I previously talked about buying a Honda Fit, and adding space to it to be able to use it as a truck. Well, I’ve done all that, and wanted to show you some pictures of what I customized with my Fit.
Before I get to the pictures, I just want to say how much I love this little car. It is extremely practical, has a ton of storage space in the back (due to the hatchback design), gets 40mpg with the way I drive (I got the manual transmission), and is a fun little car to drive. You can change the configuration of the seats so you can fit more in the car than you’d expect, too. I’ve fit 8 foot long 2X4’s and 4X4’s in the car with the hatch closed simply by folding the back seat and front passenger seats down. The back seats can fold up as well, leaving room for tall storage. This is my favorite car I’ve ever owned.
Ok, on to the customizations! I got the windows tinted, because the sun shined through and was really bright on the kids in the back seat. I think the car looks better with the tinted windows, and it keeps it cooler in the summer months.
I got a phone charger/docking station to use my phone as a GPS. This ends up being even better than a built-in GPS because the maps are automatically updated for free (with Google Navigation), and you can type in the address before you even get to your car, and just plop your phone in the docking station, ready to go. (You get an added bonus of seeing everything in my garage from this picture)
My only real complaint about this car was that there was no center console. There wasn’t even an armrest for the passenger, but Honda has a center console that was an added accessory. I added that to the purchase of the car, and it makes things much nicer.
I purchased a hitch online from etrailer.com, and installed it myself. The wiring for the trailer is run through the trunk, so you don’t see it in this picture. I use this to haul a trailer and our bikes when we ride. I also plan on getting a hitch mounted cargo carrier so I can add more space without hauling the trailer around.
This one is a view of my trailer in action. I hauled a half ton of dirt to fill in some low spots in our back yard. My car handled it like a champ! I also picked up just over a half ton of bricks for my neighbor the same afternoon, so my trailer had double duty that day.
In addition to what I’ve already done, I really want to add a cargo carrier to the back and a roof rack to haul additional items. I’ll get those two items later on, once we save up some extra money to pay for them.
If you’re thinking about getting a Fit, or a car like it, go for it. It’ll be one of the best decisions you make with your car purchases. It’s inexpensive compared to most vehicles, and more practical. Definitely a smart vehicle purchase.