Staying Warm When Your Car’s Heater Is Broken

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 9:00 pm
A winding forest road in winter

How to Quickly Warm Up Your Car in the Winter

The last thing you’d want in your winter-ready vehicle is a broken heater. But sometimes, that might be what you get. Cold weather is harsh on every aspect of a vehicle, so common maintenance issues such as broken heaters can often occur when you least expect it. Fortunately, there are several options available to drivers who need to keep warm despite a broken vehicle heater. Continue reading to learn how to quickly warm up your car in the winter.


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Aside from dressing for the weather and keeping your vehicle parked in a garage, there are plenty of options available for drivers looking to keep warm in their vehicle, even without a functioning heater. Thankfully, none of the solutions we’ve listed below will be too painful financially, and are easily found where car accessories are sold.

Alternatives to a Vehicle Heater

Two vehicles on a snowy road

Heated Seat Covers

Heated seat covers are available at many retailers for a reasonable price. These seat covers plug in to your vehicle’s interior power socket and can quickly provide warmth for your entire body to enjoy. A high-quality seat cover can warm up a driver more effectively than the average vehicle heater.

Foggy vehicle window with "Cold!" written on it

Front Windshield Cover

Another affordable option is to purchase a front windshield cover. In addition to keeping heat from escaping from the vehicle while parked, it also prevents snow and ice from accumulating. This is especially helpful for drivers with broken heaters, who don’t have the option of using the internal defroster.

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