If you have recently become a car owner for the first time, you may have toyed with the idea of modifying it on either a temporary or permanent basis. It can be tempting to get lost in the excitement of it all and go big or go home, especially if you have been waiting years to purchase your first car, but this may only end in disaster as you come to regret your choices down the line or end up causing long-lasting damage. If you are struggling to make a decision or have only familiarised yourself with the benefits of modifying your car, continue reading to familiarise yourself with the negatives to allow you to make an informed decision.
It can void the warranty
It may not necessarily be a written rule that modifying your car will void its warranty, but it is a possibility if a particular alternation causes the vehicle to malfunction or results in permanent damage. If an oversized wheel becomes incompatible with the set of tyres installed, for example, it may negatively impact the car’s ability to steer properly and cause permanent damage or damage that is difficult to reverse if the problem is ignored for a prolonged period of time. It is also worth noting that in this instance, the manufacturer is no longer responsible for the cost of any resultant repairs if the modification has been carried out after the vehicle has been purchased and without the express permission of the automaker. If you are looking to modify your car in a way that will protect its warranty, it may benefit you to consult with and get approval from the automaker before you proceed.
It may raise your insurance premium
If you have decided to modify your car, you will also have to accept that doing so may raise your insurance premium. If a particular modification significantly increases its value, for example, it is more likely to be broken into or stolen by thieves seeking an opportunity to own a rare car or make a quick buck by selling it to fellow car lovers for a hefty price with this source outlining how insurance can differ from car to car. If a particular modification dramatically increases its power, speed, or performance on the road on the other hand, the vast majority of insurance providers will view it as high risk and raise your insurance premium to counteract the increased risk.
It may be illegal
It may sound perfectly safe and legal to modify your own car but without researching your plans beforehand, it may be illegal, and you may be subject to a fine or even a driving ban for failing to exercise the right precautions ahead of time. This is especially true for modifications involving engines or windows with a number of laws, rules, and regulations relating to emissions and tinting key concerns for policymakers in several countries around the world. If this is the case, your car may fail its annual inspections and you may be forced to remove any modifications that cost you a considerable amount of time and money to install. If you are planning to modify your car but are unsure if your plans comply with your country’s car safety standards and regulations, you must do your research before making any drastic decisions.
It may be unsafe
If you have failed to consider whether your upcoming car modifications are actually safe, it may be time to do so. It is, after all, likely to be you that is in the driving seat if anything was to go wrong, or your car’s safety and security were to become compromised whilst you were on the road. In the past, car modifications were installed as a means of improving a vehicle’s standard braking and handling system but in today’s highly competitive landscape, they tend to be installed as a means of improving its aesthetic appeal with little to no regard for whether or not it may be negatively impacting its safety.
If you are deciding whether to modify your car, you must consider the negatives of doing so and know that it can void its warranty and raise your insurance premium and that it may also be illegal and unsafe.