When it comes to modding cars, many folks think about expensive tune-ups seen in movies (Fast and Furious, anyone?) and car racing events. However, there are tweaks that are within our grasp. And the good thing is that they are inexpensive and don’t require you to possess a mechanical engineering degree to install them.

Again, another common misconception is that mods apply to your engine only. This notion can’t be further from the truth. Upgrades range from suspension, upholstery, tires, exterior, and so forth. That said, let’s look at top DIY car mods that you can implement to breathe life into your ride.

Spark Plugs

If you are experiencing sluggish performance and high fuel mileage, the culprit could be worn out spark plugs. To correct these anomalies, throw in genuine spark plugs. This upgrade will bring a whole new difference in performance and economy.

Cold air intake

Your engine, just like humans, requires air to perform better. With a cold air intake, your engine gets denser air (richer in oxygen), improving performance. While the improvement in horsepower isn’t mindboggling, it’s worth it, given the installation cost and simplicity.

Car mats

It might be an afterthought, but upgrading your car mats can birth a plush feeling into your car’s interior. And that’s not all. Well-fitting mats provide the utmost protection to your car’s carpet from mud and accidental spills.

Choose mats with strong rubber and the color that accentuates your interior.

LED lights

You can transform your toy from a bland-looking jalopy into a visually appealing ride. With LED lights on both interior and exterior, you can elevate your ride to look like a high-end luxury car. With Pinterest photos and YouTube videos, you can get inspiration from many DIY LED lighting styles available.

However, remember not to overdo it. Otherwise, your vehicle might end up looking like a moving badly lit house party.

Aftermarket audio

There is the joy that comes with quality audio in a car. But this might not be a luxury if you drive an old vehicle. Yes, the ride is great, but the audio system is whack.

The good news is that you can get out of this misery without necessarily breaking the bank. You can install an affordable aftermarket consisting of a head unit, subwoofer, and amplifier. Some head units even come with a rear-view camera to help you while reversing.

And the best part? Most aftermarket audio systems are compatible with either IOS or Android phones, enabling you to stream music from your favorite apps like Pandora and Spotify.

Shift knob and steering wheel covers

If you drive a stick, you can attest to the thrill of changing gears. Well, it might not be a bad idea to upgrade the look of the shift knob. You can consider soft cloth or leather if you value comfort. You can even print a custom knob shift with your name or face on it. As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to such vehicles’ accessories.

And just like shift knobs, there are numerous steering covers offered in the market. Simply get one that appeals to your eye and provides a firm grip on the steering wheel.


Spoilers are ever-ubiquitous in Subaru cars, and you can well jump into the bandwagon even though you drive a different model. Spoilers aren’t only visually appealing but improve the aerodynamics of a car.

Trunk liner

Trunk liners add a different color to your trunk and ensure you are optimally utilizing the trunk space. They help you keep your trunk organized.
Folks, if you are a car enthusiast and the budget is constraining you, you can still live your dream by taking simple mods to improve your car’s aesthetics and performance. And the good news is that they are DIY upgrades, making it even more fulfilling.