New cars are a source of excitement for a lot of people. So much so that they tend to not think about what they’re doing. New vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This means that owners can send the car back to the shop if they see that something is off about it.
However, misuse often leads to a warranty void. And when that happens, you will be forced to pay for any repairs necessary to the vehicle out of your pocket.
A warranty may not seem like much, but it can help you when something goes wrong with your car. But you can also lose this service if you’re not careful and do whatever you wanted to your vehicle. Avoid these warranty voiding actions, and it can save you money.
Car mods. If you want to make your car run smoother on the road, it’s best to consult the dealer first on what is allowed within the warranty. A few years ago, Canadian DJ Deadmau5 received a cease and desist order from Ferrari after he modified his 458 with pictures of a famous internet cat. Think about that the next time you get the urge to modify your vehicle, cosmetic or otherwise.
Misuse. A common misuse of vehicles is when owners insist on using their car for things that it was not designed to do. One of this is towing a trailer loaded with anything. For a vehicle to be able to pull, it needs to have a reinforced rear frame area to handle the towing lines, a beefed-up suspension to handle the extra weight, heavy duty breaks, and an increased cooling system. If your car is a compact city driver, don’t even think about attaching anything to it; because you’ll be asking for trouble.
Environmental Damage. Regular wear and tear on your car from the elements is fine. It’s expected. But let’s say that your car is parked outside your house and it burst into flames. Or it got damaged during an earthquake, or even damaged during a flood. The good news is, you are alive and well. The bad news? Warranty does not cover any environmental damage. With that said, it might be best to keep your car somewhere you know it will be safe.
Tampering with the odometer. The odometer is that little gauge that tells you how far your car has travelled. Under no circumstance should you tamper or replace it. Because the guys at the service centre won’t be able to tell how many km your car has travelled. And it most certainly calls for a void in your warranty.
Improper use of fluids. Engineers went to years of engineering school and poured hours and hours of research into what kind of fluids you should be putting into your car. And yet, people think they know more than the manufacturers and proceed to use synthetic motor oil instead of the prescribed Conventional motor oil. This is a sure-fire way to void your car’s warranty.
Your car takes you where you need to go, and the best way to reward it is with proper care. Working around the warranty and abiding by its rules is one of the best things you can do for your car and yourself. It saves you money and guarantees that your vehicle will be with you for a long time.
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