I read car forums and see a lot of mods to cars like engines,suspensions
etc on brand new cars. how does this affect warranties, and insurances
I would think adding turbos and heads to std blocks would cancel
warranties and altering suspensions would cause insurance companies to
Also seeing people alter the lighting to brighter lights of tinting the
headlight glass wouldnt this cause state inspection woes.
After market trim etc should also cause insurance problems unless it was
noted on the policy
Some state have no inspection. Police are often lax in going after
I'm curious as to your age. Have you ever been to a Cruise Night?
Growing up in the 50s, we did that sort of thing all the time. Most
of us could not afford brand new car, but we all did some
modifications. Some of the adults that had a few bucks, did the same
thing to brand new cars.
What was important was having a custom, personalized car. Lowering
the rear was very common. Back then tinkering with the engine was
much easier without the electronics and pollution Much of the chrome
trim was removed lights were modified. Easy was putting a Buick tail
lens on your '55 Chevy, etc.
At some point, people had more money and little interest in a real
custom. They though going to the dealer and picking out options was
the only way.
Yes i have been to cruise nights, one about 2 blocks from my house and i
Never said i had a problem with mods just with the results etc.
my parts store back in the day was a junk yard cars were much simpler
then, i have no problem with trim etc but with inspections, and
warranty. Just curious about it.
We shopped at the same store.
When I lived in PA, inspection was a joke. You had a few shops that
always found something wrong to make an extra $5, shops that never
found anything wrong (take the money and here's your sticker) and
outright scams that said they found big problems. In between were a
few honest shops.. Since many of my old cars would not legitimately
pass inspection, I knew where to go.
Here in CT, you do have emissions, but no safety inspection on most
cars. If the police stop you and find blatant problems, you will get
a ticket. Seems like tinted windows is the big one.
I never heard of an insurance problem after an accident because of
Texas has yearly vehicle inspection with major cities also
requiring smog testing. Vehicles must have a stock appearance
and pass smog tests - during inspection. In between inspections
it's at the discretion of the police.
Not too many mods to be seen here.
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