Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars. From commuting to shopping to driving kids to soccer practice and whatever else they have going on, you put in a lot of hours in your vehicle each week. Because of this, your car should be a place that you feel absolutely at home, which is why you see so many people on the road who have personalized their cars. You can, too, and we have seven ways you can add a personal touch to your vehicle.
1. Window Tinting
Despite every stock image and video clip of a vehicle fresh off the factory line having tinted windows, new cars don’t come with them. With all the benefits of tinting your windows, you would think car manufacturers would make this a priority. Window tinting should be a priority for anyone who lives in areas that get regular sunshine and hot summers. The tinting protects the upholstery of your vehicle, helps to keep the interior temperature lower, and minimizes passenger exposure to UV rays.
2. Seat Covers
Not all stock upholstery is comfortable. Some vehicles come stock with scratchy fabric and others with slick leather that turns into a slide anytime you make a turn. Make your seat your own with seat covers. These come in a variety of styles and designs that will also protect your upholstery and help to maintain the resale value of your car. You can cover your seat with memory foam or a personalized design that speaks to your interests and personality.
3. Car Stereo
Unless you’re buying a luxury vehicle, the stereo system that your car came with probably isn’t very good. Aside from flat speakers that lack a dynamic range, you could be losing sound quality when you connect your smartphone via Bluetooth. Car stereos can upgrade every part of your driving experience from the quality of sound your music is played to creating a seamless connection between your phone and your car.
4. LED Interior Lighting
Use LED interior lighting to create a fun environment inside your car. You can drive through the city and feel like you’re really getting the full experience from the glow of the city lights. Beyond that, LED interior lighting do serve a safety function for the driver and everyone in the car. Installing LED light strips provides a mild enough glow that you can see what’s going on in your car at night without a blinding glare on the windshield or forcing your eyes to readjust regularly. Furthermore, LED lights don’t require much energy and won’t drain your battery or punish your alternator.
5. Decals and Stickers
Display parts of your personality and your favorite things with decals and vinyl stickers on your car. Window stickers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are an easy way to make your car more identifiable. For instance, most vehicle models are available in only a few standard colors. You or your kids could be distracted in a parking lot and walk up to the wrong car without even thinking. If you put stickers for your favorite movie or sports team, you won’t have to worry about confusing your car with one that’s two rows over and looks exactly the same.
In addition to window stickers, most car manufacturers sell vinyl stickers that you can put on the body of your vehicle to highlight the specific trim that you own. An example of this is the AMG line of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. This is a prestigious line of vehicles that are equipped with hand-built engines. Mercedes-Benz will sell you vinyl stickers to put on the body of your vehicle to highlight that you drive an AMG.
6. Vanity License Plate
Express yourself with your license plate. It doesn’t matter if you have a saying or motto that you live your life by, want to announce your hometown, or send a snarky message to those driving behind you, there’s always the possibility of putting it on your license plate in seven figures or less. If you’re into it, a vanity license plate is a fun way to get creative with spelling out certain messages. A Star Wars fan might have a plate that says “IH8SAND” or someone driving a Corvette could have “VROOOM”.
7. Floor Mats
Protect your floor while expressing yourself. You can get just about any design you want on floor mats. If you want them branded to match your vehicle, you can from fabric to rubber to accommodate winter weather. There are services available that will customize floor mats with anything you want from your alma mater to your business logo. It’s a small step in the way of customization, but a custom floor mat will catch the eye of anyone who rides with you.
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