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What is Covered under a Manufacturer's Warranty?

on 10/21/2013


When you buy a car it’s sometimes tricky understanding what’s covered in your warranty.

When buying a new car, the warranties generally cover mechanical and electrical problems, and other quality-control issues such as corrosion and parts that wear out prematurely. For items that are covered under the warranty, the dealership is required to cover the repairs if something is to go wrong within the prescribed time period. Warranty periods vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is important that you read and understand your warranty, what is covered, and for how long the warranty lasts. 

            Every warranty has a list of what is covered. Not all warranties cover the same items. Most warranties are not maintenance contracts and will not cover normal wear and tear maintenance on the vehicle. If your warranty says it does cover these items be sure to check what parts are covered. It is important to know what you are covered for to avoid any surprises in the future.

            It is also important to know that warranties are legal contracts written by lawyers. In short, your warranty can be invalid if you do not follow the guidelines. Manufactures want you to follow the service intervals that are necessary for the vehicle to keep it in good running condition. If you do not have certain services performed at the correct intervals during the warranty period this will void your warranty and you will no longer be covered. It is important to note that you do not have to go to the dealership for these services to keep the warranty valid. As long as the service is getting done in the appropriate amount of time you have the choice to have your vehicle serviced where you like.  


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2007 BMW 335i - replace clutch & inspect alignment

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1999 GMC Sonoma- diagnostic testing, replace catalytic converter, replace rear brake pads and rotors

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1993 Honda Civic- synthetic oil change and 42 point safety inspection, replace outer tie rod ends, alignment

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Sycamore, IL - 1993 Honda Civic- synthetic oil change and 42 point safety inspection,  replace outer tie rod ends, alignment
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