A few months back I idly wondered, ‘Whatever happened to mud flaps?’ — which led directly to me writing a feature about Hitech Autoparts in Leicester (Autocar, 5 June) who not only make mud flaps, but mats too.
I have been surprised and delighted at the response this story has had. What it proves is that despite ever-lengthening equipment lists, manufacturers don’t always get it right when it comes to speccing their car or pricing them, either.
So I am fascinated to know just what are the aftermarket bits and bobs you buy to make your motoring life better.
Never mind the car mats and flaps, do you routinely buy fragrance that is fir-tree shaped? In-car entertainment always was something we could overindulge in, but these days do you just need iPod connectivity?
Certainly I find those cassette adaptors excellent at bringing the old systems in my motors up to modern speed.
Parking sensors, according to my friends in the add-on industry, have proved very popular indeed. All you need is a drill and a spare hour or so and they work a treat.
Obviously, the golden age of customisation - ‘60s, ‘70s and some of the ‘80s is long gone. Extra driving lights, wheel arch flares and whiplash aerials, now those were the days.
I think that motorists are very lazy and happy to go along with what cars look like. It’s nice that the youth still want to lower the ride height of their Corsas and owners of Japanese performance projectiles aren’t happy until the dynometer reads 1000bhp on the local rolling road.
The truth may be that modern cars don’t need mods and just look stupid with them. Good taste can be so boring. I would like to know how you set about improving the performance through the medium of aftermarket parts. Be they alloys, mats, flaps, or baby on board stickers.