Ferrari. Mercedes. BMW. Most people
recognize the names of quality cars when they hear them
in conversations or see them in advertisements and on the
road. High-end auto brands stand as obvious symbols of luxury
and performance, and generally provide enough top-of-the-line
features to make most everyday drivers as happy as possible.
However, for the keen eye and advanced knowledge of car
enthusiasts, even the very best automobiles could always
be made better, sometimes significantly so, through tweaking.
And lately, more and more average drivers are catching on
to the idea, sometimes for entirely different reasons.
An increasingly popular trend among diverse kinds of drivers
in cities and suburbs, tweaking means to fine tune or adjust
the parts of a car to improve its system performance, appearance,
or both. The parts of the car to be modified include but
are not limited to the chassis, the wheels and the interior.
In some ways, the only limits can be found in the car owner
and designer’s imaginations about how to improve the
Many people unfamiliar with tweaking consider it to be a
flashy practice undertaken strictly with the purpose of
modifying a car so that it gets noticed. Some people think
of the hydraulic lifts that raise low-riding cars some feet
off the ground at a speed bump, or they imagine brightly
painted car bodies in bold patterns. While both those and
other techniques qualify as tweaking, a number of other
practices can be undertaken to improve high-end automobiles,
and not always for the reason of what a car looks like or
to make a loud statement.
More and more, average car drivers, and not just auto enthusiasts,
make subtle changes big and small to high-end cars in order
to improve the driving experience, or to suit their personal
tastes and style. In this way, tweaking is not just for
the young and fast, or for expertly informed hobbyists who
spend their free time engaged in “car talk.”
Even families today might wish to change something about
their car for a practical reason, like making the interior
more comfortable for a newborn baby. Ultimately, tweaking
promotes better value because it can extend the life of
an automobile, where otherwise owners might be tempted to
trade in the vehicles with all the attendant losses. Why
dump a high-end car when you can easily tweak it?
One automobile area that people commonly attempt to modify
through tweaking is the stereo. For many everyday drivers
on their morning commute or night out, the stereo is a primary
point at which they interact with the car and can understand
their vehicle’s rhythms without specialized automobile
knowledge. Who doesn’t like music? Even if they do
not care to know the specifics of their car’s engine,
for example, they know what sounds right to their ears and
makes a drive pleasant. For this reason of accessibility,
the stereo is a part of the car that people often seek to
fine tune through tweaking.
Tweaking also represents a popular option for car
interiors, the part of the auto that drivers most often
see. Either because of wear and tear or simply because they
want to see change or customize, drivers like to replace
the material that covers
glove compartments, steering wheels, and carpets
and flooring. Change a car’s look from sporty
to elegant, or transition from luxury to kid friendly, by
selecting from top quality interior materials like leather,
cloth and vinyl.
Another popular part of the car to tweak is rims, a place
where performance and style meet. While not always inexpensive,
the attraction of new, stylish rims that contribute to a
smoother ride can be irresistible. Rims offer a strong example
of why it matters to focus on details when tweaking. Just
think of the big change in looks from this small adjustment,
and no wonder why average drivers in search of a new attitude
choose to pick themselves up through little changes, especially
in a tougher economic climate.
No longer defined as exotic improvements by car enthusiasts,
the practice of tweaking offers a way for everyday drivers
to modify their vehicles for performance and appearance.
The ability to make small, easy-to-finish changes that can
add to the value of a car grows increasingly popular, as
more and more drivers recognize the wisdom of tweaking.
All it takes is a tiny adjustment to join the fun and see