Getting a new car or getting your car upgraded are some exciting experiences, but they’re not always very affordable. Not many cars have unique features like wireless carplay readily available yet.
On that note, taking great care of your car and spoiling yourself from time to time are both important – here’s how you can combine the two without breaking the bank.
Ready to do some budget-friendly DIY car upgrades? Here are our ideas.
Install a Remote Starter
Jealous of people with seriously advanced vehicles that can control their car’s temperature from an app? Now you can join the club.
A remote car starter will allow you to get your car’s engine running from miles away. This will give you the opportunity to regulate your car’s temperature before you get inside, and also offers extra security features, depending on which model you go for. They’re affordable and easy to install yourself, a win-win!
Invest in a Backup Camera
Struggle with parking, reversing and the dreaded blind spot in your car? Newer cars these days are all launched with a backup cam as a standard feature, but owners of older cars are still handling things on their own.
Fortunately, installing your own rear-view camera is typically inexpensive and easy to do. Invest in one of these devices and hook it up to your car. You’ll be able to get a clear view of what’s going on behind you on a screen on your dash, extra safety and ease for a very low cost.
Add a Steering Wheel Cover
If you’re looking to protect the integrity of your car’s interior, then covering your steering wheel is the way to go. Frequent friction from your hands, coupled with sun exposure, can make the material on your steering wheel disintegrate pretty quickly, especially if it’s of a cheaper make. This not only looks awful, but makes the car harder to resell in the future.
A steering wheel cover will not only look good but protect those sensitive parts of your steering wheel and keep them in good shape for the long term.
Cover the Seats
Similarly to the steering cover, investing in good seat covers is a great idea if you want to protect the material long-term. Car seats might get stained, torn or sun damaged. Especially if you have pets or kids who ride along with you regularly, seat covers are a no-brainer.
Plus, as an added bonus, they will give your car a fresh, updated look. Opt for high-quality leather covers if you can afford to splurge – you’ll thank yourself for it.
Jazz Up the Sound System
Finally, if you’re serious about your music, you could consider upgrading the sound system in your car. Speakers and radios are easy to come by and simple to install by yourself. Do some research and check out reviews to see which options are worth your money.
Believe it or not, you can even install a sound system on your motorcycle. This upgrade is the perfect option for someone with an older car who is tired of old CDs and terrible speakers.