Custom Car Appraisal: How Does Customizing Your Car Affect It Value

When a custom car appraisal is being carried out, there is one thing foremost in the mind of whoever is carrying out the appraisal; the added features that were not present in/on the car when it originally rolled out of the manufacturer’s factory. These, after all, are why it’s called a custom car, and so deserves the attention they get.

When it comes to adding custom features to a classic car in an effort to increase its value, there are lots of opinions as to which features matter. Consider a few

A Paint Job

Of course, you think that changing the paint of your car will do very much to increase its desirability and hence its value. Well shocker, that isn’t always the case. While it has been established that a really bad paint job will definitely reduce the value of your car, doing a good one doesn’t necessarily increase its value during a custom car appraisal.

Good advice regarding what paint is good for your car is maintaining a factory color. Even graphics and pin stripping are no longer price determining factors during a custom car appraisal as such elements can be easily removed or replaced.

The Wheels and Tires

The general consensus concerning what tire is best for a custom car is that bigger is always better. The only exception is if the wheels and tires on the car are the original ones that came with it, in which case, it will increase the value of your car.

So if you are thinking of changing the tires of your custom car with the hope that it would positively affect the value, you should think again. Except you are replacing them with a performance rubber that’s 17-inch and above, you should leave the tires just so.

The Car’s Interior

It is easy to believe that any changes in the interior of a classic car, as long as it is an upgrade, will increase the value of the car. Experts, however, advise you leave it as original as it can be if you don’t intend to do a complete overhaul of the interior.

So if you are going to change the seats, then you should be thinking about changing the dashboard and everything else. You don’t want your car to look like a room filled with mismatched furniture, curtains, and fittings now, or do you?

Technology Upgrades

The matter of installing modern technology systems in classic cars has been met with conflicting opinions. While many like the feel of vintage cars, the modern times have conditioned them always to seek the benefits derived from the technology that is now in vogue, and this is a problem for them. So once again, the issue of added custom feature resulting in a positive custom car appraisal is subjective.

After all is said and done, if you really want to receive a positive report after your custom car appraisal is carried out, you should do well to keep it in good shape and thoroughly clean. No matter the upgrades, it wouldn’t be as appealing if it weren’t clean and had dents and scratches here and there.

Note: If you must make changes to the car, you should keep the original parts safe just in case. 

Post Author: Sophie Toby Hall

A former car magazine editor, Sophie’s blog offers in-depth car reviews, industry trends, and maintenance tips. Her breadth of knowledge makes her posts invaluable for both car enthusiasts and everyday drivers.