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  Do I Have To Have My Car Serviced At   A Dealership For The Manufacture    Warranty To Be Valid?

A lot of people believe that you have to have your car serviced at the dealership for      the   manufacture warranty to be valid. The truth is you do not have to have your car  serviced at the dealership to validate the manufacture warranty. The dealership will  do any warranty work that you need to have done. However, general maintenance  does not have to be done at a dealership to keep your manufacture warranty current  and valid.

In fact, there are a few myths surrounding automobile warranties that we are going to  clear up for you in the following article once and for all.

The Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which was passed in 1975, is a federal law put in place to protect consumers while purchasing a warranty. Through this act, the manufacturer is required to word the warranty’s contract so that car buyers can easily understand each condition of their vehicle’s warranty.

It is a good idea to completely read through and understand your warranty. Learn the length of time and the number of miles the warranty covers. Become familiar with which major parts of the engine will be covered when you get your car serviced, which ones won’t be covered?

You are able to use quality parts other than the manufacturers when repairing your vehicle. Some dealerships will tell you that this voids your warranty but it is not necessarily true. If there is a dispute, it will be the dealership’s responsibility to prove that it was another brand of part that caused the damage.

If you use a part from a brand other than your manufacturer to have your car serviced, clearly write on the receipt the make and model of your vehicle, along with the VIN number, odometer reading and the date you had your car serviced. Keep this for future reference if needed.

One other myth: Any cosmetic work done to your vehicle other than through the dealership voids your warranty. And, this also is not true. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act you have the right to have cosmetic repairs done at a repair shop of your choice and still use your warranty.

However, your warranty could be considered void under certain circumstances. Following are reasons your warranty could be considered void.

You must keep up on the preventative maintenance recommended by the manufacture. If you miss oil changes and down the road your engine blows up due to this neglect, your repairs will not be covered under the warranty and you will be forced to pay the expenses of the repair.
Avoid inappropriate use of your vehicle. If you decide to take your Nissan Sentra out for an off-road excursion in the mountains, and the muffler falls off, your warranty will not pay for the replacement.
If the vehicle is considered totaled by an insurance company, the warranty becomes void. This is true, even if you should decide to fix the vehicle yourself.
If there is any evidence that the vehicle has been flooded, the warranty will become void.
Read your owners manual from the manufacture if you have any other questions regarding the coverage of your warranty.

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