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For almost as long as there have been cars, people have been modifying, customizing, and personalizing them. Whether for looks, comfort, or performance, well enough can't be left alone. Entire industries have been created to satisfy our need to drive something "better", or "different" than a plain old stock car. Popular car mods tend to come and go like any other fad, but a few have stuck around for generations, and won't be disappearing any time soon. From American hotrods to import tuners, these five things seem to be generally accepted modifications. As cars begin to change drastically in the next decade or two, so will aftermarket upgrades. Regardless of what tomorrow's production vehicles look like, these five add-ons stand a good chance of surviving.
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Speed and looks aren't always the only things that matter (thank goodness, since I possess neither). Cruising behind the wheel of a car and listening to great music are two things that just belong together. Regardless of musical tastes, most people would agree it sounds better through a high quality system. Although they are improving in recent years, factory installed car stereos usually leave something to be desired. When it comes to car audio upgrades, there is basically no limit. A powerful sound system will turn heads and even win competitions. Blasting a favorite tune on the way home at the end of the work week is a real pleasure. Good speakers and electronics are essential for the audiophile, even if he doesn't care about cars. Emissions regulations aren't likely to obsolete this feature from the cars of the future, and I predict it will remain a popular point of improvement among car owners looking for more ways to love their rides.
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It's a fast, cheap way to make a big difference in the way your car looks, and it even has some practical advantages too. A nice dark tint will give your vehicle that mean look that says, "you don't want to mess with the guy inside". It adds a bit of mystery to the car's presence, and makes luxury sedans look even more important. If you live in a really hot, sunny climate, you'll be doing yourself a favor by keeping some of those hot rays off your seats too. No one likes getting into an oven after a long day of work, and a decent tint will keep things a bit cooler while preserving your upholstery. Of course, overly dark tints can get you a ticket, and make it hard to see at night. In any case, people like tinted windows, and a future car without windows seems unlikely, so this stick-on face-lift is here to stay.