Improve Your Ride

How to Improve Your Ride On a Budget

For many drivers, their cars are an extension of their personalities. Unfortunately, some cars also reflect your shrinking bank account. You may not be able to afford a shiny sports car or a classy sedan, but that doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank to improve your ride.

There are a few things that you can do while keeping to your budget to make your vehicle shine. Paying attention to the smaller details and making your car stand out from the crowd can be done with a bit of effort and less money than you think. 

You can upgrade your vehicle from shabby to snazzy in a heartbeat without going into debt. You could be driving a class A car and still paying the same amount of car insurance if you follow these tips. Let’s take a closer look at a few ways to improve your ride on a budget. 


One of the cheapest and easiest ways to give your vehicle an entirely new look is to add decals. Most of us can’t afford to have a custom paint job done on our cars. However, when you add decals, you can do the job yourself without breaking the bank and get a custom look. Decals will only run you about $100 instead of the thousands you would pay at the paint shop. You can get decals for your hood, your quarter panels, or cover your whole car. You can also get custom wraps that will cover your entire vehicle for just a few hundred dollars. 

Window Tinting

If you want an elite and stylish look to your car, adding a tint to the windows can do the job. With tinted windows, you will not only get a sleek and classy look, but you will also protect your car from UV rays that can fade your interior. If you have worked with tinting products before, it’s possible to do the job yourself. If you have no experience, it’s best to take your car to a professional tinter, not only will they be able to do a standard window tinting perfectly without any hassle, they can also do specialist custom jobs such as metallic window tint to turn even more heads when you’re out in the car.

Be sure to check with your local regulations before you tint your windows. Depending on the state, you will be limited to the shading of your tint and where you can put it on your car. For example, some states forbid you to tint your windows completely black, or have any tinting on your windshield.

Steering Wheel Upgrade

Your steering wheel takes a lot of abuse. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your interior, you can start by giving your steering wheel a new look with a custom cover. There are endless varieties available for steering wheel covers. A cover is just a temporary fix for your car. You can invest in an aftermarket steering wheel. This will cost you a bit more but give you the advantage of a permanent solution that suits your style.

Stereo Upgrade

One of the most popular car upgrades is the stereo. If you want to impress your friends and neighbors, it’s as simple as adding a subwoofer and new speakers. In no time at all, you can be rocking your new stereo upgrade and turning heads on the street. 

Your Ride


You may be surprised how much a new pair of tricked out rims can make for the look of your vehicle. Changing the rims on your car for a custom set can change the whole look. There are endless styles, materials, colors, and futuristic designs to choose from. All you need to know is your tire size and how much you want to spend. 

LED Lighting Package

If you love a night cruise, you need to make a splash on the streets. A great way to make your car stand out from the crowd is to add an LED lighting package. These simple to install systems light your car up at night. You can get halo lights that surround your headlights, undercarriage lights that give your car a futuristic glow, or interior lights to make your cabin feel like a spaceship. Your LED lights can be programmed to any color or switch colors on command. 

If you are bored with your ride and want to give it some flair, you don’t have to buy a new car or spend a fortune on custom paint jobs to get the job done. Try some of these tips to help you improve your ride like you have always dreamed about and stay on budget.