Father’s Day Gift Guide: For the Car Guy Dad in Your Life

So you haven’t gotten the Dad in your life a gift yet. Don’t worry! There’s still time.

This year, forget the cheesy ties or button-down shirts. If Dad is a car guy, here are a few things that can make this Father’s Day a memorable one for him.


Accessories

Car accessories make a fantastic gift–something someone might want but might be hesitant to buy themselves. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to get that knick-knack he’s been eyeing or surprise him with something he didn’t know he wanted.

These days, there are a million and one gadgets you can get for your car that serve many useful purposes.

Personally, we’re big fans of this portable jump starter. It’s just one less thing to worry about when you’re driving off into the wilderness.

Here’s a nice list of today’s hottest gadgets if you’re having trouble thinking of something.

Proper cleaning

A clean car is one of the best possible gifts you can get for Dad. Look no further than a professional detailing to really make his ride sparkle.

Are they a “type A” that is a little on obsessive side about keeping their car clean? Then they’ll appreciate the attention to detail and a professional cleaning job. Messier dads may see how their car looks clean and never want to go back to a dirty car filled with junk ever again!

Look on discount sites like Groupon where you should find several inexpensive options for a detail. You may also find mobile detailing services which come to you. This may be an added bonus as there’s less coordination and time needed on dad’s part to get the job done.

Maintenance packages

Many companies like Discount Tire offer tire protection or road hazard protection packages. These plans are a type of insurance that you pay for once and will replace or repair your tires for free if they are damaged under normal conditions. Many of them come with free lifetime balance and rotations as part of the deal.

You may also be able to find deals like oil change, cleaning or brake maintenance packages, too. Dad will love being able to cross anything off his list of worries.

Car club membership

Car clubs, the most notable being AAA, have a lot to offer their members. From trip planning to travel and accommodation discounts, there many reasons to join.

One of the biggest perks from these memberships, though, is the free towing. Many memberships offer at least 100 miles of free towing, if not unlimited. If used just once, the membership will have paid for itself several times over.


Quality time on the road with Dad

This is probably the best gift you can give. Has the dad in your life mentioned some place they’d like to go? Have they been interested in food or attractions that aren’t available in your town?

Consider planning out a road trip for you and him, whether it’s just a few towns over or a few days away. It’s a great opportunity for him to spend time with his car and his loved ones in one place!

In the information age when we’re all moving at light speed, finding quality time to spend together is difficult. More than anything, this will show him how much you care about him and want to spend time with him.

There are loads of great resources online to help with road trip planning. Roadtrippers.com is one of our personal favorites. If you are a AAA member you can also stop by one of their offices for free planning help.


Whatever you decide to do for Dad this Father’s Day, make sure it’s from the heart. For most dads, spending some quality time over a meal or just sitting around the living room is valuable, especially as kids get older and move away. Whether it’s a new dash cam or simply a card, make sure to let him know you care this year.

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