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Aftermarket Parts: First Steps

Updated August 12, 2014

So you’re heading down the road at night, just cruising along, and coming the other direction is some guy with the most bizarre green tinted headlights that you’ve ever seen. You’ve gotta do a double take to make sure you’re seeing this right and you have to think to yourself “Is that even legal?” as he zooms past you headed towards his unknown destination. First of all, I can guarantee that his lights didn’t come standard on that model, and second, yes it is both legal and really cool. Aftermarket parts like HID kits, body kits, spoilers, and just about anything else you can think of can be a great way to give your car a unique aesthetic and express your personal style, but it’s not always cheap or easy, and it’s definitely not for everyone.


The first thing you have to do if you’re interested in getting any kind of aftermarket parts (if you’re not sure, this means any part that wasn’t in or on your vehicle when you rolled it off the lot) is identify your vehicle. If you can’t do that, then auto customizing might not be for you, but if you’re still interested then that’s a good first step. Next you’re going to have to decide whether you want to increase performance or change your vehicle’s look. From there, it’s usually as simple as an online search or a trip to a local dealer, mechanic, or specialist and you can find out what parts will work or, more importantly, work best for your vehicle.


Self-starters can do a lot of their own research, but don’t be afraid to turn to an expert or professional if you have any questions about items like body kits that will change how you need to drive to prevent damage (and remember that when you finally decide to buy that you can usually find the best pricing online. If you really like building or assembling things and you like your car or truck, installing aftermarket parts can be a lot of fun.


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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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