Easy ways to personalize your car

May 9, 2014 12:00 AM

A car is a very personal thing. Not only do you spend a lot of time in your vehicle commuting to work, running errands, taking road trips with the family and simply going for a cruise on a nice day, but you make a lot of meaningful memories inside it. Everyone has different ways of making their automobiles feel more unique. Certain individuals may name their cars. Meanwhile, some apply a few bumper stickers or install unique vanity plates, and others might go all out with custom work to make the driving experience feel superior. As an added bonus, all of this work can also up the resale value for your car - so think of it as an investment. You put a lot into general upkeep and scheduled vehicle maintenance, so you might as well show further pride in your automobile by giving the visual aspects more consideration.

The fact is, there are many methods for personalizing a vehicle, and they don't all require a significant amount of time, money or effort.

Here are some simple ideas to help you make your car feel more special. 

Certainly, the kind of light inside your automobile can drastically affect the mood and driving experience - particularly at night. Wall To Watch recommended switching out the headlamps with HID light bulbs, but emphasized that it's important to check the car manual to ensure they're installed properly. Additionally, the source explained that a merchant can better direct you to the proper bulbs if they know the make, model and year of the vehicle. You might also consider adding some LED lighting, which make a stylish statement for a relatively low cost. Wall To Watch noted that most kits are relatively affordable - however, these bulbs must simply be supplemental and cannot replace lights that are required by law.

There are plenty of ways to transform the center console and give it a new purpose. One really unique suggestion from Refined Guy is to incorporate a fridge. The source pointed out that you can easily buy a 12-volt portable cooler, which is affordable and also simple for a professional to install, and use it to store all your snacks and beverages right in the middle of the front seats. You can even purchase a cooler that has a dual ability to keep food hot. This is an especially great idea if you take frequent road trips.

Steering wheel
Who says you have to stick with a boring steering wheel? There are a variety of alternatives on the market that can be swapped in to give your interior a whole new look - and they come in a range of materials from carbon to wood. Or, if you don't want to put the money or effort into replacing the steering wheel, you could simply buy a fun cover to place over it. Whether you opt for a sleek leather cover or a bold patterned rubber one, it's bound to infuse some personality into your automobile. Those with crafty talents might even design and create their own cover for a truly individualized effect. There are endless possibilities for decorating it, from decorative embroidery to monogramming.

Don't forget about the cushions you're sitting on. All Women Stalk pointed out that while they have a practical purpose - namely, comfort - they can also provide a playful air if you slip some fun covers over them. Depending on your preferences, you have a wide variety of styles to choose from, including animal print, sheepskin and sophisticated leather. You can place them over just the driver's seat to set it apart or every seat in the car for a more uniform look. Regardless of what design you choose, these covers not only offer a friendlier look but also make clean-up a whole lot easier. They protect your seats from spills and other damage, and you can easily remove and wash them.

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