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How to Update Your Car Instead of Buying a New One

A lot of people that own a car would love to buy a new car if they could, but it isn’t always possible due to finances; however, that doesn’t mean that you have to settle with the car you have as it is. Instead of buying a new car, you can update the current car you have, which can allow you to make it into a whole new car or just update it a bit at a time, parts and money depending. When updating the car yourself, this gives you free rain to make it look how you want, you don’t necessarily have to change the mechanical aspect of it, but the exterior and interior can be changed and made to look like a completely different car.

Most of the time, this can be done for cheap and is a lot cheaper than buying a new car; however, it can be expensive to update new parts on your car, so bear that in mind, so you do have the option to try and look for second-hand parts to update the parts and make it more affordable. If you are unsure what things to change or where to start, then hopefully, these tips will give you an idea of what to do and where to get started on.

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Fix the exterior

A great place to start updating your vehicle would be to make sure the exterior of your car is fixed up. If it is banged up or scratched, then it is best to get this fixed so that it has a newer look; you can take it to the garage or do it yourself should you feel confident doing so and have the issues buffed out or the damaged panels replaced. This can be costly, so finding second-hand parts at this point will help to save some money on your restoration of the vehicle.

With the exterior of the vehicle being the thing people see first, this is what is going to be what makes your car look newer to other people; while fixing the exterior, if possible with your vehicle when changing the bodywork, you could even use new paneling that makes your car look like a whole different car this will allow you to make it look even newer as you are getting further away from what it looked like originally.

Paint your car

Another great way to change the look of your car and update it to look newer is to repaint it; this can just be to repaint the current exterior as is or after you have fixed up the exterior. Paining your car is a great way to give it a refresh and update it without having to make too many changes if the bodywork is in good condition. Painting your car is something you can do yourself should you know-how and are comfortable doing it, or you can pay for it to be done.

There are certain types of paint you can have done; if you really want to change the style, you could go for matte paint, or if you want the standard shine, then go for a paint job that is a gloss. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you read up on the equipment you need and that you are confident you can do it in a safe manner for yourself and others.

When painting your vehicle, you do not need to stay with the standard coloring; you can update the color your car was and even go for cool looking patterns and mixes of colors. It can be a canvas for you to get creative with and really make your own; if there was something you always wanted to do to the car’s color, then this a great chance for you to do it.

Update the mechanical parts

If you have an older car and you feel it is on its last legs, but you can’t justify buying a new car, then it may be time to start updating the parts in your car. Sometimes it can be more expensive to change the parts in your vehicle than it is to purchase a new car so it is best if you know what parts you are going to need to shop around and see the prices of those parts to change them out, or take it into the garage for a service and check over so they can advise what would need replacing. Anything that is replaced will be able to extend the life of your vehicle; obviously, bear in mind, though, that if you replace one thing, then in due course, you may need to update others to keep up with the new parts that you fit. 

When updating the parts, if you are going to do it yourself, it is best to make sure you are one hundred percent sure that you can do it properly or you risk ruining or costing yourself more money by doing it wrong. When updating the mechanical aspect of your vehicle, it is the best way to get your car running like new instead of purchasing a new car altogether, so this is something you should be willing to sink money into should you have it and within reason. A lot of people will use this as a chance to enhance the performance of the car also, by increasing its horsepower and tuning it to go faster, quicker, and more efficiently.

Change your wheels

Another great way to change the look of the car and make it feel newer is to update the wheels you are running; this can change the look of your vehicle and make it look newer, and change the style without having to break the bank too much. If you want it to look sportier or just pimp out your car more, you can update the rims and get a different look for your car; you could go for things like mag wheels and make your rims look however you want with bespoke rims and style creation. 

When changing rims, it doesn’t just have to be about style either; if you have damage to the original rims and tires, then it is best to have them replaced to stop any punctures or issues should they arise while driving. Updating your vehicle can be used as a chance to make sure your vehicle is safe as much as looking and working better.

Update the interior

It is all well and good getting the mechanical aspect and exterior of the vehicle up to date and up to scratch, but if the interior is old and worn, then it really won’t feel much of a new car to you. So it is best to update the interior of your vehicle and make sure it gets a makeover with the rest of the car. 

When updating the interior, you do not have to go mad; just touch it up if needs be or replace the upholstery; you can also update the radio you have and get a more modern one, which will change the aesthetic of the interior. If you have the ability and funds, you could overhaul the interior with new seats and consoles. You can really pimp out the interior with bucket seats and all sorts should you be making your car into a more sporty vehicle; you can also change things like the gear stick and put in a starter motor button for starting the vehicle if you really want to get creative.

Add in any extras

If you have updated the interior, then you have really got to the end of what you can do to the main parts of the vehicle to make it new, now you can focus on adding any extra touches and things you want to have in your car. You can add in woofers and sound systems to make your stereo even better; you could look to also install tv systems in the back of the car if you have kids or just for your friends to watch. If you want to make it a bit more modern then, you could see about getting satnav built into the car if this is possible and things like that, the possibilities are endless should the car have the ability to take it, or you have the funds for it.

If you are looking to buy a new car but you love the one you have, or you may have just bought a car, but you are not in love with it, then there are plenty of things you can do to update the car and make you fall in love with it and make it feel like new. If you have the funds, then the possibilities and endless to update your car; if you are not wealthy, then you still can update your car, but you need to look to do it on a budget. If you are unsure where to start to update your vehicle or give it a makeover, then hopefully, these tips may help you understand where to start and update your vehicle.

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