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"Get directions via spoken turn-by-turn instructions, in text or via clear easy-to-view 3-D maps."
Best Radar: Passport 8500 Radar Detector at Amazon
"Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides [a] maximum range with minimum false alarms."
Best Satellite Radio: Delphi Roady XT XM Satellite Radio at Amazon
"True plug and play design with simple docking and connection."
Best Flashlight Radio: Stansport Battery Radio/Flashlight at Amazon
"Features a compact design and operates from solar power, hand crank, DC power, or 2 AA batteries."
Best Jump-Starter: Black and Decker Jump-Starter at Amazon
"Not only does it give you 300 amps of starting power, attach it to the battery and plug in the Electromate, you can recharge your dead battery overnight."
Best Manual: Repair Manual at Factory Repair Manuals
"If your man is into doing his own repairs on his car, consider giving him a factory original repair manual."
Best GPS: TomTom VIA 1425M 4-Inch GPS Navigation Device
Just plug in the TomTom portable automotive GPS and know the way to any destination in the U.S. and Canada. Get directions via spoken turn-by-turn instructions, in text or via clear easy-to-view 3-D maps. The TomTom VIA 1425M features a large high-resolution color LCD screen displays crystal clear graphics, connections for iPod cables, and both a lighter and AC charger included. This is a great car gift for any dad who loves cars.
Best Radar: Passport 8500 Radar Detector
The Passport 8500 X50's new "V-Tuned" radar receiver provides extreme range on all radar; conventional and "instant-on" including POP mode, X-Band, and up to 50% more range on the all-important K and Ka bands than the original Passport 8500. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides maximum range with minimum false alarms. Just make sure it is legal in your state.
Best Satellite Radio: Delphi Roady XT XM Satellite Radio
Delphi XM Roady XT is a small, light XM Satellite Radio that offers a true plug and play design with simple docking and connection. Roady XT comes with everything you need to enjoy XM satellite radio in your vehicle. It has some great features including notifying you when a favorite song is playing on a radio channel and a wireless FM transmitter so you can listen to the radio when you are out of the car. A real consumer favorite.
Best Jump-Starter: Black & Decker Electromate TM 250 Jump-Starter
I have bought a number of jump starter batteries over the years, but this is the best one I have seen. Not only does it give you 300 amps of starting power, but attach it to the battery and plug in the Electromate, and you can recharge your dead battery overnight. It also has a good work light for connecting to the battery in the dark. This is the best of the best for the price.