There are lots of reasons why people modify their cars. Some do it just to show off, some do it for performance on a track but some idiots plainly do so just to race on the streets thinking that they live in a world of Need For Speed Underground. My observation? These blokes drive dinosaurs which have been modded to look like a 'Rex'. And they are the worst kind.
I'm sure many of you drive to work on expressways or traffic light infested stretches of road. But one thing in common between the two is that there is never a time when you can feel relaxed if there's a racer wannabe next to you. Their exhausts the size of durian's and the noise it makes is comparable to an elephant, and their seats so low you can barely see their heads out from the window. Once the lights change they speed off leaving a trail of nothing but distaste and disgust from other road users.
Then there are those who buy the low spec'ed dinosaur and 'zhng' it to look like the 'Rex' or just something they're not. And I don't get the logic behind these modders. If you're willing to spend so much more on adding turbos, air scoops, huge spoilers and new rims, why not just get a higher spec'ed car? More often than not they end up as nuisances on the road and causing much distress to other more considerate road users. But I think I know the reason why people like this actually exist.
They're just having a mid-life crisis.
Once kids come along, you have to fulfill the role of a Dad (i'm assuming most 'zhngsters' are men), sending them to various classes, tuition, dance, art class, tennis lessons, and there's your wife who makes you go all girly shopping with her. So you feel the need to exert your manliness, which is why you buy a lower spec'ed car, and mod it up to make it feel like your own. Men often feel the greatest sense of satisfaction when they do things independently, and that is a fact. By modifying their own car, attempting to become the loudest and seemingly fastest street racer there is in Singapore or Malaysia, you feel great. What you are really, is a man who should have just spent the same amount of money on a BMW or Volkswagen GTI for that matter.
I'm not saying all these drivers are ego-craving individuals who want a fast car yet live sensibly while with their families. Its just the minority that you see on the roads, those who are insecure with being who they are when they're 30-40 years old. My main point here is to tell this minority group of imbeciles to grow some testicles and be a real man.