Make Your BMW Your Own.

What is a Body Kit?

Simply put, a body kit is an alternative modification to a car’s original factory appearance; usually made from fiberglass, polyurethane, or in some cases carbon fibre, a body kit can put an individual stamp on an otherwise mass-made car.

Thought to have originated in America in the early 20th century, body kits have been a staple for car enthusiasts for many years.

Different Types of Body Kit

There are four types of body kit at your disposal to enhance the visual aspects or performance of your car:

  • Lip body kit - A lip kit consists of one single feature, the lip spoiler, which is installed beneath the bumpers and the side skirts of your car. In addition to helping with the aerodynamic balance and look, a lip can also provide your car with added protection from scrapes and normal driving conditions.
  • Bumper body kit - Bumper body kits usually include a front bumper, side skirts, and a rear bumper, with some also coming with spoilers or other accessories. They are typically paintable, so you can match them to your car's colour scheme.
  • Wide body kit - As the name suggests, wide body kits – also known as ground effects kits – make a car appear wider. The muscly look is achieved with bulging wheel arches, chunky bumpers, and other additions that make it an aggressive presence on the road. Wide body kits also improve a car’s aerodynamics and traction and are often installed on race cars.
  • Full body kit – This type of kit is one of the biggest visual modification investments you could undertake. It typically involves a full and complete redesign to alter the entire appearance of the vehicle including the bumpers, bonnet, wheels, and roof. It is also likely to involve adding new bumpers, side skirts, spoilers, and even graphics in a variety of customised designs and colours.

Can Adding a Body Kit Affect Insurance?

Potentially… Any exterior (or performance) modifications to your vehicle may affect insurance coverage – some companies may ask for specific documentation without affecting what you pay, while others may adjust your premiums.

There are insurance companies out there that specialise in modified vehicles, so you might be able to get a great deal through them! However, we do advise that you consult with your insurance provider before making any changes to your car’s appearance/ performance.

Why Would I Install a Body Kit?

There are quite a few reasons why someone would buy and install a body kit for your BMW:

  • To customise the appearance of your car
  • To enhance the performance of your car
  • To replace a broken or damaged part of your car.

A body kit can transform the way your car looks and feels when you’re driving it – and what you want out of a kit is 100% up to you!

While some people may want their BMW to look more aggressive (through a wide body kit), others may want a sleeker look that, in addition, improves the aerodynamics of their BMW; reducing drag and enhancing corner drivability.

A body kit can also be a simple way to repair car damage, like scraped bumpers or mirrors that have been knocked off the car.

There’s no right or wrong reason to get a car body kit – you may want to change the way your BMW looks, drives, or to fix damage... or a mix of all these reasons.

All our sites have parts specialists that would love to help you with your BMW dream, they will offer a consultation on the best look for your car that in addition will help with overall performance, no matter the model or your budget.

Adding specifications to your used BMW needn’t be a hassle with Williams on your doorstep.

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BMW Case Study

We recently had a client come in with their used M3 Competition xDrive that they had previously purchased at Williams Rochdale BMW, who wanted to create a car uniquely theirs with an M Performance body kit. Take a look at the stunning results below:

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