DIY Auto Customization Is Big Business
The automotive accessories industry has grown steadily for the last decade. In 2018, sales of aftermarket accessories are predicted to generate 56.9 billion dollars in the United States. This is an increase of more than 3 percent over 2017, part of a 36 percent increase since 2008. Every year, manufacturers are working to create more and better options for people who want their vehicles to be one-of-a-kind, and dealers are trying to anticipate what their customers want in order to supply them with exactly the parts, supplies, and service they need.
Know Your Options
Aftermarket automotive accessories is a broad category, encompassing everything from cup holders and decals to custom body parts and high-end sound and lighting systems. If you want to create a more distinctive look and feel for your vehicle, it helps to think about which of these categories is most important to you, where you have the most knowledge, and what changes will have the impact you want.
A little bit of research will help you to figure out what kinds of accessories are available for your vehicle, and how much you will need to invest to get the effect you are aiming for.
Make a Plan
Once you’ve decided to make some upgrades to the look and feel of your vehicle, it’s a good idea to create a plan. Some changes will involve multiple steps, and require extra time and investment. If you know what the outcome will be, you can stay focused and be patient, even when it takes longer than you’d like. If you’re going for major changes, think systemically, and work through one type of project at a time.
Know Your Resources
In order to accomplish the work you envision, you need access to parts and tools, and perhaps additional support or expertise. All of these things may be available locally or online, and again, it helps to do some research before you start any big projects. Some of the questions you might want to ask include:
- Where can I get the supplies I need?
- How rare or hard-to-find are the accessories I want, and how long will it take to get them?
- Do I have the supplies and expertise I need to complete the job?
- How do I get the best deals on the parts that I want?
Many large auto parts stores will have an automotive accessories department where you can find many of the parts and supplies you’re looking for. In some cases, you may need to seek out a smaller dealer who specializes in the particular make/model of vehicle you own, or a specific category of accessory, like engine parts or audio components. If you are searching for rare or unique accessories, you may be able to special order through a local supplier, or order from an online vendor.
No matter where you do business, it helps to establish relationships. Both local and online dealers often have staff with the knowledge and experience you need to answer questions about which part to buy, or how best to install it.
As long as the appetite for aftermarket automotive accessories continues to grow, businesses will work hard to meet your needs. The tools you need to make your vehicle unique are within reach.