Avoid The Void: Looking After Your Car’s Warranty


In the modern world, it can be almost impossible to live without a car. With bus services being less than reliable, and cars becoming cheaper and cheaper to buy and run, it’s easy to see why so many people like to get around this way. Of course, along with the freedom it brings, cars also provide a lot of other benefits. But, there’s not much point in spending money on something like this if you’re not going to look after it correctly.

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When new, most cars will come with a warranty which protects them against mechanical faults in the future. This will only cover issues which are caused as a result of manufacturing but can be an excellent bit of protection to have. With a warranty like this, you’ll never be left with a car which doesn’t work. But, to stay protected, you have to make sure that you look after the car in the right way.

  • Repairs And Maintenance

A car’s warranty isn’t always made void when you have an accident, or another part of the car gets damaged. Instead, if you have the car repaired correctly, using the right people and parts, your warranty will still be honored. Log book service options are the best, as they are designed to make your car seem as if it’s just rolled off of the factory floor. Along with this, though, you could also think about having your car checked over by the garage you bought it from.

  • Modifications

A car company won’t want to cover your car if you make any changes to it, whether or not they actually change the reliability or function of the car. For example, window tints and body kits can often see this sort of warranty be left useless, as the company won’t want to work on a car which has been changed. Of course, the policy for this sort of decision will differ from make to make. So, it’s worth doing plenty of research to find out which manufacturers are most lenient when it comes to modifications.

  • Mileage

The warranty on your car will usually have two end conditions, one of which will have to be met for the warranty to run out completely. In most cases, your car will have to reach three years old or 60,000 miles before the warranty is gone, but the exact numbers will vary. You should keep these details in mind, as the way you drive and the journeys you take could make a huge difference to your warranty. Along with this, some companies, like BMW and Audi, offer better warranties than others, with only one cap placed on them.

  • Why Bother?

A lot of people don’t feel concerned about the warranty they have for their car, as any issues it could cause will be long into the future. But, with just a little bit of thought, you could make your life much easier. If your car suffers a large breakdown, it could cost a small fortune to get it fixed, unless you have a warranty. With your warranty, you wouldn’t have to do any of the work, as you would be able to rely on the manufacturer to handle everything for you. In most cases, you will have paid for this warranty in one way or another. So, it’s worth making sure you can make the most of it.

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done when you’re trying to make the most out of your car’s warranty. A lot of people don’t understand the different factors which can affect this area of their life. Without the right effort, though, you could be left without a car for a long time.


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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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