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Old 21-05-2010   #1
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Legality of rear seat removal

Pretty much as title, if I remove the rear seats, belts, etc will the car still pass an MOT? Would I need to inform DVLA? I assume insurance would need to know, too?

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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

yes to all those things

essentially you are MOT ing a van if you think about it
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

Yep, that was what I thought. It occured to me I never use the rear seats so weight saving would be quite nice methinks. Cheers!
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aye. insurance need to know its two seater definatly!
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

i dont remove mine even for events any more.
they weigh naff all. car is much quieter with them and warmer in the winter. less condensation to.
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

my friend did this in his clio and it dropped his insurance by 200 and thier reason was that in the event of an accident its less people claiming for whip lash, also make sure you notify the dvla that you have done it and they will change the logbook to a 2 seater and then it gets around the mot cos when it comes to mot time if you get an anal mot guy and the log book says 4 seater it WILL fail unless you take seats out but leave the belts in then it will pass, i know stupid rule but i didn't make it
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

I think you can re-register it as a 2 seater but not as a commercial van. This came up here in Dublin and I think its an EU regulation..but I may be wrong.

You can only legally turn a car into a van by destroying the rear seats, rear seat mountings, window glass and seatbelt anchors and seal the window openings. The vehicle will then need to be officially inspected to make sure this has all been done. The aim is to ensure the new van can never be re-converted to a car.

This is how car vans are converted by either manufacturers or some importers. Reasons are fairly simple..commercial vehicles have lower road tax / insurance and governments don't want scallywags taking the piss by buying cheap vans and converting them.
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cool! i might just wack the rear seats out that i never use if it will save me insurance. i thought it would but never knew anyone who had done it!. get some sound proofing first its horrible without the parcel shelf in nevermind seats haha. oooorrr a exhaust then i wouldnt care
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

Back seats are for pimps. Real men ride rough and loud .

I've never noticed any decrease in insurance removing the back seats. Technically it's a mod so therefor will increase your policy (may be worth checking with underwriters but i've always declared only 2 seats).

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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

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Back seats are for pimps. Real men ride rough and loud .
Actually back seats are for people who have friends.

I hate driving a car with the rear shelf removed because of the noise I'd have to think what it would be like with nothing there
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Actually back seats are for people who have friends.

i have lots of friends but they all drive and never get in me little cinq i think the backseats have been used once since i got it so in mine they are coming out when GT lump goes in but i am caging too so they would just be in the way
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

I'm planning to sound deaden and also fit a false floor to level the rear. I think in the 2yrs+ I've owned the Sei, I've only ever had 2 people in the back and have flattened the rear out more times than I care to mention to carry loads. Plus this way, it means I can tidy away jumper cables, washer fluid, amps, etc under the false floor and have tons of space for when Carrie wants to go shoe shopping
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Re: Legality of rear seat removal

Quote Originally Posted by allanhelen View Post
Actually back seats are for people who have friends.

I hate driving a car with the rear shelf removed because of the noise I'd have to think what it would be like with nothing there
Think ur just getting a bit older :P :P :P

One of my cinq got everything removed at the back. Is not nice for a distance drive! But we it was built for a purpose so don't really care abou the noise.

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for anyone removing seats from the back, please consider your market when or if you come to sell it on
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for anyone removing seats from the back, please consider your market when or if you come to sell it on
Could just put it back in when it comes to selling ? Then update V5 ?

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