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What You Should Know Before Modifying/Customizing Your Vehicle

November 17th, 2017

In particular, consumers should be weary before adding any these types of modifications to their “new” vehicle:

1. Lift kits on pickup trucks and 4-wheel drive vehicles;
2. Electronic equipment, such as alarms or stereo equipment; and
3. Custom tires and rims that are not of factory specifications.

As explained below, these types of modifications may put you at risk should you experience a defect, nonconformity, or problem with your vehicle. By modifying your vehicle, you are leaving the door open for the manufacturer to claim that the problems you experienced were the result of the modification and not due to defects in factory supplied equipment. So, before you make any of the above types of modifications to your vehicle, consider the following:

1. Lift Kits

Before you contemplate having a lift kit installed on your vehicle, it is essential that you understand that the lift kit may interfere with the suspension of your vehicle. Even the slightest variance in your suspension may cause your tires to wear unevenly or cause other serious damage to the vehicle. Additionally, more advanced lift kits may also adjust the vehicle’s ride height electronically, which may conflict with electronic and or software components in the vehicle. If you experience problems with your suspension and have installed a lift kit, the manufacturer may blame the problem on the lift kit even if the lift kit was not the cause of the problem. This could lead to you being denied coverage of a needed repair to your vehicle, which could be a factor in bringing a successful lemon law claim.

2. Electrical/electronic modifications

Electrical and electronic modifications to your vehicle may include alarms, sound systems, blue tooth systems, lighting systems, and much more. Inevitably the installer will need to power these components, and often this may include tying it in to the existing wiring system often referred to as “splicing.” Many of the mechanics who do this work are very skilled. Other mechanics and some third party installers may do very poor work. If the installation is done poorly, it could lead to serious electrical problems throughout your vehicle. Further, even if you request a dealer to do these modifications, please be aware that the dealer often sublets this type of work to a third party. Finally, even if the accessories are properly installed, if you experience unrelated electrical problems with your vehicle, the manufacturer may contend that the source of your problems is due to the aftermarket electrical accessories you had added. So, think twice before you have anything installed into the electrical system of your vehicle.

3. Tires/Rims

It is not uncommon for people buying a new car, especially those buying a sporty model, to ask for decorative rims or wider tires. Some vehicles will come equipped with modified rims and tires. However, generally the seller will not discuss with the buyer the potential risk to the vehicle’s suspension and alignment caused by aftermarket tires and rims. Further, aftermarket tires and rims may lead to the tires wearing prematurely or unevenly if not the right size. Before you purchase your vehicle, make sure it is equipped with only factory supplied equipment, or tires and rims that are the correct size.

How to Protect Yourself

The sales person at the dealership very rarely volunteers anything about warranty coverage and how it is affected by modifications. If you do ask whether your warranty will be affected or voided, especially before you have purchased the vehicle, the sales person will usually promise that there will be no affect whatsoever so they can close the deal. Seldom do they provide this promise in writing. However, what you must know is that modifying your vehicle may void your warranty with the vehicle’s manufacturer.

For example, Ford Motor Company makes this clear in its 2012 New Vehicle Limited Warranty. In the section called, “What is not covered under the New Vehicle Limited Warranty?’ the warranty states damage caused by alteration or modifications are not covered. Ford’s warranty makes clear that it will not provide coverage for the failure of components in the vehicle caused by:

1. Alterations or modifications of the vehicle, including the body, chassis, or components, after the vehicle leaves the control of Ford Motor Company

2. Tampering with the vehicle, tampering with the emissions systems or with the other parts that affect these systems (for example, but not limited to exhaust and intake systems)

3. The installation or use of a non-Ford Motor Company part other than a certified emissions part) or any part (Ford or non-Ford) designed for off-road use only installed after the vehicle leaves the control of Ford Motor Company, if the installed part fails or causes a Ford part to fail. Examples include, but are not limited to lift kits, oversized tires, roll bars, cellular phones, alarm systems, automatic starting systems and performance-enhancing powertrain components or software and performance “chips.”

So, what’s the bottom line? If your salesperson promises you that your modifications/upgrades are covered by warranty, realize that there is serious risk to you. Remember, most manufacturers’ warranties were carefully prepared by lawyers, and they were not prepared to protect the consumer! With regard to your state’s Lemon Law, it may not matter what the dealer TELLS you, usually it is what’s in writing that counts. If you have a question regarding a modification that you are considering adding to your vehicle, or if you have been experiencing problems with your vehicle after having added a modification to your vehicle, you should call the experienced lemon law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Our lemon law attorneys will take time to talk to you about your rights and will let you know if they can help. Visit http://www.YOURLEMONLAWRIGHTS.com or call 1-800-US-LEMON to submit your information to see if we can help.

