Cars like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T are what tuners dream of. It handles a bit better than the V-6 and the 210 horsepower can easily be changed thanks to the mod-friendly turbocharged four cylinder. Most people with normal bank accounts won’t go that route because the car has a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, anything really done to increase power will definitely remove that nice safety net.
If you’re thinking about buying a new car and putting some modifications on it, take a look at these hints and figure out what you really want to do.
Review The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—this act came about in 1975 to help protect consumers by ensuring that a product’s warranty would be covered. What applies to modified cars is this: the dealership cannot deny fixing or replacing a part if an unrelated an aftermarket part is installed on a car.
If a cat-back exhaust is installed on a car and the power steering pump fails, the dealership cannot deny replacing the part under warranty because the cat-back exhaust is completely unrelated to the steering mechanism. However, if a catalytic converter fails, a dealer can deny replacing the part because the cat-back exhaust and catalytic converter are part of the exhaust system.
Pick A Brand With Factory Performance Parts—there might be cheaper, more aggressive aftermarket parts out there, but take a look at what you can get installed at the dealership. While the mentioned Hyundai Genesis Coupe doesn’t have any dealer installed parts available, plenty of other manufacturers do as well. These parts can run the gamut from simple suspension, exhaust and cold-air intakes to the big ticket items like superchargers from Toyota or Ford. Most of the these parts are mild enough to the point that the car’s warranty will either stay intact or be slightly reduced.
Sometimes a tuning company makes quality parts to the point that the actual company will honor the warranty with parts installed. Some, like BMW tuner Dinan, will their parts sold at select dealers as well.
Keep Mods Simple—big ticket items are great and all, but doing the easy stuff shouldn’t cause you grief when you need to get our car fixed. The best modification that could be done to any car is a nice set of performance tires paired with a set of lightweight wheels. They go a long way at improving handling and can help transform a car into something a bit more entertaining.
So if you want to modify a new vehicle, shop around, find a car with available factory-installed parts, and have some fun enjoying the performance modifications.