What Would Void my Vehicle Warranty?
For many car, truck, and SUV buyers, the vehicle’s warranty is an important part of the entire package. Manufacturers know this – it’s why most cars now come with five- or seven-year comprehensive warranties, and some come with up to 10 years! At the same time, many are offering mileage up to 50,000, 70,000, and even 100,000 miles. They know it’s what you, the buyers, are looking for. Even used cars now come with extended warranties.
Knowing how valued these warranties are, you need to do the best you can to avoid voiding them.
What is a Warranty?
A warranty is essentially a contract between you and the manufacturer or dealership. It protects you against costly repairs caused by factory defaults or faulty components. But as with any contract, there are caveats and concessions. You are agreeing to behave and treat your vehicle in such a manner as to reduce the potential for an issue to occur.
Warranties don’t guarantee that you’re free from having to pay for repairs during your vehicle ownership. They have a set list of coverages. They don’t cover regular maintenance or collisions for the most part. There are also different types of warranties – bumper-to-bumper, powertrain, stated component, and more.
A car warranty, manufacturer’s warranty, or dealer warranty should not be confused with a vehicle service contract or extended auto warranty. These are not backed by the manufacturer, instead being backed by a third party.
Common Ways People Accidentally Void their Car Warranty
There are a number of protections out there for consumers when it comes to warranties. The Federal Trade Commission offers good information for consumers regarding auto warranties, service contracts and more. The Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, in place since 1975, guarantees fair warranties on vehicles and more, and ensures they are in plain language and easy to understand. These have made warranties clear cut – so it’s worth giving yours a read to avoid doing something that will void it!
However, there are some common acts that will void almost all car and truck warranties. These include:
The good news is that many of these are easily avoidable. Generally, just being a responsible vehicle owner is enough to keep your vehicle under warranty.
Avoid the Void
While being a good owner is key, you’ll still want to take some steps and avoid some things to retain your vehicle’s warranty. There are a couple of ways to can avoid accidentally voiding your warranty:
Your warranty is a key component of vehicle ownership. So make sure you’re getting the full coverage! Get the most out of your car, truck, or SUV and make sure you have peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to get the most out of your manufacturer’s warranty!
Want to learn more about the warranties we offer? Have questions about warranties? Ready to visit our dealership? Contact our staff at Halterman’s Toyota and we’ll walk you through any questions you may have.