Everything from the latest GPS to iPads hooked onto the dashboard are some creative ways people can enhance the functionality and styling of their cars. However, there are plenty of hyped car products on the market that offer little in return.
Here are five car products to avoid:
Fuel Doctor FD-47
Our rating: 0 out of 5
The $60 Fuel Doctor FD-47 is a contraption hooked into your car´s power outlet promising to reduce electrical interference under the hood that impact fuel efficiency. It claims to stabilize the current and improve mpg by up to 25%. However, basic testing from countless auto publications have claimed this product a dud, reporting no significant difference. Scrap similar products like the Fuel Genie and Tornado Fuel Saver while you´re at it.
Our rating: 2 out of 5
The $10 Jupiter Jack tries to out-do Bluetooth by turning your car radio into a hands´free phone. It plugs into your cell phone´s headphone port and tunes in to your car´s 99.3 FM. Most users report static, plus, it is a hassle to plug and remove the clumsy jack which sticks out awkwardly from your cell phone. Plus, different cars report different results and users have reported having to move the phone around to achieve the best reception.
Simoniz Fix It
Simoniz Fix it is a repair kit that includes a hand buffer, a scratch remover, and a million other gadgets that promise to remove minor paint stains and scratches. However, many users have reported jammed nibs with the pen, along with the product making the scratch shine rather than disappear (think clear nail polish) It does limited work with scratches on your car´s first layer of paint but does nothing for deeper scratches.
Sold by a company that claims to be ¨the leading supplier of female automotive aftermarket products,¨ CarLashes is a colossal joke. Plastic inserts in the shape of eye lashes are attached to headlights to create a cat look that simply strikes out. Plus, 3M tape is required to stick the CarLash on your car which could lead to messy residue afterwards. No thanks!