Adding Options Afterwards
Here's the problem: there are only ever a finite number of used
cars for sale in the UK.
And it is not like buying a sandwich from Subway where you can select whatever ingredients you
fancy! When buying a used car, if you are fussy about exactly what you want, it just may
not be out there.
In such cases, the answer is easy - make it yourself. (Cue: Pimp My Ride TV theme)
Pretty much all of the optional extras available on cars today can be retro-fitted. So, if
you absolutely must have Sat Nav, parking sensors and a karaoke machine* in your car, just buy a
car without them and have them fitted yourself.
SATELLITE NAVIGATION - From a £340 Sat Nav with a flip-out screen from Halfords, through to
a £3,000 top-of-the-range custom-installed system, there is a whole range of solutions.
PARKING SENSORS - We regularly have these fitted to clients' cars. A set of rear sensors
that look exactly like they were a standard fit will beep away to their heart's content for just
BLUETOOTH TELEPHONES - The very popular and very good Parrot kits range from £180 to £235,
something we also do a lot.
(*The Karaoke machine option was not a joke, have a look
at what I did to one of my own cars
There is a massive industry devoted to making Citroen Saxos faster than Ferraris (may the Lord
have mercy on their souls), but there is one easy fix: engine management remaps.
If your car has a turbo (which most diesels do, and some petrol cars) it is very easy to
have a techno-wizard plug into your car and rewrite the program to release masses of untapped
power. An additional 30-50 BHP is achievable with no detrimental effect on fuel economy.
Not a boy racer? Well the same can be done to help improve fuel economy. The Honda Civic
diesel can be remapped to give better fuel economy than a Toyota Prius hybrid...
Yes, even changes in colour have become much easier recently.
Whereas the only option used to be respraying a whole car in the colour you want (around £5,000), now
you can just have it wrapped in vinyl for £1,700. It sticks to the car over the existing
paint and looks damn good. You can even have matt effects, carbon style or chrome done.
|This car used to be silver... before
we got our hands on it!
So next time you can't find the exact car you want... just make it yourself!