A guide on dashboard accessories in the Philippines and our recommendations

Updated Aug 20, 2020 | Same topic: Tuning & Mods
Check out the list of must-have car dashboard accessories. 

Picture this, you’ve just bought your first car. You chose it out from the smorgasbord of other choices because you could afford it, and best of all, you felt most comfortable in it. It might be an affordable hatch, a small city car, or a sedan that comes with the basic essential in-car features. 

After a few days of using it as a daily though, you’ll slowly see that you can’t put your phone anywhere on the dash for you to see it. The dark stylish dashboard, by virtue of being black, is great at absorbing heat, and everything you place on it immediately flies off whenever you take a corner. And lastly, you realized that you can’t find a reliable place on your dash to place coins.

A picture of the interior of a Toyota AE86

This is especially true if you bought an old car like this AE86 here. It's doesn't have much features at all

This is when car dashboard accessories come in. However, there are some caveats to this that we’d like you to be aware of. Here’s a list of  car dashboard accessories you should have in 2020

I. A list of useful car dashboard accessories in the Philippines in 2020

1. Coin Holders

Everyone knows that coins are textured and mostly made out of metals. As a result, placing coins on plastic spots in your car’s interior might result in damaging the surface. On top of that, you’ll find that you’ll regularly fish out those pesos from nooks and crannies of your car whenever you decide to clean your car. Coins are small, and will regularly get away from where you placed them, especially inside a car.

To address this, we recommend coin holders. You can put these on the dash itself, and there are even some that are designed to fit inside a typical cup holder.

2. Car dashboard cover

Dashboard covers can protect your dashboard from heat and/or scratches. Saving it from heat and damage not only maintains the look of your car interior, but it will also maintain functionality and its resale value.

Do note though that when choosing a dashboard cover, make sure that it fits your car’s dash so that it won’t have extra bits flapping around. These might interfere with your steering wheel motion, visibility, and it might even cause all sorts of issues with your car’s electronics.

3. Smartphone holder

Not all cars come with navigation, and many affordable models don’t even come with a touchscreen. As such, you’ll need to find a way to mount your phone. Sure, some of you might argue that you can just hold it, or pick it up whenever you need to take a look, but that takes your eyes off the road. Also, leaving stuff on the dash might be dangerous.

A picture of a phone holder.

Navigation apps are great, but please don't take your eyes off the road for too long

For smartphone holders, we recommend something that’ll adhere to the dashboard, and won’t fly off on hard braking, or in the event of a mishap. This also goes for the said holder’s ability to hold your phone itself because obviously dropping your phone might damage it.

4. First Aid kit

You heard that right. We encourage you to store a small first aid kit in your car’s glove box. It isn’t a car dashboard accessory per se but it is ideally stored in your glove box, which is still a part of your dashboard. Learn how to use it, and re-stock its contents if they get expired because life is full of surprises.

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II. Car dashboard accessories in the Philippines: Some considerations

1. Loose objects on the dashboard

As we’ve said, placing objects on your car’s dashboard can be dangerous. Be it a notebook, your small bag, or phone, and coins. Everything loose can potentially turn into a projectile in the unfortunate event that your car gets involved in a collision.

Also, we do not encourage placing car dashboard accessories that might interfere with your visibility. Examples of these are small figurines, your favorite funko pop, a picture frame (yes some people have these in their cars), etc. In the same regard, we do not recommend sticking anything that might potentially become a projectile in any part of your car. It might stick now using that glue gun of yours, but it might not after a while.

A picture of baby Yoda Funko Pop

You don't want baby Yoda flying into your face after a vehicular mishap right?

2. Some car dashboard covers need regular cleaning

It’s common for car air-conditioners in modern cars to filter the air it blows into your car. What it cannot do though is filter out the dust you bring in be it from your clothes or shoes. These dust particles will then collect on any surface they can stick to, and in many cases, car dashboard covers are the usual culprits whether they’re made out of rubber, cloth, etc. As such, you’ll have to regularly clean these to prevent your car from becoming a mobile dust bowl.

