It’s no secret that everyone wants a fast and powerful muscle car—you know the allure of a V8 engine and the performance it brings along. As much as we love these “powerhouse” cars, they come at an eye-watering price tag that is not for everyone.
Rather than spending a fortune on a car, why not revamp your old car with a sporty makeover.
Apart from extensive repairs, there are a handful of affordable upgrades you can do that will make your car steal the limelight. From new headlights and tires to installing window tints and stereo systems, we’ve come up with several ways to breathe life into your old ride.
In terms of the bung for your buck factor, each of these upgrades is pocket-friendly.
In fact, some of these mods will cost less than £100 to give your car a completely new look. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some easy ways to upgrade your car on a budget.
1. Install Window Tints
Applying car window tint goes beyond just making your ride look cool.
Having window tinting professionally installed on your car is a great way to protect your investment. The tint helps to block harsh sunshine that can discolour the leather and cause upholstery to fade.
Plus, it also helps to block windshield glare that causes eye fatigue from direct sun when driving. A good tint job will cost you around £200.
2. Get Personalised Number Plates
If you want your car to stand out from the crowd, private number plates are a must have.
In the UK, it’s legal for vehicle owners to buy and install personalised number plates, as long as the new plates don’t make your vehicle appear newer than its original manufacture date.
With such plates, you can get as creative as you want. You can even include your name or initials to represent your vehicle. And the good part, you can get private plates for as little as £130.
3. Replace Headlights with Aftermarket LED Lights
For under £100, you can replace your ordinary headlights with something truly dazzling.
LED lights will give your ride a new look. These lights are energy efficient and brighter than the conventional stock halogen light bulbs. With the light bulb conversion kit, you can make your headlights blue, purple, yellow, or white. How cool is that!
4. Have your Engine Remapped
Upgrading your car wouldn’t be complete without optimising the engine performance. And what’s a better way to boost the horsepower than to remap the engine.
ECU remapping is a great way to boost both the power and fuel economy of your car. Engine remapping is touted as key to extra performance because it helps to improve the engine’s horsepower and torque. Engine remapping is safe, efficient, and affordable.
5. Get Better Tyres
If you want your car to look and drive better, replace the old tires with a new set of tires.
Power is great, but if you don’t have quality rubber to handle mechanical grip, high-output oomph will all be for nothing. A good set of high-performance tires will help in every single aspect of your car’s performance, from cornering to accelerating to braking.
As you endeavour to give your car a new look and feel, do remember that regular maintenance is key. Even a new car that is not serviced properly may not stand the test of time.