Is your car still under warranty? Car owners often wonder if auto maintenance at a third-party shop voids the warranty. Do cars under warranty require auto maintenance at the dealer? We’ll answer this question because a lot of information online is incorrect.
Many people believe you have to service your car at the dealership if it’s under warranty. This is actually not true. A federal law known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act allows owners to service their car at an independent auto shop. Neither the dealership nor the manufacturer can void your warranty because you had a repair or tune-up at a third-party servicer.
Furthermore, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits vehicle manufacturers from voiding a warranty because the owner used recycled, refurbished, or aftermarket parts. In most cases, you can also do maintenance work yourself without invalidating the warranty.
In addition, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence revealed a very interesting finding. 70% of motorists take their car to a non-dealer auto shop for maintenance while the car is still under warranty.
While you are protected by law, you should still keep records of all servicing from an independent shop. The manufacturer may ask for proof of servicing if you file a warranty claim. The receipt shows that servicing was done by a reputable provider and in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
We should also note that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act does not apply in every instance. Manufacturers can, for example, nullify warranties due to specific cosmetic changes. Always read the conditions of the warranty.
Bring your car to Chuck’s Auto Repair for a checkup. This goes for newer cars as well and applies across all vehicle brands. Third-party auto maintenance for cars under warranty is acceptable, so no worries.
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