5 Simple Steps to a Voided Warranty
How You can Void Your Vehicle’s Warranty
Buying a new vehicle is exciting! One of the best perks is that repairs, and often even general maintenance, are under warranty. When something goes wrong, there is no additional cash outlay for you.
But why keep that vehicle pristine? Why enjoy the perks of a warranty when you can void that warranty with reckless behavior? We have come up with a list of the 5 easiest ways to ensure that your warranty is voided.
Drive it Hard
Vehicles are meant to be driven. But they’re not meant to be driven hard. What’s that mean? It means if you take your Honda Civic off-roading and blow out the struts, you’re going to have a hard time getting those replaced under warranty. Even Jeeps and trucks driven off-road that suffer damage are hard to have repaired with a warranty.
Don’t think that you have to go off-road either. There have been reports of dealerships monitoring racing activity and recording license plates on vehicles they may have sold. They then cross-check when the vehicle comes in for regular maintenance denying any service work with vehicles matching their records. Does it happen here in Billings? Probably not. But don’t take your rig out racing; it’s too much strain on it.
Leave it in the Elements
Some damage will be covered under your insurance. For example, if you suffer from hail damage, and you need paintless dent repair, then your insurance ought to cover it (less the deductible). But if your vehicle is damaged in a fire, a flood, an earthquake, or another natural disaster or “act of God”, then it may void the warranty.
The body damage during these disasters should be covered with insurance, but any future maintenance work that may have been covered is going to be a tough sell.
Modify It Excessively
Many modifications aren’t going to matter. If you swap the stereo with an after-market one, upgrade your speakers, put on a light bar, or get new bucket seats, most warranties aren’t going to be voided. To void it, you have to do some big modifications that significantly alter the operation of the right.
We’re talking body kits, giant grill guards, engine enhancements, and high performance exhaust systems. Keep in mind that if it could cause excessive wear on the vehicle, it probably will void the warranty.
Use it for Unintended Purposes
Here’s the scenario. You get a Honda because they last a long time. Then you throw a couple of bolts on the front and attach a snow plow to it. You use your Honda Civic to clear off your driveway all winter long, only to be left wondering why your alternator went out in the spring.
Alternatively, you buy a half ton pickup truck and tow enormous loads that are far too heavy for that size of truck. Or maybe you want to use your compact car to haul loads. Whatever the case, when you use the vehicle for something it wasn’t designed for, then you will end up voiding the warranty.
Wreck it Really Badly
Our last tip on how to void the warranty on your new vehicle is to simply wreck it. But not just a little crash either. A fender bender that we can fix in our auto body shop here in Billings isn’t going to void the warranty. You have to really destroy this thing.
When you get in a wreck where the repairs cost more than the vehicle is worth, the insurance company will deem it a total loss. But you don’t have to get rid of it. If you fix it, or pay out of pocket to have it fixed, you can still drive the car. The only thing is that it will have a salvage title now. If your vehicle is damaged so badly that it’s salvaged, all warranty claims are automatically denied.
Bring Your Dents to Big Sky Collision Center in Billings, Montana
Here at Big Sky Collision Center we don’t actually expect you to seek out how to void your warranty. We know that you take care of your vehicles and you make them last as long as possible. When it comes to warranty claims, the dealership doesn’t want to pay to fix your vehicle unless it truly was bad craftsmanship. If it could have been avoided, they’re not going to honor the claim.
Take care of your rig. Bring it to Big Sky Collision, the best auto body repair shop in Billings, if you do happen to get in a wreck.