Unfortunately not all of us have the deep pockets to be able to afford some of the flashiest cars on the market today that will turn heads at every corner straight out of the box.
But, that doesn't mean we need to settle for a plain jane daily driver. With a little bit of money here and there, some creativity and a pinch of uniqueness, you can turn your basic bare bones ride, into something that's truly your own, without having to break the bank.
So... Here's 5 easy modifications to can add to your ride that'll make it stand out from the crowd. Some of which you can even add yourself.
Have you ever heard the saying, "A pair of shoes will make or break an outfit"? Well, alloys are pretty much like shoes for cars, and the principle still applies.
When it comes to alloys, car manufactures always seem to miss the mark. Unless you're cruising around in some high end sport model or something exotic, you'll probably want to think about getting some new shoes in those tires. A fresh set of alloys can make a whole world of a difference when it comes to changing your vehicles look. With such a wide array of options out there, you can be guaranteed you'll be able to find something to suit your style.
Options vary in price, and depending on what your budget is, you could spend anywhere from €300 a set, all the way up to €1000+ for the more high end sets.
Overall, alloys are probably one of the biggest changes you can make to your vehicle that will dramatically enhance its look. Even on some of the crappiest bangers, a new set of alloys will make it look respectable.
2. Window Tints
Another quick and easy modification to the list, window tinting is a low cost, high return change of style that makes a huge difference to the look of your ride.
Not only does it add an extra level of privacy, but tinting your windows really makes the shape and grooves in the body of your car flow together without any interruption.
Just be aware of what's legally allowed. Tinting your back 3 windows is perfectly fine, but your front windscreen, driver and passenger windows can only have a very slight tint. Anything too dark can get your in trouble.
3. 4D License Plates
These are probably one of the easiest and most cost effect mods on the whole list. You can even install them yourself.
A 4D Plate a modification that's quite new in the Irish Car Scene. They are one of the more truly unique mods you can get because your vehicle registrations is one of a kind and is directly linked to your vehicle and your vehicle only.
4D Plates allow you to take your standard flat license plate, and upgrade it for something that really stands out. With raised black lettering standing all the way up to 9mm in height with some options, these plates are something truly different and really adds to your cars aesthetic. It's the small details that sometimes make the biggest difference. And only coming in at €64.99, they are a no-brainer addition for any car enthusiast looking to stand out.
You can pick up and create your own set of 4D Plates right here.
4. Splitters and Diffusers
When it comes to body kits, prices can sore into the thousands. But, that doesn't mean you can't add some cost effective options that are simple, yet make a big difference to your cars exterior.
Splitters are additions you can add to the under part of your front bumper and diffusers to your rear bumper which give your vehicle a much more aggressive and sporty look.
They'll usually only run you back €150 - €300 each depending on what you get and what you drive, but they are totally worth it in my opinion as they really change the whole look of your vehicle without burning a hole in your pocket.
Just be careful with speed bumps...
5. Car Wrapping
I could split this into 2 parts really. If you get a full car wrap, it's not going to be cheap, but it will single handily change the entire look of your car without a doubt if done well. You can go crazy with colours, designs (depending on what's available) and really make peoples head turn when your roll down the street. Some people really go above and beyond with their colour selection too. I'm talking fully gold chrome tip to tail with a mirror like reflection you'd almost certainty blind a passer by.
On the other hand, you can keep things a lot more moderate with wrapping only certain elements of your vehicle. Things like your door mirrors, roof, break calipers. Even a full chrome delete.
These are smaller alteration that won't nearly set you back as much as a full wrap, and you'll still come away with some really nice extra detailing that brings out your cars features. My personal favourite would be a full chrome delete, especially if you've got a black car. It really brings all the cars details into one stealthy looking machine, if that's what you're into.