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Three ways to give your car a makeover

by آیلین حیدری

For some people, a car is simply a machine which allows them to get from one place to another; they try to avoid doing anything other than essential maintenance and have no interest whatsoever in customising their vehicle. For others, however, their car is their proudest possession and is cared for accordingly. If you fall into the latter category, here are a few ways that you can modify your pride and joy to make it even more stylish and functional.

Invest in a lift kit

Lift kits deliver impressive results both in terms of appearance and performance. They can make your vehicle look considerably larger and more imposing; this is achieved mainly by raising the body of the car upwards. However, as NT-Online notes, 4WD lift kits also create additional clearance space around the wheels, allowing for the use of bigger tyres; if fitted, these too will give the vehicle a more substantial look. The site also explains that lift kits can make it easier for you to drive on off-road terrain by improving vehicle flexibility.

Swap your steel wheels for alloys

Steel-plated wheels are a basic, affordable choice for car owners who are on a budget. However, they are not the most durable variety and tend to be quite bulky. If your budget allows, one of the easiest ways to upgrade your vehicle is to fit alloy wheels instead. According to The Car Expert, these are not only more lightweight, but can also improve the car's handling and reduce flex when driving around tight corners. Visually, this type of wheel can dramatically enhance your car, giving it a more modern and stylish look.

Change the upholstery

Renovating the interior of your car can have a huge impact on its overall appearance. One of the simplest but more effective things you can do to this part of your vehicle is replace the existing upholstery with one made from a higher-quality material. There are plenty of options, including vinyl, faux-leather, cloth, nylon and of course, real leather.

If you decide to go ahead with this change, make sure that you choose a fabric which suits both your personal tastes and your lifestyle. For instance, you might love the classic look of a cream cloth interior, but if you have a tendency to drink your morning coffee in the car, this type of upholstery might end up covered in stains. Faux-leather can offer a similarly elegant look, but any spillages on it can easily be wiped-clean with a damp cloth.