Modifying your car enables you to personalise it and make it unique to you; from the way it looks to the way it performs. Many of us want more from our vehicles than how they leave the factory, and modifications allow us to make the changes we want. But as with everything from fashion to home décor, personalisation is a matter of personal taste – what one person considers an upgrade to a car, another might consider to be simply hideous. When you’re making changes to your vehicle it’s all about doing what’s right for you, however there are a number of ‘faux pas’ which are worth bearing in mind if you’re new to car modification.
Wrong wheel fitment
If you know that aftermarket wheels are on your list of modifications, then wheel fitment is something you’ll need to take into consideration. Get this wrong and you can end up with gaps around the wheel arch which can spoil the overall look of the car. The height is also something to think about when it comes to fitment; if you’re adjusting the suspension, you’ll need to ensure you’re not left with a large space at the top of the wheel. Modifying the suspension can really improve the performance and handling of the car – if you’re buying a car like a Nissan 350z for drifting for example, then it’s an essential change to make. You can use coilovers to upgrade the suspension, find out more about this here.
The point of spoilers is to make you go faster, a great modification to make if you plan on using your car a lot on the track. They’re an aerodynamic device whose intended design function is to ‘spoil’ unfavourable air movement (turbulence or drag) across the car. While they can be a fantastic practical upgrade and can also look cool on the right car, you’ll need to make your choice carefully. The best ones are usually relatively expensive, scrimp out here and you can make your car look tacky and a bit naff. Again, it comes down to personal preference, but no one wants to drive a car knowing that everyone else thinks it looks stupid.
Ugly paint job
One of the best ways to really personalise your car, make it look unique to you (and ensure you’ll never lose it in any car park) would be to have a custom paint job or vinyl wrap applied to your vehicle. Spend some time really thinking through your decision, certain cars definitely look better in certain shades. And a colour that looks nice in a swatch might not necessarily look good over the whole car. If you plan on selling your car later down the line, be aware that a very unique paint job modification will make it much harder to sell and can actually reduce the value. Don’t shy away from getting the car painted if that’s what you want, but spend time thinking through the decision.