In today’s world, we accessorize ourselves, our pets, our homes, and almost everything else we own in order to suit our personal style. But it’s not just about aesthetics; accessorizing is a way to express yourself, and make your personality visible to others. We accessorize so many other things, so why not our cars, too? Most people have already accessorized their vehicle without thinking twice about it — even a small window sticker counts as personalization. Accessorizing your vehicle makes it more suitable to your personal style, and it shows other people that you take good care of your car. But is it even a plausible hobby to have? Isn’t it expensive? Well, just like anything else, it can be, but we’re here to tell you how to do it on a budget.

When most people think of car accessories, they immediately picture how their car would look from the outside if they chose to accessorize, and rightfully so! Who doesn’t dream of beaming with pride every time they get in their car? Plus, personalizing your vehicle is so much cheaper than purchasing a new one, and can improve its looks on a budget. To help you narrow down your search for exterior accessories, we have compiled the cheapest and most popular car mods here:

 

  • Headlight Assemblies

 

Installing new headlight assemblies is a cheap and easy way to make your car shine — literally! They are available in a variety of shapes, and you can even order bulbs in different colors from almost any online Auto Shop Accessories marketplace! Whether you prefer a sleek, slanted headlight shape or something more traditional, you can usually find a pair of headlight assemblies online for a little over $100. Installing them is easy, too; simply pop your hood, remove any bolts or pins securing your old headlight assembly, then tug on the end of the wiring which connects the assembly to your car while lifting up the pin that secures it. Putting in the new one is even simpler — screw bulbs into the assembly, plug the wiring into your car (no pin involved this time), put the assembly into place, and secure it again with the correct pins or bolts.

  1. Exhaust Kit

An exhaust kit is another budget-friendly way to give your car that head-turning quality; an exhaust kit gives your muffler a discreet, sleek look, and increases its volume (you know, to make your car sound super fast!) as well as adding a little horsepower. Exhaust kits usually cost under $100, but it’s best to have a professional install these if you don’t have ample experience.

  1. Rims

Flashy rims are often the first thing you notice when an upgraded car is passing you by because they stand out against the sea of dull factory rims you’re used to seeing. Prices vary from $120 to $200 a set, depending on what material they are made from (for example, aluminum versus titanium), and they are available in almost any color. However, you’ll have to have these installed in a shop, as special tools are required to fit your tires to their new rims — but the good news is, for under $300, you can be showing off your new specs in just a few days!

In today’s world, online shopping has made upgrading and personalizing your vehicle easier than ever; simply search for the part you want, input your car’s year, make, and model, and your new parts will arrive in a few short business days. With so many options available, it’s hard to decide how to accessorize your vehicle, but if you stay true to your style and budget, it can become a fun hobby and something to be proud of, too!

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Will Hopstetter

Will is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United Kingdom. He holds a diverse background in automotive and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.

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