True car enthusiasts think of a vehicle like a blank canvas ready to be personalised and turned into their own vision of the perfect car. There's so much that can be done to make your ride unique, from subtle modifications to outrageous body kits, spoilers and graphics which look like they escaped from the set of a Fast and Furious movie. However, let’s be realistic and discuss six ways to personalise your car without spending too much money on questionable add-ons like Lambo doors or under glow neon lights. Here are our choices for easy-to-do modifications which will make your car stand out while still retaining an elegant appearance.
There isn’t a single thing that can change the look of a car so tremendously like a set of well-chosen wheels. Equipping new alloys transforms any vehicle from boring to sexy in no time. In most cases, you should stay away from 24-inch chrome discs, and the “Bling” look and go for more usable rims slightly bigger and wider than stock ones. Popular choices include Volk Racing TE37, BBS Super RS and OZ Racing Ultraleggera. Of course, before you buy, you should check the fitment and dimensions.
2. Paint or Vinyl Wraps
An exterior colour change is a major step in the personalisation of your vehicle. Painting the whole car is also a lengthy and expensive process. However, in more recent years, more inexpensive and interesting vinyl wrapping has risen in popularity. In just a day or two, you can completely change your car’s appearance and colour and apply a completely new look, livery or graphics. The possibilities are endless, and vinyl wraps have another critical aspect... They protect the original paint from scratches and chips during everyday use. This means that once you remove the wrap from your vehicle, the paint underneath will look as it did when the wrap was installed.
3. Rim Protectors
Putting a new set of wheels on your car is one thing but personalising them even more and protecting them is something Rimblades are here for. Rimblades are the perfect way to protect your shiny new rims and put that finishing touch with contrasting or colour matching protective trims around the edge of your wheel. Easy to install and remove and available in a wide selection of colours, and for wheels up to 22 inches, Rimblades are one of the best personalisation mods you can make. Not to mention that Rimblades are also affordable, with our most popular Ultra product just £40 per set.
4. Personalised Plates
Having your nickname or model’s designation on your license plates is always a cool touch, and most car fanatics search for personalised plates. However, it is getting harder and harder to find a cool combination of letters and numbers since personalised plates are pretty sought-after. This means that plates like “5EXY” or “D4AVE” are pretty expensive for the average enthusiast. However, don’t worry; there will always be something cool to put on your car; you just need to keep looking.
5. Spoilers and Splitters
Yes, every car looks terrific when fitted with the right spoiler and front splitter. It gives a sporty and aggressive look which will help you fall in love again with your car and add a level of personalisation to the whole design. However, before you start looking for exterior add-ons, beware that it is easy to make mistakes. How do you avoid making one? Simply stay away from carbon-look copies. Also, note that if you mount a big splitter below your bumper, you will drastically increase the chances of getting it scraped.
A "Stanced", "slammed" or "lowered" vehicle can really improve the cars visual appeal. There’s no denying how much better even the ugliest of cars can look when they are sitting long and low to the ground. It is typically achieved with either coilovers or air suspension and often involves adding negative camber to your wheels. On top of the enhanced visual appeal, a lowered vehicle will generally be more aerodynamic, handle better and have increased stability thanks to its lower centre of gravity. However, expect a reduction in ride quality, increased wear and tear and reduced practicality depending on how low you decide to go.
7. Window Tinting
Over the years, window tints were always popular exterior modifications ranging from mirror-like finishes to completely black glass. When done correctly, window tints are not a danger to visibility and give you a layer of privacy as well as personalisation. In recent times, heavily tinted cars are not that common, but having slightly darkened windows will help distinguish your vehicle from the rest. This is not an expensive mod, and just be sure that it is done right and according to laws regarding glass modifications.