By on November 25, 2016

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Did you make it out to the stores today? If so, we hope you’ve made it back home free of injuries. If you’re still in the thick of it, perhaps bartering with a stranger you’re a little bit scared of, well, best of luck.

No doubt some of you belong to that ambitious crop of Americans who valiantly fight off a food coma and struggle across floors flick with cranberry sauce, gravy and some sort of mashed root vegetable concoction to find your jacket and car keys on Black Friday morning. The sun hasn’t peeked above the horizon, but there’s deals to be had. You can smell them — that heated seat cushion that plugs into the cigarette lighter, cupholder vape dispensers, you name it — and no threat of long lineups, physical violence or crushing disappointment will deter you from achieving a Black Friday personal best.

So, we want to know: what automotive accessory lured you out of a warm home this morning?

Was it boring (but necessary) deep dish floor mats? A remote starter? “Deluxe” wheel covers? Bulk washer fluid? Maybe it was something far sexier, like an in-trunk organizer (which Amazon can’t seen to ship enough of)? Tires or tools? Radar detector? GPS? More vape accessories?

Hell, maybe some of you returned home behind the wheel of your new purchase. If so, what’s the make and model and what kind of a deal did you find? Did they throw in a Fiat 500 just to get inventory moving?

We want to know! Wax poetic about your purchases in the comment section below.

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54 Comments on “QOTD: What Automotive Accoutrement Did You Buy Today?...”


  • avatar
    never_follow

    Ottawa, now Canada’s slightly less boring capital!

    I bought some Aquapel, which is so much better than stupid rain-x it beggars belief.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Black Friday.

    Lets import more ways to encourage people to spend money they don’t have on sh!t they don’t need.

    The only modification I’ve made to my truck was 10 ply tires.

    I do have a set of 4 driving lights in the garage I’d like to install. Old school tech to use on those idiots with massive LED light bars with no inclination to turn them off.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I’ve read it wasn’t up to expectation. I’m lovin’ it.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      “Let’s import more ways to encourage people to spend money they don’t have on sh!t they don’t need.”

      Whenever I am reminded of the fact that this site is owned by a bunch of Morissette fans it makes me want to search through DARPA’s browser history so I can personally punch the guy that let you National Tire buying poutine eaters on the web.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I avoid going out on BF like it’s a real life Purge. I enjoy shopping at odd times when very few other people are around and that’s not what today is about so I throw on my stayin’-home pants and see if there is anything online worth buying. And after a few years of actually paying attention, like the rest, no, there’s nothing worth the fanfare.

    Black Friday has turned into outlet mall day, basically. You can get a bunch of cheap crap that was made specifically to be sold today at rock bottom prices plus a bunch of other crap that’s actually 5% off the regular already permanently marked down price.

    I did place an order for some diecast cars from a Japanese store though. They were offering no discounts and will probably kill me with shipping costs but the prices are more akin to what you actually find in stores in Japan, which is what always draws me in.

    Until Cyber Monday! And then on to Complaining About How Worthless Cyber Monday Was Tuesday!

  • avatar
    spamvw

    I’ve got an Awning, rear bumper, rear bumper racks, and side step all waiting in the online shopping cart. Waiting to pull the trigger until cyber Monday and the 10% off that clicks in then.

  • avatar
    James2

    Not specifically today, but ‘this week’ I bought a set of Michelin ‘Stealth’ wiper blades and a pair of Hawaiian sea turtle seat covers.

    Oh, and I had my sagging headliner repaired.

  • avatar
    NoID

    A set of 4 Squirrelly Performance 15 mm wheel spacers and new lug nuts, purchased on Amazon from the comfort of my home.

    Neither purchase was directly related to the fact that today is Black Friday, and neither was discounted, but you asked the question.

    Personally, I hate Black Friday with the kind of fiery, all-consuming passion normally reserved for Judeo-Christian covenant love and fascist oratory. It has absolutely ruined Thanksgiving. I despise it.

  • avatar
    TDIandThen....

