Thursday, March 24, 2005
More Bang for Your Buck: Custom Cars
Fast and flashy. For a lot of young adults, having a brand new set of wheels isn't good enough any more. Today, they insist on customizing their cars. But in tonight's bang for the buck, seven's Lynn Martinez shows us there are ways to save without shifting gears.
WSVN -- There's no doubt the way we get around has come a long way.
But if you want an auto with attitude, today it's all about big wheels -- big sound -- big show. On the road of life, Racquel Lavigne wants to accelerate plans for her dream car.
Racquel Lavigne: "I want to stand out. If someone looks at my car I want them to say wow that's different, that's nice. I like that."
But being a college student with a budget, she has to put the brakes on over-spending.
Racquel: "Fixing up a car can be quite expensive, but if you have the right connections and know the right people you can get it done in an affordable manner."
One of those connections is Chris West. Chris says the secret is getting sponsors.
Chris West from Twisted Creations, Inc: "You advertise by putting their logo on your car."
Most companies will be especially approachable if you're willing to show off in a car show.
Chris: "You both benefit from it. Your car gets more exposure and they get more exposure because people see it."
If that doesn't work, try buying in bulk. For Chris, it's one of the benefits of being in a club.
Chris: "The more members that buy the one thing the cheaper it becomes for everyone eles."
And there are plenty of cheap changes. If you want cool neon lighting, www.elwirecheap.com will sell at a dollar a foot.
If you want to boost your horsepower, you can get a high performance air filter for right around $50 dollars.
Chris: "Anything can be changed, it's just a matter of the imagination of the owner."
And of course if all else fails, you can always do the dirty work yourself.
Chris: "Most places will charge you $50 to $100 dollars to install a radio where if you have a little knowledge and a little bit of time you can do the exact same thing."
Raquel's gained a lot of knowledge since joining Chris' car club. Here's her stock Dodge Neon before. Now, take a look at her hot ride with custom graphics. With a sponsor she saved over $400 dollars.
Racquel: "I absolutely love my car. I'm happy the way it's turned out. I love my graphics. It's something unique that one else has. And I'm really excited to do more modifications to it."
Also keep in mind, as you change the look of your car, your insurance is likely to go up.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris's Car Club
Twisted Creations, Inc.