If you just won the lottery or run a multimillion dollar company chances are you’re probably pretty satisfied with how that brand new Ferrari looks when it rolls of the lot. Alternatively, if you’re like the rest of us driving a normal vehicle, chances are you have at least considered improving the appearance of your car.
Sure, putting a new turbocharger, cold air intake and exhaust system may make it go faster and sound cooler, but it’s not exactly something someone on a budget can consider. Luckily, there are many things you can do to improve your car’s appearance from tinting your windows, upgrading your speakers or outfitting your vehicle with other car accessories.
Have you ever seen the exact same car as you, in the exact same color only to thing it looks better, but can’t pinpoint why? Chances are, their windows are tinted. Tinting your vehicle’s windows is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the appearance of your vehicle. Not only will they help your car look cooler, they will help to fend off sunlight and give you some extra privacy.
Depending on where you live, getting tints installed can range between $50 – 150 dollars. However, it’s important to note that while these shops will go as dark as you want, certain laws prohibit tints past a certain darkness. Luckily, any shop that that provides window tinting will undoubtedly know exactly what your local laws are.
No matter how bad a car looks, if it works and sounds great it will be fun to drive. Many new vehicles come pre equipped with great stereo systems that need no modifications. However, if you have an older vehicle with audio equipment that sounds awful (or no audio equipment at all), perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. There are many different things you can do in this sector and what you do dictates the cost. Simply updating your interior speakers can cost as low as $50. Upgrading your head unit to something a bit more functional can also cost around $50 – $100 or cheaper if you look to install it yourself.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to outfit your car with a touchscreen head unit and 3 12-inch subwoofers, you’re going to be looking at well over $1,000.
Now that you’ve got your windows tinted and your system sounding great, it’s time to look at the interior of your vehicle. There are many things you can do with the interior of your vehicle that range from cheap to extremely expensive. On the cheaper side you can get seat covers, a new shifter knob or even a steering wheel cover. If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, you can have your dashboard painted or even new seats installed. Your best bet here is to head over to your local auto parts store and browse the car accessories isle. We could write a whole book on the different things you can find but finding something that’s right for you is what’s of importance.
Driving your brand new car off the lot is a great feeling. You finally got the car you want in the color you want, with all of the features you want. However, if you’re someone who has owned several vehicles you’ll know that this feeling quickly fades. It’s not that you become dissatisfied with your purchase, it’s that you realize the hefty ongoing costs associated with your vehicle. Even if you purchased your vehicle in cash thus forgoing the monthly payment there is still insurance, registration fees and most expensive of all, maintenance.
If you’re not well versed in the world of auto repair, there’s not much you can do besides bring your vehicle to a trained mechanic if it completely breaks down. However, anyone whose anyone will tell you that the best way to avoid these costly trips to the mechanic is to properly maintain your vehicle so it never gets to that point. The best part of this is these things that keep your vehicle running healthy are things you can do right at home. Let’s take a look at a few.
Change Your Oil
Being on top of the life of your oil is without a doubt one of the most important points you need to focus on. There are a lot of moving metal parts in your car’s engine that cause it to function. Oil comes into play by lubricating these metal parts and making sure they run flawlessly. Without oil, those metal parts will quickly grind into one another completely ruining your engine.
Changing your oil is as easy as flushing the old oil, filling it with the new appropriate oil and changing the oil filter. While the specifics will vary depending on your make and model, oil changes are quick and easy and should be done every 3,000 – 7,000 miles.
Replace Fuels & Air Filters
While fuel and air filter different things, their concepts are quite similar. Air filters, quite obviously, filter the air and make sure that no dust or other debris gets into the engine. Alternatively, fuel filters ensure that all fuel getting to your engine is as clean as can be. If dust, debris or dirty fuel gets into your engine it can cause an unheard of amount of headaches.
Luckily, much like changing your oil, replacing your fuel and air filters is a breeze and involves simply swapping them out. The only thing to make sure of is you purchase the correct type of fuel and air filters before swapping them out. Employees of your local auto parts store would be more than happy to guide you in the right direction.
Replace Brake Pads
When it comes to safety, being able to stop your vehicle is probably up there with air bags and seatbelts. Just imagine if your car had no brakes – wouldn’t be pretty, right? While brake pads typically don’t need to be changed as often as your oil, fuel filters or air filters they do need to be changed and can cost hundreds of dollars if done by a mechanic. Luckily, they are quite simple to change when done at home. Changing your brake pads is going to take a big more time as it’s more involved than any of the above-mentioned procedures but if you buy the appropriate parts it’s something you can do very easily.
In conclusion, repairing your own vehicle at home is practical, but not something that should be taken lightly. Though it’s simple, there isn’t room for much error. This is why if you’re not well versed in the world of auto repair, it’s imperative that you do your research. Additionally, if you have anything you’re unsure of taking it to your mechanic may be your best bet. Though it may cost a bit extra to change your brake pads, that’s a small price to pay to ensure your vehicle will be stopping correctly each and every time.
Purchasing a new vehicle is always an intimidating process. Not only do you have to take into consideration the initial cost and all of the additional fees, but weighing the joy of having a car you like with a car that has the features you need is a difficult task. Add to that the endless amount of vehicles to choose from each with their own respective features and the task is made even harder.
Luckily, there are some vehicles that take into consideration all of the above in the sense that they look nice but are also very practical. One such line of vehicles is none other than Jeeps – an iconic brand that has been around for quite some time. These vehicles are durable, easy to repair, great in all different types of weather and comfortable to drive in. Not only that, but there are many different models to choose from ranging from the smaller Jeep Wranglers to the more spacious Jeep Patriots. But is a Jeep right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits.
Save on Auto Repairs
One thing that is often over looked when purchasing a new car is the cost of maintenance. Sure, it feels great to drive off the lot in that brand new BMW but when it breaks down and you get the mechanics bill, that feeling will quickly fade. Luckily, this isn’t the case with Jeeps. Not only are they incredible durable vehicles (hence the reason they use them in the military) but they’re cheap to repair as well. Jeeps are a mass-produced, generally low cost line of vehicles which means parts are easy to come by at a reasonable if not very cheap cost.
Fear No Weather
Depending on where you live, you may have to take into consideration weather changes into mind when you purchase your new vehicle. For example, if you live in the North Eastern United States, chances are a back wheel drive car isn’t going to cut it in the snow or even heavy rain. Luckily, Jeeps are known for being extremely rugged and able to conquer virtually any weather you throw at it. Jeeps are designed with 4 wheel drive, big meaty tires and great suspension. This means that driving in the snow, rain or even on ice will be essentially the same as driving in sunny weather.
Finally, there is comfort. Fast cars typically look great on the outside but with so much focus on the engine and exterior, the interior typically lacks. Jeeps, on the other hand, look great on the outside and are very comfortable to ride in. Couple the great interior with the above mentioned suspension and you have a ride that will conquer any weather, won’t break down and will be a joy to ride in. Have a big family? No problem. Forego the Jeep Wranglers and head towards the Jeep Patriots; they have more room to fit your family. But those aren’t the only models as Jeep also provides models including the Cherokee, Compass, Renegade and more.