Car insurance companies may think twice before providing cover for modified vehicles, it has been claimed. According to an online motor community website, young drivers are normally associated with the souped-up cars and as such, the motorists receive a raw deal.
Many younger drivers and students who want to make a statement with their vehicles and add alloy wheels, new engines or a flashy paint job could be wasting their money if they cannot get insurance. Getting car insurance is already an expensive business for young drivers as they are seen as higher risk by insurance companies.
However, it may be that those who take the time to perfect their vehicle would not do anything to put it in danger, said a spokesperson.
"As soon as you mention that your car is modified in any way, whether it be alloys or a new engine, most companies do say they are unable to insure you," he added.
In addition, modified cars are not always easy to sell on; buyers have to have the same taste in extras and may not like the look of the car no matter what is under the bonnet.
The plight of the modified car enthusiast might not have been helped by Hollywood movies glamorising the subject.