No one likes getting into a hot car in the summer. We’ve all been through those first awful minutes when the car is too hot to even sit in, let alone drive. Wouldn’t it be better if once you got into your car, it was an escape from the heat?

Luckily, you can make this dream a little bit more of a reality. There are some killer items that you can sell to customers to add to their cars that, once they do, will make the car significantly cooler in the summer. Check out the additions below, and see if your carwash could benefit from selling any of them.

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Windshield visor

One of the most common additions people make to their cars in order to keep the heat out is a windshield visor. Cars become warm in the summer because direct sunlight enters in through the windows. This is why we park in the shade whenever we can. Since the windshield is the largest window in the car, blocking the sun from coming in would make a huge difference.

Windshield visors and sunshades are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. You just pop them open once you park and lay them underneath the windshield. While they won’t block heat from entering your car entirely, they certainly help.

Tinted windows

To help customers block out even more of the sun, consider offering window-tinting services. Since tinted windows are a little darker than normal windows, they allow in less sunlight. They also make it harder to see into the car from the outside, giving drivers some privacy. Keep in mind that some areas have laws against how dark tinted windows can be, so you should check the laws in your area before you proceed.

Seat covers

What often makes a car so unbearable to be inside during the summer is that everything is hot to the touch. This often includes the seats, making it hard to drive when you’re wearing shorts or a skirt. To solve this problem, you can sell and install some seat covers. For example, Neoprene seat covers help to deflect some of the heat from inside the car, so you have a more comfortable ride during the summer. Not only that, but since they are water resistant, you don’t have to worry about sweat stains or spilled drinks. Seat covers are a great way to not only give a customer a more comfortable ride year-round, but they also protect the underlying fabric to retain a car’s value.

A solar-powered fan

Finally, a solar-powered fan might make a drive a little more comfortable. Since there is so much sun out during the summer, you might as well make use of it. With a solar powered fan, you get a nice breeze throughout the car at all times, even if the car isn’t running. This is great when you have to sit in your car for some reason, but you don’t want to waste gas by running the car and the AC the entire time. A solar-powered fan doesn’t use any energy from your car, and many models can clip right onto the window to give the driver or passenger a nice breeze.

Don’t suffer inside a hot car this summer

We’ve all had that moment where we dread getting into our cars because we know how hot it is going to be. You reach into your car to start it up, and the warm air inside is almost suffocating. You then have to wait outside your car for a few minutes while the AC does its work before you can even think about sitting down inside the car.

By offering some of the killer additions above, you can hopefully help customers make this a problem of the past.


Simon Leggett is a mechanical engineer. He has been analyzing the auto industry for over 10 years. He helps in the integration and development of forecast-orientated automotive data to the electronic product portfolio.