May
03
2019

Choosing Automotive Accessories Of True Value

When the biggest automotive aftermarket show in North America, and even perhaps the world breaks its attendance record, then you know that there is a reason for the renewed optimism that automotive accessory manufacturers are showing these days. Although aftermarket sales by SEMA members for 2012 are expected to reach almost 30 billion dollars, this is still 4 billion short of its record from five years ago. Seems improbable that its beginnings were as an informal swap meet held in 1976 at a stadium in Los Angeles.

SEMA executives have also reported that China and the Middle East have seen explosive growth. These are two entirely different, and dare we say opposite markets however, as Middle East buyers from oil-rich nations do not think twice about extravagantly spending for cars and luxury aftermarket items. China, on the other hand, is justifiably derided for having manufacturers that turn out inferior and unsafe copies of popular aftermarket products and designs.

Along the way though, car owners and enthusiasts have seen an explosion of new products from competing manufacturers. These include HID lights, coilover suspensions, engine upgrades and body kits. In terms of mechanical and electronic upgrades, the best seem to come from German, Japanese and U.S. companies. The aftermarket industry includes about a dozen categories, ranging from business services, to collision repair and refinishing, to wheels and tires, mobile electronics and technology, utility vehicles, racing and performance parts, vehicle restorations, body kits and restyling and car care. It also includes a host of other products ranging from automotive accessories to tools and equipment.

These new products are sold in traditional brick and mortar outlets as well as online. Nowadays, with most people cramped for time, online sales have also grown exponentially. And often offer the same products cheaper. What’s more, it’s so much easier to compare prices from the comfort of wherever your are, instead of physically going to different stores to check out the same items. This is not to say that you can do all your shopping online. For example, purchasing a coilover suspension and setting it up properly are two different things, and the experience can sour if the product support is not there. Then again, some shops don’t really offer any product support at all. With the vast amount of information available on the net, however, it’s very easy to look up user and long-term review of the products you are looking at. Do remember that you get what you pay for and what looks like a terrific automotive upgrade now may turn out to be a piece of junk down the road.

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May
02
2019

Automotive Accessories

Automotive accessories are essentially non-essential parts for vehicles that add functionality or embellish the feel or look of your vehicle.

There are so many different accessories available for vehicle, the one I cam going to talk about are Body Kits.

Body Kits are external modifications to the vehicle and consist of a collection of fenders (front, rear bumpers and side skirts). They are an aesthetic accessory that adds a certain image to the vehicle. If you have ever been to a car show you will have seen these in all their glory. The front, rear and side parts are the main bits you will find modified, however there are other parts available like Spoilers, roof scoops and modified bonnets.

These kits are designed to compliment each other, if you mix and max different parts from different kits it is likely that the appearance will not have the desired effect, they are manufactured to be purchased is sets and that is how you will see their real potential. They are usually manufactured with polyurethane or fibreglass, some special parts like bonnets are manufactured from Carbon Fibre, Carbon Fibre parts are substantially more effective and do not offer a great difference in weight. Polyurethane tends to be the most popular choice as they are more durable, do not crack in cold weather and are far more resistant to damage than fibreglass ones.

Body Kits are just an accessory as they do not actually effect how the automobile works or runs, they are an optional extra that is pleasing on the eye.

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