A body kit consists of different parts for modifying the outward appearance of a car or truck. These parts may include spoilers, bumpers for the vehicle’s front and rear, and parts for the sides and roof of a vehicle. A kit’s parts may be purchased separately if you do not need a whole kit or cannot afford one right away. Here are some things you need to consider before buying a body kit.
1. Know Which Vehicle Model You Have
Full body kits may be sold according to your factory vehicle’s make, model, and year. Check your vehicle’s paperwork to obtain specific information on its model type and year.
2. Consider The Overall Look You Desire
Decide whether you want a full body kit or only specific parts to modify your vehicle. You may also want a custom kit instead of a factory vehicle kit.
3. Determine Your Budget for a Body Kit
Prices for body kits or parts can vary depending on their quality and material. Body kits are generally made of fiberglass, urethane, or carbon fiber.
- Kits containing fiberglass are generally less expensive compared to other types, but the fiberglass may crack on impact or chip with wear. Fiberglass kits are fixable if not too severely damaged and are widely available for purchase.
- Urethane is another popular choice for a body kit’s material. It is a sort of flexible rubber that is also hard and more resistant to damage than fiberglass. A urethane body kit can be easier to install than a fiberglass kit. Its drawbacks include being more expensive than a fiberglass kit and needing replacement if damaged.
- Carbon fiber body kits are the most expensive type because of their cost of materials. These kits are rarely seen on average street vehicles.
- If you intend to customize your entire vehicle but have a limited budget, try buying parts of a kit that will be compatible in appearance with future purchased parts.
4. Search Online for a Body Kit Vendor
Check general consumer review websites or online forums about cars and trucks to see recommendations and reviews.
If looking for a custom body kit, check that your potential vendors can produce a custom kit for you. They may also sell their own brand of body kits in addition to standard kits for factory vehicles.
5. Ask Friends if They Know Where to Buy
Find out if they have any personal experience in buying a body kit and what they thought of their vendor and customer experience.
6. Call Your Local Mechanic or Auto Body Shop
They may be able to refer you to a reliable source that sells body kits.