    Got me some new wheels for my used winter tires: http://www.vwpartsandservice.ca/p/Volkswagen_2012_Golf/16–Dolomit–Wheel—Silver/63621146/5G2071496GV7.html. Used my TDI dealer credit from VW…and I guess this purchase means I’ll be replacing my VW with a VW when the time comes.

    Oh and I bought them on ‘just another thursday’ here in the Canada.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I bought replacement seat diaphragms for my Land Rover Discovery. With the current Brexit exchange rates it was ~$50 cheaper to order from a supplier in England than the US, even with 2-day shipping. So not exactly a Black Friday deal, but still a deal. $50ea vs. $89. And I will get them faster.

    Discovered they needed replacing when putting in seat heater kits the other day. In the meantime, did my best Redneck fix by putting the diaphragms back together with copious amounts of 3″ Gorilla tape! :-) Will probably last forever, but they make the seats a tad firm.

    Did get a GREAT deal on some things for my other expensive hobby, my model railroad. If any other modellers are on here who run DCC, Tam Valley has DCC Frog Juicers onsale for 25% off this weekend. I have never seen those on sale before anywhere.

  • avatar
    raph

    Steeda clutch assist spring for the GT350, the stocker is 185 in/lbs IIRC and contributes to the crappy Honda like feel of the clutch. Most owners snatch the clutch assist spring out to help improve the pedal feel (although it does nothing to help communication). Apparently by removing the spring it contributes to chatter and can lead to a constant load on the slave cylinder. The Steeda spring is only rated for 35 pounds and prevents the possibility of slave cylinder failure by removing the load on the seals in the cylinder.

  • avatar
    Chi-One

    Frog Juicers?

  • avatar
    raisingAnarchy

    I meant to do differential and transmission fluid changes tomorrow, so I bought fluids, gaskets, and other consumables for the car, but I needed more tools than I expected so I have to wait until a later date for those to arrive from Amazon.

  • avatar
    Funky

    Stores close to one of our family homes (a farmette approximately 40 miles west of Philadelphia, PA) were not super crowded today. I was at the Target, Walmart, local indoor shopping mall, and Best Buy. The roads weren’t over crowded. I was surprised since I expected terrible traffic and terrific crowds. It is somewhat sad that not many folks were shopping today since it is a sign that the economy isn’t doing well (unless all shopping was instead done online). Sorry…I did not purchase any automotive related items today.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      There are two reasons we should be facing a recession soon:

      1) The economic policies campaigned on (especially the ones that involve increasing barriers to global trade) are likely to shrink the economy, and quickly once they take effect. Think about what will happen when the prices for 3/4th of the stuff at Wal-Mart jumps by the whatever the import tax rate he proposed (35%?), within days of the policy taking effect, especially when our trading partners are likely to retaliate with other taxes on trade. I failed to do my part as a citizen and point this out during the election, because I failed to serioisly consider the possibility that Trump was actually electable. Lesson learned.

      2) Recessions are sort-of periodic, and we’re about due for another. See:
      https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GDP
      Granted that the current recovery doesn’t feel like a recovery, but we’re still close to the top of the cycle.

      Reorder the list based on your politics.

      My household is planning for a recession starting in mid-2017, and we’re working to shore up our financial resilience accordingly.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Luke42, or he lives near Amish country?

  • avatar
    April S

    Does buying a tank full of gasoline count?

    @ $1.79 9/10 a gallon.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Fresh can of Febreze and cranked on the right-side wiper arm to adjust the blade angle so it doesn’t squawk & shudder when I’m trying to clear sprinkles.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    Got me some good booze that were it 1977 I could drink in a vehicle!

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    Nothing fun, some wiper blades at HD that weren’t a better deal than they were the last time they stocked the DuPont blades. But at $3.88 each they are a great value and they fit the curve of the windshields of our vehicles. I also picked up some digital tire gauges there too, one for each of the kids and one for me.

