Personalising your new car with options, accessories and modifications can be one of the most exciting aspects of car ownership.
Unfortunately there are a number of pitfalls the over-eager new owner can run into and some of them can cost you points off your license and money from your pocket.
So if your car came with 15 inch wheels off the lot, the maximum sized rim you can legally fit will be 17 inches.
The width and offset of the wheel combine to determine how far in or out of the guard the wheel and tyre will sit – but be warned, although a wheel that “pokes” out past the edge of the guard may look great, it is illegal to do so and you will be defected and fined for it.
When purchasing a new set of wheels it’s always a good idea to get professional advice from your local wheel and tyre shop to ensure your new fitment is perfectly legal.
Most manufacturers will allow the wheels to be changed and have no issues regarding warranty, however it is once again wise to check with the dealer you bought the car from to ensure your warranty isn’t rendered null and void as each manufacturer is different.
It is illegal to apply tinting film to more than 10 percent of the windscreen of a vehicle and it would be downright dangerous to do so.
So next time you buy a little tree, think about hanging it from one of your rear grab handles or somewhere that it won’t get in the way of what’s happening on the road.
Things like floor mats are generally okay so long as the mats aren’t prone to slipping under the pedals and affecting their proper operation (most aftermarket mats are sold with studs on the bottom to prevent slippage).
Seat covers are both a great way to personalise your car’s interior and keep your seats clean and free from stains but it is illegal to fit them to any car with front seat airbags as the covers will negatively change the way in which the airbags operate.
Modifying your car is enjoyable and rewarding and that’s exactly what it’s meant to be, don’t get caught out by doing something that will only get you into trouble! Look cool but stay safe out there!
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