Many individuals who are buying a new car ponder long and hard before investing the extra money into an extended vehicle warranty.
Extended warranties can turn out to be enormously beneficial to drivers down the road. However, they'll be a waste of money if you make the mistake of accidentally voiding your warranty.
The following are five mistakes that could potentially void your warranty and cause you to lose the benefits that you've invested in with your warranty purchase:
Throwing away the receipt
You're not going to be able to take advantage of your extended warranty if you don't have proof on hand that you've purchased it.
Make sure you carefully store away the receipt for both your vehicle purchase and your warranty purchase. You'll need to show both of these before you can use your warranty to cover car repairs you need down the road.
Cutting corners on wheels and tires
If you use unconventional combinations of wheels and tires on your vehicle, you could void your warranty. It's important that you're using conventional wheels and tires for your vehicle if you want to avoid warranty issues.
It's also important for you to make sure that you're not modifying your vehicle's suspension in any way with components you're having put in your vehicle for repairs or enhancements.
Making modifications without doing some research
Performance modifications on your vehicle are likely to void your warranty. Before you make any such modifications, you should call in to your dealership and ask if they will void your warranty.
Towing trailers without taking appropriate precautions
Towing a trailer puts a lot of added stress on your vehicle. If you use your vehicle to tow a trailer, you need to make sure that your cooling system, suspension, transmission, and steering are prepared to handle the extra stress.
To be sure, you should check with your dealer about how using your vehicle to tow will affect the terms of your extended warranty.
Not using the right fluids
Using anything other than manufacturer recommended fluids in a vehicle is one of the easiest ways to void a warranty. You need to be using motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and engine coolant that are specified by your vehicle's manufacturer to offer longevity and quality performance.
Taking your vehicle in to the dealer for service is one way to ensure that the right fluids will be used. If you're taking your vehicle to another garage, you need to explain the importance of using manufacturer recommended fluids to satisfy the terms of your warranty.
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