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5 Ways to Soup up a Car for Less

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Who says you can’t have your dream car on a budget?

You may have trouble scraping together a down payment for that Ferrari on your vision board. However, there are some affordable upgrades you can do to take your existing car to a whole new level.

This way, you won’t have to sink your entire savings into a new car.

Here are five excellent ways to soup up a car and make it new again.

1. Paint Job

Paint jobs for your car can easily cost thousands of dollars. However, there are affordable options out there.

Solid colors will be cheaper, as the labor is far less intensive than pinstripes or designs.

Try picking something you don’t see every day. Think milky pastel blues and greens can have a cool, modern-meets-vintage vibe. Or, you can add racing stripes in complimentary colors.

If you want more of a transformation, look at vinyl wraps for inspiration. Passersby won’t be able to tell the difference between a nice vinyl cover and a new paint job.

2. Turbocharger

One way to take your vehicle to new heights is to invest in a turbocharger. A turbocharger will increase your horsepower. It will also improve your fuel economy and overall efficiency.

You’ll also be able to go faster, upping your “cool factor” exponentially.

3. Seats

A seat upgrade may be just the thing you need to take your basic car to new heights.

Think comfort, coolness, and even a custom color scheme to match your vehicle’s exterior.

Long story short, used cars or older cars can get an easy upgrade for under $5000.

4. Soup Up A Car’s Sound

One easy way to soup up a car is to make some changes to your sound system. Swap out your basic dash radio with a Bluetooth player. Exchange stock speakers for something tougher.

Many cars come with paper speakers, so even dropping $100-200 on a new set will be a major step up.

Take things a step further by adding an amp. Amps aren’t entirely about making your sound system extra loud. They can also clarify audio, allowing the full range of instruments to be heard.

5. Get Some Sick Tires

Sure, good tires aren’t exactly as exciting as a new paint job or that bumpin’ sound system you can hear from down the street.

However, they are one of the best investments you can make for your car.

Breaking, shifting and all things weather-related are directly tied to your tire quality. So, make an investment in them. A nice set will make your ride smoother and safer.

Ready to Soup Up a Car?

If you’re thinking about doing some upgrades on your own, don’t dive in without knowing what to do.

Otherwise, you risk doing serious, not to mention costly, damage.

Certified Master Tech offers repair manuals for thousands of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Use these resources to educate yourself on the ins and outs of your vehicle.

Trust us, you’ll be ready to get the look for less in no time!


Can't fix your car problem on your own? Ask a live mechanic!