, and Hoists

Pro-Lift jack stands

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If you don’t have a quality low-profile service jack and good jack stands already, then they’re on your list. Nothing else makes projects easier to do (or more frustrating, if you have bad ones). And getting the best car jacks and jack stands is a major contributor to your personal safety. A very public recall in 2020 highlighted the dangers in seeking out the cheapest ones you can find. A cheap screwdriver might be frustrating, but cheap jack stands might be deadly.

A low profile service jack is our pick, because it lets you get under the car farther, and their long handles make lifting quick and easy. You’ll find that home hydraulic jacks come in two rough categories, sub-$100 floor jacks that are all you need if you’re just changing wheels and tires every now and then; and more expensive racing-style service jacks. The best service jacks tend to be larger (and less convenient to move and store, the one we use in the AutoGuide Garage weighs 58 pounds and is 30 inches long), but have better casters and lifting saddles, and longer handles to lift with fewer pumps. You might start out with a floor jack and upgrade to a service jack, and find that you end up using both for different jobs. The Sunex recommended below is very similar to the one we use.

We use a three-ton racing jack and the six-ton double locking Pro-Lift jacks above in the AG Garage, which are overkill for most projects that don’t involve a large truck or other vehicle. Their more convenient three-ton version is on sale and listed below. Jack stand capacities are listed for the pair, so the three-ton set can safely hold 1,500 pounds each. Unless your car weighs over 6,000 pounds, they’ll be more than enough. Conversely, you should absolutely get a jack that will have no trouble lifting your car. It’ll last longer and while they weigh a lot, a three-ton low profile service jack will be able to handle anything you throw at it.

You’ll also want to pay attention to height. If you have a very low car (like the AutoGuide Magnum), you’d have to jack it up high just to get the six-ton jacks under it, which are 16 inches tall at a minimum. But if you have a truck or SUV on big tires or with a lift, then they might be perfect for you.

The best jack stands, like both versions of the Pro-Lifts, have a dual locking mechanism; the pawl that holds them in place, and a keyway to make sure you can’t accidentally release them. It’s not necessary, but we don’t mind paying a little bit extra for the security. Don’t forget to chock your wheels, too, every time you jack up your car.

If you’re trying to decide where to spend your money, “the things that keep your car from crushing you when you’re working on it” are a good place to start. We recommend inspecting the welds and castings of your floor jacks and jack stands before using them.

Jacks and Jack Stand Deals:

VIVOHOME Heavy Duty 4 Tire Wheel Dolly – $135.99, save 20% (11/26/2021)

Powerbuilt 6000 Pound Unijack – $99.97, save 23% (11/25/2021)

Torin Big Red 3/8 Ton (750 lb) Steel Rotating Engine Stand – $87.10, save 35% (11/24/2021)

Sunex 2-Ton Folding Engine Crane with Dual Pump Pistons – $599.00, save 15% (11/24/2021)

Sunex 1000-Pound Air and Hydraulic Telescopic Transmission Jack – $1,079.99, save 26% (11/24/2021)

OTC 22-Ton Jack Stands – $220.99, save 34% (11/22/2022)

Alltrade Black 3 Ton, All-In-One Bottle Jack – $80.80, save 27% (11/22/2021)

Pro-Lift 3-Ton Grey Low Profile Floor Jack – $60.93, save 16% (11/02/2021)

Pro-Lift 2.5 Ton Low-Profile Trolley Jack – $62.73, save 27% (11/25/2021)

Sunex Tools Aluminum 3 Ton Jack and Jack Stands Pack – $422.18, save 16% (11/26/2021)

Simtamy 3-ton Electric Scissor Jack and Tire Change Kit with 12V Impact Wrench – $99.99, save 20% (11/26/2021) DEAL BACK ON

Omega Lift Heavy-Duty Six Ton Jack Stands – $72.72, save 10% (11/22/2021) EXPIRED

Home EV Chargers

best home ev chargers

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If you own an electric vehicle, you’re probably loving the fact that you don’t have to stop by a gas station anymore. But unless you own an EV charger at home, you’re stuck charging in public and that has its own fair share of inconveniences. Sure, you could charge your car while shopping for groceries or grabbing a meal, but nothing is more convenient than being able to charge from the comforts of your own home.

Whether that’s in your garage or your driveway, there are plenty of options out there for home EV chargers. When you’re shopping for one, you’ll want to determine if you want a Level 1 or Level 2 charger. Naturally, Level 2 chargers will replenish your electric vehicle’s charge quicker than a Level 1 charger, but that will require you to have an available power outlet that supports it (typically a 240-volt outlet). You’ll also need to decide if you want a charger that simply plugs into an outlet, or one that is hardwired.

We’ve just gone hands-on with one of our favorite electric vehicle chargers, the JuiceBox 40—read our exclusive review here.


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