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How to Upgrade Your Older Model Car with After-Market Vehicle Technologies

How to Upgrade Your Older Model Car with After-Market Vehicle Technologies

I don’t know about you, but I appreciate the latest technologies that help simplify my life. I still really love my car GPS, our easy to use home security system that helps us monitor our home while we’re away, a few phone apps I use to communicate with my loved ones from far away and so much more.

Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Vehicle Tech Team at Consumer Technology Association to test drive an older model car that was upgraded with after-market vehicle technologies. Who knew that you could drive a five year old car and you can still enjoy the same latest technologies that a brand new car offers?

after-market vehicle technologies

I have a newer, two year old car and it came with features I love such as a back up camera, a blind-spot detection system, a front touch screen where I can connect to my Apple iPhone for my audio entertainment and more. But if you don’t have these features in your older model car, you’ll be glad to know that now, you can have these features by adding after-market technologies in your car.

Here are a few after-market vehicle products worth mentioning:

woman in a car using after-market vehicle products

Apple CarPlay – Available on select cars, CarPlay by Apple is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in your car’s built-in display. CarPlay helps you get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused while you drive. Simply connect your iPhone and go.

Android Auto – This is the Android version of CarPlay for those who have Android phones. Android Auto is a simpler way to use your phone in the car. Whether on your phone screen or on your car display, Android Auto was designed with safety and convenience in mind. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and your Google Assistant, it’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.

Viper SmartStart Remote Start – My husband gifted me the Viper remote start for my car two years ago and I absolutely love it!  With this technology, I can remotely start, lock and unlock my car  just by pushing a button on my smartphone. It helps a lot when my car is freezing from the cold weather and I can start and warm it up for 15 minutes without actually going outside — thanks to my Viper remote start system! I know this same car remote technology is offered by other brands such as Alpine and VOXX Electronics, but I absolutely love my car’s Viper remote start capability!

Rear Seat Entertainment Systems –  My family loves going on road trips and with kids who get easily bored in the car, we have to have our rear seat entertainment system.  If you’re looking to get one for your new or older model car, there are various after-market car technologies available in the market right now that are affordable, easy to install and work very well. I found a few products on Amazon and Best Buy, but do a thorough research before buying one.

For more about these after-market products or the latest technology trends, go visit www.cta.tech

So what do you think about these after-market vehicle technologies? What are some of the current features in your car that you can’t live without? Tell me in the comments! 

This post is sponsored by Consumer Technology Association. All views and text are my own. 

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  1. March 1, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    Very interesting! I’ve never heard of Android Auto. I’m downloading it now! Thanks!!

  2. February 18, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    I have heard of doing things like this before and think it’s such an awesome idea! My car is newer so it already has a lot of these specs, but I know some people who would love to hear about this. I’ll be sure to pass this along, thanks for sharing!

  3. Helen Neale
    February 17, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    This is interesting, I’ll check this out soon. thankyou for sharing this informative article

  4. February 13, 2019 / 3:55 am

    Viper SmartStart Remote Start sounds so, so cool!! I would love to try one myself, and I will definitely research it more. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  5. February 12, 2019 / 9:35 pm

    I an a big fan of music and podcasts and would love to get a better stereo in my car so that I can play spotify and audible.

  6. February 12, 2019 / 4:12 am

    That is a cool upgrade. Its always good to fix things especially if it’s still fixable or upgradable. I could see it worked well for you. Thank you for sharing this tips.

  7. February 11, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve heard of the autostart feature that is compatible with different models. This would come in handy for traveling purposes as well.

    • February 11, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      Definitely! I love my autostart system!

  8. Katrina Ellen
    February 11, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    This looks like it has so many amazing features. I have always loved the look of these vehicles.

  9. Amrita
    February 11, 2019 / 9:36 am

    Wow, its good to know that we can use these new technologies in our old car. I would definitely upgrade my old one with SmartStart Remote Start and Android Auto.

  10. February 10, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    I’m wanting to add blue tooth to my older car. Hope I can figure that one out.

  11. February 10, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    I suppose there must be some minimum requirements when installing the Androud and Apple software with respect to the video display in the vehicle.

    • February 11, 2019 / 10:08 pm

      @John You don’t need a video display in your older model car. These after-market technologies provide the video display and the software system. I would check with CTA and/or talk to a professional that specializes in these areas.

  12. February 9, 2019 / 11:49 pm

    Oh wow, does the Viper SmartStart Remote Start work for Honda HRV? I can check later. This feature is so cool!

    • February 11, 2019 / 10:04 pm

      @Roch I have a newer two year old Honda CRV so yes, definitely! 🙂

  13. February 9, 2019 / 11:46 pm

    Good to know these things. My car also has a back up camera and a front touch screen that I can connect to my iPhone. Gotta love all those features.