    I did pick up a set of take off tires and wheels for my pickup last weekend. $800 for a set of 2016 F250/350 18″ chrome clad wheels with 275-70 Michelin LTX A/T2. Even my daughter said they make the truck look better. The truck had undersized tires for some reason, so these are 2.7″ taller and fill out the wheel wells much better.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    That photo… is there a SAAB under the excrescences?

    I hope those who wish for an afterlife realize that they’d be thrown together with minds that cause things like this.

  • avatar
    jeanbaptiste

    Not quite a Black Friday purchase but I did open my box from deutch auto parts that came in this week. Got me all new bolts and some tools for the suspension so I can do a Emmanuel designs spring swap on my gti on Monday.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Paid my deductible to the body shop. Repairs after hitting a deer near Athens, OH. The Lexus key fob is back in my pocket. Victory!!!!

  • avatar
    RHD

    Didn’t buy anything new, but replaced a worn vinyl armrest with a leather one from the parts car… and Rain-Xed the windows. (When the bottle is empty, I’ll look for Aquapel…)

  • avatar
    Pete Skimmel

    Of course the whored-up car in the lead photo of this story has Oregon plates. Alas, I am a native of Portland(ia) and see a lot of that schidt around here.
    If it qualifies, I ordered/received a mock Oregon license plate with the street number of our lake cabin printed on it from a vendor on eBay. It will look spiffy on the mailbox.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Look closer, its Ontario.

      I like Oregon for some things. I like that I can find 1970s-early 80s imports in running/driving, low-rust condition. Of course the same could be said of Seattle, etc, and some rare American cars from the era survive as well, I can find first gen, sport model Tempos or just extremely clean ordinary examples. Even the non-runner $400 examples are far more worth restoring than the garbage you find elsewhere, IF you even find it elsewhere.

      I lived in Aloha for a summer (outside of Beaverton, not far from Portland to those not familiar) and I liked it okay. (I liked Northern California in the summer, too). Just don’t like the dreary rainy PNW winters.

      I plan to visit Washington state in the spring. I will probably drive my Taurus up there. I would LOVE to find some little Datsun B-210 or CVCC-era Honda to tinker with!

      • 0 avatar
        Pete Skimmel

        JohnTaurus-
        You are right- it is Ontario. It looked sooo Portland that I misread the plate. LOL.
        Full disclosure, I live in Beaverton, though, as you know, it’s close enough to Portland to be a source of embarassment.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          I’m jealous of your cheap car selection, haha. I would have to live out in the country away from town because I’d have 1984 Tempos and 1978 Civics and 1969 Datsun trucks and…

          Beaverton was alright, met some good people there. Not in contact with any of them now unfortunately. My buddy had a Datsun 510 (not the late 70s Stanza rebadge, the good early 70s) and I loved that thing. He and his dad worked on lots of RWD Datsuns, I regret not checking more of them out. I wasn’t into Datsun as much then, although I liked some of them casually.

          I was too busy terrorizing Aloha and Beaverton in my V-6 Tempo, my friend’s built Honda/Acuras (we knew guys who worked at and owned a speed shop in Beaverton) or my other friend’s ZX2 5 speed. The Tempo was awesome, it surprised many of those guys at how quick off the line it was, and how quickly it attained tripple digits.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Hah! NOTHING got me out a warm home on Friday. This morning, though, I took a pine tree air freshener that I found in a drawer and put it in the car, and drove to the supermarket. I sneezed half the way to market, and all the way back. I had less trouble with the cigar smoke a passenger added last week. I spent three days having fun asking passengers if they could guess the cigar brand, and I should have left well enough alone.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    3 tires were out of round on the Saab, so they were replaced. And I’m still waiting to hear on the transmission blow-out in the Outback. So there’s that.

  • avatar
    punkybrewstershubby aka Troy D.

    I bought a brand-new in “the box ” 2017 Versa with a 5-speed manual in Super Black. It’s not really an accoutrement BUT it probably cost about the same of someones!

