If you own a vehicle with a warranty, beware! Many dealers and manufacturers suggest that you need to get your maintenance services at a dealership in order to keep your warranty. That simply isnâ€™t true! You can have your vehicle serviced at your trusted, local service center without affecting your warranty. A federal law, called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, prohibits a manufacturer from voiding your warranty just because you got parts or services from a non-dealer. In fact, a manufacturer canâ€™t require you to use their brand of oil filters, lubricant, or any other part in order to maintain your warranty protection. This protection is true for aftermarket extended warranties purchased on new or used vehicles. This protection also applies to leased vehicles. There are similar laws in Canada as well.
If a manufacturer can prove that the replacement parts or service lead to a vehicle failure, they can void a portion of the warranty. Of course, your local service center uses quality parts and fluids that meet or exceed manufacturersâ€™ specifications. A lot of people do not know that service centers subscribe to data services that tell them exactly which parts and fluids meet manufacturersâ€™ specifications. These services are updated constantly so that your service center always knows what you need for your car. You can be assured that your vehicle will receive high quality replacement parts thatâ€™ll keep you safely on the road.
Proper maintenance is so important to safety. It can also prevent costly repairs and save you money over the long haul. Just because you donâ€™t have to go to a dealer to get your maintenance service performed doesnâ€™t mean that you donâ€™t need to have it done at all. In fact, some protections from your warranty require that scheduled maintenance be performed. If you miss having important work done, you may lose some warranty coverage. Refer to your ownersâ€™ manual and vehicle warranty for more details. And keep good records of the work youâ€™ve had done.
The protection you receive under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act can save you hundreds of dollars each year. The average hourly labor rate for service is nearly twenty percent lower at your local, independent service center. Which also may be quicker and more conveniently located. So why go anywhere else?