Why You Modify Your Car: Is You Craazay?!


You know there are people out there that think you’re nuts, right?

They think you have nothing better to do or spend your money on than your car. Either that or you’re trying to *ahem* compensate for something.

What would you say to those people?

Maybe flip them the bird as you go screaming by in your “suped up” whip? Politely disagree and point out the stupid stamp collection they’ve poured thousands of dollars into? [ed. no offense to those with stamp collections] There’s gotta be a purpose behind it all, something more than flash and show-boating, something deeper than snazzy car accessories, something more profound than trying to get the ladies (actually, that’s a totally legitimate reason). But what is it? Why do people modify and upgrade their cars?



There are a million reasons people modify cars and modifications come in a million forms; from the good old boy who puts a massive lift kit on his pickup so he can go muddin’, to the 16 year old teeny-bopper who inherits her older brother’s prized Honda Civic and covers it with Justin Bieber stickers. People put time, effort and money into making their cars something unique, something you wont see sitting on a dealer’s lot; and whether the finished product is something you gaze at with unbridled envy, or something you laugh at like a bad tattoo, the point is that the person who put in the time, thought and effort loves their car and wants it to say something about them. They see cars as works of art, beautiful pieces of precision engineering and they want to take part in the process of creating something unlike anything else. People may not always understand why someone would invest the time, effort and cash into creating their dream car, but people respect passion.

But what else is there? Community? Competition? Both!

When you see a fellow enthusiast and what they’ve done with their car, you can’t help but feel a sense of camaraderie. Maybe you see things you wouldn’t be caught dead with, maybe you see a great idea you’re gonna steal and tell all of your friends that it was just one of your many, many moments of creative genius. Its a game of one-upmanship, always trying to out-do your friends, watching their eyes glaze over as they see the masterpiece you just came whipping around the corner in. This game has gone digital too, you’re no longer confined to only making your friends jealous. You can jump on a Bimmer Forum and smack down the poser who constantly brags that his mods are the hottest, or give a begrudging thumbs up to a mod you wish you’d thought of or an upgrade you couldn’t afford. Either way, whether you realize it or not, you’re part of a community that is growing and becoming more interconnected by the day. Its your tribe, your sect; you share the same passions and because of that, you’re all fellow travelers.

So why do you modify your car? What do you get from it? Where exactly does your passion lie? What would you say to a person who thinks your nutty for putting in all that time, money and effort? Sound off by responding in the comment section below, let it be known!

We love your passion and we want to see the automotive masterpieces you create, email us your before and after pictures, we want to see your process. We think it would be an awesome tribute to your creativity and passion to create a Stealth Auto Art Gallery, we want to see the competition and the one-upmanship on full display. You’ve spent a lot of time and put in a ton of effort to make your whip yours, you’ve put a lot of thought into it, so show it off! Nothing will feel better than being the envy of the Stealth Auto community! Who knows, maybe someday on some stretch of road you’ll see a Bimmer with a particular mod and you’ll just KNOW that they got that idea from you… Imitation is the highest form of flattery, so spawn a thousand imitators.

Over and out,

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Jeff A.