Category Archives: Auto Accessories

Revving Up Interest in Collectible Cars

Driving around today, you may have noticed an unusual number of restored vintage or reproduction vehicles on the road. That’s because today is National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

This annual event was launched six years ago to celebrate the classics of both the past and the future. The automobile has been a unique gift to American history, and no other country appreciates the car as thoroughly as does the U.S.

Whether you are a serious car collector or you merely dream about the day you’re able to give yourself the unique gift of an extraordinary automobile, here are some truly unusual models to inspire you.12197_1000x1000

No car will attract more attention than this officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile. Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, the crime-fighting cruiser comes standard with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a Monster TH350 automatic transmission. The vehicle’s cockpit honors the gadgetry of the TV series with a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, and a rotating red beacon. A rear-facing propane tank creates the same afterburner effect as the original. The exterior bears the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield.12796A_1000x1000

This 1:2 scale gas-powered version of the iconic Jaguar XK120 unleashes adults to careen and cruise as if driving the real thing. Faithful to the details of the 1948 original—sweeping rounded fenders, long hood and tapered grille—this version seats its driver within a padded leather aircraft-style cockpit. The interior includes a wood-rimmed aluminum steering wheel and dashboard, while the exterior can be finished in any color, including the classic glossy British Racing Green of yesteryear.12350_1000x1000

If you have a bigger crew to haul around, this authentic London Hackney cab holds six passengers plus the driver. This version is a fully restored and overhauled Fairway taxi from the 1980s. Designed with a high degree of English sensibility, it provides the roominess and appointments of a limo in a smaller size. Of course, it’s updated with modern convenience, luxury, and U.S. safety standards. With its 2.7-liter Nissan diesel engine, it delivers dutiful performance while turning heads.

Many communities show appreciation for collectible cars throughout the warm weather months with rallies, cruise nights, and car shows. Even if you don’t have fancy wheels of your own to show off, you might enjoy attending a local car show to scope out that unique gift for yourself, for when the time is right.

Unique Gifts for Unique Dads

Have you shopped for Father’s Day yet? Anyone can give Dad another tie, aftershave, or a sleeve of golf balls. You, my friend, need a unique gift for your unique dad. Luckily, we have several ideas…and all of these come in under $100.88338_1000x1000

This clever flashlight transforms into a multitude of configurations to suit a variety of uses. As a handheld flashlight, its powerful LEDs provide glare-free light. Angling the three pivoting LED heads to 90° and spreading the shaft forms a three-legged lantern with three cones of light. It also converts into three separate flashlights, each with a flat, slimline shape for seeing into tight spaces—and each has a magnetic base for working hands-free.12823_1000x1000

Bring to life thoughts of Dad’s favorite location. This 400-piece jigsaw puzzle is created from a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map of Dad’s hometown, his favorite vacation destination, or his beloved alma mater. Pieces in the shapes of letters that spell out “The World’s Greatest Dad” surround a star-shaped center piece. The puzzle is crafted from quality 1.5mm millboard, finished by hand, packed in a drawstring bag, and presented in a gift box that includes an area for a handwritten message.12783_1000x1000

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this engravable pocket watch incorporates a Walking Liberty, Franklin, or Kennedy silver half-dollar coin dated from 1934 to the present. Choose Dad’s birth year, the year he married dear ol’ Mom, or other significant year of your choice. The selected coin’s face is displayed on the case front; the reverse is revealed when the brushed-metal case is opened. The pocket watch has a sweeping second hand and elegant roman numerals. The steel case back may be engraved with up to three characters.

Still not quite certain what you’re looking for? Our easy-to-use, online Father’s Day Gift Guide is available to help you choose just the right unique gifts for him.

Gear Up for Road Trips with an Auto Safety Check

Summer—and we promise it will get here eventually—means more driving, for longer distances.

Before the season comes into full swing, we recommend investing in some unique gifts for your car to help ensure your and your family’s safety on the road.87213A_1000x1000

Before embarking on a long drive, be sure to check the air pressure in your car’s tires. This digital tire gauge earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced the most accurate readings when compared to a professional mechanic’s tool. It was also the only model tested with an integrated flashlight and backlit display screen…and was the only unit to survive a drop to a concrete floor.74978_1000x1000

On the highway, blind spots can be a real hazard. This patented rear view mirror provides a 180-degree view for a distortion-free reflection of rear traffic across an entire five-lane highway so you can more easily monitor adjacent vehicles when changing lanes or merging. The mirror simply clamps over most standard rear view mirrors without requiring tools or adhesives. It’s the ideal unique gift for anyone with a stiff or arthritic neck, too.87083_1000x1000

You may have heard traffic reporters refer to “sunshine delays” during morning and evening hours. The low-on-the-horizon sun is more than just an annoyance…it can be a real danger when it impedes your ability to see the road and traffic in front of you. This tinted see-through visor effectively blocks blinding glare without obstructing your view and simply clips in seconds to your vehicle’s visor. Just flip it down instantly when needed. It can even be used in conjunction with sun glasses for the unique gift of a glare-free, more comfortable drive.

Spend a few moments walking around your car for a visual inspection to ensure windows are clean and clear, tires are in good shape, and front and rear lights are free of cracks and burned-out bulbs. You’ll up the odds of arriving at your destination safely and on time.