  14. February 9, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    I’m all for anything that encourages people to hold onto their vehicles longer. We’re such a throw-away society that we’re purchasing ourselves into an Eco-catastrophy!

  15. February 9, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    I would never have guessed that it’s possible to put this new technology in an older car. So cool!!

  16. Beth
    February 9, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    Both of our cars are older and my sons wish we had some of these devices. My husband offered to buy me a remote a few years ago since we have harsh winters, but I turned it down. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t.

  17. Preet
    February 9, 2019 / 10:05 am

    We have this Honda old model car. But it has been very useful for us. Adding some remote stuff could make it cooler 🙂

  18. February 9, 2019 / 3:48 am

    My husband has an older Honda that he refuses to part with. Adding the apple stuff would be so awesome for him!

  19. February 9, 2019 / 2:58 am

    I had no idea that you could do this. We just got a new car, but I’ll keep this in mind for the future.

  20. February 9, 2019 / 2:49 am

    We need a new head unit in our SUV. I’ve been thinking about upgrading to a touchscreen system.

  21. Shelley King
    February 9, 2019 / 2:23 am

    I love this! We have an older car for my son and he mentions over and over “but it doesn’t have”. Nice to know we can still add those great things to the older car. Now I have an answer! Great information!

  22. February 9, 2019 / 2:03 am

    These are wonderful tips, I will keep it in mind and use it when I need to upgrade the car.

  23. February 8, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    This was really interesting and full of super helpful information! We are in the market for a new car so I’m glad I happened upon your post!

  24. February 8, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    I didn’t know this but made notes of things I can get my husband for his Birthday or Christmas. Or even as a Valentines Day Gift like the Viper SmartStart Remote Start – because like you we have a Kia and it’s 2 years old but didn’t come with a lot of these features which would make our lives so much easier.

  25. February 8, 2019 / 6:35 pm

    I need to try these out. My car is 2010 and I wish it had better features. I don’t even have a screen!

  26. February 8, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    This is very useful for all having old car. Thanks for sharing

  27. Joanna
    February 8, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    This is very interesting. I have an older car and it doesn’t have anything fancy on it. It would be great if I can upgrade it, as I love it too much to change it for a newer one.

  28. February 8, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    My car is a 2015, but I feel like there are so many features I could add to it! I definitely want to add remote start!

  29. February 8, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    oh my gosh whaaat- i love this ha. i just got a remote start for my car its so helpful when i have a handful of groceries and my son when its FREEZING out so i can just start it up so quicker without having to do much!

  30. candy
    February 8, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    Honestly cars are not my thing. I just want them to get me from point A to point B and back again. Now my husband is all into the cars and all the fancy stuff that comes with them.

  31. February 8, 2019 / 11:56 am

    I really need the rear seat entertainment in my van, I have four kids and sometimes they just hate being in the car. We have a older van so this was the perfect post for me.

  32. February 8, 2019 / 11:32 am

    It’s an hobby for me to keep looking for tech products . For the sake of love of Road trips , Car gets max budget for up-gradation and your suggestion are noteworthy . thnx

  33. Jessica May
    February 8, 2019 / 4:35 am

    These are some awesome suggestions! Both our cars are older and in need of updates! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Jessica May
    February 8, 2019 / 4:34 am

    Oh I love so many of these! Both our cars are older models, some awesome suggestions, thanks!

  35. February 7, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    As long as we have the GPS and the music in the car, I’m good with it. ?Kidding aside, I’m so amazed with the latest technological evolutions!

  36. February 7, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    If I used all this technology on my old fiat Punto (something that I can do, actually) the car would de even more iconic and fascinating.

  37. February 7, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    I am liking the one where you can use your smartphone to auto unlock and lock your car and to autostart it. That is a pretty darn cool thing especially if you are trying to warm up the car before you get inside.

  38. February 7, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    This is a great post full of ideas, I do admit I leave the technology side to my husband 🙂 x

  39. February 7, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Oh wow that sounds amazing! I am always impressed by how technology has changed and improved over the years when it comes to cars!

  40. Elizabeth O
    February 7, 2019 / 10:15 am

    This one is useful for me as well as for all the car lovers. Thanks for this beautiful post.

  41. February 6, 2019 / 11:45 pm

    I love this post, I am sure it’s going to be quite helpful for many car owners. I love that you’re sharing this information.

  42. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    February 6, 2019 / 10:30 pm

    We already have a rear seat entertainment system. Helps to ease the kids’ boredom when we do long road trips. I would love to have that Viper Smart Start installed in my car though. Sounds like a really convenient thing to have!

  43. Elena Toma
    February 6, 2019 / 9:29 pm

    Honestly I don’t have a car, but I am all about technology if it makes my life easier. I would definitely go for the Applecar play because of my Iphone.

  44. Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    February 6, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    The remote start feature is so cool to me! Living in Canada, I hate getting in a freezing cold car so that would make drives a lot more pleasant in winter.

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