Driving a lowered vehicle is allowed in Québec, but the practice is regulated by the SAAQ for safety reasons.
Lowering a vehicle should not be confused with the cosmetic modifications known as hellaflush. Hellaflush is prohibited in Québec, since the lowered vehicle is also outfitted with an incompatible tire and rim assembly, and significant changes are made to the vehicle's camberInclination of a wheel, as viewed from the front or the rear of the vehicle, from its vertical axis. Camber is negative where the top of the wheel leans inward towards the vehicle. Camber is positive where the top of the wheel leans towards the outside of the vehicle..
Contrary to popular belief, you may drive a lowered vehicle outfitted with large rims; however, for safety reasons, certain rules apply.
Find out which modifications are allowed and which ones are prohibited to make sure that the lowered vehicle complies with road safety standards.
Read the following documents carefully:
You can also contact us:
Direction générale de l’expertise légale et de la sécurité des véhicules
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6
Make an appointment with a road vehicle inspection agent.
The agent will prepare a modified vehicle record and send it to us for analysis.
We will inform the agent, who will conduct a mechanical inspection and give you a mechanical inspection certificate and send us a copy.
We will then send you a certificate of inspection that will include photographs of the vehicle and some measurements (height, clearance, tire size, etc.).
The certificate of inspection must remain in the vehicle and be presented upon request.