Monday, November 24, 2008

Modifying a Car, Why Not?


HAVE you seen the film Pimp My Ride on MTV? The film shows how a car in very bad repair is modified into a flashy one. The owner of the car cannot even recognize his car as it has assumed a new appearance after being modified by a TV crew, or rather a modification crew. Although it is completely different, it is adjusted to suit the personality of the owner.


So, modification is nothing new. It is a smart way to get a new car without having to visit a car showroom. In other words, you simply have to repair the car and introduce some modifications according to your taste.


Paris Hilton, actress and heiress of the Hilton empire, has good taste in cars. This beautiful and sexy artist puts her trust in West Coast Customs (WCC) to modify her Bentley Continental GT.


One of the cars in Paris's collection has been modified by WCC by giving it a girly touch. The entire exterior is pink in color. Paris' car was on display in the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) held in Las Vegas, the United States, from Nov. 4 to 7.


Of course, you don't have to be Paris Hilton to have your car modified and neither do you have to wait your turn to appear on Pimp My Ride. You can modify your car yourself to suit your taste any time. Of course, you had better consult a car modification expert first. You can consult an expert about the engine, the accessories and the design so that everything suits your taste.


Modifying a car is certainly not an easy thing to do but if you can successfully modify your car you will certainly feel proud and your time, energy and money will be well used.


To modify your car, you need passion and, more importantly, technical ability, which you can discuss with a professional. Basically, the aspects to be take into account are the type of the car to be modified, the concept and its execution.


Type

If you wish to modify an automobile, you must pay careful attention to its type. Find out which category the car belongs to. In this way you will avoid any mistakes. Otherwise you may modify an SUV (sport utility vehicle) with a city car approach, for example. Each type of automobile has their own distinct style and specifications.


Originality of Idea

In every car modification, try to come up with fresh ideas. This means that the car modification is not simply a repeat of what other people have done. Originality refers to aspects from the use of new things that are rarely available, to a new modification technique or to a new model of the body or wheels.


If someone tries to apply new ideas in car modification, the cost will be high because it requires a lot of trial and error. It is often the case that you may have to sacrifice the modification items to acquire a modification master in order to gain a new model. However, if you are in search of satisfaction, it is all worthwhile.


Execution

One of the important steps in car modification is certainly the execution. The idea may be unique but if the modification technique, detail and composition are not in place, it will not be possible to execute.


Modification means demonstrating an ability to apply an idea in practice to produce a fascinating product. That's why car modification demands a high level of a artistic ability and technique. Care, earnestness and experience are the keys to ensure that the car modification will really go as planned and that the outcome will not disappoint. (Burhanuddin Abe)


The Jakarta Post, November 25,, 2008

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