If you own a car, then there’s a chance you’ve considered making some changes to it. A new set of wheels perhaps, or even tinted windows. Making cosmetic and mechanical changes to your pride and joy can be tempting, but the reality is that should these be done improperly they can cause more headaches than smiles.

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It can void your insurance

This is a big one. Even something as mundane as a small rear spoiler can cause your insurance to be invalid – if you don’t notify the insurer of the change. Larger alloy wheels, darker windows and even a small bodykit could put you in a whole heap of trouble. Notifying your insurer will mean that they’re aware of the change, but be prepared for your premium to increase. These changes can make the car more attractive to would-be thieves, making it more of a risk to cover.

Changes can affect resale values

Yes, although the fact you’re modifying your car probably means you’re not planning on selling it right now, you may want to in the future.

Even if the changes you’re planning on making look good to you, there’s a chance that a new buyer won’t take to them as fondly when you come to sell the car. Some modifications, such as window tinting, can easily be reversed should you need to put the car up for sale. However, larger changes such as lowering the car or re-spraying it are harder to undo and really could be make the difference between a sale and a prospective buyer walking away.

Of course, if you’ve got receipts and proof that the work has been done by a reputable mechanic, then most people won’t have an issue with small modifications. Just ensure that they’re aware that they’ve taken place before they drive away.

Modifications may ruin the way your car drives

This applies more to mechanical modifications. Unless done properly, mechanical changes to your car can quickly turn it into a nightmare of a car to drive. Lowering in particular can ruin a car’s ride, and make it nearly unbearable if not fitted correctly

However, this isn’t to say that mechanical modifications can’t improve the way a car drives, they just need to be done right first time.

They can affect the longevity of the car

Manufacturers spend millions of pounds on each new car, ensuring that each part of its works – and remains working – at the very highest standard. Though consumables, such as tyres and brakes, need to be replaced, larger parts don’t need changing as often.

When replaced with non-genuine parts, it can often cause stress in other areas of the car. As a result, components wear out faster than they might have otherwise done so. If you’re trying to maintain your cars reliability, then large mechanical changes may not be your best option.

Car modifications can certainly add a certain extra to the look of your car. They also add a bit more personality to a vehicle. However, you need to make sure you prepare before any work is undertaken. More importantly, you need to inform your insurance provider. Though a car may look good, it needs to be – first and foremost – legal.

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