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The Dangers of After-market Car Modification

There was once a show wherein a lucky car owner gets to have his vehicle improved and modified, all for free. Judging by the show’s choices, it seems like one of the criteria to be picked is to have a car that is practically falling apart, as most of the vehicles featured have trouble starting up, have a bad paint job, or is even missing a particular car part.

 

While there are some unfortunate people who do not have the resources to have their vehicles “pimped out,” there are also those who treat their cars as if they are actual human beings. Aside from doing a maintenance check on a vehicle (much like undergoing medical check-up), they also make modifications on it for the sake of aesthetics, not performance (much like undergoing cosmetic surgery).

 

After-market car modifications are changes made to the vehicle by its owner after purchasing it, which are mainly done for aesthetic or personal reasons. Otherwise known as non-original equipment manufactured vehicle (non-OEM), most modifications are done on the vehicle do not include typical upgrades that an auto dealership provide.

 

Even if car modifications are normally done for aesthetic purposes, there are also people who do it with the best intentions in mind, like making the car easy to access or use for certain people such as handicapped drivers or passengers. After-market car modifications have been so popular nowadays that some vehicles now are routinely modified before it can be used by consumers, like:

 

  • Ambulances
  • Buses
  • Cabs
  • Car Haulers
  • Limousines
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Trailers

However, modifying a car still poses a great risk for owners. The primary problem here is that there are no standards for car modification practice yet, unlike unmodified vehicles which have to pass the safety testing, quality assurance checks, environmental standards, and other types of analysis.

 

When a car is modified, no tests of any kind, even safety test, are done. Such is significant because the changes done to the car may have altered its safety features, thus compromising occupants.

 

It may be a good idea to temporarily put off any plans of making modifications for safety reasons. Or seek advice from someone who is an expert in car modification and vehicular safety compliance before going through it.

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