Car manufacturers design and develop cars to suit a majority of the customersâ€™ needs and requirements. In doing so the cars are built to provide utility to as many customers as possible. However, there are car owners who prefer to enhance the aesthetic appeal or performance of their cars. Unfortunately, they do not always stick to the rules and regulations. Modifications result in violation of the law for one reason or another. The following are some of the most common violations that car owners commit in a bid to improve their cars:
Modified Headlights and Tail-Lights
These are one of the most common and easiest modifications to make to a car. Among the cars with the highest number of such modifications are the Honda Civic and Toyota Altezza. The problem is that such modifications are not compliant with the DOT certification, due to the chrome and clear housings. Headlights are modified with bogus carbon fibre, black paint and chrome. Due to their inferior quality, these head and tail-lights suffer from fogging or leaking and are bound to draw the attention of any motor vehicle inspector.
Trucks are utility vehicles that are used offâ€“road and in the line of work. However, there are owners that fit lift kits. Yes, there is improved ground clearance and better aesthetics. The flip side of the coin is that with such a high ground clearance, the centre of gravity is raised causing instability during motion. It puts motorists and the driver/occupants of the truck at grave risk. The laws will vary from one location to the other. At the same time, there are places where no limits are imposed with regard to lift height. It is easy to tell if the laws have been violated just by looking at the lift height of a truck.
Extremely Dark Tint
With dark tints, there are many variations. What constitutes a violation in one location may not be so in another. Factors to be taken into consideration include which windows are allowed toÂ be tinted as well as the percentage of tint allowed. The best approach to use if you want your car windows tinted is to consult with your local tint shop. They shouldÂ know what is within the law in your area and what constitutes a violation.
Under-Side Neon Lights
The reason why the law prohibits you from placing additional neon lighting under your car is so the public is not misled to believe that your vehicle is a Police car. This extends to flashing lights that consist of Police colours, as well as spotlights. Unfortunately, the laws are not uniform, and as you move from one location to another you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. The trend of under body neon lights has subsided, whereas violating the law with regard to the same can cost you a lot in terms of a citation.
It is recommended that a car owner with the intentions of modifying the vehicle in this way should make the necessary inquiries with the authorities or shops that sell the modification parts.