While some drivers have gas mileage or space in mind when it comes to purchasing a vehicle, other drivers see much past that. Some car enthusiasts look at vehicles as an opportunity to perform modifications to create something ideal. Any car can be modified with additions to meet their personal preferences. However, there is a point when the changes go too far. Below is a list of common vehicle modifications that may cause your car to become illegal to drive in most states. They are worth doing additional research on before installing:
1. Aftermarket undercarriage lights.
Many cities and states do not want drivers to confuse citizens with police officers, so blue and red lights are banned. However, before you install the green neon lights, check with your state’s jurisdiction. Show lights are okay but maybe deemed illegal for the streets depending on where you’re located.
2. Yes, range and light detection radars are legal in most states.
Virginia and Washington D.C. are the only two states that ban radar detectors. However, just because they aren’t banned in other states doesn’t mean you can’t be ticketed. It’s essential to check your state’s guidelines on where and how these radar detectors can be mounted. You may still receive a ticket if the radar detector is considered to be obstructing your view.
3. Vehicle modifications that cause excessive noise.
Most car fanatics can’t deny the butterflies they feel hearing a V8 engine idling. However, on the streets, police aren’t too thrilled about it. Some laws prohibit mufflers and exhaust systems from being excessively noisy.
4. Modifications to your vehicles’ suspension or frame.
A low rider with candy paint is definitely a sight to see when cruising down the street. Some states require a vehicle to be a certain number of inches off the ground to be operational. Lowriders are not the only types that are affected by regulations. Cars that are raised may also be subjected to height limitations.
5. Tinted windows that are incredibly dark.
Every state and even county treats window tints differently. Tinted windshields are off-limits and illegal everywhere. However, the other car windows can be tinted to various intensities depending on where you’re located. In one area, you may walk away with just a warning for the window tint, while some officers may grant you a fix-it ticket.
Modifications can be helpful, but taken too far can be extremely dangerous for you and other drivers. While some officers may cite you, a ticket may be dismissed if the violation is fixed in a timely manner. It’s always best to consult the DMV or a traffic attorney if you have specific questions. However, the best first step is still to do the necessary research before modifying your vehicle.