What should you do before any modification is carried out on your vehicle? What should you do before any modification is carried out on your vehicle?

  • A. Modifying your vehicle is OK as long as you purchase the parts from a reputable dealer

  • B. Check with a warrant of fitness inspector

  • C. Get a certificate from the police

  • D. Record the modification on your vehicle ownership papers

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Before modifying your vehicle in any way, it's best to check with a WoF inspector that you won't be creating a problem for yourself in the future.
     
 
 
 

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Modifying your vehicle: staying within the Road Code

When you want to modify your car the options are endless. You can modify the engine for better power, the suspension for better handling, the bodywork for better aerodynamics, the internals for better crash protection, and so on.

While some modifications are easy to perform and don't require any special certification, modifications that alter the structure or safety features of the car, or significantly affect how it handles are likely to need a Low Volume Vehicle certificate.

Examples of modifications that you should check before doing are:

New Zealand has a thriving car modification scene with plenty of experienced people to get advice from. But, of course, it all started in Japan and if you want some inspiration of how you can modify your car, you can't go past the Tokyo Auto Salon