Black box fitting - modifications??

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Hi,
I've recently taken out a policy with smartmiles and I'm worried about some minor modifications that have been done to my car by it's previous owner.

It's a Vauxhall Corsa SXi with factory rear window and light tints.
The previous owner has replaced the stereo, debadged the rear and added wind deflectors.

I'm wondering if the black box fitter would be concerened about any of these.

Thank you
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(Original post by BigJeff68)
Hi,
I've recently taken out a policy with smartmiles and I'm worried about some minor modifications that have been done to my car by it's previous owner.

It's a Vauxhall Corsa SXi with factory rear window and light tints.
The previous owner has replaced the stereo, debadged the rear and added wind deflectors.

I'm wondering if the black box fitter would be concerened about any of these.

Thank you
Have you declared any of the modifications? If not, expect a cancellation notice.
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As long as you have declared them its not an issue
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Yes if you havent declared expect a cancellation
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You'll get your insurance cancelled. I don't think there are any black box providers that cover modifications. The whole concept of telematics insurance being super cheap is the amount of conditions the underwriters impose to keep the premium as low as possible, such as low mileage limits, no modifications, being tracked etc. What's the betting you've got aftermarket alloys too?
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Wheels are stock, do you reckon if I get a badge for the boot, take the radio out and the wind deflectors off it will be ok? It said in the box for modifications that I only had to declare aftermarket tints.
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Wheels are stock, do you reckon if I get a badge for the boot, take the radio out and the wind deflectors off it will be ok? It said in the box for modifications that I only had to declare aftermarket tints.
Were they a factory option, or was it part of the spec for that car - very important distinction.
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Were they a factory option, or was it part of the spec for that car - very important distinction.
"A modification is any change to the manufacturer's original specification or features. That includes things like body kits or spoilers, alloy or painted wheels, aftermarket window tints, new paintwork or stickers, and any performance enhancement." From the (YES/NO) modifications box.
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"A modification is any change to the manufacturer's original specification or features. That includes things like body kits or spoilers, alloy or painted wheels, aftermarket window tints, new paintwork or stickers, and any performance enhancement." From the (YES/NO) modificatioins box.
Exactly - so any optional factory options must be declared, just like any insurance policy.

You need to check as to whether the tints were standard with that trim level at the time, or whether they were factory OPTIONS.
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Exactly - so any optional factory options must be declared, just like any insurance policy.

You need to check as to whether the tints were standard with that trim level at the time, or whether they were factory OPTIONS.
Phoned my insurer, they are fine with the radio and tints - All I need to do is get some badges before the black box fitter arrives.
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Phoned my insurer, they are fine with the radio and tints - All I need to do is get some badges before the black box fitter arrives.
Did they enquire as to whether they were factory standard or not?
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Did they enquire as to whether they were factory standard or not?
Problem is the 5000 different limited edition corsas where they have different specs. So yeah this is crucial.
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Exactly - so any optional factory options must be declared, just like any insurance policy.

You need to check as to whether the tints were standard with that trim level at the time, or whether they were factory OPTIONS.
I can confirm the Sxi was standard with tinted privacy glass (not sure about the lights, seen some standard with and some without).
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Update:
Black box fitting went fine despite the chavbox having a remus ss backbox fitted by the previous owner that I only noticed when I bought the car.
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(Original post by BigJeff68)
Update:
Black box fitting went fine despite the chavbox having a remus ss backbox fitted by the previous owner that I only noticed when I bought the car.
Doesn't surprise me, they don't check that vigorously. IIRC, it's an external company they use to install the telematics so they probably have no clue how to find discrete mods.
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