What Would Void A Car Warranty?

Your new car comes with a warranty. That is one of the benefits of purchasing a new car. But what is a warranty? Well, a warranty is a contract that exists between the new car owner and the manufacturer. It states that the manufacturer will repair your car in the case of a malfunction within the contract’s stipulations, and you have followed the contractual agreement. However, some things would void a car warranty. This article will explain it all.

Bear in mind, not every situation will completely void your car warranty. A warranty will be partially voided in some circumstances, meaning only specific parts of your warranty claim will be repaired or replaced. How do you know if your warranty is going to cover repair or damage? Take it back to the dealer.

When you arrive at the dealer, they will know if the requested repair is under warranty. If they are unsure, they will submit your claim to the manufacturer. If your repair is covered, the dealership will repair your car, and the manufacturer will pay the cost. If it is not covered, your claim will be denied, and you will have to pay for the repair work.

What Completely Voids A Warranty?

Setting aside partially voided warranties and denied claims, let us look at what will result in a complete warranty void. Depending on the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty, several things could void the warranty. That said, most warranties will be closely aligned on many of the basics.

For example, if your car were totaled in an accident, the warranty would be voided entirely. Totaled is a determination that indicates the cost to repair the vehicle exceeds the car’s value. That is why you should be wary of buying a used car from anyone other than a certified used dealer. Making a car purchase from an individual or independent car lot does not ensure the purchase of a non-totaled vehicle.

Modifications, Alterations, And Aftermarket Parts

There are certain alterations to your car that can void its warranty. For instance, if you disconnect the odometer, tamper with it, or replace it you will likely void the warranty. That is because the dealer can no longer determine the mileage of the car. Most warranties have a time vs. mileage limit. The dealer cannot take the chance of an altered odometer that may misrepresent your car’s actual mileage.

Various modifications to your car can result in a wholly voided warranty. That stated, the details of your warranty may allow certain aftermarket parts or changes to your car. Many dealers will not tell you that or simply do not know. That is why you need to read your warranty and have a full understanding of the terms. There are federal warranty regulations in place that require dealers to prove their case. Always double-check to make sure you are protected and covered.

The point is, not all modifications or aftermarket parts will result in a voided warranty. The contract will likely require changes to be done according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you take your car in for a warranty repair and the reputable dealer says your warranty is voided, that could be the reason why. Again, read and understand your warranty and the regulations surrounding your situation before you take the car in for service.

Other Things That Might Void Your Warranty

If you have improperly maintained your car, you could be at risk of a voided warranty. Although you do not have to get routine maintenance and repairs done by the dealership, it is wise to make sure your technicians are certified. If your vehicle is damaged during a repair or scheduled maintenance visit, it may void the warranty if specific parameters are not observed. Keep all service records and read your warranty to make sure you are following manufacturer recommendations.

If you have dirty or incorrect fluids in your car, it may result in a warranty void as well. Accidentally putting the wrong fuel in your car or mistakenly putting transmission fluid in the oil tank will void your warranty—dirty fluids signal neglect or irresponsibility. Depending on the specifics or your warranty this could also result in a or denied claim.

Fire damage or flood damage is not covered under a manufacturer’s warranty. Other natural disaster-related repairs will also commonly be denied under warranty. Those things are generally covered under insurance. Your manufacturer or dealer may have specialty warranties for purchase that cover environmental claims. Check with your dealer at the time of sale to find out more.

Evidence or recklessness is also grounds for warranty voidance. Operating recklessly, racing your vehicle, or otherwise misusing your car will leave evidence. This evidence is unnatural damage to your car’s components. It is quite noticeable to repair technicians, dealers, and manufacturers. They will not honor your warranty if evidence of misuse or recklessness is present.

Do not use unconventional tires or wheels on your car. The manufacturer has recommended specifications for your tires, and if you ignore them, your warranty will not apply, and your claim will be denied. Follow the factory specifications for your wheels and tires if you want to keep your warranty intact.

Operate Your Car Responsibly

You will avoid claim denials and warranty voids if you operate your vehicle within the manufacturer’s specifications. Routine maintenance, proper operation, and following factory recommendations on repairs and modifications will ensure you keep your warranty available should you need it.

Read your warranty and keep all service records. Even though it is not required, it is still good to have routine maintenance performed by certified technicians. That way, you can confidently know that the work will be done within warranty specifications.

Use the factory recommended fluids, belts, tires, and wheels. The manufacturer has engineered your vehicle to a specific set of standards. The warranty applies to those standards. If you avoid them or ignore them, you will not file a viable warranty claim when the time comes.