What Is a Hybrid Vehicle and What Are the Benefits?

November 16th, 2017

Over the last few years we have seen electric vehicles taking the headlines across the automotive industry and while there has been a large improvement in the associated technology, many people are also considering hybrid vehicles. While hybrids are often seen as something of a stop gap between traditional fueled vehicles and electric powered vehicles, what exactly is a hybrid vehicle?

Power source

The end power source for a hybrid vehicle is the electric motor which powers the wheels and on-board services. This is a fact which is often misunderstood by many people and indeed it is worth confirming exactly where the hybrid tag comes from.

As electric technology continues to evolve the comparison between journey capacity for traditional fueled vehicles and electric vehicles is moving favorably towards electric vehicles but there is still some way to go. The award-winning Nissan Leaf is able to do in excess of 100 miles per full battery charge but this is still nowhere near the capacity available from a traditional fueled vehicle with a full tank of gasoline/petrol.

Backup power source

As a consequence, many car manufacturers around the world have introduced hybrid systems which are effectively backup power supplies fuelled by gasoline/petrol which are then used to recharge the batteries which then power the electric vehicles. Due to the recharging capacity of the gasoline/petrol motors on many hybrid vehicles this can increase the journey capacity enormously and effectively make the hybrid vehicle as efficient if not better in terms of journey capacity.

There is an argument as to whether hybrid vehicles are in some ways more environmentally friendly although the fact that they do use traditional fuels to recharge the lithium ion batteries used to power the electric motors has caused some confusion.

Developments in hybrid vehicles

As battery capacity with regards to electric cars continues to improve there is the opportunity to replace current hybrid batteries with those offering a longer charge and more capacity. This would then ensure that the traditional fuel backup system is not required as often as it is at the moment and therefore improve the efficiency of the vehicle and also reduce ongoing damage to the environment.

For many people hybrid vehicles are a stepping stone along the track to full electric vehicles, as and when the technology improves and is comparable to traditional fuel powered vehicles, but until they see improvements in technology many people are concerned about charging stations and the reduced journey capacity of a full electric vehicle.


It will be interesting to see how the hybrid vehicle is impacted by the ever-growing advances in electric car technology which many believe will at some stage be comparable or better from a journey capacity point of view than their traditional fuel counterparts. How long this will take remains to be seen although there have been some very impressive advances in both electric power technology as well as battery power technology there is still much to do.

More and more experts believe that battery power technology is the key to the future of the electric car market and as such we have seen significant investment in this arena over the last few years. Much of this investment is now beginning to pay dividends and perhaps if the worldwide recession had not occurred we would be in a far stronger position with regards to electric vehicle sales?

GPS Vehicle System

June 4th, 2017

GPS vehicle system is a series of connections with a vehicle and a remote computer that is monitoring the ongoing of that certain vehicle while it is in transit. The GPS device used for this is a GPS vehicle tracker. This vehicle tracker works as a system that monitors the progress and locations of the vehicle with a tracker attached to it. It is usually with the aid of an internet-connected computer because the data from the devise has to be downloaded as it updates itself every now and then.

The GPS vehicle system is a very convenient means of tracing and locating the exact location of a vehicle. It does all these plus a whole lot more. Knowing these will make you realize how useful a GPS vehicle system is. Here are some:

– A GPS vehicle tracking system can be used by companies with basic vehicle tracking needs. There are types of these trackers that show the exact vehicle location, where it passes and stops and the speed of the vehicle. It also has some features like automatic updating of its database and when the vehicle approaches the base station, the tracker automatically downloads the data it has stored. Moreover, some boasts of extra features such as “real time” tracking which is an every minute to as fast as 10 seconds interval between updates. The coolest one though, maybe the a kind of tracker that monitors the use of lights, control locks, horns and even has the capability of enabling or disabling the starter

– It can improve risk and safety in fleet operations by monitoring the brakes, speed. Some even have buzzers to alert the driver of any behavior that is unwanted, such as going over the speed limit or dozing off while driving. It monitors can also monitor fuel levels

– Stolen cars can also be easily located and pinpointed with the use of a GPS vehicle system. The people concerned can easily download data from the tracking system, allowing early retrieval of the stolen car.

Using this information, one can easily see the convenience and the way this has made things easier for many people. It has also helped in the economic growth of some sectors of the market, making the GPS vehicle system a valuable asset to the rising businessperson. It is also somewhat insurance to vehicle owners who, for sure, would want to get their precious cars back if ever they are stolen.