Customizing Your Car

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Do you dream about personalizing the appearance of your car or its performance? Before modifying your car, be sure the changes you want to make are legal. You should also find out how they affect your insurance. Doing some homework ahead of time could avoid a lot of problems.

Some Modifications Allowed, Others Illegal!

All cars on the road must respect the legal safety standards, for example, by having lights and brakes in good working order. Modifications can't affect your car's safety, stability or braking.

Before Making Changes

  1. Make sure the changes are legal. Sometimes approval is required. Find out from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) by calling them or visiting their website.
  2. Read your insurance policy or contact your insurance company. If you modify your car, you sometimes have to notify your insurer. The modifications you want to make could also make the cost of your insurance go up.

After Making Changes

A mechanical inspection is sometimes required. This is done by an inspector with the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ). Your car can be put back on the road only if it respects the legal safety standards.

Breaking the Law and Fines

if you make a change that's illegal or don't do the required mechanical inspection, you commit an offence and could be fined.  A police officer who has doubts can always have your car seized to ensure that it respects road safety standards. The officer can require that your car be checked and repaired by a garage within a short time limit.


Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.