So you have bought yourself a new ride and are feeling proud of your life-changing achievement. Yes, we all know that wonderful feeling, the kind that makes you look back at it as soon as you park, the kind that makes you want to brag to your friends about it, the kind that makes your parents proud.
But then one day, you find yourself stuck in traffic, worse still you notice five cars that are identical to yours. Oh the horror. There is nothing more painful than seeing someone having the exact same car as yours. Everything is the same, from the wheel right up to the tint! That should be blasphemy. You would never wear the same shirt or dress to a party as someone else would you? So why drive identical cars? Stand out with these awesome accessories for your car:
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It all starts here, wheels or rims or alloys, it does not matter what you call it. Point is, wheels are supposed to make your car look good, and in some cases, perform better. Now you could go over to your preferred tire shop and opt for the rims that tickle your fancy, but there are a few things to consider.
NEVER go for fakes or replicas. They tend to crack over time or even come apart in an accident, you don’t want your wheels rolling ahead of your car either do you. Make sure to do your homework before buying new shiny rims. The general rule of thumb is, bigger wheels improve handling but suck fuel. Smaller rims – well they just look weird. Unless you drive a 1970s Cadillac, where a 13 inch set of wire rims would look like they came right off of a Snoop Dogg video.
Lighter rims are the way to go as they can save you fuel and if you are driving a regular everyday car, keep the size below 17 inches or the tire bill could easily rack up. Click here for some good deals on the new and used market.
ICE (In Car Entertainment)
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Remember the days of banging speakers, head units that could play songs from your USB drive (gasp), and shocking LED lights. Thank goodness those days are over. These days cars come with impressive entertainment system right off the factory. Some even come with internet connection and are able to help you book a hotel, a restaurant and even give you directions. But not all do that.
Some cars still come with boring head sets, or decks, and a measly two or four speaker system (Proton, Perodua, we are watching you). Fear not though for there is a solution for your entertainment needs. Find a good headset from reputable brands like Alpine or Pioneer, or better yet, find a shop that deals with in car entertainment systems and get them to put together a package for you.
A six-speaker system with a headset that offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity is the basic these days. But make sure you get an amplifier and a voltage regulator or capacitor, the last thing you want is for your car to be licked by flames. Check out this list here for a good idea on entertainment systems.
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Now this is a sensitive one and only applicable if you drive a car that can pull off a stunning body kit. If you are thinking that you want a giant picnic table like GT wing at the rear of your car, please stop reading now and stand in the corner. GT wings alone are horrible and a sight for sore eyes.
However there are some beautiful fibre or carbon fibre body kits in the market made for almost every type of car. If you drive a classic, please do not ruin it. But if you drive a new Proton, Perodua, Hyundai or something like that, then the world is your playground. There are some custom kit makers in Sunway and such that you can visit, but if you want ready made ones that fit perfectly and only need a paint job, then check out this list right here.
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If you drive a modern car and don’t plan on racing it, then don’t change the steering wheel. Modern cars come packed with air bags and more sensors than the original Apollo mission. Any change here could be detrimental to the car and to your health in case of an emergency.
But if you still insist on changing, then you have to do it right. Get your mechanic to determine one of the right size for you, too big and your turning angle will be ruined. Too small and you will have to work the steering hard for very little front wheel movement. Also, go for a good branded wheel. The cheap ones are of course affordable, but they tend to break apart and turn brittle in our heat. Click here for some awesome deals on new and used steering wheels.
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This is tough as it involves the law. Lights are regulated by the JPJ (Malaysian Road Authorities) and the Police, so you have to tread carefully here. Changing the bulb is fine, but change the entire system to include a ballast to brighten your lights is illegal, unless your car already comes with it. Also check your owners manual to determine the do’s and don’t of changing your light bulbs. Just as the entertainment system, the lights also include the car’s electrical system, so you don’t want to fiddle around too much with it.
Spot lights are fine if you are a fan of rally cars, but don’t be a pain and use it on public roads. Click here for a good idea on what is on the market already.
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We all want our rides to stand out from the crowd, and a lot of us do already have such cars. But it is one thing to stand out and another thing to do it with good taste. This list should help you get started, but do your research and find out which style suits you the most. Remember, the best rule to follow here is – do it with style.