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    It didn’t even occur to me to shop for car parts, but other than replacing the out-of-round tires on the Miata in the spring, there isn’t much I need. Other than oil changes and maybe replacing the old summer tires come spring, I mostly plan on driving the Concorde into the ground.

    I did find a nice deal to replace my faithful 9 year-old laptop, though. I did that from home, though, using a spreadsheet with the various options to make my final decision.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You and Dave M. both suffered from out-of-round tires? How common is this becoming? The low-cost tires are coming from Korea and China, so could that be the problem – poor quality control on low-priced tires? Or is it a problem in all price ranges and sources?

      An auto-related web site should look into this!

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        It is pretty common but most people don’t know the difference, even those that work at tire stores. More than once I had a customer who thought they needed things ranging from a simple re-balance of the tires to major front suspension work. The low cost tires are certainly suspect but I’ve seen way too many Bridgestone and Yokohama tires that were square out of the box.

        One guy in particular I remember that thought it was his tires so he took it to the tire store where he had purchased their top of the line tire made by Yokohama. I think they did the re-balance and pronounced the tires perfect and told him he needed new shocks and probably some suspension work too. He brought it to me and his description didn’t sound like a shock problem. We drove around the parking lot and I quickly said it is your tires. He recounted the story on how the tire store said they were fine. I grabbed him a pair of gloves and we went and felt the tires. Sure enough 2 out of the 4 tires were obviously not round. I sent him to Costco for some Michelins and the next time he came in he shared that the vehicle drove so much better and the shaking in the steering wheel and bounce was gone.

  • avatar
    e30gator

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with planning a purchase on a day when you know you’ll find a deal and save money. It’s called being a smart consumer.

    Big Al’s Pick ‘N Pull had 50% off all parts….scored a replacement fog lamp for my Z3, an instrument cluster for my Nissan Quest (pixels missing on fuel readout), and a few vintage hubcaps and trim pieces for my man cave. Good stuff.

    Also scored a nice deal on a dash cam online. My insurance company should thank me for that one.

    If that makes me a shopping whore, so be it. Me gusta.

    • 0 avatar
      e30gator

      I’m not for waiting in long lines and fighting over cheap, Chinese TVs, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with planning a purchase on a day when you know you’ll find a deal and save money. It’s called being a smart consumer.

      Big Al’s Pick ‘N Pull had 50% off all parts….scored a replacement fog lamp for my Z3, an instrument cluster for my Nissan Quest (pixels missing on fuel readout), and a few vintage hubcaps and trim pieces for my man cave. Good stuff.

      Also scored a nice deal on a dash cam online. My insurance company should thank me for that one.

      If that makes me a shopping whore, so be it. Me gusta.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Didn’t actually buy anything over the Thanksgiving break, but I did have my brother install the Aisin timing belt/water pump kit on my now-207k mile ES300, as well as a part called an “A/C amplifier” that I grabbed off a junkyard ES for $6 that gave me all of my HVAC fan speeds back (was only low or high previously). The water pump we took off was the original factory unit and had not been replaced at the 100k mark. The bearing was still like new, I felt unsure about replacing it, as the casting on the new Aisin replacement was actually a bit sloppy looking with some die casting flash around the edges (does not affect how it seals or fits). But aside from that I was very happy with the kit. All idler bearings were Japanese Koyos, the tensioner was a Japanese NTN unit, the belt was a made in USA Mitsuboshi (worth mentioning that the Toyota-brand t belt we took off still looked very good). Also put on new accessory belts, Japanese “Bando” units. Did some other nice odds and ends: leveled out headlights and foglights, replaced license plate lightbulbs, tightened up throttle cable slack and e-brake, leveled hood latch, retorqued sparkplugs (front three were barely tight), retorqued driver side axle nut (someone stuck a crappy aftermarket axle with poorly machined splines in there instead of re-booting the OEM axles).

  • avatar
    JMII

    I went fishing on BF (#OptOutside) …as its still shorts weather in Florida. However a plenum spacer and oil cooler might get ordered today only because I’ve been planning on buying them and they are on sale (Cyber Monday).

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