Impress the car lover in your life with the best gifts for gearheads

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A radar detector

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Mistakes that involve a speedometer are usually the costly kind we want to avoid making. But, intentionally or not, everyone occasionally goes above the speed limit. A radar detector helps enthusiasts avoid hefty fines, though you need make sure it’s legal in the state and county your gearhead lives in.

Not sure which one to pick? The Escort Max 360 is a much better product than the homely Ford econobox it shares its name with. It’s expensive, but it offers just about every feature available on a radar detector today.

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A t-shirt

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Much like sports fans enjoy wearing their team’s jersey, car fans are happy seeing their favorite car on a t-shirt. There are t-shirts out there for virtually every budget, too, so it’s a no-brainer if you’re short on ideas.

A company in New Mexico sells t-shirts with the amazing illustrations that Peter Aschwanden provided for one of the best Volkswagen Beetle repair manuals out there. But that’s easy, right? Almost everyone likes the Beetle. Well, for better or worse there are also t-shirts for fans of the Cadillac Cimarron, and every car in between. Yes, even the Chevrolet Chevette.

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A model car

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It’s hard to go wrong with a model car. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from under an inch to over a foot long. Pricing is just as diverse: a Matchbox car retails for less than a buck at your local grocery store, while a high-end, highly-detailed model sometimes costs as much as a used compact car.

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An Audi-branded wine decanter-chiller

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For the enthusiast who enjoys the finer things in life, Audi makes a beverage decanter-chiller that’s as practical as it is stylish. Simply pour wine (or your favorite beverage) into the decanter, drop ice cubes into the steel core, and serve as soon as it drops to the desired temperature. A regular decanter is also available.

A spot at a driving academy

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Finally, for the enthusiast who has everything, allow us to suggest a spot at a driving academy. It’s definitely not cheap, but it’s a unique and memorable opportunity for your favorite gearhead to learn from professionals how to improve his or her driving skills both on and off the track.

Driving academies are available everywhere; some are organized by auto-makers, while others are hosted by race tracks. For example, Lamborghini offers several courses that teach enthusiasts how to drive on a track, how to drive a supercar in the snow, and what it’s like to drive a full-blown race car.


Get a deduction on SimpliSafe prices for Tax Day, free camera on security systems

SimpliSafe took big deductions off its home security systems for income Tax Day. SimpliSafe will deduct 15% off the usual price of SimpliSafe security systems today and add a video security camera with motion and sound detection for free.

Spruce up your Lenovo smartphone with the best Moto Mods for the Moto Z-series

Moto Mods, the snap-on accessories compatible with Lenovo's Moto Z-series smartphones add a lot of value without adding a lot of bulk. Looking to try one out? Here are a few of our favorite Moto Mods.

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for April 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

More tech and more space make the Mercedes-Benz GLS the S-Class of the SUV world

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation GLS at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The company's biggest and most luxurious SUV gains more tech features in its quest to become the S-Class of the SUV world.

Would you buy the Tarok compact pickup truck? Volkswagen wants to know

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck concept will make its United States debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The truck first appeared at the 2018 Sao Paulo Auto Show, and VW wants to see what U.S. buyers think of it.

Sick of civilization? Volkswagen’s Atlas Basecamp concept lets you get away

Volkswagen revealed the Atlas Basecamp concept ahead of its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Built for overlanding, this family-hauler was upgraded jointly by Volkswagen and aftermarket manufacturers.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo sheds weight, uses racing tricks to stay sharp

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo isn't dramatically different from the 2019 model, but Nissan made changes where it counts. The updated GT-R Nismo is lighter and offers better aerodynamic performance, according to Nissan.

Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower

Nikola Motor is taking reservations for the NZT, a high-performance, all-electric off-highway vehicle (OHV). The $80,000 NZT has 590 horsepower, 775 foot-pounds of torque, and reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds.

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.

21 charged in Chicago carsharing heist; 100+ cars stolen, many still missing

More than 100 Mercedes-Benz vehicles belonging to carsharing service Car2Go were stolen in Chicago. Police are still working to recover all of the cars, which are equipped with GPS, and 21 people have been charged.

The VR goggles you wear to shoot alien ships is helping Magna design car parts

Canadian automotive supplier Magna has started using virtual reality in its research and development department. The technology helps engineers get a better view of what they're working on, whether it's an interior part or a powertrain.

From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models.

Toyota leads $1 billion investment in Uber’s self-driving tech division

In a move that has been a long time coming, Uber filed its S-1 documents, which sets the stage for the company to finally go public with an initial public offering. The company could be valued at more than $100 billion.
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