Every Automotive enthusiast likes to pamper his/her car in a way which they feel makes their car look perfect and stand out from the crowd. Earlier all the vehicles owned by my family have been pampered but have never received complete justice as I was a student then and did not have much of vitamin M or let’s say no vitamin M and would always have to convince my father on something I would like to do to the car. But the last two cars have seen a slight change as i have started earning. The last car also I could not work on much but the present car I have done up to my heart’s content.
There is no end to the list of mods and accessories for an auto enthusiast but there comes a point where you feel yes the car is now standing to his/her vision or expectation.
Same has happened with me it’s been almost 6.5 months since my dad purchased the German beauty and from that day till now I can finally say it has reached my expectation or vision how I wanted it to be.
The Polo no doubt is one of the hottest hatches at present in India but still I always wanted it to stand out from the rest. So after a lot of hard work and dedication by me I have finally managed to turn the Elegant German Beauty to a Hot German Chic.
The lists of my work are as follows and have been completely based on my mood, liking and imagination and also the availability of Vitamin M. Also as I had purchased a pre-owned vehicle with no warranty it allowed me to do what I liked freely without worrying about warranty issues. 1) Illuminated Door Scuff Plates
This was the first thing that I installed. I had installed the same ones for my cousins civic and had loved it. So I got it installed from Opera House Mumbai Price: Rs 1150/- (Inclusive of Labour). • This work does require slicing of the inner roof lamps so there are chances of warranty getting void. 2) Centre Arm Rest
Earlier to the Polo I used to drive the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Innova (still driving) both of these cars had a centre storage box which acted as a very good centre arm rest. So when I started driving the Polo I found my left hand feeling dam uncomfortable during long drives or early morning drives, the bumper to bumper traffic was not an issue as my hand would be on the Gears all the time. So the second thing I wanted was an arm rest. Did a bit of enquiry on this and found that the original centre arm rest of VW costed around 10-12k which I thought was too expensive for it. So once when I was just visiting Opera House at Mumbai I saw on display a Universal Arm rest. I enquired and found the price dam cheap so I told the shop guy to fit it in the car. It matched perfectly well and costed me not even 10% of the cost of the original arm rest. The quality is good with good storage space. Price: Rs 850/- (Inclusive of labour) • The positioning of the armrest needs to be perfect else can cause a lot of disturbance during gear changes
. 3) Black Roof
This is a new trend going on around now about blackening your roof, and my car being white in colour it would surely change looks of the car. There were 2 options for this either get the roof painted black or a new thing that was going around vinyl wraps. I planned for the vinyl wrap as it was an easily reversible process and costed almost same as getting the roof painted. I had gone with one of my friends to 3M to get his car detailed at that time I saw the same roof top work done for a car. I enquired about the same and got a quote for my car. The plain dull black- Rs 5500/- & Carbon Fibre Wrap- Rs 11500/-.I felt the price was a bit expensive but again it was a 3M so I told them I will decide in few days. Out of curiosity I casually asked my vinyl guy at Opera House for the price and was pretty shocked, the Dull Black- Rs 1800/- and Carbon Fibre Black- Rs 2500/- of course there was a bit of difference in quality but still at this price I could get the vinyl wrapped 4 times where I could just wrap it once at 3M. So I gave a go ahead sign to my vinyl guy and the work was completed in 2 hours. Price: Rs 2500/- (Inclusive of fitting) • The vinyl enhances the look of the car and has the advantage of removing it when selling in case the person buying doesn’t like it bringing the car back to stock in an hour’s time. 4) Headlamps
This was one of the biggest decisions I must have ever taken in my life and a lot of thought was put in it. At first I thought of not spending much on it but later somehow convinced me to it. The following were the final shortlisted contenders a) Original Smoked Headlamps;
this was one of my first options as it was a stock headlamp and the slight smoked effect would surely enhance the look of the White car. Price: Rs 8000/- b) GTI headlamps:
