Top 6 Car Upgrades To Improve Your Vehicle

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Car Upgrades
Car Upgrades

Your car is your pride and joy. So, it’s only natural that you want it to perform the best it can when you’re on the road.

Car upgrades are just one way you can enhance the efficiency, safety, comfort or speed of your motor. But what are the best ways to spec up your vehicle?

Tyres

They’re the only part of your car which come into contact with the road surface. So, why wouldn’t you want to invest in premium cover on them alloys?

Where you drive regularly will dictate which type of tyre is best for your motor. The chances are that high-performance tyres, commonly found on F1 race cars, won’t be needed for that commute to work.

All-weather tyres, or all-season tyres are a ‘happy medium’ solution to the tyre enigma. Forget having to swap between summer and winter tyres in accordance with the UK weather – which is at the very least unpredictable.

Check the tread design of your tyres you have now if you’re unsure of what type they are. The chances are that you’ll already have all-weather tyres, or summer tyres. But you can always upgrade these to premium brands such as Pirelli, Continental and Michelin for longer-lasting builds.

Average cost: £250

Engine Remapping

If you’re after more power from your car, an engine remap can be an affordable and quick way of gaining some extra performance from your car’s engine control unit (ECU). This is essentially a computer which controls how the engine works.

Not only is it supposed to improve power and speed instantly, but also increase the car’s fuel economy. It does this by making the engine more responsive, so it takes less gear changes to overtake. The process takes around an hour to do and is a digital process that can be done using a laptop and a cable.

Average cost: as little as £150, but this depends on the type of vehicle and how much programming is needed.

Used car warranty

A great way to keep hefty repair bills at bay. The last thing you want is the age of your car to start taking its toll and mechanical faults start taking their toll.

Taking out a used car warranty after the original factory one has expired will cover you for unexpected mechanical and electrical problems.

Consider manufacturer warranties for less exclusions, which can often be the case for third-party.

Average cost: £140-£260 for a car which is five years old/has done 50,000 miles (whichever one comes first).

Driver convenience and safety tech

Most modern cars come with great tech features as standard on their base models. But this isn’t always the case, which is why technology packages are becoming an increasingly popular choice in the car configuration process.

If your new car is a factory order, it’s easy to pick and choose between tech features to get a vehicle tailored to you. However, if you’re leasing your next car it will have already been created to a certain specification based on your model choice. Don’t worry though, you can simply compare standard features of the different models and pick one that best suits your needs.

Some neat tech features you might want to consider are:

  • Reverse camera and/or all-round parking sensors
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Emergency city braking/automatic emergency braking
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision avoidance system

Dampers

Suspension dampers are another upgrade option to improve ride handling and comfort in your car.

Dampers are shock absorbers which stop your suspension’s spring from moving back and forth. They offer a great amount of flexibility when you’re driving – especially adaptive dampers, which some manufacturers offer to let you choose your preferred driving mode. Perfect if you like swapping between a stiffer, sporty feel and a comfortable ride.

Average cost: £65-£130 depending on the model of the car.

‘My car is on finance, can I make modifications?’

If you have a form of finance on your car, there are restrictions in place that you’ll need to be aware of before taking your car to the Wheeler Dealers.

If you’re leasing your car, at no point are you the owner or registered keeper of the vehicle. This means that any modifications you make to your car must be reversible and be approved by your leasing provider. For example, tow bars, dash cams, roof racks or black boxes.

Remember: a modification will make the manufacturer warranty void, which is something to consider before making any unnecessary changes.

If it’s a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) deal and you plan on buying the car at the end of the deal, then you’re best waiting for this so that you can make changes of your own free will.

Your finance house may let you make certain reversible changes mid-contract. But always be sure to check this with them first, as anything which goes directly against your contract could lead them to repossess the car. A hefty price to pay for a small change.

A Hire Purchase (HP) has a similar stance when it comes to modifications. You can’t legally modify the car without the permission of the finance house. This changes if you’ve made the final ‘Option to Purchase Fee’, at which point you become the legal owner of the car. Change away!

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