USA: Flashy and colourful
Car modification laws in the United States of America vary by state, and in a country as big as America, there is a lot of room for variation. What if we wanted to ensure our car had some pretty ‘out there’ looks and got noticed?
Changing the paint job can have a profound effect on the overall look of a vehicle, but sometimes it can be hard to pick the right colour. Fortunately, you don’t always have to make a choice.
Iridescent paint means that the car will exhibit multiple colours depending on the angle by which it’s viewed at. The state of Virginia refers to this as a ‘prism effect’ but does note that this can’t be applied to windscreens.22
We can tint the windscreen however for some extra style, though the amount that the window can be tinted by, and what colour it can be tinted by will also differ between states.
As an example, in Alabama:
- the front window can’t be tinted, apart from the top six inches of the windscreen
- the side windows can be tinted to allow at least 32% light visibility23
- mirrored tints are not allowed, but the window can be a different colour such as red, black, blue, green or amber – so long as it maintains the minimum standard of light visibility.
In contrast, Oregon, doesn’t allow red, gold, yellow, black or amber window tints.24
Given that many US states do not allow red, yellow, black or amber window tints, our concept design has a touch of blue.
To add even more colour, we can add some swanky gold alloy rims on the wheels, and have some neon lights – though laws on neon lights will also differ by state. For example, the state of Connecticut notes that neon lights can only be white, yellow, amber or red – so long as they pass the technical regulations.25 Furthermore, if we wanted to add neon hubcaps or wheel covers on a car registered in Connecticut, the front wheels could only be white, amber or yellow, and the rear wheels could only be red.
Finishing touches to our swanky American ride include some bodywork, such as a spoiler on the back (that doesn’t block driver visibility), scissor doors (which lift and rotate vertically rather than swinging outwards) and changes to body panels. Generally, as noted by the Government of Maine, modified body panels are acceptable so long as they’re securely attached, not rusty and don’t pose a danger to pedestrians (i.e. any edges are smooth and blunt).26
With a flying buttress at the back, side air intakes, hood scooped and modified front and rear panels, we have one swish looking concept car.