10 Popular Interior Upgrades for Your Ford or GM Vehicle
Customizing your car can become an overwhelming obsession. It all starts innocently enough with a simple interior tweak here and an aftermarket part there. But if you're not careful, it slips into overdrive. In the wink of an eye, those basic car mods morph into ambitious projects. You develop an overwhelming fixation that you can’t shake. Fortunately, many DIY mods are fun, easy to do, and relatively inexpensive (when you keep things in check).
Here are ten interior upgrades that will rocket your ride from mundane to magnificent:
Are your floorboards a mess? There's nothing better than a quick vacuum job and a fresh set of floor mats to tidy things up. There's an infinite number of choices out there, from the inexpensive floor mats at the local car wash all the way to factory mats and the latest cutting-edge designs. The best bet when it comes to resale? A set of branded OEM mats, like these awesome all-weather F-150 floor mats.
Is your car's upholstery dull, dingy, discolored, or torn? Installing a set of aftermarket seat covers will make a world of difference in a flash. If you're on a tight budget, a cheap set of covers get the job done quickly and affordably, right in your driveway. If you have a mattress stuffed with cash, a custom leather upholstery kit will thoroughly transform your cabin, but you'll want to have the work done at a professional shop. On a budget? Check out these rugged Ford F-150 seat covers.
Steering Wheel Covers
Your hands are always touching the steering wheel when you're driving. Why should that experience be anything less than optimal? For a quick fix, check out your local auto parts store's selection of affordable steering wheel covers. Want to get fancy? Have some spare time and a few extra bucks? Get a set of custom stitch-on leather or Alcantara suede covers! While you'll need a lot of patience and some sewing skills, the results are well worth the investment.
Shift Knobs and Short Throws
Swapping out the stock knob on a manual transmission stick shift is a time-honored tradition dating back to the earliest days of hot-rodding. If you've never shopped for aftermarket shift knobs, you're in for a treat. There's truly something for everyone. Start by investigating the factory upgrades before you look elsewhere.
All that said, shift knobs are largely cosmetic. If you want to transform the driving experience in your manual transmission-equipped hot hatch, roadster, or muscle car, a shifter swap makes all the difference in the world. This rad OEM Camaro short throw shifter transforms the driving experience.
What dog doesn't love to go for a ride? With the proper pet protection gear, you'll keep Fido's slobber and fur off the upholstery.
Your car's interior will take on a whole new glow with an LED interior lighting upgrade. Start by swapping the stock incandescent interior bulbs for their LED equivalents. While there's plenty of cheap LED bulbs online, you'll be happier in the long run with quality LED interior bulbs from Sylvania or Philips. When you're ready to take it to the next level, add some custom LED footwell lights.
Audio System Upgrades
The sky's the limit when it comes to car audio system upgrades. Speaker swaps require a bit of patience, some hand tools, and possibly a soldering iron. Head unit swaps tend to be significantly more difficult. If you're uncomfortable doing this work yourself, enlist an experienced friend or farm the work out to a quality car audio shop. Looking for an easy and flexible way to add punch and portability? Check out the Kicker Bluetooth Powered Subwoofer and Amp.
On a limited budget? Want to set your interior apart from the pack? A sweet trim wrap can make a world of difference, without dropping a ton of dough. You'll need a precision utility knife to cut the material down to size and a hairdryer to cure it.
Swapping out a car's carpeting is a task best left to the brave. While the process may seem daunting, it's not all that tough if you have the perseverance and patience to see it through. It doesn't take a whole lot of skill or equipment: All you need is a set of standard hand tools, a utility knife, and a metal yardstick.
Purchasing a base model car has its advantages and disadvantages. While you can save a ton of money when you buy the vehicle, you're saddled (literally) with a sub-optimal set of seats. While you might consider a set of aftermarket seats, upgrading from your vehicle's original seats to a used set of higher trim level seats is one of the most cost-effective interior upgrades you can make.
Aftermarket or OEM?
While they can be pricey, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are always a safe bet when upgrading your interior. The Dallas Parts Distribution Center specializes in OEM parts for Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler brand vehicles. You'll find a full range of interior components in stock at dallaspdc.com, with Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Lincoln, and Ram parts ready to ship or pick up at one of our dealerships in the Dallas area. DPDC is an integral part of Group 1 Automotive, a member of the Fortune 300, and one of America's most extensive dealership operations, with locations across the U.S., as well as the United Kingdom and Brazil.