Advice and Tips

The car modifications check-list

Advice and Tips // 06 November 2018

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Many of us are investing a lot of time and money in creating our ideal motor. From headlight eyelashes and tinted windows to louder exhausts and vehicle wraps, the list of possible car modifications is endless.

In this guide, we talk you through some of the essentials you need to consider, before making any fancy modifications to your vehicle:

Insurance premiums

Although altering your car can be a great way to personalise your model and even improve its performance, it can quickly bump up the cost of car insurance.

Even smaller modifications like paintwork, alloy wheels and body kits can have an impact on your premium.

If you are changing your car from the original specification, it’s best to let your insurer know straight away.

Different insurers have different views on what constitutes a modification, so it is always best to check whether there will be any financial impact on your current policy.

Cover all angles

Though it might be tempting to choose the cheaper option of going to a garage that isn’t VAT registered or approved, it could end up costing you way more in the long run and invalidate your warranty.

So, if you’re looking to add a bit more personality or speed to your car, ensure you have checked your warranty’s small print before you carry out the work.

Resale

Certain added extras like TVs in the back of your headrests can be seen as a worthwhile investment, as they improve the passenger experience.

However, it’s important to remember that by making any type of modification from the original specification, you may be unintentionally narrowing the pool of interest when you go to resell.

When choosing which modifications you are going to have, it might be worth checking if these adjustments are easily removed.

Remember, just because you love the added spoilers, body kit or racing stripes, that doesn’t necessarily mean others will be as keen, which could drastically decrease the value of your car when it comes to selling.