There are many ways to modify a car, inside and out. Some are more difficult than others, and those will typically have to be done by a professional. There are, however, many customizations that can easily be done at home, DIY style. If you’re anywhere in the USA, there’s a lot you can get away with, too. So if you’re bored of your regular run-of-the-mill Toyota, Hyundai, or Mazda cars, here are some easy, relatively affordable projects you could use to spice up your ride.
Hood Ornaments And Body Decals
A customized hood ornament will have your car stand out – any contemporary, antique, or novelty ornament will create a cool focal point on your car. You can even come up with something unique to you, like attaching a 3D printed object of your choice or even a small figurine. If you’ve got some sweet performance upgrades or modifications, support your favored brand or flex the mod to the world with a well-positioned brand decal. If you’re more of a novelty person, there are some fun and cute sticker and decal ideas, too, such as family stickers. What’s nice about wraps and stickers is that if you get tired of them, you can peel them right off.
Headlight And Fog Light Upgrades
Headlight covers are mainly used to protect the headlights on vehicles from damage caused by the sun and debris, but they can also offer some aesthetic improvements. There are covers that can change the look, shape, and color of the headlights. There are also different headlight bulbs and configurations, such as LEDs, Xenons and lasers, projector lights, and reflector lights. You can also add fog lights to the front of your car for a new look; if your car already features fog lights, then you can get a conversion kit for fog lights with a unique design or color.
Car Wrapping And Racing Stripes
A lot cheaper than a complete respray, adding stripes to or wrapping your car can result in a cool transformation. However, while adding stripes is a relatively easy task, wrapping your car is another story. For the best result, you’ll need a lot of patience, a steady hand, and a dust-free zone. We’d recommend getting some assistance from someone with experience; a wrap can either end up looking seamless or utterly horrible. Instead of wrapping your entire car, you could also wrap some of its constituents like the hood, side mirrors, or spoiler, using the wrap to essentially accent the car.
Interior LED Lighting Kits
With the use of LED light strips, one can add a whole lot of atmosphere to the inside of their car. Lining them within the panel gaps of the dashboard and doors can look pretty cool but go overboard, and it can quickly get rather tacky. Line them along the border of the roofline of your sporty coupe to highlight the unique styling. However, keep in mind that they do use up at least one of the power outlets in your car, so that you will be sacrificing some practicality for style.
Seat covers are a great way to give your interior a new look or to cover up the old upholstery of the seats that may have damage or stains. If you want to upgrade the cloth seats in your base model car, then throw in some quality leather covers. There are various colors, materials, and styles; whatever the case, there are usually sets provided for the front seats and the option for the back seat bench, typically, one-size-fits-all.
Other Easy Customizations
Here are some other easy and affordable customizations you could consider:
- Window tint
- Steering wheel and gear knob covers
- Rearview mirror and door lock accents
- Sport pedals
However, you choose to customize your car, be sure to be sparing and not go overboard. You wouldn’t want to spend too much money on something, as one would say, that only a mother could love.