After plenty of searching and hard work, youve finally got your dream car. But thats only just the start of transforming it into a car you can truly be proud of. Whether youre restoring a classic or if want your modern ride to have a truly unique personality, there are countless customization options out there that allow you to remodel your dream car into exactly what you want it to look, sound and even feel like.
Before diving into the world of car remodeling and customization, you might want to check out the following tips from the professionals.
Make an Assessment Before you Start Remodeling
Before you get started on remodeling your dream car, you want to make sure that that car is largely in one piece. You might also want to conduct a little research on your vehicle before you start the remodeling process. Depending on what your remodel situation is, it can be an expensive and lengthy process. Make sure that you know the updates you want to include beforehand. Then you can have a guide of what and when you want to include for you rebuild.
Budget for those Big-Ticket Items
Make sure you have enough money set aside to handle unexpected expenses both big and small. If you plan on redoing or replacing a critical component such as a transmission or engine, you might want to have some money set aside for those repairs. Especially when talking transmission, you don’t know the extent of the repairs or modifications until you are in there. Be sure to have enough money to handle whatever situation comes up.
Work your Way Up
Its understandable that you want to tackle those large-scale projects first, but starting off with the small stuff gives you an opportunity to get a feel for your project while making it much easier for you to get things done to your vehicle.
Reuse and Recycle
If you cant find that part brand-new or from new-old stock (NOS), try searching for the parts you need used. Auto recyclers and salvage yards usually have a wide variety of used auto parts for sale and depending on your cars make and model, theres a literal goldmine of used parts available at a cost much lower than what youd pay for brand-new.
Ask for Professional Help
If it feels like youve come to a dead end in your project, dont hesitate to ask a trusted mechanic for a helping hand. They can help you run through what has been changed or altered so far and what to do next, and usually for a low cost. They are not actually working on your vehicle, but this is their passion. They will most likely get just as excited as you are about the process.
Know the Law
While some modifications make your car look great, they may accidentally break various statues governing motor vehicles in your state. Take tinting, for instance nearly all states require that your installed window tint lets in a certain percentage of light (i.e. 25 percent or 35 percent), otherwise its illegal for road use.
So there are the pointers any professional would recommend. More then anything, make sure that you find a project you are passionate about. Once you have that, it is just budgeting and planning to make sure the transformation will be everything you imagined. Good luck!