Every driver has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to how a car should look. Maybe you prefer black paint to red, small alloys to large ones, or tinted vs un-tinted windows. Whatever you like, there are no right and wrongs when it comes to cars, and an almost limitless number of ways you can make your car your own.
But while there’s no harm in making changes to a car, we think a lot of drivers have strong views against customisation. Whether it’s a simple ‘baby on board’ sticker or a major modification like an exhaust, spoiler or body kit, there are lots of ways to change (don’t think it should be negative) how a car looks, sounds and feels But just how strongly do we feel about car customisation? And how much is too much when it comes to putting your stamp on a car?
To find out, we launched a survey to hear your thoughts on what grinds your gears when it comes to car customisation – considering everything from dodgy paintwork to noisy exhausts. And now, the results are in…
What Car Customisations Do We Really Hate?
From our survey, some modifications stood out more than most – and for all the wrong reasons. Here’s a look at some of the stats behind Britain’s most-hated car mods:
- 70% of people said they hate car flags, making them one of the most-hated accessories to put on your car. So, the next time England get through to the World Cup Finals, you might want to think twice.
- Flags weren’t the most-hated car customisation, however – that accolade went to car eyelashes, with 78% saying they can’t stand them. So, if you drive a VW Beetle or a Fiat 500, you won’t be winning any friends out on the road if you choose to stick eyelashes on.
- Next up was animal print, with a quarter saying they hate it and over two-thirds saying they’d rather not have it on their car. So, despite all the hype about Tiger King, it seems we Brits still aren’t all that fond of inviting animal print onto our cars.
Here’s a full list of the other car customisations which got the no vote:
- Car flags
- Animal print
- Modified exhaust
- Dashboard accessories
Is This Britain’s Worst Modified Car?
Taking what we found out from our survey, we thought it would be fun to put together your most-hated car modifications and apply them to a car. Check out the results below – you might want to cover your eyes…
What About the Car Customisations We Can Live With?
Not every car customisation we featured in our survey was that unpopular. In fact, some car features got your seal of approval, with lots of people in agreement on the very best car modifications and features.
Here’s a look at some of the customisations that could win you over:
- Unusual car colours were by far the most popular car feature, with 77% of people favouring distinctive paintwork. So, if you’re thinking of going orange, we say go for it.
- Next, a custom interior was viewed favourably by those surveyed, with a third saying they’d like to modify the inside of their car – so long as you keep well away from the animal print, that is.
- Another big thumbs up came for alloy wheels, with 42% saying they like them, and a further quarter saying they love them. And that’s not surprising, given that a good set of alloys can work wonders for even the blandest of cars.
Here’s a rundown of the other car customisations you can get on board with:
- Matte body
- Custom alloys
- Unusual car colours
- Custom interiors
- Metal wiper blades
- Personalised number plates
Is This Britain’s Best-Modified Car?
After coming to the conclusion that we Brits don’t think all car modifications are bad, we put together a mock-up of what the UK’s best-modified car should look like. Here’s a taster of what our survey showed up…
So, there you have it – Britain’s worst and best modified cars. Do you agree with your fellow motorists? Which car customisations could you live with? And which make you want to catch the bus instead? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so get in touch on the Simoniz UK Facebook page.
Whatever car you drive and whichever way you like to customise it, you can take care of it inside and out with Simoniz. For more information and to browse our complete range of car care products, visit the homepage.
Thanks very much for taking part in our car customisation survey. We know lots of you have strong feelings when it comes to car modifications, so we can’t wait to hear your views and share the results with you.
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