Like it or not, but a car is the most visible statement of luxury and the most potent status symbol. However, is a car and people will not notice it until you customize it according to your taste. That flashy body paint, those shining chrome mirrors and radiator grilles, ultra-luxurious interiors, leather seats, and other additions make your car the object of attention.
Perhaps no other human invention used auto parts is subject to so many alterations and customization as vehicles. Every car was a customized once. Those were the days of elegant, classic cars. During the first decade of the twentieth century, those who could afford cars had a choice of some of the finest car ever built. These hand-built cars were powerful and luxurious, using the finest woods, leathers and cloths, and many embellishments.
The era of custom-built cars ended with the introduction of mass production starting with Ford Model T. Instead of luxury, usefulness dictates the automobile industry of today. These days, except for a few very high-end cars, manufacturers do not entertain requests for customization. However, not everything is lost. One can still revamp his or her car with hundreds of aftermarket car parts. Let us understand what aftermarket parts are.
To begin with, it should be clear that aftermarket car parts are not essential for the car’s everyday running. Nor are aftermarket parts available as standard accessories from car dealers. These are available at manufacturers or suppliers of ancillary spare parts.
Decking up your car to suit your tastes is entirely an individual choice. This is accomplished is by addition of aftermarket car parts to the vehicles or by replacing the already existing parts with aftermarket car parts. Aftermarket parts serve three purposes: some parts are only for boosting performance, some for changing the look and feel of the vehicle, and some for increasing the vehicle’s efficiency.
• Enhancing look and feel: some examples include alteration in chassis and body shape, showy paint, differently styled steering wheels and gear knobs, chromium plated mirrors, bumpers and wheel plates, leather / fur upholstery, etc.
• Boosting performance: the turbocharger is the most frequent device used for getting extra power out of the engine; another popular aftermarket part is the high performance muffler added to the exhaust system to reduce the engine noise. Control arms and control panels are also popular additions.
• Improving efficiency: gauges to monitor different aspects of your vehicle’s performance, attaching fuel saving devices to fuel distribution system, modifying car body to make it light and to obtain a better drag are some to the measures for getting the most of your car.