A Black Friday and Cyber Monday Buyer’s Guide for Car Enthusiasts

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Black Friday and its good buddy, Cyber Monday, are just around the corner. And that means it’s time to stock up on goodies for your car (or your loved one’s car) while also saving money. What could be better?

Of course, you’ve got to decide what to buy first. An air freshener? Nah, too basic. Some floor mats? Hmmm… you may be onto something. There are so many possibilities—and so many bargains to be had.

Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your shopping list for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

A Few Ways to Spend (And Save) Your Money on Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help you narrow down your shopping list and select the perfect car-related purchase. Because we’re car enthusiasts ourselves, we know what to spend money on during the shopping season. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Pick up some new headlights to restore your ride’s appearance.

Your car’s unsightly yellow headlights have to go. Although buffing clears up the oxidation temporarily, replacement is the only permanent fix.

But we’ve got good news: A new set of headlight assemblies isn’t as costly as you might think. What’s more, you’ll spend even less if you’re bargain hunting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

2. Upgrade your car with some snazzy accessories.

Accessories can help spruce up and protect your ride. For example, seat covers protect against everyday problems like, say, a spilled Starbucks latte. Floor mats shield your car from muddy boots—even during winter—and car covers protect against the elements. The possibilities are endless (no, really, you can even get in-car coffee makers and French fry holders, nowadays). So, get to shopping!

3. Get replacement mechanical parts to fix your worn-out ride.

Has your “check engine” light been on for months? Or maybe you’ve been turning up your stereo to drown out a knocking noise from your suspension?

Well, my friend, now’s the time to fix any mechanical problems you’ve been putting off. You see, if you buy on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can save a lot of money on that oxygen sensor, control arm—or whatever else your car may need.

4. Crank up the tunes with updated stereo equipment.

Your car can be a total rattletrap, but as long as it has a rockin’ stereo, it’s all good, right? If you need a little more bass and treble in your life, now’s the time to get it. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can find great deals on everything from amplifiers to subwoofers.

Now is the time to fix any mechanical problems you’ve been putting off.

5. Score some killer truck or SUV add-ons.

There are a lot of ways to set your truck or SUV apart from the herd. For instance, you could add a nice set of off-road lights, or throw a tonneau cover on the bed of your pickup. The possibilities are limitless. And, during the holiday shopping season, many products you need to customize your truck or SUV are available at a reduced cost.

6. Restore your car’s appearance with replacement body parts.

Stop driving around with that unsightly dented fender or staved-in bumper. During the holiday shopping season, you can fix your ride’s bumps and bruises by ordering new body parts. Your car will look like new again, plus, your bank account will remain flush, thanks to the money you’ll save. It’s a win-win situation.

7. Get some go-fast goodies to, you know, go fast.

There are all kinds of performance upgrades on the market these days, from tuners to exhaust kits. If you’d like to squeeze a few more ponies from your engine, while saving some dough at the same time, find an upgrade for your vehicle this shopping season.

8. Find a killer deal on parts and materials for routine maintenance.

Granted, oil changes and filter replacements aren’t the most exciting automotive-related endeavors. But they are required to keep your vehicle running right. Why not save on the parts and materials you need to perform these tasks during the shopping season, while the price is right?

9. Transform your man (or woman) cave with the latest tools and equipment.

Real gearheads turn their own wrenches. So, if you consider yourself amongst the automotive elite, why not pick up some new tools or equipment this shopping season? Go ahead—make your garage the envy of the neighborhood. You earned it.

Why not pick up some new tools this shopping season?

10. Purchase detailing supplies to make your ride shine.

If you live in a place where Old Man Winter hits hard, you may not get to drive your pristine ride until spring arrives. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up now on detail supplies. Spring is just three months away, after all. Plus, cleaning and detailing your daily driver helps prevent rust and corrosion build-up. There’s no reason to wait.

Still Undecided?

If you’re still undecided, visit your favorite auto parts website and peruse the holiday sales. Chances are, you’ll find the automotive thingamajig or whatchamacallit you can’t live without.

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Mia Bevacqua

Chief Mechanic at CarParts.com

Mia Bevacqua is an automotive expert with over 15 years of industry experience. She holds ASE Master, L1, L2, and L3 Advanced Level Specialist certification, as well as a bachelor's degree in Advanced Automotive Systems.

Throughout her career, Mia has applied her skills toward automotive failure analysis inspections, consulting, diagnostic software development, and of course, freelance writing. Today, she writes for companies around the world, with many well-known clients showcasing her work.

Mia has a passion for math, science, and technology that motivates her to stay on top of the latest industry trends, such as electric vehicles and autonomous systems. At the same time, she has a weakness for fixer-upper oddballs, such as her 1987 Chevy Cavalier Z-24 and 1998 Chevy Astro Van AWD.

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