One of the perks of buying a brand new car is having a warranty. By definition, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, “A manufacturer’s warranty is a promise to the consumer that the vehicle will be free from defects for a certain period of time”. This is your protection as new car owners, just in case something unexpectedly goes wrong with your brand new ride. And thanks to car makers today, they now provide longer warranties unlike before. And so if you really want to take advantage of that promise, you’d have to do everything in your power to keep it intact for as long as you could.
Still, many issues arise whenever we talk about new car warranties. Dealers will tell you in some misleading way (if not blatantly) that you need to have your car serviced with them in order to keep your warranty valid. This shouldn’t really be the case if you read your manufacturer’s manual and take it word for word. Because technically, your warranty only gets voided when you yourself have caused or contributed to the car problem. Having said that, what safety measures should car owners do in order to keep their new warranties from being void?
Rapid Car Removal is one of the leading companies in the car removal and cash for cars Melbourne market. We have been in the automobile industry for more than two decades now. We are here to help you know the dos and don’ts in keeping your new car warranty intact:
Follow maintenance schedules religiously:
Carmakers set car service maintenance schedules for important reasons. They are there in your car owner’s bible to be followed and not neglected. If let’s say one year has passed since you last had it serviced, your warranty will most likely be voided.
Get qualified servicing and repairs:
There is no car manufacturer that tells owners not to have their cars serviced in independent auto repair shops. However, in order to keep your warranty intact, you should be wise in choosing which repair shop or mechanic to go with. They should be qualified and authorized to do the work. They should use only original parts for your car.
Always use the right fuel, oils, and liquids:
Doing this will not only keep your warranty valid but also it will save you from serious car engine problems. Never ever put diesel in a petrol vehicle or vice versa. Any damage that occurs because of the use of wrong or low-quality oils and liquids is not covered in your warranty.
Don’t modify the structure of the vehicle:
If the vehicle’s structure is changed in any way, it is an obvious and outright reason for the manufacturer or dealer to deny your warranty. So delay your plans for changing your car’s looks until the time your warranty lapses.
Never make performance upgrades:
If you’re the type of car driver or owner who is never satisfied with how your vehicle runs, then don’t expect to get anything from your warranty. The manufacturers tune your vehicle according to its own parts. So if you want to change anything to boost your car’s performance, your warranty will be voided.
Only use the car for which it is intended for:
Never abuse your car. For example, if you bought a small hatchback and you use it for off-road racing, most likely your car will get serious damages. Well, the repair of those damages will not be covered by your warranty.
Don’t use aftermarket or counterfeit parts and kits:
That doesn’t mean that you can only buy parts from a dealership; it’s just that you need to shy away first from those cheaper aftermarket parts and kits if you want to keep your warranty valid.
Keep it protected from environmental damages:
Warranties will never cover repairs for damages caused by storms, floods, earthquakes, and the like. So make sure your vehicle is properly protected during these environmental disasters.
Never alter your odometer:
We can’t actually say why some owners and drivers do this. But just in case, never ever disconnect, tamper, or replace your car’s odometer if you want to take advantage of the warranty. By doing so, the dealer won’t be able to verify your car’s correct mileage.
Keep paper trails of all repairs and services done:
The last and probably the most important of them all. Should you have chosen to bring your car to an independent repair shop, secure all receipts and documents that clearly explain what was done in your car, what kinds of parts and fluids are placed, and all those. If you have done a DIY repair on it, you may keep the receipts of the parts or fluids you have bought for your car. These will serve as proof that you did nothing to void your warranty.
Choosing to have your vehicle repaired at the dealership or by a trusted mechanic is most definitely up to you. In a nutshell, just be reminded that your new car’s warranty will be voided whenever you incur damages from unauthorized repair and modification, fake parts, and environmental causes. But if you have the luxury to let your new car warranty be voided, then, by all means, modify or use your car however you want it.
If you have a car that is too expensive or seems impossible to repair, we, Rapid Car Removal, are here to be of help. With warranty or not, working or not, with insurance or not, all cars are welcome. As one of the top companies in the car wreckers Melbourne industry, we provide our clients with top cash for cars regardless of their vehicle’s age and condition. Our ‘sell my car’ service guarantees free car removal. We will efficiently remove your old, scrap, wrecked or junk cars without additional costs. Contact us today!