Car Tuning: Part 1 – The Exterior

There are two sides to the car tuning debate. On the one hand, the team that has embraced car tuning wholeheartedly, with spoilers and decals. On the other hand, the team that refuses to believe anything good about car tuning. This is the team that says things like “if tuning was good for my car, it would have been done already in the factory,” or “tuning shortens engine life.”

 

These two drastic positions can be countered by a more neutral position that follows all the regulations and has more tamed design elements. Car tuning is simply the modification of a car’s appearance or performance. This can be done to personalize your car aesthetically, as well as, provide better fuel economy, produce more power, or better handling and driving. In this first post on car tuning, we will focus on the exterior and what can be done to improve the look of your car. We won’t be following the influence of Pimp My Ride and talking about how many flat screens you can add to the trunk of your car. Instead, we will talk about ways in which you can tune the look of your car while benefiting from:

 

  1. Increased resale value. All investments you make in your car (apart from the general servicing) will automatically increase the value of your car.
  2. Improved aesthetics. The purpose of exterior car tuning is, for the most part, purely aesthetic. But some of these aesthetic changes have significant advantages in other areas.
  3. Energy efficiency. Although not all of the changes made will help improve your car’s energy efficiency, the methods highlighted in this post will all have aspects that could improve your car’s efficiency.

 

Windows

  • Fade Reduction. A high-quality window tint can save the interior of your vehicles; prolonging the life of the leather, reducing the chance of fading on upholstery, and protecting the interiors from warping and cracking.
  • Solar Heat Rejection. Depending on the grade, window film can block between 35-65% of solar heat. This means you can reduce fuel consumption by having better control of the interior climate.
  • Shattered Glass Protection. Window film is an essential safety feature that helps reduce glass from shattering if an object hits it.
  • Privacy and Security. The various window tinting shades available provide a level of privacy when driving and when parked. The range of colors available also allows you to customize your car’s design even further. Just be sure to check if the shade of window tint complies with the regulations of your state.

 

Paint

  • Restore Factory Condition. Over the years, the wear and tear caused by driving in a number of different weather conditions will take a toll on your car’s appearance. A coat of paint in your car’s original color will have it looking fresh off the assembly line! It is also significantly cheaper to paint in your cars original color, which means you can carry out this job while you save up for more elaborate car tuning projects.
  • Prevent Rust Problems. Paint is not just a great way to improve the looks of your vehicle, but can also help safeguard the structural composition of your car. Bare metal is susceptible to rust, and if left uncovered you may be facing major problems ahead.
  • Change the Look. If you opt for a more elaborate paint job you could completely transform your car into a show stopper! This is an affordable method for car owners who want to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and aren’t necessarily prepared to splurge on a new car.
  • Increased Resale Value. This is a point worth repeating here. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for car owners wanting to sell – the paint job will cost much less than the value it adds to your car’s worth!

 

Body Kits

  • Personalize Your Car. A car you buy from any dealership is a car anyone can own. By adding to the car’s body with side skirts, bumpers, carbon fiber hoods, or Lamborghini doors, you make the car your own.
  • Improved Performance. Body Kits may not be the best way to improve your car’s performance, but if you are not the mechanical type it’s the way to go. By adding a body kit, you improve the aerodynamics of your car which means you can drive faster and use less gas. Other body kit features can make your car safer. A rear spoiler, for example, will keep the back end of your car down on the ground when you’re cornering.

 

Non-car people won’t understand your exterior car tuning. An important fact to remember, however, is that tuning your car will attract other cars lovers, and those are the only ones that really matter!

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