14 Inexpensive Ways to Customize Your Car (UPDATED WITH VIDEO)
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:13
Cars are meant to take us from point A to point B, but many people like to travel in something that expresses their personality. A person’s car reflects who they are and the kind of life they live. A great way to make a car stand out is to upgrade its parts. Some of these upgrades can get pretty expensive, though. We’ve compiled a list of
seven fourteen(!) upgrades that are cheap and noticeable.
Cheap Car ModsLights For under $100, you can transform your boring stock lights into something truly dazzling. Pick up a lightbulb conversion kit, and you can make your headlights yellow, purple, blue or white. You can also find marketplaces online that sell kits to light up your vehicle’s lettering. Want to light up the Ford logo on your front grille? How about putting a light behind the VW medallion? It’s possible and it looks great. Suspension To make your car look more sporty, change up the suspension so it sits lower. The least costly option is just to lower the springs instead of buying a full coilover kit. Even the cheaper option will improve your car’s handling and make the ride stiffer. Exhaust Exchange your wimpy muffler for an upgraded exhaust kit. Axle-back and cat-back kits are a tad over $100, and provide an easy replacement. Exhaust systems turn heads, and besides adding a few horsepower, that’s all they’re really meant to do. It’s a given that you’ll be heard around the block. Don’t just settle for a mediocre exhaust system, either. Choose one that has the sound and look you want. If you want to be loud and obnoxious, go for it! If you don’t want to draw as much attention, then don’t buy the loudest system available. Rims and Wheel Bands Want to make a statement right away? The wheels are one of the most important parts of your car, so you shouldn’t ignore them. Invest in some aftermarket rims. The wide range of colors and styles you can choose from can be overwhelming, but that also means that it’s easy to find something that fits your personality. You don’t have to buy new rims, either. Many people sell them used in classified ads. If you already have great rims, make sure you keep them safe with a smart-looking set of wheel bands. Window Tint Tinting goes beyond just making your car look cool. It reduces sun glare when you’re driving and it cools down your interior. Plus, the interior will age slower, as the amount of UV rays passing through the windows will be lowered. Of course, tinting also offers greater privacy. A good tint job costs around $250. Just remember your state’s tint laws! Brakes There’s no reason why you shouldn’t upgrade your brakes. If your car has reliable brakes that will stop it faster, it only becomes more safe. Brakes are important if you tend to be a fast driver — both for safety and handling reasons. An average brake upgrade will cost you about $500. Stereo What good would your car be without a bumpin’ sound system? When you crank up the tunes on your stock stereo, things might sound a little messy. You might need more bass, more clarity or more volume. You don’t have to break the bank to upgrade — but your first step should be the head unit. Replacing the speakers or adding more will make an awesome improvement in sound. For the ultimate sound experience, throw in a subwoofer. Your car will sound like a movie theater! Ditch Extra Weight There’s no getting around it — cars are heavy, and unfortunately that weight often distributes poorly. This creates heavy spots, which negatively affect your car’s speed and maneuverability. There are quite a few inexpensive mods you can do without spending much time, effort or money to reduce your car’s weight, including:
- Move the battery: Other than the engine itself, your battery is one of the heaviest pieces under the hood. Relocate it to your trunk to even out the weight.
- Ditch the spare: If you’re not worried about getting stranded with a flat, remove your spare tire, jack and tools from the trunk.
- Pull out the rear seats: If passengers aren’t a concern, take out those back seats!
- Get rid of the soft stuff: Carpets, floor mats and sound deadening are all added weight, so if you don’t mind hearing all the sounds of the road, removing them is a great way to ditch some weight.