In some weird attempt to make money, car manufacturers make a whole lot of cars, which can cause some problems when you want your car to stand out from the crowd. The other problem this causes is depreciation; your car is going to drop in value at the same rate as all the others – unless you customise it, that is. The questions is, how do you customise your car without a) ending up with something that looks like it was just puked on by a Hot Wheels Happy Meal and b) draining your bank account quicker than your fuel tank.
Well, first things first, read our 5 Best Ways To Improve Your Car’s Worth.
Customise Your Paint Job.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard about how expensive it can be getting a custom paint job, but if you get something rare, something cool, something badass, well, you’re going to thank us for this little investment tip. Seriously, when it comes to selling a car, the ones with custom paint jobs stand out in car magazines like jet black stallions breathing fire.
New Shoes. New Wheels.
What really sets a car apart is its rims. But you don’t want to go out and grab a set of shiny new rims simply because they are bling; you want to invest in some performance rims, some real rockstar rims. Why? Because when it comes to selling your car on, you can explain to your customer that these rims don’t just look the part, they also improve the handling significantly. Style and speed, now that’s a buyer’s dream.
Reupholster That Interior.
Of course, this one is more of a gamble. If you’re riding around in a 2013 Honda Civic then it may not be worth your buck. But if you’ve got something more classic, something like an old Camaro with worn out seats, then this could be the best investment you ever make. Driving through town, people will see your ride and smile… and so will a potential customer. So the last thing you want is for this great first impression to be wrecked by a torn-leather interior.
Change Up Your Exhaust.
A new exhaust comes with the same added bonus as new wheels; style and speed. Of course, there are certain things you should avoid, such as buying the loudest exhaust you can find. Why? Because this won’t help you sell your car, or keep your friends. Instead, you should buy an aftermarket exhaust system that adds horsepower. This will in turn give you that purr you’re looking for and, more importantly, the sound your buyer wants to hear when he first revs the engine.
Invest In Really Good Tyres.
We can’t stress this point enough. This is where it’s at. Nothing will give your car that performance boost as much as top of the range tyres. Whatever your budget is, use it all. Go over it. But try not to wear them down too much before selling the car on otherwise what was the point, except for your own pleasure obviously. This improvement can cost serious money, but once a buyer sees you’ve put the best street-legal track tyres on their car, well damn, even as they hand over their cool hard cash there’ll be a smile on their face.