Car modification means that you buy a car, whether new or used, and you then make changes on it with aftermarket parts.
The use of aftermarket parts can improve the performance and aesthetics of a car, and for a lot of people, it turns into a significant hobby and perhaps even the core of their social interactions.
People who modify their cars and especially particular types of cars tend to join clubs or attend events where everyone shows off the work they’ve done.
Certain cars are favored more than others in the modification world. For example, the Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are top picks for people who want a low-cost and very modifiable car.
If you’re interested in car modification and you’re new to this world, the following are things to know.
Find the Right Car
As was mentioned, there are certain cars favored more than others among people who want to focus on aftermarket parts and modifications.
If you are interested in car modification for whatever reason, you need a good foundation, and that comes in the form of the car you choose.
You need to think first about how much support and availability there is for aftermarket modification with any given car you’re considering. Are the parts you’re likely going to want widely available, and if so, are they expensive?
Typically cars that have the most options available for inexpensive aftermarket parts tend to be the ones that are already highly favored by modification aficionados, so consider this in your research.
There are also things you can’t change about a car, and these need to be weighed in your decision.
As an example, you can change the size or center of gravity on a car, no matter the modifications you do.
You also can’t make the car bigger or smaller or add features you may need like a hatchback.
Choose the Right Modifications
When carmakers design a vehicle in a certain way, their top objective is to increase its appeal to as many people as possible.
Aftermarket modifications, on the other hand, are narrowly appealing and are really a unique niche.
What this means is that while modifications can be great for you on a personal level, you may have to give something up to make them happen.
Something that looks good might negatively impact performance and vice versa.
When you’re deciding on the modifications to make, you want to think about your personal preferences, but you also want to think realistically about how it’s going to affect your car and what you get out of it.
You want to choose modifications that are going to be complementary to your car, rather than overpowering your car or essentially ruining it. It’s a balancing act that can be tricky to get the hang of when you’re new to the modification world.
Rather than thinking that your objective is to overhaul your car, instead think that you want to make small changes with a big impact.
Think About Your Return on Investment
When you consider your ROI with streetcar modifications, you’re not thinking in terms of a traditional investment. You’re not considering resale value because car values drop inherently as soon as you buy them, and they continue to drop.
With aftermarket modifications, you’re further limiting who might buy your vehicle because it is a specific niche.
With ROI for modified vehicles, what’s more important to think about is what you’ll get the most personal value from, compared to the cost.
For example, some of the things people tend to feel give them the most value for their money include high-temperature brake pads, summer/winter tires, and updated exhaust systems.
Other areas you might consider modifications include:
- Wheels, which are primarily about aesthetics but can provide you with a completely different look and feel for your car
- The plastics, which can include anything from the grille to the bumpers
- We already touched on the idea of upgrading your exhaust system, and with this, you’ll consider sound and perhaps aesthetics as well
- Seats tend to be one of the more expensive modifications you can make to your car, but again one with a significant visual impact
While car modifications aren’t for everyone, many people find that once they get into it, it becomes a passion for them. If you do your research ahead of time and find the right vehicle, you’re more likely to get the results you want later on down the road with the modifications you make.