We all know that feeling of having something for a few years and then wanting to trade it in to get something newer and better. We always want the newest and what is best! But when it comes to your car, you don’t have to trade in after a few years to get an upgrade. There are other ways you can make your car stand out and look sportier on the roadways. Rather than just getting a new car, you can soup it up a little! You can add your personality and uniqueness into your car.
1. Switch your engine’s air filter to a high-flow reusable filter
One minor change you can make to your car is to switch your engine’s air filter to a high-flow reusable filter. A reusable filter is better quality because it does not get clogged as quickly as your stock filter. The regular filter found in your car needs to be changed annually because it is made out of paper. The high-flow air filters can be changed much less frequently. A small change, such as this one, can enhance the performance of your vehicle. The high-flow air filters give your engine cleaner air, which enhances your rides fuel efficiency and horsepower.
2. Add a spoiler
Adding a spoiler to your car will give it a sportier look. They are generally attached to the back of the vehicle on top of the trunk. Spoilers not only give your ride a sporty look, they improve the performance of the car because they improve the airflow around the vehicle at fast-paced driving. They make the car more aerodynamic. There are four different types of spoilers to choose from for your vehicle: lip spoiler, wing spoiler, pedestal spoiler, and front spoiler.
3. Updating your stereo
If you have an older vehicle, there are more benefits to updating your stereo than just for the looks. Many of the newer stereos offer Bluetooth capabilities, which is a huge perk. You will be able to answer phone calls through your car’s stereo system! This is much safer than answering your phone and talking on the phone while driving. It also eliminates your chances of getting a ticket. Do some research to find out what stereo systems your vehicle is compatible with before attempting to upgrade
4. Personalize your car mud flaps
Something that will really help personalize your car is mud flaps. Mud flaps are not just used for off roading. They can actually prevent small stones from flying up and chipping your paint job when you are driving. You can order a stylish set or a set that has your name on it in order to give your car a little bit of your own personality!
5. Style your floodlights
Floodlights are also great for anyone, not just SUVs. They are great for any drivers who typically drive in unlit areas. Whether you are driving through the forest for a fishing trip or you just always take the backroads, floodlights would be a safe upgrade for you! They also upgrade the appearance of your car without changing too much! There are a few different styles of floodlights – the ones that run across the top of your windshield and sit on your roof or go across the grill of your car.
It’s nice to get creative with your car, but be aware that any changes you make in an attempt to personalize it, can depreciate its value. If you plan on reselling your vehicle at any point, the best way to keep the value is by keeping it as close to stock as possible. If you are still wanting to make some changes to your car, they should be very subtle. Before making any modifications, research your car’s make/model/year to find out compatibility. Take into consideration the pros and the cons of the modifications you are making, especially if you do plan on reselling your car.
6. Download Essential Mobile Apps
Sometimes before you make an upgrade to your vehicle, you want someone else’s opinion. You want to be “in the know” of different car trends. Well now, there is an app for that (or a few)!
Car Maintenance is an app which keeps track of your car’s service maintenance. This app easily allows you to keep track of when you need to get your next oil change just by simply inputting the date and mileage of your last oil change. It is so easy to lose track of when you need to bring your car in for service with how busy your schedule can be every day, but now this app keeps track for you! You will be notified any time a service is overdue. This app is ideal because keeping up with your car maintenance is so important to your safety! Giving your car its’ regular check up only ensures that you will be driving as safe as possible.
Garage Buddy is your one stop shop for car themed calculators, converters, and tables! The best part is that it is literally like your “garage buddy” that you can keep in your pocket! If you like to get your hands dirty when you need to have work done to your car, then this is the app for you. How-to guides and tutorials for garage tools and replacement parts are all included in this app. There is a whole conversion section which can assist with speed, distance, volume, torque, weight and pressure conversions. The notes section is extremely useful to record information about your car, such as part numbers, oil weights, etc. If you need to go to the store to purchase any parts, you will have all the information you need, readily available!
If you are looking to purchase a new or used car, TrueCar or The Car Connection are your go to apps. The TrueCar app helps buyers connect with a network of new car dealers across the U.S. so they can compare prices and find deals based on real-world purchase prices. The Car Connection app is free to download and makes it so easy to research your future car. You will have access to search over 2 million live local classified listings and also connect with local new and used car dealers. Find out some of the best buying tips, too!
To connect with other car enthusiasts like yourself, check out Automotive Forums. This message board allows you to search different topics on your specific vehicle make and model to find out what other questions or issues people may have had. Chances are, if you have a particular question about something in your vehicle, you are probably not the first. This is a good resource to try to find the answer yourself, especially if you enjoy trying to fix any issues that may come up with your car! Aside from boards dedicated to specific vehicle make and model, there are some fun boards, such as Automotive Art, Car Clubs, and Classic Cars. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn something new. There is something for everyone looking to get involved and feel connected to other car enthusiasts!
Whether you are looking to make some minor upgrades to your car to enhance the safety features or you want to go all out to personalize your ride, there are some factors that need to be considered. You now have an insight to some of the best mobile apps and sites to get the information you need to improve your car and connect with other motor enthusiasts.