Every day, people make dozens of decisions that customize their lives. Whether it’s choosing what to wear, how to decorate a house, or what food to eat, people make decisions all the time. One may think that everything is customized! Yet, for whatever reason, people tend not to customize their cars.
The average American spends nearly 11 hours in their car a week. And many leave their cars essentially the same way they were purchased.
Yes, a car is a way of getting from point A to B, but it can be more than that. It can be a personal expression of who you are, just like a room in your house or your desk at work.
This article will cover different customizations you can make to your vehicle while on a budget.
- Get a custom license plate frame and vanity plate
Many car dealerships add a license plate frame to advertise their business when you purchase a car from them. If you leave it, you are essentially a driving billboard for the dealership. Unless you’re super proud of where you bought your vehicle, it may be time to get a different frame.
Personalized license plate frames are fun because you can get anything printed on them, including phrases, quotes, and custom logos. Frames come in different colors and patterns, allowing you to make the frame as unique and individualized as you want.
With a custom license plate frame, you can express yourself through a sport, an animal, an anniversary date, a favorite quote, and more.
Like custom license plate frames, vanity plates can be used to make a statement, although you must be more specific with your choice. You only get seven spaces in the United States, which isn’t much. You also need to consider your state’s rules for what’s allowed. You may also need to get creative, as there can’t be duplicate plates within a state. So, if you want to use LIONFAN and it’s taken, you may have to change it to something like LI0NF4N to make it unique.
In some states, front plates aren’t required. In many states, only a backplate is needed. This means a front plate can say anything you want, similar to the plate frame.
- Make the car stand out
To make your car stand out, you don’t need a new paint job or a new engine that can be heard a mile away. Instead, consider something more simple.
Speakers can seem expensive, but you can get a nice set of speakers for less than one hundred dollars. You can almost guarantee that every time a passenger hears the sound system, they’ll mention it. And if not, at least you’ve got great audio for yourself!
Another way to make the car stand out is through car window decal stickers. Once viewed as tacky, window decals are now a great way to individualize your vehicle. Whether it’s of your favorite sports team, a symbol representing your favorite movie, or an American flag, a window decal sticker is a great way to make your vehicle feel more personal.
- Decorate your car’s interior
In addition to decorating the outside of your car, you can also deck out the interior with customized items like:
- Custom air fresheners to hang from the rearview mirror
- Seat covers
- Steering wheel covers
- Accessories such as a small trash can, phone holder, GPS, or dashboard decoration
- New seats
- Internal LED strip lighting along the doors or glove box
Long drives to and from work will be less tiresome when you’re more comfortable in your car.
Overall, customizing how a car looks is great because it conveys a sense of identity and creativity and enhances the vehicle’s visual appeal and utility.
By considering these ideas, you can be off to a great start!