New car models are filled with all kinds of technology. Some of it can be helpful and even life saving, like GPS or air bags. However, a lot of these gadgets and gizmos are a waste of time and money, and some can even be dangerous.
Loud Exhaust Systems
New cars today are built with the aid of a staggering amount of computer design that goes into their engine and exhaust systems. They are designed for performance along with air quality in mind. For some reason, people seem to like to throw this carefully designed system away for something loud and obnoxious.
Oversized Wheels And Tires
Stock car tires and wheels are designed to provide a good combination of economy and performance and are carefully designed to fit and work with you car and the precise geometry of your car’s suspension. Oversized rims and tires may look cool to some, but they generally degrade the performance and handling. Large custom rims are also easy to damage on curbs or potholes and can make your car a target of thieves or even car-jackers.
The new Kia Soul features speaker lights, colored lights the ring the speakers and flash in conjunction with the music played. Yes, they might look cool, but its just something else to break and need to be fixed. Its also distracting for the driver and can distract other drivers who see the bright colors and lights. There is also a trend to put neon lighting under a vehicles to offer a bright colored glow. Another waste of money, just a another thing to break. And just another distraction for other drivers. This practice is illegal in many states.
Aerodynamic body kits are supposed to help with the air flow decrease wind resistance. Do you really need the extra speed in a 2003 Sentra? Of course not. Most body kits are purely cosmetic as how much driving do you really do in excess of 100 MPH? They are just another waste of money and also add weight to the car, which hurts your gas mileage. Most also reach lower to the ground, making it easier to scrape on the road or curbs or easily get damaged.
Dumb Joke Stickers and Objects
There is a wide range of idiotic objects people apply to their cars to apparently entertain complete strangers on the road. This includes the bullet hole stickers, to look like you’re a gangster I guess, and the half a cat joke puppet thing. This piece of hilarity people put in their trunk, with half hanging out, like they’ve slammed the trunk down on a stuffed animal. Now that’s funny. Also my personal favorite, the hanging bull testicles very macho men put on the trailer hitch of their manly pickup truck.