Car Styling Basics
While owning a car feels great, personalizing your car to fit your personality and style feels even greater. When it comes to car styling, the effect is usually more “show” than “go”. In other words, the aim is usually to make the car look different and stand out in the crowd. There’s a great feeling in being able to easily identify your car even when it’s parked right next to another car of the same model and colour. Think about being able to make a statement and express your personality through your car. While car styling is more concerned with aesthetics, it can also have an effect on your car’s performance.
The good thing with car styling is that you are only limited by your imagination. However, before you get started, I always insist that you should first decide on the end effect you want to achieve. Car styling can be expensive. You don’t want to spend money on something and later realize that you don’t like it.
Below are some changes you can make to improve your car’s looks:
Wheels: This is usually one of the first upgrades most car enthusiasts make. Installing aftermarket alloy wheels on your ride does more than give it a stylish look. Alloy wheels are lighter, which makes your car easier to steer and brake. Since they usually have an open structure, they also dissipate heat from the brakes faster.
Body kit: Installing an aftermarket body kit is the perfect way to give your car a sleek, head turning aerodynamic look. When buying a body kit, search for one that is made from high quality fiberglass composites. It’s good to keep in mind that the body kit will affect your car’s handling. You might also need to be very careful with high curbs and speed bumps.
Lowering kits: Lowering your car gives it a more aggressive and sporty look, while at the same time making it more stable around corners. When choosing lowering kits, make sure to go through reviews by other enthusiasts, since some lowering kits might affect you car’s ride quality.
Stickers: This is the cheapest ways of altering your car’s looks. Stickers can range from logos of popular performance parts to custom designs. If you plan on fitting a sticker on your car’s hood, go for a sticker that can withstand the heat from the engine.
Ultimately, your car is a representation of yourself, and there’s no limit to the number of things you can do to make sure it looks appealing. You should be prepared to spend a few thousand dollars, though this should not be a problem if you really love your ride.