Keep car products, services in mind for Christmas gift ideas

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published December 11, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Suppliers of auto products and services agree that the season of “Jingle Bells” can also be a great time to buy bells and whistles for loved ones’ vehicles.

Dave Kidd,  at Sam’s Tint & Accessories in Hazel Park, said one possible vehicle-related gift is getting tinted windows.

“In the summer, it keeps the vehicle a lot cooler,” he said. “Plus, it gets the glare out of your eyes.”

Kidd explained that a lot of people are also seeking out remote starters for the holidays as gifts. He added that the devices tend to fall between $140 to $200, depending on the vehicle, and a trained technician is responsible for installing the devices.

“Of course, it gets your vehicle warmed up on the inside without having to go ... and put your key in there,” he said. “The ones we put on have up to 1,500 feet of range, so even if you live in an apartment complex, you can reach to your vehicle.”

He added that some shoppers are seeking quality radio systems, while others are seeking LED headlights.

“They use a lot less energy, so your battery won’t go dead as fast,” he said regarding LED lights.

Another gift idea involves the service of laboriously cleaning and refurbishing a vehicle’s appearance.

Greg Swett, president of Classic Appreciation in Rochester, said his business sells lots of gift certificates over the holiday season that are redeemable for auto detailing services. 

He said the gift certificates can be issued in various denominations, though he said around $269 tends to cover a standard complete detail — interior and exterior — on a midsized car. 

“We sell a ton of them too,” he said. “It’s a great gift because a lot of time it’s something ... a lot of people wouldn’t buy for themselves, and when they get it, they think, ‘Oh, this is cool.’

“It’s like giving (a gift) twice: You get a smile from them when they get it for Christmas, and they get a bigger smile when they get their car done later in the year.”

Find out more about Sam’s Tint & Accessories in Hazel Park by visiting or by calling (248) 439-7000. For more information about Classic Appreciation in Rochester, visit or call (248) 656-2159.