Be Wheel Careful Out There

Winter driving season is here. It may only be Thanksgiving weekend, yet metro areas like Chicago, Denver and Detroit already have logged double-digit snowfall totals. Months of icy roads and frigid temps are still to come. 81925_1000x1000

Stay safe on the roads this winter with a few precautions that increase your chances of smooth travels on wintry roadways. 86983_1000x1000

Keep your tires properly inflated. Tire pressure drops by 1-2 lbs. for every 10 degree drop in temperature. If you haven’t checked your tire pressure since the heat of summer, check them as soon as possible to ensure you’re not taking on icy roads with underinflated tires. The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator makes it easy to keep your tires at the optimal air pressure. It inflates tires anywhere with just a squeeze of its trigger and automatically stops when the desired air pressure is reached. 86736_1000x1000

Don’t engage in peephole driving. Your windshield should be cleared entirely of snow, ice or frost. If you really hate scraping, our Quick Removal Windshield Snow Tarp is a great unique gift to yourself. It eliminates the need to scrape after a winter storm. It also protects your wiper blades and keeps washer fluid nozzles free of clogs. 87020_1000x1000

Do make sure your wipers are in good shape and ready to handle poor-visibility conditions of rain, sleet and snow. Check the level of your washer fluid frequently and always have a spare gallon in the trunk. Don’t drive when tired, especially in bad weather. Stay comfortable and alert. The Superior Heated Car Seat will make you more comfortable, with less driving fatigue on longer trips. This seat’s two heat settings provide soothing warmth, while the padding gives extra support to your lumbar region. A second heated seat would make a unique gift idea for your favorite passenger, too.

Don’t use cruise control when driving on wet or icy roads. If your tires hydroplane over the pavement, you can quickly lose control of the vehicle.

Allow extra time to clear your car windows after a snowfall. If you feel rushed, you’re more likely to drive too fast in slippery conditions. The Telescoping Snow Broom makes it easy to clear your entire windshield with just a few swipes. This patented broom has a wide foam head that pushes snow aside without scratching or damaging the glass or your paintjob.

Don’t put off routine servicing. Nothing’s worse than a breakdown in cold weather that could have been prevented with scheduled maintenance.

Finally, always use your seatbelt. We recommend this every time you get in the car, but especially in less-than-ideal driving conditions. We love our customers, so please buckle up!

Improve Your “Techno-etiquette” During Cell Phone Courtesy Month

We’ve all been there: enjoying a pleasant meal in a nice restaurant, when someone at the next table starts talking too loudly on a cell phone. Perhaps we’ve even been that other Bluetooth-Headsetperson a time or two.

In July 2002, business etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore created National Cell Phone Courtesy Month to encourage us all to be more respectful of our surroundings when using our phones. Whitmore created eight tips to help us improve our cell phone savvy:

1. Let your voicemail take your calls when you’re in meetings, courtrooms, restaurants or other busy areas. If you must speak to the caller, use the e-mail or text messaging feature or excuse yourself and find a secluded area.

2. Speak in your regular conversational tone and don’t display anger during a public call. Speaking loudly or showing emotion may distract those around you.

3. Use your vibrate function or turn off your phone in public places such as movie theaters, concerts, religious services, medical and dental offices, restaurants, etc.

4. If you are expecting a call that can’t be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in; the people you are with should take precedence over calls you want to make or receive.

5. Avoid interrupting meetings, social gatherings or personal conversations by answering your wireless phone, checking your voicemail, or texting someone. Discreetly excuse yourself if you must take a call.

6. Use discretion when discussing private matters or confidential information in front of others. You never know who is within hearing range.

7. When walking and talking on your wireless phone, be aware of your surroundings and remember to respect the rights of others.

8. Practice wireless responsibility while you’re driving. Place calls when your car is not moving. Don’t text or make or answer calls while in heavy traffic or in hazardous driving conditions. Use a Bluetooth headset type device whenever possible.

That last one goes without saying, of course, and many states have enacted legislation requiring motorists to make only hands-free calls. It’s always best to pull over before using your phone, but if you must keep driving, stay safe and comply with the law with The Superior Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset. This headset produces clear, crisp conversations on a train, in a car, or in other noisy settings, without static. Unlike other Bluetooth headsets that are uncomfortable, this superior model has an ergonomic design and three different sized silicone ear fittings that provide customizable comfort.

Ultimately, when you’re in the company of friends, associates, or clients, put down that phone and be in the moment. Don’t be a smartphone abuser, be a smart phone user!

No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror is used by police departments and professional race car drivers to increase their ability to see other vehicles around them.

No Blind Spot Rear View MirrorStandard automobile rear view mirrors provide a 52-degree view of what’s behind your vehicle. The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror gives you a 180-degree field of visibility so you have a clear picture of every driver traveling around your car. Even when driving on a highway as wide as five lanes, you’re able to see all traffic behind you. You can remain aware of other drivers moving around your car, and passing your vehicle until they move beside you and enter your peripheral vision. The patented, seamless mirror is distortion-free, and at night it automatically reduces glare from trailing headlights by 50%. Simply clamp to your existing rear view mirror — no tools or adhesives are required — and it is ready to use.

Knowing who and what are around you at all times will help new and seasoned drivers alike be more prepared for whatever situation you encounter. Make your driving experience safer, with The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror