Is My Car's Warranty Voided if I Use an Independent Repair Shop?

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There is a common assumption that to preserve the warranty on your purchased or leased car, you must take it into the dealership for any necessary work, whether it's repairs or routine maintenance. Perhaps you were even told this by the dealer that sold you a car.  

Well, that it is not true.

Now, to have repairs done free of charge under a warranty, you will have to use a repair shop that honors that warranty, and in the case of a new vehicle's warranty, that would likely be the dealership. In almost every case, that is what we recommend you do. Why pay for something that should be covered? The myth we are referring to is the one that is debunked by this law passed in 1975, which states that it is illegal for a dealership to deny your warranty coverage because of repairs or maintenance done at an independent auto repair shop. 

To be safe, you should read through your warranty to understand the different terms and dates that it is subject to. After you have done this and are aware of the parameters of your warranty, continue to service your car as necessary.

Maintaining Your Vehicle

Regarding your vehicle’s maintenance, you want to find the highest quality mechanic to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Having quality work done to your car is a top priority and having the freedom to choose from the mechanic you think is best is possible without voiding your warranty.

Research Your Options

With the help of a Google search, you can successfully find reviews from customers who have had experience with different repair shops in your town. Customer reviews reveal a lot about the processes of working with the shop and can help you weed out the bad options.

Compare Dealership Costs

If you are not sure if taking your car to an independent repair shop is a smart choice, take into consideration that dealerships can get expensive. A local independent repair shop, like Naylor’s Auto Repair, might not have the fancy showroom to tempt you into buying a new car or some of the fancy amenities of the dealership, but in the end, skimping on those frills can mean more affordable vehicle maintenance.

To learn more about Naylor’s Auto Repair and what we can do for your vehicle, contact us today!

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