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7 things that can void a car warranty

What voids a car's warranty? Find out how to avoid warranty issues - and how to get a free health check at any Arnold Clark service department

The easiest way to avoid warranty issues: Follow your manufacturers recommended service schedule.

The easiest way to avoid warranty issues: Follow your manufacturers recommended service schedule.

A warranty is a contract between you and the company that built your car: most manufacturers generally provide 3 years or 36,000 miles for coverage under a warranty. It is advisable to read the warranty manual or owner’s manual made available by the warranty provider. It is also important to keep all records carefully that relate to your car servicing or warranty.

Like any contract, it is important to know what circumstances can void all or part of your warranty. These could include;

  • Salvage title - if your car was in a severe accident and was given a salvage title or declared a total loss, your entire warranty is voided.
  • Misuse of the vehicle - including racing/competition of any type, overloading the vehicle or off-roading.
  • Environmental damage - if your vehicle was damaged in a fire, flood, earthquake or any other environmental disaster.
  • Altered odometer/mileometer - if your vehicle's odometer has been disconnected, tampered with or replaced, the dealer cannot determine the exact mileage.
  • Neglect - for example; going years without putting oil in your vehicle. Regular servicing and health checks are important to pick up on repairs or fluids needed.
  • Use of improper fluids - for example, damage caused by putting diesel into a petrol engine wouldn't be covered under warranty. Check your owner's manual for correct fluids required.
  • Modifications - there is a lot of 'grey area' in this aspect of warranty coverage, so be sure to check your owner's manual.

Top 3 tips to avoid warranty issues:

  1. Follow your manufacturer's recommended service schedule and have your car serviced at regular intervals.
  2. Keep all service records and receipts: this will help as proof of maintenance - and in case you want to sell your vehicle.
  3. Read your owners manual, specifically the "what is not covered" under warranty section!

If you are not sure, remember to bring you car into any Arnold Clark Service Department and the Service Advisors will be happy to give your car a free health check.

About the Author

Donna O'Brien

Staff Writer at Arnold Clark