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Removing Catalytic Converters & Other Car Mods: What's Legal?

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Customizing your car can be a fun and exciting way to enhance its performance and appearance. However, it's essential to know which modifications are legal, particularly when altering your exhaust system. Removing your muffler or catalytic converter could put you on the wrong side of the law, with consequences ranging from fines to impounding your vehicle. In this article, we outline why you should never remove your catalytic converter and which common mods may get you pulled over.   

Is a Catalytic Converter a Legal Requirement in Alberta? 

Although there is no specific legislation mandating "cats" in Alberta, a catalytic converter on new vehicles is required by law in Canada. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) mandates that all new vehicles sold in Canada must be equipped with catalytic converters as a means of reducing harmful emissions. Catalytic converters are also required for all vehicles to pass emission testing to be registered and legally driven on Canadian roads. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that your vehicle's exhaust system includes a properly functioning catalytic converter to comply with Canadian laws and protect the environment. 

What Car Modifications Are Illegal in Alberta? 

Common modifications that may land you a fine include:  

  • Tinted windows/window glazing 
  • Tinted or coloured headlamps 
  • A missing headlamp on either side of the vehicle 
  • Tail lamps that are coloured differently from red  
  • Muffler modifications that cause flames, sparks or excessive noise 
  • Obscured or covered license plates. 

What Can Wright Restyling Do for You? 

At Wright Restyling, we offer a range of high-quality after-market car parts and accessories, including driver safety systems, LED headlights, audio upgrades and more. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services and how we can help you upgrade your ride in a safe and legal way.