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5 Common ways customers void their manufacturer’s warranty

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In order to understand a customer’s part in a car warranty relationship at Las Vegas Dodge, it is vital to understand exactly what a warranty is. A new car warranty is an agreement between the car-maker and the consumer that outlines what you must do to keep your warranty in force. A warranty can be voided in part or whole. Although many people do not intentionally void their warranty, there are some commonalities that you should be careful of that can void a warranty. Here are five common errors that people make that void their car warranties:

Fluids – Use the proper fluids specified by the carmaker
Carmakers dump millions of dollars into research and development to determine the best fluids to put into their vehicles for maximum performance and longevity. Lack of proper lubrication can become a key cause for engine failure. It is important to use whatever fluid the carmaker specifies in your car to keep your warranty intact.

ReceiptsBe sure to keep them all
Keep all receipts on any maintenance work done at facilities other than the dealership while your car is under warranty. Some people do not return to the dealer for service after buying a new vehicle. It’s okay to do so, as long as the service provider uses the specified fluids and original equipment quality filters.

Tires and Wheels – Don’t use non-conventional tire/wheel combinations or modify the suspension
Base vehicle designs are compromised by modifications such as certain rims and tires. These include conventional alignment angles, vehicle undercarriage components, and drivetrain components such as axle bearings, such compromise can result in steering, suspension, and drivetrain problems. In the event of a warranty claim related to these systems, the carmaker will scrutinize the modifications.

Performance Modifications – Don’t modify your car 
In such cases where the vehicle was under warranty and performance modifications are made, claims will be  denied and engine warranties will voided.

Towing – Don’t tow a trailer with a vehicle that is not designed to tow
In order to tow a trailer, a vehicle must have an increased cooling system capacity, auxiliary trans oil cooling, beefed up rear frame area to support the hitch receiver, beefed up suspension to handle the additional weight, heavy duty brakes to stop the increased load, and special wiring to power the trailer lighting. Typically, vehicles used for towing that are not properly equipped experience an overheated engine. If any of the car’s issues arise as a result of towing with a vehicle that is not designed for it, warranty claims will be denied.

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