Raking in some $290 billion a year, the aftermarket accessories industry for your vehicle is big business. If you can dream it, your modification can be built for the right price.
But that doesn’t mean you should.
As the man says, “There’s a fine line between stupid and clever.” And you don’t want to look stupid and uncool after shelling out good money to get your ride tooled up.
To help you out with some car customization ideas, we’ll take a look at three cool ways to trick out your ride without turning it into a circus sideshow.
- Custom Paint
You don’t have to paint a dragon fighting a unicorn on your hood (Although that doesn’t sound that bad on the right van) to get the attention you desire.
As you know, there are only so many standard paint options available off the lot for your vehicle. To make your car stand out, you can choose another standard color.
People’s brains are hardwired to notice different colors. A popular car in a different color will stand out. Remember all those copper-colored rides were zipping about a few years back? It’s human nature to be attracted and remember unusual colors.
Another car customization is to try a two-toned approach. Ombre effects, stripes, and offsetting trim can add a striking difference.
Or you can skip the paint altogether and go with a wrap. Vinyl wrapping is a new alternative to paint jobs, and not only can you choose custom designs, but you can also choose multiple colors.
The other major benefit of wrapping is that it protects your vehicle from scratches and scrapes. And that is something to consider even if you chose to match your existing color with your vinyl wrap job.
- Customize Your Interior
There are several ways to customize your interior but consider seat covers and steering wheels as your first options.
These two car accessories are not so subtle ways for people to notice your individuality without having to install a minifridge in your center console (although that’s not a horrendous idea either!).
You can get some nice matching seat covers off the rack at custom car websites or stores, or you can have them custom-made to your specific tastes and color palette.
Steering wheel covers come in just as many styles, including fuzzy (uncool) to wood or leather effects (cool).
- Rims and Alloy Wheels
Swapping out your rims and wheels is another easy and cool way to attract attention to your ride and make it stand apart. There are many options to choose from, but some of the best are from Konig Wheels.
When selecting the right wheels and rims, remember to match your rim to your tire size correctly. Otherwise, you could have problems with clearance and fitting the package into your wheel well.
Another tip: Make sure the tires you select to go with your new rims are compatible with your car’s tire pressure monitoring system.
Car Customization Ideas for Any Budget
Unless you’re throwing some fuzzy dice off the rearview mirror, few car customization ideas are inexpensive.
Paint jobs, custom rims, and custom stitching for car seats can run into the thousands of dollars, but shopping around can help save you some money.
There are many, many car customizers out there, so competition is fierce for your dollars. Shop around and make a call to barter for a better price before paying the list price. You may find you can shave hundreds off your final bill.
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