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Sometimes car-manufacturer-installed options just aren't enough when it comes to customizing your vehicle to your individual lifestyle. That's where aftermarket accessories come into the picture. Companies like CARiD.com specialize in helping car owners spruce up their rides with the latest trends, whether they're doing basic repairs and maintenance, modifying for street appeal and performance, or adding high-tech lighting and electronics.

"Modern drivers want to get the most out of every minute they spend in their car," asserts Richard Reina, product training director at CARiD.com. That said, here's a list of smart accessories that can help make your car a better fit for your everyday activities.

Roof Tents

The car-tent category has been around a long time, but there's a new breed of vehicle-top tents that help make camping more convenient and fun. "We expect to see this category grow in 2017 as these tents become available to more drivers," says Reina. Here are two that provide rugged shelter and easy access by way of a sturdy, aluminum retractable ladder.

Smittybilt® 2783 -- Overlander Coyote Tan 2-Person Roof Tent.

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Wi-Fi Hotspots

As humankind continues its lifelong pursuit of greater connectivity, satellite-based Wi-Fi systems can make your vehicle a mobile work station or entertainment hub when traveling virtually anywhere. These setups are among the most popular in aftermarket-technology trends, granting online access on land and sea.

Iridium® GO -- Sat-Based Hot Spot Up to 5 Users

https://www.iridium.com/products/details/iridiumgo

Globalstar® -- Sat-Fi Satellite Data Hotspot

http://www.globalstar.com/sat-fi/lander.php

Off-Road Light Bars

For truck and SUV owners that like to go off-road after sundown, a reliable light source is essential for illuminating the dark and dangerous wilderness. Light bars offer a wide and bright area of radiance for maximum visibility over treacherous terrain.

Lumen® -- Single-Row LED Light Bar with Illuminated End Caps

https://www.carid.com/lumen/lumen-off-road-lights-163689778.html

XKGlow® -- Razor Pro Series Long Combo Spot/Flood LED Light Bar

https://www.carid.com/xkglow/xkglow-razor-pro-led-light-bar-95362482.html

LED Headlights

Drivers looking to see better at night, look no further. Converting your standard halogen lamp into a brighter LED headlight is both easy and affordable. You'll gain more clarity and greater visibility for safer nighttime driving.

Lumen® -- LED Headlight Conversion Kit

https://www.carid.com/lumen/led-headlight-conversion-kit.html

PIAA® -- LED Headlight Conversion Kit

https://www.carid.com/piaa/led-headlight-conversion-kit.html

XKGlow® -- LED Headlight Conversion Kit

https://www.carid.com/xkglow/led-headlight-conversion-kit.html

Personal Power Sources

There's nothing worse than needing a jump start in the middle of nowhere -- especially in winter -- and not having anyone around to help. With personal power sources, the anxiety of getting stranded is eliminated. These innovative energy packs are perfect for providing light and electricity should the need arise when you're on the road and by yourself.

OEM Tools® -- PPS-X Personal Power Source with Smart Jump Cables

https://www.carid.com/oem-tools/oem-tools-pps-x-personal-power-source-with-smart-jump-cables-127913011.html

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