One of the most enticing reasons why people buy cars brand new is the presence of the manufacturer’s warranty. However, there are many cases wherein people feel duped because they have false expectations on what these warranties cover. As this is one of the most common questions asked by car owners worldwide, this article will answer what is and isn’t covered in a car manufacturer’s warranty. While the level of coverage tends to differ from dealer to dealer, some of the most common costs covered and not covered by warranties given by manufacturers will be mentioned here.
What is covered by your manufacturer’s warranty?
1 . All car parts and components - This is the main cover of basically all warranties given by manufacturers. All parts of the car that are not routinely replaced (ex.: tires, batteries, and brake pads) are covered by this warranty. Included (but not limited to) in this coverage are the following: body, chassis, interior, and powertrain components. Any damaged or defective parts not due to driver error are entitled for free replacement under warranty.
2. Maintenance - Some manufacturer warranties include scheduled maintenance services. Depending on the type of coverage, these services can be availed of for free or at a large discount. If this is included in your coverage, this can be particularly advantageous as regular maintenance is one of the most effective ways to avoid any kind of car damage and to resolve any issue before it gets worse. However, routine replacement of parts for maintenance (ex.: wiper blades) are generally not covered.
What is not covered by your manufacturer’s warranty?
1. Damage due to owner error - If your car gets damaged because of your own error, that’s not covered by your warranty. This is especially so if you use your car for a purpose that’s not intended for it (ex.: use it for hire or for racing). In fact, should it be found that your car’s defects are caused by misuse, it can even cause the voiding of your warranty.
2. Non-factory modifications - The addition of aftermarket parts is a popular yet risky practice for car owners. Particular modifications are not approved by the factory. Should you get any of these modifications for your ride, the manufacturer will not be liable for any damage these parts may cause. To make matters worse, the installation of these parts can void your warranty as well.
Those are just some of the general things that are covered and not covered by your manufacturer’s warranty. Because each cover tends to be different from the others, it is important that you take the time to read the fine print in these covers. Read all terms and conditions so you know what you can realistically expect from your warranty once you complete your new car purchase.
If you need new auto parts that aren’t covered by your car manufacturing company, visit one of our shops. Meyers Auto Parts have expanded to four locations throughout the valley, plus a fully-stocked warehouse, to meet your auto-repair needs. If you find that we don’t have something you need, we are willing to find the parts you need. In some cases, we require pre-payment up front on special orders and a re- stocking fee may apply on special order returns. Contact any of our stores for more information on these policies.
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