Hi everyone. Despite being in early 30s, I’m only just gaining the ability to drive and own a car. It’s a long and sad story, but it is what it is.
Recently I’ve grieved quite a bit the Dodge decision to end V8. I’ve always admired muscle, was celebrating their return in the late 2000s and hoped that I’ll get a chance to order a new Charger when I’ll get to the point I can, exactly in the factory color I want in the trim I want. Now it looks I’ve missed that train. Of course it’s not the only kind of cars I’m passionate about but let’s take it as an example.
I know that it’s technically not impossible to buy a used one and repaint and modify to my preference, but my experience and knowledge of aftermarket mods is limited, mostly to movies like F&F, haphazard mods by young admirers and my stay in Istanbul where they just love to modify vehicles. What I’ve seen some cheap plush with a lot of bling, or just stripping the car from everything except most essential parts. I’ve also seen “Pimp My Ride” debunk/after years videos, so I’m quite disillusioned even about professionals. I’ve used limo services that mostly offered Maybachs and such, no older than 4-5 years, so that’s what quality associated with for me.
Straight to the questions, let’s consider a theoretical situation, with buying a used car from between 2005-2018. Would it be possible, with enough money, to repaint it and/or replace the upholstery so the car doesn’t end up worse than it was? It may be a silly comparison but there’s a reason you build a Lego set in the exactly defined order, and modifying a car in my understanding means breaking that order, including things screwed on to a wrong torque ending up bending the panels or leaving nuts or bolts to loosen on their own, getting seat rails bended to remove the seats, etc. Also repainting concerns me very much as well, because the only way to remove the old paint is to sand it off, which means removing a layer of metal, adding scratches etc, so the structural integrity would be compromised. I also tried to look up if high quality audio exist, but it looks say Bose offers only factory options, and I’m not sure if an aftermarket audio can be compared to high quality factory.
I’ve recently learned that say Brabus buys not even “build kits” but finished cars and rebuilds them, but do shops like that, with comparable quality and attentiveness, exist for other brands? And do they offer solutions that don’t have tradeoffs, like “better audio quality but no wheel controls working” or seats that look like a part of interior, not something put in and standing out?
Sorry for probably very naïve language and thanks for your input.