There are countless ways to customize your vehicle, adding aftermarket products that enhance its performance, increase its comfort, or simply make the car a better reflection of your personality. While such customizations can definitely make your car more fun to drive, it’s worth asking: Do they help the car maintain its value? Can they ever increase its value? Are there times when they can decrease it?
The short answer: It just depends. In this post, we’ll outline some of the add-ons that do and do not make your vehicle more valuable.
Add-ons That Increase Vehicle Value
First, here are some of the aftermarket features that can make our vehicle increase in value:
- Alloy rims/wheels—so long as they are sized properly and maintain low tire profiles.
- ody kits such as running boards, grilles, and tailgate treatments—again, so long as they are appropriately sized.
- Window tints—so long as they are compliant with the law!
- GPS navigation systems.
- Mobile electronics, including “infotainment” centers added onto older vehicles.
- Sunroofs and moon roofs.
- Aftermarket leather seats or leather interiors.
- “Smart” keys that enable you to access more vehicle features remotely.
While all of these features can increase vehicle value and comfort, some are obviously more involved than others. If you’re looking for a fairly inexpensive and easy way to boost your car’s value, we’d suggest starting with the appropriately-sized rims.
Add-ons That Decrease Vehicle Value
With that said, certain aftermarket features can actually cause your vehicle value to decrease. Here are some aftermarket features you may wish to avoid:
- Alloy rims that are not sized properly.
- Huge, outlandish, oversized stereos—including the “trunk-rattler” variety.
- Loud exhaust systems.
- Superchargers and turbochargers.
- Leather interiors that are either low-quality or oddly colored.
- Repainting the car in an “exotic” print or color.
- Window tinting that does not comply with the law.
- Sunroofs or moon roofs that are not installed well or that are difficult to use.
If you’re going to have work done to add new upholstery or a sunroof, we really recommend checking with your local dealership to see if they can handle it for you. It may be a tad more expensive, but it will also ensure a much better final product.
To Customize or Not to Customize?
If customization will help you to enjoy your vehicle more, then by all means go ahead with it. We’d only caution you to be sure you know whether or not your add-ons will impact the value of your car in a positive way.
Learn more about how to maintain the value of your vehicle by keeping tabs on Get My Auto’s blog—devoted to all things used car-related!