With so many cars out there all looking the same, sometimes you need to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg to give your car a fresh, unique style. So today we’re looking at 21 cheap car mods that you can install yourself.

I’ve split this down into 3 sections:

  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Engine Bay

Interior

Gear Knob Upgrade

The gear knob is one of the cheap car mods that can be fit within 5 minutes and only costs a few quid. Also, an idea might be to install a new gear gaiter, like the leather one in the photo.

Check out these gear knobs.

Double Din Unit

With a double din unit, you can really go as pricey as you want. The more features you get, and generally the better the brand, the more you will pay. A good double din unit can feature:

  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Input
  • AUX Input
  • Radio
  • Satnav

Tip: Check out this site on how to install a tablet in your car.

‎Interior Lights Upgrade

Get rid of those horrible, dim, yellow lights around your car and replace them with something more stylish. You can normally find all of the interior light bulbs on eBay or Amazon for about £10.

Heated Seats

Heated seats are an absolute dream in the winter. Installation difficulty will vary depending on make and model of cars, but usually is a fairly simple thing to fit. Again these are cheapest on eBay.

This 4 pack of heated seats is less than £40.

DVD Headrests

If you don’t have kids or other people in the back of your car then this one’s pretty pointless. But if you’re like me and have 2 children that need constant entertainment, then this should probably be your number 1 priority.

Speaker Upgrade

Standard factory speakers on some cars can be pretty low quality. Installation time may take vary depending on your knowledge and DIY skills.

Check out these car speakers here.

Seat Covers

Whether your car’s a few years old and starting to look a bit worn, or it’s brand new and you want to protect your seats from stains and marks, this is a wise investment.

Most of these seat covers are under £20.

Boot Liner

Save your boot from dirt and pet hair with a stylish boot liner. An easy 5-minute install and definitely one of the top cheap car mods.

Amazon has a wide choice of cheap car boot liners.

‎Interior Vinyl

If your dash or other interior panels are getting scratched and tatty, interior vinyl can be put straight over it to give your car a fresh feel. As with many other things, the more time you put into it, the better the end result will be.

This carbon fiber vinyl is only £7.99!

Exterior

Light Tints

Laws about tinting your lights may differ between countries and states. The picture below shows a Vauxhall Vectra with fly-eye on the headlight. Another good tint would be SPi vision. These can both be applied to both headlights and tail lights.

Door Handles Upgrade

A simple way to protect your door handles and change the colour is to wrap them, similarly to wrapping the interior of the car. Other options include using Plasti Dip (a removable rubber coating) or a high-quality spray paint.

Fuel Cap Upgrade

Changing the standard fuel cap is one of the cheap car mods that will give your car a unique style and stand out from the rest. If you don’t want to buy a new fuel cap you could also use Plasti Dip or spray paint.

De-badge/Spray Paint Badges

Some cars, like the one below, look better spray painted badges. Personally, I hate anything chrome, so if you’re like me and want to get rid of the awful stuff, de-badge it or spray paint it.

Tip: Check out this link on how to properly de-badge your car.

Wing Mirror Wrap

Exactly the same as the door handles, the wing mirrors can be wrapped in a vinyl to make your car stand out as well as protection from scratches.

Rim Protection

If you let your wife drive your car, buy these immediately. It will save you a lot of money and heartache down the road. Rim protection comes in a long roll and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

8 meters of rim protection for £4.99.

Window Tints

Laws regarding window tints will vary depending on where you live. They are definitely a great way of giving you a bit more privacy, protection against sun glare and it just looks better.

Tip: Only buy and install window tints yourself if you know what you’re doing, otherwise you run a risk of ending up with bubbles all over your windows.

Spray Paint Brake Calipers

Painting your brake calipers is another one of the cheap car mods that can a world of difference. Most automotive stores sell brake caliper paint in either brush-on or spray paint.

Tip: Read this post on how to paint your brake calipers.

Engine Bay

Now, these next 4 things might not be for everybody, as not everybody really cares what it looks like underneath the bonnet. If you do want to give it a fresh look in the engine bay without spending much, these are a great start.

Spray Paint Valve Cover

You can spray paint the engine valve cover using special, high-temperature spray paint.

Oil Filler Cap Replacement

Oil filler cap replacements can be purchased for fairly cheap but obviously, depends on where you get it from and what brand it is.

This oil filler cap is less than £10.

‎Radiator Cap Replacement

A new radiator cap is a cheap and easy installation. They can be found for cheap on sites like eBay or Amazon.

Silicone Hose

Upgrading your hose to silicone means much less wear and tear over time. These can be found for both a decent price and REALLY expensive. It’s best to research the quality of these products before buying them.

Take a look at the different types here.