But often we can only afford to buy a car that our budget allows, rather than one we really want. But that doesn’t mean you can’t customise it in a way that suits your personality. Here are some tips for ways that you can pimp your ride.
Deck out the interior
There are subtle (and not so subtle) interior modifications you can make to your car that won’t significantly increase its value, and therefore affect your insurance policy. These not only say ‘welcome to my domain’, they also make your car more comfortable, which is a bonus if you drive it a lot.
While you might draw the line at fluffy dice, there are a whole host of things you can buy to deck your car out in comfort. These include: luxury car seat covers, car mats, steering wheel covers, coloured pedals, drink holders and air fresheners. Stick on toys, or bling accessories are also popular ways to jazz up a dashboard, it just depends on how much distraction you can handle.
Change your hubcaps
A dramatic way to make a statement with your car is to change the hubcaps into something more stylish (especially if you’re missing a couple). Matching, shiny or personalised hubcaps say “I care about my car” and will gives it an instant facelift. Hubcaps are also easily ordered online and fitted without too much hassle. Just make sure they’re a proper fit for your wheel type and size.
Get your windows tinted
Window tinting isn’t just for gangsters. In fact, it can be a practical upgrade in a number of ways. It cuts down on UV rays and keeps your car’s interior cool, literally. A tint will also stop your seat fabric or luxury covers from ageing. It can also be an added security measure. You just don’t want it so dark that it’s difficult to see out of at night.
Upgrade your exhaust
If you’re really after some attention when you’re cruising down the street then changing up your exhaust pipe will do it. As well as sounding gruntier, it can also add a few horsepower to your engine. You might be surprised at how affordable some new tail pipes are. You can even get one custom made if you’re really keen and have a higher budget.
Install new stereo/speakers
One of life’s pleasures in summer is driving with the windows down and the car stereo pumping out your favourite tunes. This is why a new stereo and/or new speakers is often the first modification that car owners make. If you can’t afford both, then new speakers can give you improved clarity, volume and bass, without breaking the bank.
It’s always a good idea to get advice from your car insurance company before undertaking any significant modifications on your car. If the modifications improve its value or performance, or make it more likely to get stolen, then you may have to pay more for your premium. Of course if you stick to furry dice, then you’re pretty safe.