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What Are the Top 5 Car Accessories Trending in 2022?

Besides purchasing a home, your vehicle is one of the next biggest investments you’ll make. What does your car-care routine look like? Are you diligent when it comes to your investment? —i.e. you never miss an oil change or an X-amount-of-miles service checkup. Do you wash and vacuum your vehicle regularly to keep the interior and exteriors looking pristine?

Each year, the car industry comes out with new products to help you protect the exterior and interior of your car. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular car accessories on the market today.


Floor Mats

For the adventure-seekers who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors or even people who use their car for their daily commute, floor mats are a smart option. They protect your car’s flooring from dirt, mud, stains, and the occasional drink spill, and they are easy to clean.

You can purchase floor mats directly from the car dealership or through an outside company. Brands like Husky Liners and WeatherTech offer custom-fit, heavy-duty, and stylish floor mats for all types of vehicles. The all-weather brands are perfect for people who live in colder climates and are constantly tracking rain and snow into their vehicles.

Custom Seat Covers

Looking for more style and luxury for your car’s interior? Or do you simply want to protect your factory seats from everyday sun exposure and messes? Custom car seat covers allow car owners and lessees to update the look and feel of their car’s seats without spending the big bucks on new upholstery.

Custom seat covers come in a variety of fabrics and styles, with leather and leatherette (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Leather), and neoprene and neosupreme being some of the most popular materials on the market today. Durable seat covers like CalTrend’s SportsTex offer good protection against fading, mold, mildew, and wear and tear.

Faux Leather Seat Cover Sandstone
Faux Leather Seat Cover Sandstone

Car Covers

Especially if your vehicle spends a lot of time parked outside, car covers can help protect not only the exterior paint but also the interior seats and dash from fading. Many customers also purchase car covers to protect their show vehicles from dust and other elements while parked in the garage.

Top brands like Covercraft offer custom car covers based on what’s most important to you: UV, rain, ding, and bird protection, or breathability and soft touch. And the customization doesn’t stop there, customers also can choose fabrics, colors, or prints to showcase their personal style.

Steering Wheel Covers

Whether you’re seeking to cover up a fading or torn steering wheel or just want to add a touch of uniqueness to your car, you’re not alone. Customers love steering wheel covers for their focus on grip and comfort, as well as appearance (two-tone covers offer a sleek addition to your interior styling).

Although style may be a factor for customers purchasing steering wheel covers, one of their greatest benefits is comfort. Ever step into a vehicle on a hot day to find the steering wheel is burning hot as well, or find your hands slipping when driving because the surface of your wheel is too slick? Automotive accessory companies like CARiD sell steering wheel covers to combat these issues.

Steering wheel covers are made of velour, leather, and microfiber, to name a few. Most are universal, one-size-fits-all, but some offer more customization options.  

License Plate Frames

While some may consider these as novelty items that allow you to show off your personality, license plate frames also help protect your plate from damage, especially bending at the corners. Some even come with a clear acrylic that goes over the plate itself for added protection.

The most durable frames come in titanium, aluminum, or stainless steel, but many are also made of plastic. Purchase an original from the manufacturer, highlight your car’s make and/or model, or customize a message or design through companies like CARiD. Whichever you decide, license plate frames offer another way to share what’s important to you.

Customize Your Vehicle

So which of these trending car accessories do you already own and which are next on your list to purchase? At CalTrend, we love helping our customers find and show off their unique style through and in their vehicles. Protection. Customization. Comfort. Style. All of these are important factors to consider for each of the above accessories. Contact a CalTrend service representative for additional information on custom tailored seat covers.

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