Car enthusiasts are a dedicated lot of people. They eat and sleep cars. They compare engine sizes and car performance with any other car enthusiast they can find. Finding the right gift for the car enthusiast means delving deeper into their love of cars and finding out what gets their motor running.
The Do-It-Yourself Mechanic – Auto enthusiasts who like to work on their own vehicles usually have an extensive collection of tools and they usually have tool boxes for them. For this type of auto enthusiast, consider purchasing magnetic tool holders. These strips come in various sizes and keep the tools in the open so you can see what you are looking for versus rummaging around a full tool box. A related item you could purchase is a magnetic parts tray that keeps those tools and parts in one place while working under the hood. Either item can be purchased for less than $20.
The High Performance Truck Enthusiast – Truck lovers not only want their trucks to look good, they want them to look incredible. Bully markets an LED Flame Grille Insert that attaches to the inside of the trucks grille with clips. No cutting or drilling holes required. The flame grille looks incredible with LED ‘flames’ glowing behind the truck grille and chances are it’s not an item your truck enthusiast has yet. Cost varies depending on where you purchase from but the pricing is around $70 – $100.
The ‘Original’ Auto Restorer – Classic and collectible car restorers and collectors often want to bring a car back to it’s original glory with original parts or really good replicas. A subscription to Hemming’s Auto News is exactly what this type of collector could use. Each issue has articles, how-to’s and information on classic cars; but where the car restorer will find what they need for completing a restore is in the classified section. This is definitely the magazine for anyone who enjoys bringing a car up to it’s potential.
The Loves-Everything-With-Wheels Guy – If it rolls, this auto enthusiast loves it. He is always tinkering and toying with his vehicle, motorbike, dirt bike or ATV. With so many irons in the automotive fire, he makes many trips to the auto parts store for supplies, accessories, batteries and fluids. Instead of honing in on one specific gift, give an auto parts store gift card. O’Reilly Auto Parts has one, as does AutoZone and Advance; other stores probably have them as well.
The Speed Racer – For the race car lover with a need for speed; you can look into renting out local raceways and tracks. Some will rent out the entire facility to you. Other tracks may not do rentals but they allow racers to participate. The Albuquerque Dragway at Mesa Del Sol, for example, allows drivers to race for $15.00. This is a very affordable gift for car enthusiasts, but one they won’t soon forget.