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Your car may come with many standard features, but upgrade and accessory options are endless, starting with the windshield wiper blades.

How Air-Conditioned Seats Work

Did you know that if your car didn't come from the factory with refrigerated seats, there are several manufacturers that would be happy to sell you air-conditioned seat cushions?

If you're tired of getting lost when driving somewhere new, perhaps it's time figure out how to buy the right GPS for your car. Read this article to learn how to buy the right GPS for your car.

If you know how to install lowering springs you can improve your car's handling as well as the comfort of the ride. In this article we will discuss how to install lowering springs.

You're sick and tired of your car getting stolen, so you've decided to learn how to install a car alarm in your car. Learn how to install a car alarm from this article.

How Rearview Cameras Work

You might like checking yourself out in your rearview mirror, but if you live and drive in the U.S., you might have to replace it soon with one of these gadgets. Are conventional rearview mirrors becoming obsolete? Will these devices eventually become a standard car feature?

How Adaptive Headlights Work

Car accidents occur often at night, and part of the reason might be that your headlights just aren't good enough. Adaptive headlights alleviate the visibility problems you experience every time you take the car out after dark.

How Ford Sync Works

Ford's Sync system pioneered many of the mobile connectivity features that are now commonplace in new cars. However, you don't necessarily need to be a social media fanatic to enjoy all the benefits Sync has to offer.

How Radar Detectors Work

If you have a lead foot you may have invested in a radar detector. Find out how these devices pick up police radar and lidar and learn what a jamming signal does.

How OnStar Works

Its critics call the popular telematics service "Big Brother" and claim that it can lead to an invasion of privacy. Explore the technology behind OnStar and learn about the controversy.

How E-ZPass Works

If you're a regular on toll roads, you probably either know about E-Zpass or you already have one. Learn all about this ingenious and convenient technology and how it automatically lets you pay your way.

How Car Alarms Work

They beep wail and some yell at you (yes yell!). Auto alarms are complex these days with sensors that set off the siren before a potential thief even touches the car. Learn all about car alarms.