Every car enthusiast strives for the vehicle of their dreams. Whether your idea of the perfect car involves high-performance components, innovative technological features or a sleek aesthetic, the secret to a unique ride can be found in the thrilling world of car modifications. While car modification isn’t necessarily synonymous with personalisation, the two overlap considerably. That said, something as seemingly insignificant as adding bumper stickers can be classed as a modification as far as your insurance company is concerned. Even so, consider the following top tips and modification recommendations for personalising your vehicle.
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform your car’s appearance is to swap your wheels. Alloy wheels are a common choice for modified car enthusiasts. Lightweight, durable and sleek in appearance, alloy wheels can significantly improve your driving experience. Steel, on the other hand, doesn’t dissipate heat too well, meaning alloy wheels keep your brakes cool, improving braking performance. Furthermore, due to their lighter weight, alloy wheels may enhance your vehicle’s handling and fuel efficiency.
Not only do tinted windows offer a sleek, modern appearance, but they also block sun exposure that can fade upholstery and discolour your vehicle’s interior materials, keeping your ride looking fresh for longer. Window tinting is a mod with a significant visual impact that won’t set you back much; however, all mods must be legal. In order for tinted windows to be legal, the front windscreen must let at least 75% of light through, and the side windows must allow at least 70% of light through.
Wrap Or Respray
Wrapping or respraying can make your vehicle look like an entirely different car. However, there are significant differences between these two options. Respraying is an expensive and permanent modification, whereas wrapping protects the original paintwork for a higher resale value. The average cost to wrap a car is between £1500-£2500, while a full respray may cost upwards of £5,000. While a respray will almost certainly last much longer than a wrap, the latter is a cost-effective protective measure popular among many modified car owners.
A suspension upgrade is another mod that impacts both appearance and performance. Lowering your car with adjustable coilovers will give you a streamlined appearance whilst improving aerodynamics. You can also enjoy enhanced stability as you manoeuvre, as well as faster acceleration and quicker stops. As well as coilovers, you could consider springs as a more affordable option or air suspension for a smoother ride and more adjustability. That said, coilover suspension systems are widely favoured for their durability and ability to withstand wear and tear.
Upgrading your car’s exhaust system can improve its airflow, therefore boosting performance whilst giving you that sought-after, aggressive sound. High-performance exhaust systems increase engine power by reducing resistance to exhaust gases, allowing for more efficient combustion. However, arguably, the main reason for upgrading the exhaust system among car enthusiasts is the exhilarating and guttural auditory experience guaranteed to turn heads. Although, it is worth noting that some exhaust systems may exceed your local legal noise limits, so you may get few opportunities to enjoy your upgraded exhaust in all its glory.
Add A Spoiler
The addition of a spoiler is another cost-effective modification with the potential to improve your car’s performance. While a spoiler won’t add horsepower to your vehicle, it may enhance braking stability and traction. That said, the primary appeal of a spoiler is the edgy, sporty appearance favoured by petrolheads.
Furthermore, along with the striking visual appeal and performance benefits, a spoiler may also improve your car’s fuel economy by decreasing drag and producing downforce. However, this largely depends on the design.
When adding personal touches to your ride, don’t neglect your interior, particularly considering there is so much you can add, change and upgrade for an improved driving experience. For instance, you could add stylish seat covers to protect your seats from dirt, stains, and wear and tear. If you enjoy blasting music as you drive, upgrading your car’s sound system and installing a subwoofer is an excellent way to improve your ride. You could even add LED lights under the dash, under the seats or wherever you like to give your interior a flashy, futuristic aesthetic.