Lowered suspension and fluffy dice – the modifications that devalue a used car the most

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Adding accessories and fitting modifications to a car could knock thousands off its value, new research has found.

Carwow surveyed 2,003 people and found everything from fluffy dice to suspension mods affected prices.

‘Wonky wheels’ saw the highest average price a person would seek to knock off the price of a car if they were fitted.

The term ‘wonky wheels’ refers to the practice of adding camber to a vehicle’s wheels – essentially changing the angle they’re fitted at – which can benefit handling when done properly.

However, some car enthusiasts fit extreme camber angles as a stylistic choice. Those not looking for this aesthetic said they would knock an average of £310.71 off the price of a vehicle with these modifications.

Lowered suspension, which can improve aesthetics as well as handling, was second, decreasing a car’s value by £286.29, followed by a modified exhaust (£239.08).

The research also uncovered Britain’s most hated car mods. Top of the list was eyelashes above headlights, with 32 per cent of respondents saying they hated them.

The top five was completed by fluffy dice (26.4 per cent), modified exhausts (26 per cent), novelty horns (25.8 per cent) and Christmas antlers (23 per cent).

However, some additional extras are coveted by car buyers, with air conditioning wanted by the most amount of people at 37 per cent.

This was followed by parking sensors (36.8 per cent), parking cameras (33.2 per cent), integrated sat nav (31.7 per cent) and heated seats (27.2 per cent).

Iain Read, Carwow web editor, said: ‘We like to think we know cars pretty well, but when it comes to different car modifications, not everyone may see eye to eye.

‘Eyelashes on headlights and fluffy dice might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re modifying your car in such a way that it invalidates your insurance or devalues your car, we’d recommend you think twice.’

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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