As you are driving on your local highway, you take a look in your rear view mirror and spot a gorgeous car speeding up to you. Taking a closer look, you find that what you are seeing is not a regular "stock" car but the driver has taken the time to customize the looks and functions of the car completely!
Tuning your car is not limited to specific set of tasks that you should do, though, some modifications to the car are more common and popular than others. Starting from the basics, to tune one's car is to modify and customize the basic car ("stock car") and upgrade the parts and looks to increase the functions of the car to allow for a better handling, speed, or display.
Though everything sounds good, better performance, better handling, but to modify your car is not for the "average Joe". The process of taking out the parts such as the engine, brakes, and other important features and installing or upgrading higher quality and better performance cars is a tedious task that many are not capable of accomplishing. Now, if one has the skills and patients, it is a worthy investment to make and a great result will show.
When someone says that they have a tuned car, many will jump to the conclusion that they have made a sport car for racing. This is not always the case, to tune your car for regular day-to-day use is quite popular as well. Some will choose to switch engines to save gas, others may only tune as they are in need of a new audio system or display screen.
Even though some will tune their car when needed and only for every day use, the most popular and well-known tuning is for a better performance. Tuning can be done on many cars with various makes and models but common cars that are tuned and modified are: BMW 3-Series, Mitsubishi Lancer (Evolution), Honda Civic, Subaru WRX, Mazda (variety), Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang, and much more!
Those are only to list a few cars that are well-known to the select who tune their cars. They are also good choices as they all have fairly good performance, some of which, have a great price margin as well so even the people who have a 6 car garage can afford to have tuning as a hobby.
A few ways that people tune their cars are engine tuning, such as getting 1000+ Horsepower on a 4-cylinder engine, creating a "lowrider" car with hydraulic suspensions, modifying spoilers and body kits, having different tires for racing, and much more.
There are many styles and looks that people have accomplished when tuning their car, you can view photos and rate what you think of tuned cars at Tuned Car Rating.