Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Voiding Your Auto Warranty: How Not to Do It

Auto warranties that are offered by the manufacturers usually average around three to five years and either 36,000 or 60,000 miles, depending upon the make and the model of the vehicle that you choose to purchase.

There are some pretty common stipulating factors that come into play with regards to these "limited warranties." For instance, they never cover what are deemed as "wear and tear" parts, except for in rare, special occasions, or unless those "wear and tear" parts are deemed faulty (such as your brakes malfunctioning during the first 12,000 miles that you owned your car due to defect).
  • Make sure to have your car regularly serviced and keep track of it in the service log, and make sure to hold onto all of the receipts.
  • Check your warranty or extended auto warranty before adding any aftermarket parts to ensure that you won't void the warranty by doing so.
  • Make sure to always get any major tune-ups completed by the manufacturers suggested date, like transmission flushes, and radiator flushes to remain in compliance with your warranty.
  • Always read the fine print of your warranty so that you know all of the rules and limitations.


Aside from wear and tear parts, auto warranties usually cover main components, such as the power train, transmission, axels, struts and so forth. There are some advisory points that can be offered on how not to void your auto warranty. These points are prominent no matter if you have a standard manufacturer warranty, or whether you have purchased an extended auto warranty.

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