Looking For Xmas Ideas?

With Christmas getting ever closer my mind has started wandering, thinking about the fantastic new things I’d like to be opening under the Christmas tree this year. Of course, wanting and getting are completely different things but it can’t hurt to have a few ideas.

TomTom Go Live 1000For car nuts there’s usually a good source of inspiration. Just look online at anywhere that sells car accessories and you should be able to find something you’d want. This year I’ve been toying with the idea of asking for a shiny new sat nav. The new Tom Tom Go Live 1000 looks pretty good and even their budget Tom Tom Start 2 would fit the bill quite nicely, but at the back of my mind is the thought that I only really need a new 2010 road map for less than a fiver. But if I were to find one in my stocking on Christmas Day I’d hardly complain.

One thing that caught my eye is the drop in price of GPS trackers. You can pick up a GPS-based vehicle tracking system for under £180 and that includes installation, so if you’re worried about your pride and joy getting nicked then you could do a lot worse than buy one of these.

Zymol Creame WaxWhat about giving your car a bit of TLC? A decent car wax is a great Christmas stocking filler and will also help protect your car’s paintwork from the worst of the winter weather and grime. My personal recommendation would be any of the Zymol waxes, as even the cheapest in the range are a joy to work with. Starting at £50 they aren’t cheap, but a quality wax will keep your paintwork looking pristine and will even make it easier to clean your car.

Tamiya Fiat Abarth 1000Fancy something a bit more fun? Then how about a remote control car? Tamiya have got a great range of 1/10 scale models, and their classic Fiat Abarth 1000 combines their latest chassis technology with the body of a good old fashioned racer. That’d keep me quiet once the hangover had worn off on Boxing Day!

Hell, I’d even settle for a set of new car mats. I managed to trash my passenger car mat the other day when a bag of cement I was carrying in the footwell burst (yes, I know, dumb idea). Cement dust all over the mat, fortunately not on the carpet underneath, but it was a decent tailored car mat that got trashed.

Are you listening, Father Christmas?


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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