Father's Day is just a few weeks away, and some may be wondering about gift ideas for dads who love cars. There are a number of accessories for vehicle exteriors and interiors that just about any car enthusiast will love, and these can be a great choice for those seeking the perfect present.

Summer heat makes protecting cars important

If your dad is the type to spend a whole Saturday outside washing and waxing the car, then it might be a good idea to think about a gift that will really help protect the vehicle from the summer sun. Car covers are designed for exactly this purpose, although they have other benefits as well. Nobody likes getting into a hot car on a summer day, but car covers can help keep vehicles cool and protect the exterior's finish from heat and Mother Nature.

There are several types of car covers on the market, and it all depends on what the driver is willing to spend. Custom-fit car covers will be tailored to precisely fit the vehicle in question, but they're also more expensive than a non-custom cover. Non-custom, or universal, covers work just as well, although they may not fit properly. It's a good idea to do some research online and hear from customers with similar models to your dad's car about what products they've found to be the best fit.

If you don't want to spring for a car cover, consider getting a windshield sun shade instead. These are sold at many auto parts stores and come in a number of different designs. Sun shades can be a cool way for dads to express their personality, whether the screen features a popular culture reference or the insignia of their favorite automaker.

Gifts for an off-roader

If your father loves to go off-roading in his SUV or pickup truck, consider purchasing mud flaps or mud guards. These popular products are much like sun shades in that they may feature popular characters, funny sayings or cool designs that will help the vehicle stand out. Yet they serve a useful purpose as well, deflecting mud, excess rainwater and gravel away from the vehicle. Not only can this help keep the car clean, but it can prevent certain problems from developing.

Some dads aren't the type to display their personality on the exterior of the vehicle, which is where floor mats can be a great option. Just like mud flaps, there are plenty of mats that can be customized for just about any interest. Mats also help off-roaders because they're a good place to kick off the mud after a full day of adventuring. You might even be able to find a set of floor mats and mud flaps with a similar logo, such as that of a sports team.

Other potential ideas

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cool accessories for a vehicle. License plate frames, grille guards, bumper protectors, headlight covers, steering wheel wraps and much more are all potential options for the father who loves their car. It may be a good idea to head to a local auto parts store and decide which of these options would be best for your dad. If you can't decide, a gift card might be a good option so dad can choose for himself.