Go for a bit of you
MANY drivers view their car as simply a means of getting from point A to point B. But there are just as many, if not more, who regard their car as a statement of who they are or where they are in life.
For them it’s a means of distinguishing themselves from the regular ruck of everyday life.
It’s a way for them to stand out from the crowd.
Trouble is, apart from paint colour and trim, cars are virtually all the same as they leave the production line.
One looks just like the next one, and no different from the next thousand or more that will follow it down the line.
Carmakers might give us a small number of options to choose from, but they prefer to build all their cars the same to reduce the complexity on their production lines and maximise their profit.
Henry Ford put it best when he decreed that buyers of his Model T Ford could have any colour . . . as long as it was black.
Problem is, that doesn’t give proud and passionate owners the chance to impress their work colleagues, neighbours, friends or relatives. But all is not lost.
Thankfully, many accessories are available in stores and specialist outlets around the country that can be used to individualise our cars and achieve the look or image we desire.
One owner might want their car to hug the ground and look cool, another might want greater ground clearance because they live on a rough, unmade road.
Carmakers have no option but to compromise between the two, and set the suspension somewhere in between the conflicting needs, but there is no need to make such a compromise in the aftermarket, where suspension specialists can replace the factory springs and shock absorbers to get the ride height that looks cool.
Wheels are an easy way to make a car stand out. They’re one of the main ways carmakers distinguish one model from another.
A base model usually has a simpler wheel, perhaps of a smaller size, or even a steel one, whereas a luxury or sports model might have a larger-diameter alloy wheel with a sportier design.
Swap the standard steel wheel and your base model takes on a new look that sets it apart from all the other poverty-pack models on the road.
Further up the automotive food chain a sports model can be transformed by swapping the alloy wheel it came with from the factory for a set of larger diameter alloys with super-low profile tyres that give it an even more exclusive look.
A large-bore chrome exhaust tip is a neat way to give your car a performance look without costing a small fortune.
Inside, it’s possible to further individualise your car with seat covers, floor mats, steering wheels, sound or satnav systems, and a host of neat highlight panels with finishes such as alloy, carbon-fibre for a sporty effect or woodgrain for a more prestigious look.
The options are endless. With a little imagination, and some expert help from a specialist retailer you can make your car a one-off, one that will set you apart from the crowd.
Be yourself: larger-diameter alloy wheels or a large-bore chrome exhaust tip help make your car stand out from the crowd.