Especially now that i have had a beater for 5 months and already put 11k km on it, I don't drive my main car as much. Do I still think a beater car was worth it for me? Hell yes. In fact, it was my best purchase in 2016, it's so useful for me, it's saves me a lot of car washes on my main car. I drive on heavy dirt and gravel roads just about everyday and getting the beater car has been a savour not having to worry about rock chips, all the dead and splattered bugs in the summer when on the highway, door dings when at parking lots, paint chips, scratches, prestine paint, etc. I treat my beater like, well a beater...I never plug it in, I don't let it warm up, I use the cheapest oil and filter, I don't baby it at all. I've had it for 4-5 months now and I haven't washed it once. It is nasty dirty and looks like crap, but again it's a beater and it just works. Insurance is peanuts. It's not going to get you girls, in fact it will most likely cause girls to look the other way but I don't care.
It's made me realize that, having a beater is just more my style. Don't get me wrong, I still love having a nice prestine car with a good amount of customization to it, but it's so much work to keep a prestine car prestine and you worry about it getting dinged, scratched, chipped, dirty etc. It gets old after awhile. It's a lot of work to keep a nice looking car looking good.
Plus I have monthly payments on it for 3 more years and 4 more months. Uhhh, I regret it. If a god was above me right now and said they could get me out of my term for the remaining 3 years and 4 months, I would do it in a heartbeat. The beater may look like garbage, it's a granny car, door dinged to hell and back, doesn't even have cup holders, but it's paid off and is dirt cheap to maintain. But I do miss my sound system from the other car when in it though. I also miss the bluetooth, tinted windows, aftermarket lighting, back up cam, cup holders, leather interior. I just listen to the radio when in the beater and I cant stand the radio so often I will just listen to nothing but the loud engine roar lol.
I dont know what it is, but there's just something so enjoyable about driving a beater.
I have done all this to my main car since I got it. The last thing I did anything to it was in August of this year as that is when I said I have done everything that I wanted to do to it and I put a stop to it. No more spending money on this car. Enough is enough.
For the most part, most of these mods were worth it and I am happy with it. If I had to do it all over again, I would keep a lot of these but there are some I deeply regret because I just didn't need them and I would have rather have the cash.
In order (from the first to last thing I did on the car)
1) 2 way Compustar remote starter - worth it, Canadian winters are nasty.
2) Tint - my biggest regret! I bought the car with already 35% all around tint on it, it was a good tint job (I should have taken this as a perk from saving me from having to get it done), but stupid me eventually I wanted to go darker. So I got 17% all around and this led to 4 tickets in 1 year! Over $300 in tickets for tint! Not just that, but I ended up paying another $300 this past summer to have all my tint removed and had 35% put back on. This I had to do. There was no way I was risking another year with it on. $300 in tickets in one year from being pulled over 4 times just pissed me right off. Absolute BS. This was unfortunately THE most expensive lesson learned. $200 to have the first tint job done + $300 in fines + $300 to have it all redone back to where it was. $800 later, down the toilet!!!!! I wish I could have this money back, Id do anything!
3) LED bulbs for interior - so worth it. Cheap mod.
4) HIDs 35W - so worth it, cheap mod.
5) LED fogs - pricier than the HIDs but worth it because the bulbs in these would most likely outlast the car. And it's a quality piece of kit.
6) Double Din - for the most part this was worth it. I first went with a 6.2" DD and it crapped out on me in 3 months and upgraded to the 7" while my 6.2 was in warranty awaiting parts because I waited over 3 months for parts and complained to Pioneer and they finally just sent me a new unit - the same 7" one I just bought. UHHHH. So I paid extra for the 7" version for nothing! I was not happy.
7) Backup cam - At first I deeply regretted this because I never used it, but over time I started using it and even though I don't regret putting one in, I still could have done with out.
8) Alpine Type R speakers - this was worth it but I could have just lived with Type S speakers for almost half the cost. I originally was going to go with S but I got a really good deal on the R's so I went with that.
9) 2 ch dashcam - I dont really see this as a mod but as cheap insurance if somethign was to happen. All it takes is one incident and it would be paid off. Because it was a 2ch it was pricey. I went with a 2ch over 1ch because I never saw the point of a 1ch. Now looking back I could have easily just settled for a cheap 1 ch off ebay for 1/2 the cost. I still do think dashcams are well worth the money though, but within reason.
10) LED DRLs - one of my most favourite mods, wish I got it done much sooner.
11) Film on entire bumper, headlights, fenders, side mirrors - was worth it. Makes the front end of the car look brand new and itll stay that way for the entire time I own the car. One of the best investments.
12) Rims - worth it because i was able to sell my OEMs and get more than half of my money back. Was a cheap mod and completeley changed the look of the car.
13) Vinyl wrap on interior trim pieces - worth it, wish I did this one sooner. Again, really boosted the look of the car.
14) Sunroof tint - cheap mod, wish I had done this much sooner, like when I got the car. Now I leave my sunshade open all year around, it makes the cabin feel that much larger (significant with a coupe) and no heat from the sun beaming down on me in the summer. I actually use the sunroof now in the summers.
15) Crystal serum coating (forgot the name but it's a good product) - was so worth it, was cheap and wish I got this done sooner. Saves me from having to wax the car for a good 2 years and has many other benefits
16) Battery charger - got this mainly because my 2 way remote starter is a parasite drain and now that i have a beater, sometimes this car sits for days. This was worth it, was cheap too and will make my batteries last much longer. It was wither this or an AGM battery and I chose the charger.
17) And the big one, 5 ch amp. I already had the sub from my old car, I couldn't sell it so I figured I would make use of it again. Pricey upgrade that I love, but I don't love. I had a hard time swallowing $400 on a 5ch amp and still do, but each time I get in the car and crank it, it just sounds so good.
But could I have lived without it and just continue to run off the factory amp at 15RMS/ch? Yes.
So all in all, most of these mods were worth it but I wish I didn't spend this much money on a single car. Something that depreciates over time. It's not like I can start ripping stuff out to resell. You won't get anything for a backup cam. You won't get anything for a 2ch dashcam. You get my point.
Has anyone else ever been in my shoes? Its a pretty crappy feeling knowing you spend this much money on a car. For all the money that I spend on the mods, just think about how many car payments it would have covered.
Not sure how to make myself feel better.