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Old 05-05-2013, 04:43 PM
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Iiability after modification

Now that I have ruined my vehicles with turbochargers, supercharges, and wild big blocks, where does the liability come in if I want to sell?

The vehicles are moving way faster than they were made to.

Am I responsible if someone wraps themselves around a tree?

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:00 PM
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If you are, then there's thousands of aftermarket suppliers with deeper pockets who will also be liable for the speed equipment they sell to rodders who want more power. I doubt you need to worry if the big guys aren't worrying.
Do you think Ford, Chevy, and Mopar are getting sued for selling high performance optioned cars?
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:30 PM
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But don't give anybody any bad ideas in our sue-happy society.
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You might end up feeling bad if such happens after hearing about it somehow but otherwise no worries. The only time a lawsuit might be taken is if you sell an auto to an underaged person. Because they are not of adult age it could be used as not having a sound mind of understanding what they were buying and how to use it and how not to use it. Thats why I cringe when I hear stories of parents buying their kids performance autos for their birthday and etc. Most of the time they arent auto driven themselves and only do it because thats what the kid wants to be cool so the kid isnt around autos before then learning the dos and donts and wraps it around a telephone pole or into a victim and their auto.
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A different question, what if I modify my neighbors car? Am I held liable if he drives like goggles pizano, and flips into a ditch?

He wants a turbocharger added to his cobalt.
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I dont see a problem with it. Hes an adult he knows what hes in for. It wont give him that much power anyways. Better power gains are achieved with those 4 bangers with a supercharger. Turbos are pointless on them unless its really built up to run enough boost to be able to use through out the band. The best hell be able tto pull off 8-10lbs consistently on stock motor
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What? No idea whats up with your comment?

I have done both the Jackson racing eaton supercharger, and a turbo T3/4 to my integra. Both kits are thrilling, even at 3-5 psi. I haven't gone past 10-11psi. People have formed a lot of opinions about superchargers vs turbo chargers. How many people have tried both on the same vehicle and compared results? Each type has there character.

If you continue increasing the boost the intake air temp gets to high. A big discussion could be had about it. I just want to know if im held responsible.

Those $500 turbo kits are awesome. You can take a 16-17 second econobox 4 banger, and break into the high 13's. People spend that on coated headers for their 350. A 4 second increase in acceleration is off the charts huge. 14 seconds is super fast, at least to me.

If you take care of things they last a very long time. Even the bushing turbos last many ,many miles.
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Have him sign a no liability statement before you boost his car for him.
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I used to do all kinds of mods when I had my shop. The work order would always read, "Custom work performed per owner's request and per owner's specifications, owner assumes all liability". And then have the customer sign it upon completion. The same goes with selling a modified car, bill of sell should read, "As is where is with no warranty".
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At first I thought you meant liability as in killing themselves because of it. The next reply I was still a little lost so I covered both with hes not going to get a tremendous amount of power to harm him or his auto. I just went with a general reply on that with now kind of seeing what you were trying to get an answer for but still wasnt 100% sure lol sorry for the confusion about being confused myself. I do agree with the power they are able to achieve just depends on personal preference like ya said.
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