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      09-13-2012, 04:23 AM   #1
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When is a mod a mod?

When making changes to cars, be it adding a spoiler, changing bulbs, wrapping trim, upgrading wheels etc, what is the trigger point that suggests its a modification worth declaring to an insurance company?
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When making changes to cars, be it adding a spoiler, changing bulbs, wrapping trim, upgrading wheels etc, what is the trigger point that suggests its a modification worth declaring to an insurance company?
If the car is not as it was when it left the factory,it could be viewed as a modification.

Some insurers even view some factory fitted 'options' as modifications and insist they are declared on your proposal.
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Only you can use your judgement to decide that - most cosmetic mods are normally free - i declared my front Aero lip and rear M3 spoiler and it cost nothing, but my exhaust cost about another 70

As for declaring factory options - this is ridiculous and no one i have ever known has ever done this. I'm willing to bet this is one of these "safety in numbers" things as 99.9% of people don't even what factory options are fitted. IMO - forget about this unless specifically asked.

Here's what i would declare:

Wheels - yes
Different tyres - lol no
Exterior cosmetic modifications (ie. spoiler, aero bumper etc) - yes, because it often costs nothing more anyway
Engine chips/remaps - Yes
Exhausts - yes
Induction kits - yes
Brakes - lol no (unless you are upgrading to 6 pot brembo's or something)
Tinting - yes
Anything interior (adding heated seats/wrapping trim/different steering wheel/etc) - no
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interesting... i was told by one insurance company that if i went from 18" rims to say 19" rims, but they are specified as OEM option, then will cost nothing. Going to say 19" aftermarket rims would have cost me more.

I think it comes down to who you speak to at the other end of the line...asking the same question again would probably give you a different response
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Suspension (springs / coilovers etc)?
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Suspension (springs / coilovers etc)?
Without a doubt,no one could argue changes to the OEM suspension is anything other than a modification.
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What sort of an uplift would one expect upon changing to coilovers / aftermarket suspension?
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Here's what i would declare:

Different tyres - lol no
Unless you're switching from runflats to non-runflats, in which case I would deffo notify...
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interesting... i was told by one insurance company that if i went from 18" rims to say 19" rims, but they are specified as OEM option, then will cost nothing. Going to say 19" aftermarket rims would have cost me more.
That is exactly what happened on my insurance, no cost... however it is recorded on the insurance, and if they are stolen, or damaged they will replace the ones declared.. not just replace/in kind the OEM wheels
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What sort of an uplift would one expect upon changing to coilovers / aftermarket suspension?
It all depends on the insurance company - I declared a remap on my last car which cost me about 80, but when I declared bigger brakes & suspension changes they didn't increase it further - they all seem to work to different guidelines.

The previous car had lightly tinted windows & when I came to renew a number of companies would even insure it wtf!!
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Unless you're switching from runflats to non-runflats, in which case I would deffo notify...
I wouldn't. Can't remember how many posts i've seen from people saying they've told the insurance company they've switched from runflats and they have responded that it is fine.
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Suspension (springs / coilovers etc)?
Without a doubt,no one could argue changes to the OEM suspension is anything other than a modification.
What about say going from oem SE set up to oem m sport set up?
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I wouldn't. Can't remember how many posts i've seen from people saying they've told the insurance company they've switched from runflats and they have responded that it is fine.
I would still advise them to be on the safe side, although I'm sure I'm seen a list somewhere of Insurance Companies who are ok with it!?!
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What sort of an uplift would one expect upon changing to coilovers / aftermarket suspension?
You have already done your suspension mods. Have you not spoken to them?
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Unless you're switching from runflats to non-runflats, in which case I would deffo notify...
Back in 2008 I did notify my insurance company that I ha changed to non run flats, my car was worth a lot of money still being 1 year old and I didn't want to take the risk of not informing them.

It wasn't as prolific as it is now though.
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What about say going from oem SE set up to oem m sport set up?
If it's something that didn't come on the car when it rolled off the production line, and its an exterior modification - i would declare it.
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You have already done your suspension mods. Have you not spoken to them?
Nope... must do that !
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If it's something that didn't come on the car when it rolled off the production line, and its an exterior modification - i would declare it.
+1..

To the OP, it does sound a little bizarre but worth notifying and paying the extra few pounds for peace of mind.. on the other hand, how ridiculous will this sound...

You: "Yes I'd like to declare I've now switched from BMW OE softer suspension to BMW OE M sport suspension..."
Insurance: "Ok, one moment... that'll be 100 (or whatever) more on top"

LOL
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I went from 17" to 19", declared the mod to Admiral, got charged 32, I was told i would not have to notify if I changed alloys ever again as this additional premium covered it all
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I thought this was a mod?

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Unless you're switching from runflats to non-runflats, in which case I would deffo notify...
Why? nothing says you have to fit runflats? Only size, load and speed ratings are relevant.

Fitting non rfts is no different to using mobil oil instead of 'reccomended' castrol, would you declare that?
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Last months mods have added £800 to my insurance and I've really had to shop around to get that. Bodykit, exhaust, brakes, suspension & alloys. I tried to add a few i plan to make (to save on more admin fees if i change the policy later) but It seems going over 6 mods makes me uninsurable with most companies.
I didn't notify of vinyl wrapping though, has anybody done that?
I think It's a bit ridiculous that my 325 is now more expensive to insure than an e92 m3...
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