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8 Car Customization Ideas To Make Your Ride Stand Out

How much time do you spend in your car?

On average, Americans travel over 220 miles every week. Men tend to drive the most, spending 19% more time driving, and traveling 27% more miles than women.

If you’ve been thinking about making your drive time more enjoyable by customizing your car, then this article’s for you! In this short, but complete guide, we’ll review some of the best car customization ideas. From vehicle wraps to steering wheel covers, customizing your car is all about showing off your personality.

Read on to learn about 8 awesome ways to customize your car.

1. Car Customization Ideas for the Interior

Let’s start by looking at the best ideas for customizing the interior of your vehicle. Before you start buying car accessories, it’s helpful if you create a color scheme for your interior make-over.

A few popular color schemes include black-red, white-beige, and black-gray. However, you can create your color scheme to help set the foundation for your car’s new look.

Once you know the colors you want to work with, you can start buying the following items:

  • Seat covers
  • Pedals
  • Steering wheel cover
  • Gearstick or shifter knob
  • LED floor lights
  • Headliner
  • Car mats

As you shop for the items on the list above, remember what the overall “look” is you’re trying to achieve. For instance, if you want a fun, sporty look, you could buy race car styled pedals. Whereas, if you’re going for a luxurious feel, you could look for fancy pedals that are bedazzled or gold-colored.

Last but not least, decide what fragrance you want to represent your car. Similar to perfume or cologne, your car should have a specific scent that meshes well with its style.

2. Rims for Your Ride

Rims are hands-down one of the best ways to help your car stand out from the rest. When you’re buying rims, make sure you’re choosing tires that match the rims. Take note of the bolt pattern so you don’t accidentally buy rims or tires you can’t use.

Next, you’ll have to decide what color, style, and design, you’d like your rims to have. For instance, you could get all-black rims for a sleek car, or colored rims for a more flashy appeal.

3. Vinyl Vehicle Wraps

Have you ever thought about using a custom car wrap to make your ride stand out? Vehicle wraps aren’t just for fleet vehicles, there are also all sorts of creative wraps and customizable options for personal vehicles too.

We suggest you look for vinyl wraps that are weather resistant. If you get a vinyl wrap it’ll also be 100% removable so you can restore your car to its original color whenever you want.

4. Body Kits

Next, installing a body kit is one of the biggest car enhancements you can make. Body kits help change the entire look of your car. For instance, there are body kits that will make your car look faster, or you could find a kit to help your car have a more distinct appearance.

If you’re going to choose a performance-based body kit, you’ll want to be extra cautious when you’re driving. Performance-based kits and extreme body kits tend to draw extra attention from law enforcement, so be careful not to speed! Once you choose the right kit for your car, you can leave the kit parts raw, or have them painted.

5. Custom Cars With Vanity Plates

Next on our list of car customization ideas, we have vanity plates! Vanity plates are the ultimate way to express your personality, and the right funny plate can bring smiles and laughter to other drivers on the road.

Here are a few of our favorite vanity plate ideas:

  • IM A CAR

To customize your plates you’ll need to choose a combination of numbers, letters, and characters, that align with your state’s plate laws. However, coming up with an idea for your vanity plates can take time, so don’t rush the creative process.

Once you know what plates you want, the next step is to take a trip to the DMV or visit your local DMV website. While standard plates usually take 6 weeks to arrive, customized ones take closer to 12 weeks.

6. Custom Car Decals

Next, if you’re looking for a fast way to customize your car, you should invest in custom car decals or stickers. You’ll want to look for quality custom car stickers that are weather resistant. We find that decals made from vinyl materials tend to do the best at looking great year after year.

7. Fog Lights

Have you ever thought about buying fog lights for your car? Fog lights help your car have a more modern look, while also improving your driving experience. If you drive a lot at night, or you live somewhere that has a lot of rain, you’ll get the most benefit from your fog lights.

However, even in great weather, fog lights are cool to look at! To make sure you comply with local laws, find out what rules your state has regarding the use of fog lights when it’s not raining.

8. Headlight Covers

Another fast way to upgrade your vehicle is by purchasing a custom headlight kit. Here are a few of the different headlight kits to choose from:

  • Hid headlight
  • LED projector headlights
  • Headlight tinting

HID headlights use a state of the art discharge technology, to help make your lights brighter and safer. HID headlights also use less energy than traditional headlights, and they can last longer too!

Get the Right Kind of Attention on the Road

Now that you’ve read all 8 of our car customization ideas, which one are you going to try first? Are you leaning towards beginning with customizing your car’s interior? Or are you ready to change your car with a weather-resistant vehicle wrap?

Remember, before you make any changes to your car, the first step is to decide what your color scheme will be. Take a moment to write down a few of your favorite color combinations for your ride. Finally, for more car related articles, check out the rest of this site.