Warranty won't be voided if car is serviced elsewhere

Federal law prohibits car dealers to void a car's warranty if it is serviced elsewhere while under warranty.

Federal law prohibits car dealers to void a car's warranty if it is serviced elsewhere while under warranty.

Submitted by Donna McCord, owner of Dean’s Automotive, Inc.

Did you know that you are not required to bring your new car back to the dealer for all maintenance and repairs in order to keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid? Many people have been told when they purchase their new vehicle that the warranty will be voided if they have maintenance or repairs performed by an independent shop. This is not true.

Federal law – the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, title 15, chapter 50, section 2301-2312 – prohibits a new car dealer to deny warranty service or imply that warranty service will be voided if servicing or repairs are not performed at the dealership.

Your own car manual even tells you that your vehicle’s maintenance may be performed by any automotive repair establishment or individual without invalidating the manufacturers’ warranty. Find the information in your owner’s manual under the maintenance or service sections.

Have you ever wondered how well a vehicle is being serviced at a facility whose primary purpose is to sell you a new car every three to five years? You may prefer a service provider that wants to develop a long-term relationship with you and help your vehicle stay healthy for 10 years or more.

Dean’s Automotive, Inc. is located in Mountain View, Calif. As of June 29, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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