Car Mods: Street Legal, Locally Illegal?
Not only might an accessorized look that hits the mark in San Diego not play in Peoria, it might not be legal there. And take an off-road lifted, window-tinted, modified truck to quaint, coastal New England, and you might just get a ticket.
Local and state rules for accessories and vehicle modification vary greatly. States can’t issue regulations that conflict with federal standards (FMVSS), which set performance requirements, not design requirements for vehicles; but states are free to establish their own regulations and rules where ones from the federal government don’t already exist. And they certainly have.Beyond obvious upkeep issues like rust, leaky exhausts, and headlights that don’t work, here are ten rather unexpected reasons why, within the U.S. your vehicle might be street-legal in one place and illegal in another.