People are more inclined towards car modification as it alternates the performance of the car and enhances the looks. But before you finalize your decision to modify your car, you should know all the factors related to it. The reason for this is that not all types of amendments are valid in India. The Supreme Court had come out with its guidelines in 2019.
To have a good ownership experience, people generally like to make their cars stand out from the crowd. This requires modifications and could cost you more money on the car. However, minor modifications like after-market alloy wheels or leather seat covers do not break the norms. But there are some illegal modifications that you need to be careful of.
People modify cars but why? Well, the answer lies in why do people decorate their homes? The point being made is that people make changes to their living space because it is an integral part of their lives, which is an extension of their personality. Similarly, a car depicts an extension of the owner’s personality. So, modification is done by people based on their preferences. Some improve aesthetics while many others work on functional changes for better utility. Either way, car modification is an old trend dating back to the time when cars were invented.
The challenge that comes with car modification is that some people tend to go too far and make drastic changes to their vehicles. They make such modifications that the cars are no longer safe for the occupants or other any other motorists on the roads. Thus, there exist limitations to modifying a car.
Modified cars are very different from normal cars as their entire complexion gets changed. In other words, “structural features” become very hard to play with. If you make changes to the engine or chassis of a car, it is considered illegal. So, going ahead with your imagination and making it look real on your car can land you in some serious legal problems. According to The Supreme Court of India, no car in the country can be modified in such a way that interferes with the actual data about the car. In layman’s language, the structural features of the car cannot be modified at any cost. So, if you ever wish to modify your car but are unaware of the legal modifications that can be done, then below is a list for you.
- Body wraps or vinyl wraps
Body wraps are now trending in the Indian market. These can be pasted on your car without changing its structural identity. Some apply vinyl wraps for specific parts like a bonnet, roof, etc. In case your car needs repaint but in a different color then this information needs updating on the vehicle’s registration certificate.
- Upsizing tires and alloy wheels
It is one of the most common car modifications done in India. It seems people are preferring wider tires and replacing steel rims with alloys. Now, upsizing tires is a legal amendment but must be done with care. It is always important to choose the right to upsize else it may hamper the handling and performance of your vehicle. It’s worth noting that downsizing (choosing a smaller tire size than the stock size) is illegal and extremely dangerous.
- Aftermarket CNG kits
Believe it or not but choosing an aftermarket CNG kit counts as a modification. That is why one has to get it registered with the RTO and get an updated registration certificate for the vehicle. Due to the low cost, people use CNG kits. Some people go for CNG fuel as it is a cleaner alternative to petrol.
It is always advisable to use the car in a standard form. Sure, modification looks and feels good, but it can also get you in some trouble. You can avoid minor changes made to the car, while to stay safe from legal problems, make sure not to indulge in any major changes to the car. Think everything through before making a final decision.
– Amrin Ahmed