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 £250.
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 last summer.)
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!
See every-mod-y later!
(Founder & Owner)