The Weekly Driver

Website • Podcast • Newsletter

Established 2004

Budget-Friendly Ways To Improve Your Car

Budget friendly changes to your car can refresh uour car and your outlook driving it.

COLLABORATIVE CONTENT

After driving the same vehicle for many years, you may no longer enjoy it. But budget-friendly changes can prevent having to buy a new vehicle.

As an alternative, you can upgrade your current vehicle in many ways to freshen it up.

Here are seven budget-friendly ideas with various costs that can help your vehicle’s longevity and help you like driving it more.

Switch Up Your Alloys

The more you drive the vehicle the more likely you’ll get scratches and marks on the alloy wheels. It can affect the appearance of the vehicle, making it less appealing. Replacing your old alloys is budget-friendly, as long as it’s done right.

Budget-friendly changes can refresh your car and improve your outlook driving it.
Budget-friendly changes can refresh your car and improve your outlook driving it.

Even if your alloys aren’t damaged you could buy a second set and periodically alternative the different sets to add a new look to your vehicle. If you aren’t able to change your alloys because they are diamond cut, you could also get them repaired for an improved appearance.

Tinted Windows

Tinted windows can add a level of privacy to your vehicle and make it look more premium or sporty. Tinted windows also offer other benefits such as increased safety and protect passengers from glare. The price of tinted windows varies depending on the approach, a specialty shop or a do-it-yourself project.

Budget-Friendly Home Projects

It will cost more to have your vehicle’s windows tinted by a professional. But as a home project, you can save money. If you are doing it yourself, you can buy tinted car window film. It’s applied easily and can be done on a very low budget.

Air Fresheners

There’s nothing quite like the “new car smell.” The proper smell in a car can improve how it’s perceived. Of course, the appealing fragrance of the new car smell fades. Using a personalized air freshener can help add to the car’s appeal.

When you get into a new car, you instantly smell that “new car smell” you know it’s new not only because of how it looks but how it smells. This demonstrates how powerful smell is and how your car is perceived by its interior smell.

When you’ve owned a car for a while, the smell tends to fade, which is when it’s time to get an air freshener. A personalized air freshener can refreshen your vehicle for a better driving experience.

Switch Up Your Pedals

You can instantly add a different feel to the experience by switching car pedals. Sport pedals look great and add a chrome finish. New pedals won’t increase the speed of the vehicle, but the new equipment adds sportiness.

You can purchase new pedals from car part retailers at affordable prices, and they’re easy to install. If your new pedals get boring, you can also buy another set. It’s easy to switch them to vary your car’s look. When changing them, it may be an adjustment each time you use the new pedals, but it’s worth it. It’s like trying to drive while wearing a new pair of shoes. It just feels a little different at first.

LED lighting

If you get tired with your car the interior lighting, installing LED lighting will quickly provide a different look. Like sport pedals, LED lighting is an ideal way to make changes to your vehicle on a tight budget. Installation is easy and LED lights last a long time And don’t fret: LED lighting doesn’t drain battery life.

Replace Your Tires

Replacing tires can be more expensive than other changes to your vehicle. But if your tires are nearing the 1.6 mm tread depth, it’s time to get new tires. Changing your tires can improve the look of your vehicle, as well as the performance and overall operation. Most garages will change your tires at a cost. But changing tires yourself, if you have the proper experience, can save money.

Car Wrap

A car wrap is a budget-friendly way to protect your car and add a new style at a far-less cost than getting it repainted. A car wrap can also cover scratches and chips marks and make a car look new.

If you are looking to resell your vehicle, adding a wrap can maintain the vehicle’s value. If you’re buying an older vehicle for a teenager as a gift, you could add a wrap to it before giving it to them as a precaution to help save the paint.

Overall, there are many ways in which you can adapt your vehicle to freshen it up. Depending on your budget, you can try one of two of the options and see if you like it. If you don’t like the adaption, remove it. It’s one of the main benefits of making inexpensive changes.

 

Subscribe!

To get our weekly newsletter with automotive news and commentary delivered to your email inbox.