Void Auto Warranties and What You Need To Know
There’s only one thing worse than having no warranty on your car and that is finding out that the warranty you have is no longer valid – i.e. void. Understanding the complexities of your vehicle warranty is the first step towards preventing this; but there are also other elements that must be considered when you take steps to keep your auto warranty healthy. We’ll look at these below, hopefully when you are finished reading things will be clearer and you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing your warranty is sound.
What is a Warranty?
Perhaps the first thing we should look at is the definition of an auto warranty itself. Simply put, a warranty is a contract between you the ‘buyer’ of the car, and the manufacturer of the car. It is enforceable in a court of law and holds both parties to certain conditions, one of which is that you ‘the buyer’ looks after the vehicle in a reasonable way. I would be lying if I told you auto warranties are always free of snags when you come to claim—they are not. Manufacturers are always looking for ways to avoid paying out—that’s just the nature of contracts.
When You Won’t Be Able to Make a Claim
Unfortunately there will be circumstances when you entire warranty will be void, and many times things will be out of your hands; other times though, it will as a direct result of something you do, or fail to do.
If your vehicle is ever damaged in a natural disaster such a flood or earthquake, there will be no claim you can make under warranty. These sorts of ‘Acts of God’ as they are called are one of the few times when manufacturers don’t have to honor their claims under warranty. Misusing your vehicle is another means by which your warranty will become void. Things like going off-road in a vehicle not designed for rough terrain, or using a vehicle for hauling will also void a warranty.
Adding fancy rims and colorful body kits and engine mods may make your friends say “wow”, but warranty companies will give you a big thumb’s down. Altering the factory specification of any vehicle will almost certainly void a warranty. So too is using improper fluids. If you use certain grade oil in your cars engine for instance that isn’t specified by the manufacturer, this will void your warranty.
How to Keep Your Car’s Warranty Safe
A void warranty doesn’t have to happen to you; all that is required is careful monitoring of your vehicle and how it is used. One of the best ways to protect your car’s warranty is to have it serviced at regular intervals. Doing this will keep your engine and transmission in good working order and will reduce the risks and problems associated with wear and tear.
It also helps to understand the finer details of your warranty. This can be done by going your vehicle warranty documentation, and consulting online resources for details about your make and model of vehicle. Try and keep abreast of the experiences of people who own and operate the same vehicle as you
The manufacturer’s warranty on your car may or may not be nearing expiry, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll have absolute and total protection. An extended auto warranty can give you the added buffer that you need against costly repairs and parts replacement. Many online warranty companies will write a policy with little fuss and at costs that will surprise you.