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Things That Can Void Your Car’s Warranty

One of the advantages of buying a new car from a dealership is that it will come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This means the cost of repairs for a certain number of years or kilometres driven will be covered. However, in order to ensure you’re protected, you must make sure you don’t unintentionally void your warranty. Here’s what you should know.

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What types of things can void your warranty?

Though every manufacturer’s warranty is a little bit different, there are three main things you’ll probably want to avoid:


  1. Ignoring the maintenance schedule. All cars come with a recommended maintenance schedule. This includes oil changes, filter changes and alignments. Failure to prove that your car has been regularly maintained puts your warranty at risk.

    No matter where you go for auto repair and maintenance, make sure to keep all your receipts to prove that you’ve followed the recommended schedule.


  1. Modifying your car. Adding modifications to your vehicle or installing aftermarket parts won’t automatically void your warranty. However, any damage as a result of the modification or new parts won’t be covered.

    Similarly, most warranties don’t cover damage caused by non-factory parts. Be sure that you or your mechanic always uses parts that meet or exceed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications for your make and model of vehicle.


  1. Misusing your vehicle. Racing, off roading and towing loads your car isn’t meant to tow can all void your warranty. What constitutes misuse can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so be sure to review your warranty carefully to avoid unknowingly voiding your warranty.


If You Change Your Own Oil Does It Void The Warranty?

Changing your own oil won’t directly void your manufacturer’s warranty. However, if your car is damaged as a result, the repairs needed won’t be covered by the manufacturer.

If you’re going to do your own oil changes, make sure to use the type of oil recommended by the car manufacturer. Furthermore, you should keep all receipts as proof that the correct products were purchased.

When in doubt, bring your vehicle in to one of 18 Minit-Tune locations for a Full Service Oil Change Near You.


Do You Need To Go To The Dealership For Service?

You aren’t obliged to get your car repaired by the dealership and can fulfil your auto repair and maintenance needs anywhere you choose without voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. In fact, Canada’s Consumer Protection Acts ensures that Canadians can choose where their car is serviced.


Trust Minit-Tune & Brake for Warranty-Approved Auto Repair

When you come to a Minit-Tune & Brake for auto repair and maintenance, you can be sure that your warranty will remain intact and your car will be given high-quality service. Contact a location near you to make an appointment or schedule the service you need online.


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