Car Warranties Part II: The Importance of Keeping Your Warranty

Car warranty coverage depends on two factors: mileage and the timeframe. General warranties usually cover your vehicle for 36,000 miles or three years. As I said in my earlier post, it’s generally an either/or deal with car warranties. Once you reach the maximum mileage even if you still have a few months in the time coverage, the warranty expires and vice versa.

While most people tend to keep paperwork locked tightly away under mounds of insurance policies and other important documents, it’s important that you keep your warranty accessible to you in case of a car breakdown or parts-replacement emergency.

If your car is still under warranty, then you need to be careful not to violate any of the rules and exclusions stated on the document or you run the risk of invalidating your entire vehicle warranty. When you invalidate your warranty, expect to extract a huge sum from your bank account in case of car emergencies–in short, you run the risk of losing the remaining coverage that you have.

Most companies are pretty lax when it comes to simple violations. Say, you happened to replace an original car part or truck accessory with a direct replacement part that meets your OEM standards but is not necessarily an original part from the automaker, most companies would be pretty forgiving with these “minor breaches”.

Big changes in your car on the other hand, like replacing a major system or going to a non-authorized garage and needing to consult with an authorized center to correct possible mistakes, can result in your contract/warranty becoming null and void. If you happen to tinker with your car a lot, then keep in mind that major repairs can also cause you to lose your warranty.

Before doing anything to your car, you need to thoroughly examine the clauses and statements made in your warranty. Examine the plan coverage and check out the warranty’s exclusion list. The exclusion list usually includes all the parts that you’ll need to replace or fix using your own money. After carefully reviewing all the information written on your warranty, make an educated choice about how to proceed with your vehicle repair.

Most of the repair techniques you see in this blog are usually minor, so it won’t really get you in trouble with your car warranty company. But for major repairs, you’ll have to decide on whether you’re going to go to a non-authorized repair shop, you’re going to conduct your own repairs or if you’re going to follow the contract and head to an authorized service center.

Realistically speaking, not all of us may have the time to head to authorized centers for minor replacements and changes. While some people can make the effort for every single car problem, most of us would settle for dealing with the minor problems ourselves. The choice on whether to use your warranty or run the risk of losing it by violating some of the clauses is ultimately yours. The importance of keeping your warranty is for you to be able to make this choice wisely.

If you choose not to use your warranty, then you’re guaranteed to have fewer restrictions when it comes to vehicle repair and part replacements. If you do make this choice, then the only way you can save money is to know where to find the right discount auto parts. Look online for great deals to save good money on part replacements and vehicle repair.


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