18 DIY Car Upgrades

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Cosmetic car upgrades can be expensive, but sometimes you want your car to look a little cooler than your standard factory model. A little personalization can go a long way, and a few of these DIY car upgrades can really make your car, your car. Some upgrades you can do yourself are:

  • Headlight upgrades
  • Interior upgrades
  • Exterior upgrades
  • Tire Upgrades

Headlight Upgrades

1.      Headlight Covers

Headlight covers are the cases that go over your headlights. They not only protect your lights from damage, but they can change the shape, color, and look of your car, and are easy to install.

2.      HID4 and LED Lights

HID4 and LED lights are the newest trend, and newer cars are even starting to come with them. If you have an older car or a standard model, you can update the lights by purchasing a conversion kit to upgrade your lights and give your car a new look.

3.      Turning Signal and Taillights

A unique way to modify your car’s turning signal and lighting is with covers and colored bulbs, as well as using vinyl wrap. Make sure you check with your local laws before tackling this project.

Interior Upgrades

4.      Interior LED Kit

A common addition to cars for years has been adding interior, LED lights near the floors, around the dashboard, or under the seating. For years, having the LED lights meant you were the coolest. They brighten the interior and that extra pop of color can add the perfect accent.

5.      Seat Covers

Not only can seat covers help hide stains or tears, but it will give your interior an entire new look could change your look. They have covers for the front and back seats. These are extremely easy to install and come in a variety of materials and colors.

6.      Aftermarket Audio

If you have the room, you can convert the back of your hatch into a sound system with speakers, subwoofers, or even just change the digital face of your sound system. These are all easier to do and can be done with a little help.

7.      Interior Dome Light

Some people rarely use the dome light in the middle of the ceiling, and that could be another interior lighting that could make your car look cool. Changing the bulbs can add just the right amount of color you need.

8.      Console Cover

There are different styles and colors of console covers out there, most that just slip right no. You can use it for decoration or get one with cushioning that can add more comfort if you tend to rest your arm there.

9.      Seat Belt Covers

The shapes and colors are absolutely endless. Seat belt covers come in different shapes, novelties, and colors. Not only do they provide a style, but they also improve functioning.

10.  Rearview Mirror

Many people vinyl wrap or bling the rear-view mirror. You can also upgrade the technology to include more modern and useful features that will make your car safer to drive.

11.  Floor Mats

Floor mats are a never-ending supply of colors and styles. They can protect your interior from stains, mud, and anything else that is tracked with your feet. You can also use it to add fun character to your car, and all you need to do is place them in.

Exterior Updates

12.  Car Wrapping and Racing Stripes

If you have the patience to do this yourself, you might need a little help and a dust free garage. Some people will wrap their entire car while others will just do a little accent. The advantage of car wrapping over painting is that, once you get bored, you can take it right off.

13.  Windshield Wipers

While you have to use a certain windshield wiper based on your manufacturer manual, you can add accent colors to the brackets that hold them in place.

14.  Emblem or Insignia

You can bling out your car with the maker’s emblem by replacing it with the multitude of different options. There are different colors, styles, and you can add a pop of glitter.

15.  Window Tint

Another DIY project to tackle, make sure you check with local authorities on the opacity to use. There are many different opacities and types on the market that you can use.

16.  Digital Bumper Sticker

Digital bumper stickers are scrolling LED screens that can attach to your license plate and update with text messages.

17.  License Plate Personalization

With your license plate, depending on the state you live in, you could personalize the letters and numbers on your license plate to spell out your name, a special meaning, or a little play on words. Another way to personalize your license plate is with a license plate cover that has your favorite color, movie, TV show, or fun phrases.

Tire Updates

18.  Tire Bling

They sell glitter spray that you can use on your tires or hubcaps to bling up your tires. A subtle addition like that can add a little character.

19.  Tire Covers

If you have an SUV or Jeep that gives you the ability to customize your tire cover on the back, there are many ways you can do this. If you’re crafty, you can decorate a cover yourself, or you can purchase many different types from any auto website that sells them.

20.  New Wheels

Unique wheels are usually the first modification people any person might make on their car. It can get expensive, but there are thousands of styles, colors, and varieties.

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