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It is critically importance that a car that has been modified or converted with different performance etc is approved by the local authorities, in Norway “Biltilsynet” and “Kjøretøyforskriften”. To use a non approved car might have consequences and severe problems for the owner. This could be concerning the periodically control (MOT) by the authorities or problems in case of an accident or even when selling on to a new owner. A road legal car will always have a higher value than a non road legal car. 

For over 20 years we have therefore been working pro actively to ensure our rebuilds and conversions meet the laws and regulations. We have a good working relationship to the authorities in order to be updated at all times. Such approvals are based upon tests, documentation and verification by a certified laboratory.

There are at the moment two such companies who can provide such documents in Germany, TÜV and DEKRA. They might provide documents based upon testing, factory approvals ECE regulations etc that again might lead to a local approval. However, it’s very important to understand the complexity of such a process. Each and every car must be examined even though two cars may have undergone identical modifications. The Norwegian regulations are crystal clear on this point as an approval is always identified by the VIN number of the vehicle.

Another importance is the ability to identify all the vital parts being utilised in a conversion, as this should always be documented.     

The demand for a local approval is depending on several factors, such as the make and model and how complex the modifications are.

Another aspect in Norway is the time elapsed since the car was first registered in the country. If this is less than 10 years, increase in power and weight will lead to increased taxes that must be paid to Norwegian customs before an approval process can be executed. This is the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.