Custom Car Design Leaps Eons Ahead

Custom car design is as vast an artform as any in the world in this modern era we now live in. There are now so many subgenres in automotive customizing nowadays each with their own magazine and plethora of websites and specializations. Low riders, cruisers, street rods, future rides, environmentally friendly designs and general insane “pimping” out far beyond the earlier realms of what was imagined as possible, practical and do-able.

Dj’s are installing turntables, mixers, amps and permanently installed monster sound and light systems so they can throw a party anywhere with basically no set-up required.   All they have to do is flip open the back doors and a hatch on the top. The realm of possibility was already gong in insane directions in garages across California and beyond before shows like Monster Garage and Pimp My Ride were even imagined.  But shows like that took insane design into the mainstream of consciousness. Now instead of these lofty feats being attempted just in a few select specialty garages in Los Angeles, Miami and New Jersey, now kids in Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota and all across middle America are trying to emulate what they’ve seen on television in their own high school or community college workshops or home garages.

Insuring a customized car can cost a lot, so if you decide to take on one of these behemoth projects to make a unique crazy custom ride of your very own, be sure to purchase the extra insurance for it just in case there should be any theft or damage during or after the customization process is complete.  You don’t want to put in months or years of work just to have it all taken away from you by a thief and then realize you weren’t insured for all the creativity, labor and parts you had to lay out for.

It is a great opportunity to learn more about car design, if you don’t already know everything, and it can also be a real opportunity to express yourself and to be an innovator on a global scale. You really still can do something no one has ever done, if you really put your mind, heart and soul into a customization project. You can really put your stamp on it, and if you plan well, still be left with a fully functionally, useful and even (for your use) a practical work and life automobile.

Whether you are modernizing a classic car or just funking up a newer model, tricking out a car, truck or van can turn into a labor of love very quickly. But it’s by no means an undertaking to be taken lightly by any means. It’s a serious undertaking that can take up a lot of your money and most of your free time, so don’t expect it is going to be a cake walk. On TV there is a lot of footage left on the cutting room for that they don’t show us not to mention hours of labor and planning/design, part searching time that they don’t even film.

Mike Machina has written for 944 Magazine/944.com, Comcast, The Onion and Westword and has been a car enthusiast since he was first able to get behind the wheel of a truck on his friend’s farm in elementary school. He specializes in blogging about classic cars, everyday driving tips, maintenance, insurance and car humor.

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