Did your diamond in the rough vehicle become a big dud? Hopefully, your vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty is still valid when it comes to these reasons that are for the most part, preventable.
Are you so excited because you found a diamond in the rough, and you bought a used vehicle with low miles?
Although after driving it for a month, you realize the whole car isn’t much of a diamond, but rather coal because it feels like the wheels are going to fall off and you’re going to drive it into the ground.
Oh, you’re stressed and worried. Being concerned you take your vehicle to the auto technician to be evaluated.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
After taking a look, your auto technician tells you that the noise that has been plaguing you is from the transfer case, which is part of the drive train. I know what you’re thinking. You’re lost and that sounds like a major repair that should be under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Since this is supposed to be a diamond of a used vehicle and it has under 60,000 miles and less than five years old, a bullet dodged, a wave of relief. Or so you thought because it turns out your vehicle is no longer under warranty.
That sinking feeling in your stomach. That’s a familiar one, but this happened.
Turns out the vehicle’s manufacturers, have the right to void your warranty for the following five reasons.
- Now that you’re a subscriber, the first reason the manufacturer could void the vehicle’s warranty is poor maintenance which can be seen by the sludge in the oil. If the vehicle has been improperly maintained and the scheduled manufacturer services are not documented, then this could potentially void the warranty.
The most important service not to be missed is routine oil changes. Other manufacturer services may include a transmission flush, a brake fluid flush, coolant flush, cabin, and air filter replacement, and replacing spark plugs. Always follow the scheduled manufactured maintenance for the miles on your vehicle.
- Number two, misuse of the vehicle. If that vehicle shows abuse from possibly off-roading or overloading the vehicle, or even racing the vehicle, the manufacturer has the right to void the warranty even if they don’t have proof, just the signs of the abuse. So if you are the former owner who treated that car like Dominic Toretto did, it was thought it was involved in the Fast And The Furious, it’s done.
- The third reason is one that is controlled by mother earth. When she brings her fury with environmental damage, such as an earthquake, fire, flood, or any other disaster, that could void the warranty.
- Bueller, Bueller, Bueller. If you’re paying attention and you’ve recognized the reference, the fourth reason is straight out of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, odometer alteration. If you disconnect, replace or tamper with your odometer, you would be voiding your manufacturer’s warranty.
- Last but not least, the final reason is improper fluid in your vehicle. If someone put the wrong fluid, whether diesel fuel in a gasoline engine, refer to my video on the effects of diesel fuel in a gas-powered engine, or maliciously put something in the fuel tank that could void your warranty.
We recommend before purchasing a used vehicle, call the manufacturer of the vehicle, give them the VIN number to verify the manufacturer’s warranty is still valid for the miles and year of the vehicle to comply.
Thank you for watching. Remember, feel free to contact us (609) 625-3286. We’ll check your vehicle over if you bring it to us at 5473 Somers Point Road in Mays landing and remember our videos are every Wednesday at 12:30. So check out a new one weekly.