Warranties are like parachutes. They are there to protect you if there are problems with vehicle parts or some kind of manufacturer’s defect in production. It’s your assurance the car company you are buying from is standing behind the products they’re selling. With that being said, in the realm of warranties, it’s easy for a customer to be confused. There are many different warranties out there. Some are comprehensive and others more limited in scope. Some warranties are even easily voided by strict requirements. However, for our purposes here, we are going to address the question, “would a collision void a vehicle’s warranty?

The answer is technically…No. The only way a vehicle’s warranty could be voided if in an accident, is if the vehicle is determined a total-loss by your insurance carrier or if the vehicle is given what’s called a “salvage title.”

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Now in some cases, car dealerships might try to claim that an aftermarket part (not theirs) caused the accident. This would indeed result in a voided warranty. Something to keep in mind if you are modifying parts or changing out the original tires or suspension. It is best to discuss with the car dealer what aftermarket parts would affect your warranty.

However, car owners should also be aware of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 , which mandates that coverage cannot be denied unless the dealership can specifically prove that the aftermarket part in question caused the damage.

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You should though have no worries If you have a new car under warranty and are driving in a manner concurrent with manufacturer’s recommendations, taking care of proper maintenance, and fixing routine issues that pop up right away.

Finally, we mentioned in the beginning what would be one example of causing a vehicle’s warranty to be voided. Here are some more. Extreme use such as racing or off-roading, “Acts of God” such as damage caused by floods or earthquakes, neglecting routine care such as oil changes or scheduled maintenance, and modifying the vehicle, especially the odometer.

When you buy a new car, don’t just do homework on the price, but also on the warranties that come with it.

 

Drive Safely!

 

Pete Solis Collision Center is El Paso’s Auto Body Shop! With over 47 years of experience behind us, we are the top choice for bodywork, paint, and more. We are the home to ICAR certified professional body shop technicians, as well as quality Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes. Pete Solis Collision Center is located at 1434 Lomaland Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Give us a call today at (915) 599-8666. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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