Like it or not, the car you drive tells others what kind of person you are. Drive a Corolla? You’re telling the world you’re a common-sense, practical, point-a-to-point-b type of person.
Drive a BMW? The world thinks you are a confident, maybe slightly arrogant, performance-appreciating go-getter.
Drive an Escalade? Well, we won’t tell you what the world thinks. You wouldn’t care anyway.
The point is, cars define us even when fresh off the showroom floor. For most people, that’s enough. But for true car geeks, cars must be tweaked and modified to adequately portray the driver’s personality.
Keep reading for some common mods today, and be sure to let us know what you think each says about the driver…
Matte black paint
If you drive a supercar or a stout, low-slung muscle car, matte black paint can look seriously sinister. On the wrong vehicle (which is anything else, including this Civic) it looks like a pitiful attempt to be cool.
Never. I’ve seen these on everything from Lambos to Buicks (and now, on a Focus), and they never look good. Gull-wing doors are slightly better, but unless you have a DeLorean or an SLS AMG, stick with the doors that came stock.
My thoughts here are simple: Why would anyone want to plaster corporate logos on their car if they’re not getting paid for it? Rally cars don’t do it because they look good. They do it to pay for performance upgrades. Case closed.
Carbon fiber look
Real carbon fiber? Go as crazy as you can afford to. Fake stuff with the “carbon fiber look”? Might as well fill your car with those little blue “New Car Smell” trees, too.
Side skirts, fins and spoilers
The purpose of these is to direct force downward at high speeds to keep the tires planted. Driving a front-wheel-drive Mitsubishi with a giant fin on the rear does not make your car faster or make you look cooler. It makes you look like you’ve dressed your car up for Halloween.
Are any car modifications worth the money, in your opinion?