The Costs Of Modifying Your Car



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A lot of people view their car in simply utilitarian terms. It is a vehicle (in the truest sense of the word) which they use for nothing more than getting from one place to another. Once that has been accomplished, that person may give no more thought to their car beyond their desire for it not to be stolen or damaged. This concern is not intrinsically emotional but is just a financial decision. If it is scratched, it is just superficial (you can see from how many people fail to wash their cars how much they care), but if it is something more serious that affects the car’s ability to function, it is an annoyance because it will cost money to fix. This is obviously not the attitude of people who spend massive amounts of money on modifying their car. The financial decisions take less precedence to those people’s passion for getting the perfect car. However, the truth is that it is not cheap to buy parts and have them fitted. One of the problems is that special parts are not made for every model (some cars are so modest that they will never be modified because it would be a waste of money), so the parts have to be custom made. You then have to think about personalizing them to a greater degree. If you paint your car and then need to replace part of the bodywork, you will have to spend more money on painting the new piece. If you are thinking about making some changes to your car, but you are worried about how much it will all cost, here are a few things to consider:

  1. One of the other things that gets more expensive when you spend money improving your car is the insurance that you have to pay. The people who run insurance companies only make money if they make life less dangerous and more safe (which is usually another way of saying boring). For instance, the addition of stripes, decals, or badges to your car can raise your insurance premiums by 22%. That is absurd because that does not correlate in any way to the likelihood of an accident. It is somewhat understandable that fitting a turbo engine would increase the cost of insurance by 132% because going faster can mean you could lose control. However, it is something to consider.
  2. If you are new to the world of car modification, you may not yet know where to look for the best equipment. You probably have a good idea of how you want your car to look at the end, but making it happen is another thing altogether. However, a good place to start is They review products and give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
  3. Another potential cost of modifying your car is the fines that may be levied against you by the police. In the UK at least, having windows that are tinted too much (which is enough that the police cannot see into your vehicle) can result in a fine of £60 (or about $80) and three points on your license.