Just like custom bikes, custom motors have been around for a while and a preference of many car owners especially those who desire uniqueness or have preferences that vehicle manufacturers are not willing to fulfill. Having a custom car can be a very fulfilling experience though it may come with a number of caveats that you must be aware of before embarking on such a venture.
In this article we are going to highlight 4 things you must know before customizing your car.
1 Customizing your car may mean voiding your warranty
Whenever you purchase a new vehicle it will come with a warranty whereby if it is to develop any mechanical issues during the period it is under warranty, the manufacturer will cater for the repair costs or even replace the vehicle. However, if you go ahead and make modifications on the car without first verifying whether the warranty permits such modifications, then your warranty is likely to be voided meaning the manufacturer will not be liable if your vehicle develops any mechanical issues.
2 Certain modifications on your car may be illegal
There are a number of laws that govern modifications that can be made to vehicles therefore it’s a good idea for you to do your due diligence so that you are fully aware of the modifications permitted within your jurisdiction. Different countries usually have different regulations when it comes to modifications made on vehicles. This is a serious factor to consider lest you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
3 Some modifications may not be safe
Generally, when a vehicle is manufactured, before it is released to the market it has to pass a number of safety tests. Keeping this in mind, when you buy a vehicle and start making alterations to it such as making adjustments to ground clearance, braking systems, suspensions and so on, you end up interfering with the vehicle’s stability and performance. It’s therefore paramount that any modifications that are done are done under the supervision of an expert.
4 Some modifications may affect longevity of the car
Whenever modifications are being done on a car the work may involve readjusting the panels, drilling holes or even cutting out some parts and replacing them with other parts that are more malleable. This may end up affecting the longevity of the car because interfering with the paneling may create some weak points in the body and the new material introduced may not be as sturdy as the original panel of the car.
Bearing the above points in mind, it’s a really good idea for you to do your due diligence before embarking on any modification project on your car so that you don’t end up regretting the decision. However, one of the ways to avoid all this is by making modifications on used cars and not new cars.
All in all, just as a reiteration, any modification work you do on your car must be under the strict supervision of an expert so that they can ensure that after the work has been done, the mechanical integrity of the car will still be intact.