When customizing and modifying a car, there is no right or wrong. Every single enthusiast has their own style and preferences when it comes to their car. Someone likes big wheels, someone likes a loud audio system and someone likes a two-toned car… There are certain styles of modification depending on your preferences and liking. Here are some of the most popular modification styles today.
This is maybe one of the first modification styles, and it’s still accepted today. It all began in the 1930s in America when a couple of young enthusiasts wanted to make a Hot Rod. Performance was the priority of their build and they didn’t care about the cars looks. The whole idea was to buy a used car as cheaply as possible and swap the stock engine with a V8. Power and speed were their only concern. Today, rat styled cars look like they were taken from the wreckers or like they weren’t driven for 15-20 years. Rust and poor bodywork are a symbol of rat styled cars, but the car itself is working perfectly. In Europe, the most common rat styled cars are the VW golf mk1, VW beetle, old Audis and BMWs. Chromed engine parts, wide rims and an extremely low ride height are also common in this modification style.
This style of modification is getting more popular every day. The car should look like stock, and the more common it looks the better. The whole point of this modification style is to massively boost the power and performance of the car without changing its factory look. Most sleeper cars have their stock engines swapped for more powerful ones, usually with 2JZ engines or pre-modified ones. Driving such a car is extremely fun, especially if you love going to drag races. You can only imagine the look on someone’s face when you put your foot down in your ‘’unmodified’’ car. Some of the best cars for this modification style are Skoda Octavia, VW Bora, VW golf mk4, Seat Ibiza TDI sport, Mitsubishi Galant, Volvo V70 R, old Mercedes cars…
JDM stands for Japan Domestic Market. It’s easy to say which cars can be modified in JDM style. Nissans, Toyotas, Mazdas and similar Japanese cars are the most common in this style. In short terms, JDM styled cars are usually lowered, with race parts and equipment fitted. It’s also common to see a flag of Japan somewhere on the car, even on the inner side of the bonnet. You just make the car as Japanese as possible. If you can even import a real Japanese car, built for the Japanese market, you are on the way to building a true JDM machine.