How to Make a Car Look Sporty

by Janoah White

For some people, a car is just a way to get around, but for others, it's an extension of their personality. If you have the creativity and the money, there are many things you can do to make your car burst with character. With the right touch, your car will be the one turning heads every time you turn the corner.

Get a fresh paint job. This can make even an older car look bright and fresh. The painter can also remove dents and rust from your car. To add some razzle-dazzle to the finish and really make it your own, choose bright colors, gradient colors or paint that sparkles in sunlight.

Give the front end a lift. You can actually purchase what is called a bra for your car. These front end covers, which look like leather but are most often made of vinyl, not only protect your car from debris and elements, they also make your car look spiffy. Purchase or order them based on the make and model of your car; they are very easy to install and remove.

Invest in a set of rims. The most popular and stylish rims are often pretty expensive, but for the car enthusiast, it is a small price to pay to have the top-notch-looking car of your dreams. Depending on the rim size you choose, you may have to buy a new set of tires as well.

Turn down the lights. Headlight covers, also called blackouts, are like sunglasses for your car’s front end. These stylish additions can be ordered or purchased to specifically fit your car, depending on the year, make and model. Or, as an alternative, consider adding fog lights to your car. Although they are designed for safety and visibility, these lights can add lots of style if that's a look you prefer. They are sold for many different makes of cars, including Chevrolet, Ford, Jeep, BMW and Mercedes.

Attach a spoiler to your car’s rear end. A spoiler is defined as a device for changing the airflow past a moving vehicle. Often shaped like a transverse fin or blade mounted at the front or rear, it reduces lift and increases traction at high speeds. Most often, they are attached to the rear of the car and used simply to add style. Spoilers look better on some cars than others, so use your judgment if you think it'll work for yours. They are commonly seen on sports cars and sedans, but can be found on other vehicles as well. There are several types of spoilers that you can choose from, depending on the desired changes that you want for your car. Order a spoiler based on the make of your car.

Buy chrome trim and accessories. Add extra flair with chrome pillar post overlays, grills, door edge molding, door handles and gas door covers, as well as other chrome accessories.

Have your car windows tinted. Depending on the color and darkness of your tint, you can see out of your windows, but outsiders can’t see in. An added benefit is that the tint can block harmful UV rays from the sun, and help keep your car cooler in hot weather. Be mindful that each state has specific laws that determine how dark the tint can be, and how reflective the tint can be, on front, side and back windows.

Tip

  • check Any work that alters the physical body of your car (like paint jobs, rims and spoilers) should be professionally done--and get a warranty if possible. Many attachments and accessories can be purchased and added yourself.

About the Author

Janoah White has been writing professionally since 2006. With a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, White's work has been included in various print publications including Columbia College Journalism Department newsletters and "Trumpet Newsmagazine," as well as in several online publications.