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How to use tech to protect your classic car

Last week, thousands of classic car enthusiasts gathered at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kim even had the chance to sit down with CEO and Chairman, Craig Jackson, for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put the auction together each year. (Click here if you missed her exclusive interview.)

Some of this year’s highlights included a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Custom Coupe that belonged to actor, Burt Reynolds; a 1956 Austin Princess that once belonged to musical legend, John Lennon; a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle previously owned by race car driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.; a 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia owned by pop sensation, Justin Bieber; and a 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder sold by Grammy winner, Steven Tyler, for one of his charities.

While the celebrity vehicles were some of the flashier sales that took place at the 2017 Scottsdale auction, the true heart of the event was found in the collector vehicles, like this 1932 Rolls-Royce Roadster, which sold for $341,000!


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With all of those head-turning cars changing hands to new owners, we thought it might be worth mentioning that these classics could also attract some unwanted attention. Thieves and cons consider these cars ideal targets. Not to mention the potential for vandalism, or even legitimate accidents.

We’ve rounded up some simple ways to protect your car, whether it’s a classic or one that you purchased from the dealership.

1. LoJack for Classics

With car theft on the rise, one of the best ways you can protect your vehicle is by installing stolen vehicle recovery technology. LoJack is one of the top contenders. Specifically, the company offers a “Classics SVR System” that costs $695. This system is installed by a professional technician and can track your car while you’re on the road, and even while in a parking garage. For a $300 upgrade, you can also receive early warnings, which will send you a text message or email whenever your car is moved.

LoJack’s stolen vehicle recovery system is also available for regular cars and trucks and offers a 90 percent recovery rate.

2. Dash Cam


If the unthinkable happens, and you wind up in an accident, you’re going to need a great dash cam to prove who was at fault. The Komando Dash Cam continues to be one of the best-selling products from our shop with good reason. It comes with everything you need to stay protected.

It’s a reliable, easy-to-use HD Driving Recorder with GPS, Wi-Fi, and driver warnings to help prevent accidents.

Unique features for protection and safety include:

  • A wide-angle lens that captures the entire road and includes GPS for detailed time and date as well as location data, pinpointing exactly where and when events occurred.
  • Lane Departure Warning System that encourages safer driving.
  • Forward Collision Warning Alerts for impending collisions.
  • Vehicle mounts and 32GB memory card.

Click here to see all the product details. This item is available for purchase from our shop. Use promo code CARTECH for free shipping for a limited time.

3. Hum by Verizon


Hum by Verizon allows you to connect your car to your smartphone. For $10 per month, you can set speed and boundary alerts, decode engine lights and summon help with the push of a button. But it’s also an easy way to have a safer, smarter, more connected car.

With built-in vehicle diagnostics, you’ll be alerted of problems with your car before they leave you stranded. You’ll also get:

  • Roadside Assistance – If Hum detects a collision, help can be sent automatically.
  • Mechanics Hotline – You will receive expert advice from professional mechanics.
  • Push notifications – These alert you if your car exceeds a certain speed or drives outside of your customized boundary area. You will always have an eye on the driver. You can also locate your car quickly from the phone app to track its movements or to simply remember where you are parked.
  • Detailed reports – This helps you monitor fuel usage and driving patterns to get extra miles out of your tank. Routine diagnostics will help prevent major issues to save you money.

You don’t even need a contract with Verizon to use Hum. You can just pay a monthly fee after purchasing the device.

Click here to purchase Hum through Amazon and get your first month of service included.

4. Hudway Smartphone Head Up Display


Taking your eyes off the road isn’t worth the risk, especially when you’re driving a classic vehicle. The HUDWAY Glass is a day-to-night adaptable gadget that turns your smartphone into a concise Head-Up-Display at eye level.

Made of transparent combiner, it reflects and optically enhances key pieces of data displayed by your phone. Resulting in clear directions and information, such as the path of the road or your speed, all from your phone, keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes focused on what’s ahead.

Choose from a number of apps that use their phone’s GPS and accelerometer to provide data like driving speed, location and turn-by-turn directions. The Hudway app is available for both Android and iOS with safety in mind, focusing on displaying just a few bits of data at a time, making them easy to read and not distracting.

Features include:

  • Fits all vehicle dashboards
  • No additional equipment required
  • Hudway app not required
  • Cradle base, compact mount, adjustable mount, wiping cloth and quick start guide

Click here for the Hudway smartphone head up display details. It’s available for purchase from our shop. Use promo code CARTECH for free shipping for a limited time.


5. Parking Sensor


The last thing you want is something chipping your paint. But it’s far too easy to nick something accidentally when you’re pulling into tight spaces. This tool will help you avoid those minor bumps and scrapes.

The Parking Sensor is designed to take the guesswork out of parking your car in tight garage spaces or carports. It features adjustable, ultrasonic range-finding technology to accurately locate your car within your desired parking constraints. Set the parking distance anywhere between six inches and six feet.


  • Wireless
  • Easy parking distance settings
  • Green, Yellow and Red light indicators
  • Easy to install

Click here for product details. This item is available for purchase in our shop. Use promo code CARTECH for free shipping for a limited time.

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