DIY car modifications have taken the social media app by storm, including everything from window tints to alloy wheels with modifications ranging from the harmless to the illegal.
One of these viral trends has garnered over 6 million likes and over 200,000 shares, but could actually risk a hefty fine, license points, and maybe even a lawsuit.
The trend is to tint car windows with maple syrup and charcoal toothpaste, which can be dangerous and even harmful to your car.
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MoneySuperMarket analyzed the total number of inquiries about motor vehicle conversion insurance in 2021.
Here are the car modifications most likely to void PCP and HP car finance agreements, and what other consequences you might risk.
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risk: £50-100 fine, 3 penalty points or court
MoneySuperMarket has reported that 7% of all car modification inquiries are related to window tinting.
Tinting your windows more than the law allows can result in a fine of £50 to £100, three penalty points or even prosecution.
75% of the windscreen and 70% of the side windows must be tinted.
Loud exhaust systems
Risk: fine or court
The comparison site also noted that more than 8% of auto insurance inquiries involved exhaust system modifications.
Exhaust systems must not exceed the noise limit of 74 decibels and violations can be punished with a fine or reported to court.
It can also make the vehicle more polluting.
risk: Police operation
Spoilers are not necessarily illegal and are popular with motorists.
4% of MoneySuperMarket car modification requests are related to adding a spoiler.
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However, you should be warned that you may get into trouble if they are not installed correctly.
The spoiler must be securely fastened or the police may have the power to remove the unsafe spoiler.
risk: 1,000 to 2,500 pounds fine
The use of nitrous oxide to increase engine speed in a gasoline engine is extremely illegal and dangerous.
It can increase cylinder pressure and if exposed to sufficient heat it could see the nitrous oxide inside expand and rupture the cylinders.
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Making engine modifications to improve performance can result in safety implications that can earn you a hefty fine.
The possible penalties are £1,000 for a car and £2,500 for a van, lorry or bus.
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