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Consider These 7 Things Before Deciding to Modify Your Car

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7 Things to Consider Before Modifying Your Car

There are many reasons car enthusiasts modify their cars. Modifications express style and personality, they can improve the fuel efficiency of the car, they can improve the power and performance of the car, but, most of all, they’re fun. However, many modifications require a large investment of time and money, so there are a few things to consider before modifying your car.

Why Do You Want to Modify Your Car?

The three main reasons why anyone would modify their car are: to express their individuality, to enhance the performance, and for financial reasons.

Once you have established exactly why you want to modify your car, it becomes easier to figure out how and what modifications you can make. Some modifications can make it difficult to use your car as an everyday vehicle, so you will need to consider what the primary function of your car will be and determine whether the modifications are truly going to be beneficial.

For example, if you plan on only driving your car on the track, you can invest in performance modifications to improve handling or increase speed. However, those modifications may consume huge amounts of fuel, which is costly and wasteful if you only drive your car in the suburbs—in which case, eco-friendly modifications would be a better option.

You May Void Your Warranty

When you purchase a new car from a dealership, they generally come with a factory warranty that covers repairs and services for its duration. Warranties are great because they give you peace of mind and protect your investment.

However, if you are planning any modifications, be aware that any changes to the factory specifications voids this warranty. This is also true of used cars and can also leave you vulnerable when it comes to “lemon laws,” as the laws don’t cover modified used vehicles.

If you are determined to modify your car, wait until the warranty has run out—or be prepared to hand over mountains of cash if your new car needs repairs.

Modifying Your Car Will Not Increase Its Value

Contrary to popular opinion, adding modifications to your car will not increase the resale value. Though adding rims or lowering your car will add to the aesthetic appeal if you are planning to sell the car later, these modifications will actually drive the selling price down.

Anything that alters the factory specifications of your car will generally result in a depreciation of the value of the car. There are perhaps only a few exceptions to this rule, such as anti-theft devices or modifications to improve fuel economy, which can be good selling points.

Overall, the money you invest in modifying your car will generally be more than the car is worth.

You May Have Trouble Finding Insurance

Insurance is a legal requirement for all drivers, but, for drivers of modified cars, it is especially important as most modifications increase the risk of theft or accident. Unfortunately, it is for these reasons insurance companies often refuse to insure modified cars or charge higher premiums for them.

Fortunately, some companies are recognizing that more of their customers are driving cars that have been modified for performance, aesthetic, or economic reasons, and many of them have plans available to suit most modified car owners. Thoroughly research modified car insurers to find the best fit for you.

Set Aside a Realistic Budget

When you are planning modifications to your car, set aside a realistic budget. For a more budget-friendly option, modifications can be made over time, rather than all at once. This also allows you time to see if the modifications suit your car.

Otherwise, be selective about the modifications you want to make, as there are many affordable ways you can improve your car.

Beware the Domino Effect

Some modifications may seem simple and appealing but will require extra modifications to make them functional, which will cost you a lot more long-term. For example, if you choose to install a large capacity turbo, you will need to buy a new set of high-performance tires to compensate for the difference in power and improve the handling so your ride is still safe.

DIY Modifications or Professional Help?

Many car enthusiasts believe they are pretty handy in the garage but, while there are some small modifications that can be installed at home, often it is better to ask for help from a professional.

Though a professional mechanic is going to add to the cost of the modifications, they also have the knowledge and the tools readily available to install parts quickly and properly. Make sure you do your research and find an auto shop or mechanic that specializes in the types of modifications you are considering.

Final Thoughts

Car modifications are a fun way to express your individuality, improve the performance of your car, and, in some cases, improve your fuel economy. However, you need to be prepared to invest a significant amount of time and money, which is why it is so important to carefully consider all the factors involved before making your decision.

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