customizing vw carYou may have an older car, but that doesn’t mean it has to look like yesterday’s junker vehicles. If you’re planning to keep your vehicle for many years, there are plenty of inexpensive customizations that you can do to make it stand out from the pack and turn heads as you drive down the street. Most only cost several hundred dollars at most, but these small investments can make your vehicle look like a million bucks.

Personalized License Plates and Holders
Are you a fan of the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions or another local team? Show your spirit and pride with a personalized plate. Give the plate even more attention by purchasing a special plate holder to frame it. Other than the extra cost for the plate customization and the new frame, this customization costs next to nothing.

Wheel Rims
Manufacturer wheel rims are boring. A set of wheels with spinners and other features inside the rims will make your vehicle sparkle. Look online for the best prices. A decent set can cost as little as $200.

Steering Wheels
Let’s face it, most steering wheels are boring too. Hundreds of steering wheels are on the market in materials such as leather, suede, wood and more and have interesting features like stitching or chrome inserts. You can purchase a quality steering wheel for about $250. A less expensive alternative is to buy a steering wheel wrap, which will also make driving more comfortable.

Special lights are one of the easiest ways to make your vehicle sparkle. Replace your current headlights with HID, commonly called Xenon lights, which come in a variety of colors ranging from white to purpose. Another idea is to customize your car with small LED lights on the body, usually near the rear bumper or sides close to the undercarriage. Available in several neon colors, these are many for adornment but also make your car more visible at night. Kits are available for do-it-yourselfers.

Vehicle Wraps and Decals
Sure custom paint jobs will get your vehicle noticed, but they can cost $5,000 and more. Instead, consider a vehicle wrap or decals. Custom vehicle wraps are essentially large decals that that look painted like flames, racing stripes or whatever you choose. Many different types of smaller decals that can be easily moved or removed are available, but be careful not to overdo it as too many will make your vehicle look cheap.