Does your car’s warranty limit you?

Anytime you buy a new car from a dealership, it’s only a matter of time before they start sending you reminders in the mail to bring your car by for routine maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotations, tune ups, etc. You may be wondering if you have to bring your car to the dealership for routine maintenance in order to keep the warranty valid.

The answer is no, but many consumers are under the impression that if they bring their car to a local auto repair shop for maintenance service that the warranty will be voided. This is simply false. Automakers are prohibited from voiding a car’s warranty if automobile service is provided by a non-dealer under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

Car owners have the freedom to bring their car into a local mechanic for maintenance or perform it themselves without risking a voided warranty. However, in the event that a warranty claim arises, it is important for the car owner to keep receipts to prove they have had the required routine maintenance performed on their vehicle.

When it comes tome for routine scheduled maintenance on your car, skip the dealership and bring your car into Saline Automotive!