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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.
Satellite Navigation

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.

Vinyl wrap white Mercedes SL
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!

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:


  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!