Let’s face it, not everyone has the means to afford a supercar or a luxury tourer. And it’s not only because of how much they cost, it’s because of the maintenance cost afterwards as well. But, most people want the experience, exhaust notes and styling from a supercar in their cars and it’s not very hard to find aftermarket parts to do justice to their cars as well. But, the question most people ask to me is whether or not go for aftermarket modifications. The short answer is yes. If that’s all you wanted to know, there you have it but, if you would like to know how perfectly balanced it can be, let’s take a look at the full answer below.
The pricing of cars from established automakers is at a high premium. It’s no more like the old times where if you’d want a hot hatchback, you’d visit your nearby showrooms and pay the amount because of how reasonable they were. Not only that, cars felt worth their money and thus, made their marginal utility a whole lot higher. Forward some 15 years, a hot hatch from Mercedes i.e. the A45 AMG would cost you enough money from which you could purchase a VW Golf GTI or a Ford Focus RS or even a Mini Cooper JCW and still have enough to modify it with power upgrades from Mountune or better and louder exhaust systems. As a matter of fact, aftermarket parts both cosmetic and performance upgrades, are so high quality and reasonably priced that the option to get optional packages in your small car from the company itself seems to be a mistake. Cosmetic upgrades like Lights, Rims, Brake calipers, bumpers, wide-body kits, roof and bonnet scoops cost about as much as you would pay for a set of simple styling kit options with your car company, a chrome strip here, some matte finish rims and voila, all your money is gone. The paint schemes from the car company would cost you a lot more than just getting a simple color of your choice and then having your car wrapped in whatever wave of colors you have in mind. The wraps are removable so you can always go back to the simple one or even change it from time to time. Similarly, performance upgrades, though a little bit expensive from brands like Renntech and Mountune, are still priced quite well to give you the worth of your hard earned money, just like old times.
The best part about it though, is the fact that a lot of these parts do not void your car’s warranty, fit in the exact size slot available without any additional cuts or creases so that if you want, you could go back to your original car. They also provide their own warranty and are most of the times, a quality product. The only part you need to keep in mind is to have a well-researched vendor for the parts and make sure that their team has highly skilled professional installers for your parts.
The thoughts shared in this article are provided by Prakhar Khandelwal who takes pride in being an automobile enthusiast and a budding writer. Want to share your thoughts and ideas about the auto world with Open Bonnet community? Write to us at [email protected]om