These were the replica of the Passat headlamps with projectors and DRL, there were different makes for this one and looked good but the stock ones did not have HID bulbs and that was an extra fitment. Price: Rs 23000-25000/- China make without HID. HID would have been another 5-6K (Without installation Charges)
Rs 125000/- original GTI headlamps (Made in Germany) (Without installation Charges) c) Stock Headlamp Customization:
I was browsing Quikr & OLX to see if there were any preowned original GTI lamps for the Polo, I could not find one but found some people willing to customize my stock headlamps. I spoke with a few and the price ranged from Rs 23000-30000/-. I even had a word with one of the TAI
members (Vinnie) specialised in this and got a quote from him. Later on just when I had gone for some work to opera house I saw a black VW Polo 1.6 standing there with a customized headlamp giving the looks like an Audi Headlamp. On asking around had a word with the owner met up the person who did it and finalized the work. This was the one that I opted for, as this would retain my old headlamps and would let me customize the headlamp in the way that I wanted at a much reasonable price. I customized it by smoking the reflectors black and installing a Bi-Xenon Projector with BMW type ring and a LED tube. The Projectors had 6000k HID with them. The setup give a Audi style look to the headlamps
Selected Price: 16500/- (with installation)
• All the above mentioned setups are completely plug and play and require not wire cutting, but the company can create a bit of fuss for warranty. It depends on the customer how he fights back.
The above setup had already changed the looks of the car to a great extent, but there were certain things necessary to do to make it completely perfect from my view. The Polo Highline comes with company fitted alloys but somehow I did not like the stock ones. The New TSI now comes with classic set of company alloys. So now my mind was set on upgrading the alloys. I first had planned for a matt black Alloy and had loved one design that I saw on Google images. I tried finding a similar design but was not able to. So I decide on another design but when I tried it on the car, the black alloy did not go well with the car (Personal View). So I finally settle for a Hyper Silver with Black alloy. The looks of the car had now completely transformed.
Finalized Price: Rs 11500/- (Alloy price 20500/- – Stock alloy replacement price 9000/-) 6) Fog Lamps HID
The headlamp assembly had completely made head turns and even makes it turn now but the one thing that was killing its glory was the stock halogen bulbs in the Fog lamps. So i had stopped using the fog lamps for some days. Many people told me to change it but I had refused saying that I won’t use the fog lamps but later realised yes whenever I plan to use it there will be a problem. So finally decided on changing the Bulbs and Upgrade to HID. I am a fan of pure white light and hence I decide on the 6000k fog lamps (I know white light has the problem of getting scattered under street light or during rains but major use of mine was city so opted for that). There were 2 options for me china and Philips. Was going to opt for Philips but my guy told that china works fine and you save a lot so I opted for china ones.
After Price: Rs 3500/- (Inclusive of Labour) • It’s a plug and play unit and does not require any wire cutting.
After all this the car had reached my expected visualization but still there were a few minor things which I needed to do to get it to perfect. 7) Spoiler
Well at first I planned on getting some skirting’s and spoiler for the car. But the problem with the Skirting’s is that the car is already low with ground clearance of 165mm and just manages to cross the speed bumps and potholes without under body scrapping. The bumper has twice scraped in really bad pothole. So the thought of installing skirting’s on the car was cancelled as spending so much and then one impact will crack the skirting but the idea of spoiler still remained so I called up my guy at Opera House and booked up a Wing Spoiler. Now the spoiler is made of POP (Plaster of Paris) and hence it requires painting but as I had put vinyl on my roof top, I decided on putting vinyl on the spoiler rather than paint. So got it wrapped with Vinyl. The finish however of vinyl was not perfect so later on did a DIY but cutting the rough edges and spray painting it black.
After spray paint and wrap
Finish Price: Rs 1500/- (Inclusive of Vinyl & Labour) • The spoiler installation is pretty easy on clamps. The finish only on vinyl was pretty bad due to a lot of bends and curves on the spoiler but later cut up the rough edges and painted it black with a spray can that is available for Rs 200/-.