The car tuning trend saves car replacement costs
on: January 14, 2009, 2:42 am
Press Release Author: Waynne Smith / TorqueCars
Industry: Automotive, Environment
Press Release Summary: Car owners are hanging on to their cars for longer periods of
time. They still long for something new, better and more powerful which has boosted
the recession busting trend of car modification. Parts from breakers and salvage
yards are used along with other performance parts to create a fully customized car
setup for the owners own driving style. This essentially recycles the old parts
destined for the crusher and creates a better car and on a tight budget.
Press Release Body: With the ever looming prospects of a slowing economy and more
company closures it is refreshing to see a new trend emerging.
Car enthusiasts the world over are, according to a study of TorqueCars members,
finding inventive ways to upgrade the power of their car cheaply and without buying
a new car.
Reasearch and industry stats show that new car sales are down, this is also echoed
in the used car markets with many holding on to their cars longer. High powered
thirsty cars have been particularly badly hit by depreciation, however there is a
way to upgrade your existing car cheaply.
Considering that cars are well made and not subject to the scourge of rust or early
mechanical failure, due to superior modern engineering and materials, it should come
as no surprise that people are keeping their cars longer.
People still long for more power, better handling and the "new car" feel so are
turning to car modification in a bid to create and own something better.
Taking a standard road car and upgrading it is not new but there is an added
incentive now that people are starting to cut back their spending. TorqueCars members look to breakers yards and salvage yards to source suitable upgrades for
their cars. This is supplemented with parts from the aftermarket manufacturers and
results in some very interesting projects.
One member recently took a Honda Civic and sourced a replacement engine from it's
bigger brother a 2.2 litre Prelude. It took a bit of work to get it in but the
result is a car which performs much better than the original car. Another member
took a Vauxhall Vectra and swapped the engine for a top range 2.0 Turbo model and
uprated some other parts making his car even better than a standard Vectra Turbo.
Engine swaps are probably the most significant modifications that can be done cost
effectively to a car. Pretty much any other part can be upgraded and it makes sense
to improve the braking and handling from a safety point of view.
Another cost effective upgrade path chosen is replacing the stock parts as they wear
out with higher performance parts such as brakes and suspension components. Again
this creates a car which handles and performs far beyond the original specifications
and usually at the same or slightly higher cost than buying OEM parts.
TorqueCars creator and webmaster Waynne Smith tells us, "the forums are busier than
ever with people telling us about their projects. It really does seem that people
are getting the car tuning bug rather than replacing their cars. It can only be a
good thing when people start recycling car parts from breakers yards and rebuilding
their cars. The end result is usually much better and a lot cheaper than going out
and buying a new car with obvious environmental benefits of zero manufacturing."
The breakers yards are literally full of performance cars with minor damage and the
undamaged parts can be relatively easily used to upgrade standard road cars.
It is most common to take parts from the same model but the top of the range
performance model. For example a Fiesta 1.3 could benefit greatly from parts taken
from the newer and faster ST. An older Mark 2 Golf can have an engine taken from the
newer golf such as the 1.8T and this provides a great tuning base with potentially a
200bhp power uprgrade on offer. The more adventurous, mechanically minded, types are
even using parts from other manufactures resulting in some Japanese powered classic
To quote the members of TorqueCars forum, "We modify our cars because we want to
create something personal and setup to suit our particular driving style. The
manufacturers make too many compromises and cut corners to keep the costs down. By
using used parts supplimented with some reconditioning work becomes the cheapest way
to upgrade our car."
It is easy to make mistakes and choose the wrong upgrades, Waynne tells us, "we
frequently get asked to investigate and advise on problems from car tuning projects
that go wrong. Most of the time simple mistakes are made and cost little to rectify.
We have seen engine upgrades where the gearbox was too weak and advised the owner to
uprate the gearbox. Cars have been lowered too far and this has been detrimental to
the handling and tyre life. It is too often the case that parts are sold on the
basis of over optimistic claims or that are unsuitable for the application. We set
up TorqueCars to give the car modification community a common sense and unbiased
guide to car tuning. It really has taken off far beyond my original expectations."
For more information on the pros and cons of car modification you should visit
www.torquecars.com and read the articles. The forum provides a very friendly and
helpful community for tips and specific advice with plenty of inspirational project
Web Site: http://www.torquecars.com
Contact Details: Waynne Smith
Delpech Suite 3
The Limes Business Centre