II. Recommended car dashboard accessories in the Philippines

Product 
Key Feature 
Price 
 
Lovecar101 Black Coin Holder
Easy to use
₱127
360-degree car phone holder
360 degree adjustable
₱279
Vehemo car dashboard cover
Compatible for many vehicles
₱1,329
halocar.ph universal car phone holder
Very affordable
₱80
First Aid Kit Bag
Can fit in most gloveboxes
₱419

1. Lovecar101 Black Coin Holder

Lovecar101 coin holder

Sized at 11.7cmx2cmx3.8cm, the Lovecar101 coin holder is easy to use, classy looking, and it can fit in many car center consoles, and many car dashboard storage cubby holes. This dashboard accessories for cars can also hold a variety of Philippine coins namely five peso coins, one peso coins, and the new ten-peso coins.

Pros
Cons
  • Affordable
  • Stylish
  • Easy to use
  • Might not fit smaller coins

2. 360-degree car phone holder

360 degree car phone holder

As its name implies, this car dashboard phone holder can be rotated, and its angle can also be adjusted. It comes in black so it wouldn’t look out of place on the dashboards of many car models, and it’s made out of durable plastic and silicone. To adhere to the dashboard, this product uses a super sticky pad, which assures that it won’t just snap off.

Pros
Cons
  • Very sturdy looking
  • Pad is very sticky
  • Adjustability
  • A bit pricier than most dashboard phone holders

3. Vehemo car dashboard cover

Vehemo dashboard cover

Made out of sturdy polyester, this car dashboard cover provides a non-slip covering that’ll surely protect your dashboard from sun damage. Also, it doesn’t collect as much dust as other fabric dashboard covers, and it can fit a variety of models (with some adjustments).

Pros
Cons
  • Compatible for many vehicles
  • Sturdy
  • High-quality
  • A bit pricey

4. halocar.ph universal car phone holder

Affordable, relatively sturdy, and easy to install. This car dashboard phone holder clips onto your car’s aircon vent and holds your phone snugly with its adjustable clamps. Can fit any car model and can hold any phone.

Pros
Cons
  • Very affordable
  • Can hold most phone models
  • Might block aircon airflow
  • Does not tilt

5. First Aid Kit Bag Emergency Medical Survival Rescue Box

First aid kit

Contains PBT bandages, tweezers, scissors, alcohol wipes, an ice pack, a whistle, several safety pins, several band-aids, and the all-important triangular bandage. It is suitable to deal with minor scratches and light burns, and due to being small and handy, it can fit in just any car model’s glovebox.

NOTE: This item is highly effective if you learn to use it first. There are many resources online for this and we highly encourage you to take your time learning basic first aid because, on the road, you’ll never know what you’ll encounter.

Pros
Cons
  • Very affordable
  • Can fit in most gloveboxes
  • Comes in a handy container
  • Does not have surgical gloves and thermal blanket

FAQ about car dashboard accessories

Question: Can I mount phone holders on the windshield? Is this safe?

Answer: Yes, in fact, one of our recommended phone holders can actually be mounted on the windshield. As for safety, this is relatively safe but just make sure that you properly installed the holder. You also need to take note of the regulations stated in Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Under this law, it is stated that “GPS or cellphones may be placed or mounted below, at the same level, or on top of the dashboard, and even on the windshield, as long as the highest point of the device is not higher than four (4) inches from the dashboard.” 

Question: Why do I need car dashboard covers?

Answer: Many car dashboards come in black color, and black is heat absorbent, and in the long run, this might damage the damage. A cover will prevent that, as well as keeping it safe from scratches stains.

Question: Do you recommend making the dashboard more personalized with decorative items?

Answer: We do not encourage gluing on figurines and “healing crystals” or the like on your dashboard as these might interfere with your field of vision. They’ll also become potential projectiles during a car crash.

Question: Do I need to regularly clean my car’s dashboard cover?

Answer: Yes, we encourage you to regularly clean your car’s dashboard cover to rid it of dust.

Question: Can’t I just hold my phone while driving?

Answer: No, we do not encourage holding your phone while driving. You’ll have one less hand on the steering wheel, and that might be dangerous. In fact, you shouldn’t be using your phone at all, except for using it for its GPS function.

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Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.