So now you want to upgrade the stuff in your car?
You’ve spent more time than ever with your car, since you have both been stuck at home. You’ve learned basic maintenance, cleaning, upkeep. You’ve learned how to source parts and find information.
Now what do you do?
Make the car even more your own.
What are the little things you can do to tweak the vehicle here and there? What can you customize, or at least adjust a little bit.
First of all, figure out what you really want and what you really want to spend. Understand that car modifications don’t always come back to you when you sell the car. In reality, they rarely do. So this isn’t about investment and return so much as it is about what will make you happy.
One way to go is largely cosmetic. You can change things like wheels and tires fairly easily, though you cannot do that yourself. These can have effects, both positive and negative, on handling, longevity, efficiency and comfort so do your homework. Big fat tires might look really good but they may not have the best effects on your drive or indeed on your suspension if chosen less than wisely.
You can make changes to your brakes, which will affect performance more than being aesthetic. If you have the tools and the abilities, you can do this yourself but probably better to have a good mechanic do it. The single most inexpensive way to improve car performance is often by changing brake pads to something more sport-oriented. Be careful though, as this can be at the expense of longevity.
As you go further down the performance road, you really need to do your homework. You may have a mechanic you trust, or a tuning shop that’s recommended, or the car brand itself may be able to help. In many large markets though you may need to rely on web-based companies for your performance parts, but these sites also offer good ideas and guidance even if you don’t use their services. At the very least, they can give you an idea of what you should be looking at.
Audio upgrades are another way to go. Things can be as simple as letting your car play music from your phone. However, the ability to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto easily with your phones is a key point, and a very popular upgrade. While these used to be easy things to do, nowadays car systems are so interconnected that you need to be careful whenever you touch something that relates to other electrical systems in your car. Still though, improving the sound in your car where you spend hours a day can be immensely satisfying.
Modern cars have modern complications and increasingly intertwined systems. Do your homework, check with friends or ask the shops and clubs. But don’t be afraid to have little fun and make your car a little bit more you