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Legal vs Country (to mod or not to mod)

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I've been reading a lot about Cinquecentos in foreign countries (I'm from Portugal) and I'm amazed at what people do to their machines.

What kind of modifications to a car are legal in your country?

In Portugal we can't change a bit of the factory specifications... ex:
-Lowering (illegal)
-Larger wheels over car specifications (illegal or it costs a fortune to legalize)
-Bigger rims over car specifications (illegal or it costs a fortune to legalize)
-Different engine (illegal and almost impossible to legalize)
-Different brakes (only changing to ventilated in same size as standart is legal)
-Tinted windows (only side rear and rear up to a determined legal opacity)
-Bodykits (almost anything you do becomes illegal)
-Engine mods (illegal except box filter, plugs and smaller bits)
-Exhaust (only basic back box is legal because removing cat is illegal)
-Debadginng (it's illegal to remove some of the badges since it has to have brand on front and model on back)
...

It's a damm hard country to live in when you like cars and performance
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yeah that sucks

a bloke on here caled Erandir is from portugal and he was moaning about it the other week.


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you can do all these things (some things mentioned have to be a certain grade i.e. tints) here but you have to declare everything on insurance.

The only thing you cant do is have larger wheels sticking out of unmodified arches over in UK. Theres probably other things that people will add.

Mianland europe such as the polish and the dutch can do a lot more than us due to their laws
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you can do all these things (some things mentioned have to be a certain grade i.e. tints) here but you have to declare everything on insurance.

The only thing you cant do is have larger wheels sticking out of unmodified arches over in UK. Theres probably other things that people will add.

Mianland europe such as the polish and the dutch can do a lot more than us due to their laws
yeah Holland is mental whenever i go over there i do see some amazing cars
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I think I could go away with a 1.2 8v conversion as long as it looks original under the bonnet. All mods here to change performance have to be real subbtle.

We have two kind of car inspections (year inspection to make the car road legal... in the uk it's another name but similar):
-Normal inspection it's the usual year inspection where all major car parts are inspected
-Inspection B for all the cars caught with illegal modifications... better option, if you go to one of this, is to put everything as standart as possible or the car will fail and be taken off the streets (usually cars that go to inspection B are taken by the police when detected)
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We have two kind of car inspections (year inspection to make the car road legal... in the uk it's another name but similar):
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in malta we can do anyyyythinnnnnnnnngggggggg
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