Warranties can be a notable selling point when buying a car, so knowing what voids a car warranty is crucial. A good warranty protects you from having to bear the cost of repairs or replacements of certain parts of your vehicle within a certain timeframe.
Of course, certain things must be avoided to keep your warranty valid, including installing aftermarket parts or tampering with the odometer. Whilst some of these are fairly obvious, certain actions can void your contract that may not be so evident.
With over 20 years of experience in European car repairs, European car service specialists, and a team of expert European car mechanics, you can expect unparalleled quality and peace of mind when dealing with the Automotive Hospital. We tailor our services to suit your needs, and we guarantee to keep your warranty valid if you ever need car servicing or car repairs.
In this article, we’ll tell you about everything to watch out for when trying to maintain your car warranty.
What Voids a New Car Warranty in Australia
A car warranty in Australia is a contract between you and the manufacturer of your car. The manufacturer essentially guarantees their work for a certain period of time or a specific number of kilometres driven.
The contract spells out the situations where the manufacturer will be obliged to pay the cost of repairing faults in your vehicle. However, in the same agreement, some provisions enable them to bypass their obligation to pay for your repairs.
Here are some of the most common situations that may void a car warranty in Australia:
- Using faulty or wrongly installed aftermarket parts. If these parts or repairs cause damage to any component of your vehicle, the claims for repairs of that component will be denied.
- If you modify your vehicle and the modification causes damage to parts of the vehicle, the damaged parts may not be covered by the car warranty.
- If you repaired your vehicle at a non-approved repair facility which led to further damage to your vehicle, your warranty claim might be denied.
- If you neglect or fail to maintain your vehicle.
- If an insurance company declares that your vehicle is a total loss.
- If you use the vehicle improperly or for non-covered commercial operations or activities like street racing and off-roading.
- Natural disasters like earthquakes and floods are not covered by manufacturer warranties.
- If you tamper with your car’s odometer, the manufacturer’s warranty may not cover the repairs to your car.
You should study the terms and conditions of your warranty contract carefully and stick to them. Keeping your side of the contract will protect you from paying for car repairs out of pocket.
Is My Car Warranty Void If My Car Is Not Serviced?
Your warranty may be voided if you do not perform regular car servicing when necessary. In addition, many manufacturers specify some recommended maintenance schedules you must follow to keep your car in good condition.
Sticking to a regular maintenance routine will help prevent future mechanical problems. Thus if you have to carry out repairs due to the failure of one of the car’s parts or systems, the manufacturer should take care of the repair costs. But you must show that the car’s fault was not due to a lack of maintenance on your part.
Does Lifting a Car Void Warranty?
Lifting a car involves adding extra height to your vehicle to help it navigate rough terrains and off-road more easily (or just because it looks cool). This is done with the use of lift kits.
Most warranties mention lift kits in their disclaimers. However, some dealerships stipulate that installing lift kits will void their warranties because they increase the likelihood of accidents on the road as the car becomes harder to handle and cause other vehicle issues.
So, if such an accessory or its installation causes the car to develop a fault, the warranty won’t cover the repairs. If you want to use a lift kit, you should go for the lifting companies that provide new warranties to cover the parts affected by the lift.
Does Tuning My Car Void My Warranty?
Modifying or tuning your car does not automatically void your car manufacturer’s warranty. However, if you tune your car with aftermarket high-performance parts, the manufacturer can deny your warranty coverage.
This depends on the following factors:
- If the fault was caused by the part you used.
- If the aftermarket part you used caused another part covered by the warranty to fail.
- If the aftermarket or recycled part was defective or installed incorrectly.
Therefore, tuning your car may not void your entire car warranty, but it will void the warranty if your tuning damages a particular part or system.
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A manufacturer’s warranty or a good third-party auto warranty can save you a lot of money and helps to prevent the financial stress of high car repair bills.
If you have a new car, you want to avoid voiding your car’s warranty. You can do this by getting your car services at Automotive Hospital.
At Automotive Hospital, our team of expert mechanics have over 20 years of experience in European car repairs. With us, you can expect to get unparalleled quality and peace of mind. We tailor our services to fit your car’s needs.
If you are in Sydney and want top-notch care for your vehicle, call us at (02) 9716 8888 or contact us today.