What Isn’t Covered in the Manufacturer’s Warranty?



What Isn’t Covered in the Manufacturer’s Warranty?

Buying a new car can burn a big hole in your pocket. It includes the price of the car, registration, insurance and over time, you have to account for the maintenance costs. That’s where the manufacturer’s warranty comes as a huge relief.


What if you decide to sell your car or buy a preowned one while still in the warranty period? Is the warranty transferable? Yes. The warranty is linked to the car and not the owner. So the new owner can use the remaining term of the warranty period.


Here is a list of things that are usually not covered in most manufacturer’s warranty. For specific details, you can refer to the respective manufacturer’s warranty manual.


1. Non-compliance with owner’s manual: Each manufacturer has a certain set of guidelines for usage of the car which is mentioned in the owner’s manual. Any damage that takes place due to failure to operate the car in accordance with the guidelines is not covered.


2. Mishandled odometer: The warranties are linked to the time of purchase and actual mileage. In case the odometer is found to be tampered or altered, the car can be disqualified from warranties.

3. Misuse: Your car is designed to be used for regular travel. But if you use it for traveling in rough terrain or for towing it would amount to misuse and the damages caused would not be covered.


4. Motorsports: If your car or any of its components are damaged while racing, competitive driving or any motorsport, then it is not covered. This is because that is not the intended use of the car.


5. Unwarranted components: The powertrain warranty extended by the manufacturer usually covers the engine, transmission and transaxle, drivetrain and restraint system. Some other warranties include the seatbelt, tires and other parts. If any unwarranted component develops a fault, it is not covered.


6. Incidental loss: It doesn’t cover any incidental or consequential loss occurring from loss of use of the vehicle, inconvenience or commercial loss.


7. Calamities and attacks: In case there is a theft, vandalism, fire, flood, accident or towing involving the car, then any damage arising out of it is not covered.


8. Physical and cosmetic damages: If the seat belt is not functioning properly, it would be repaired or replaced. But cosmetic damages like discoloration, scratches, etc., are not covered.  Damages to the seat belt due to an accident or misuse are also not covered.


9. Wear and tear: Damages occurring due to normal wear and tear like dings, dents, chips and scratches are not warranted.


10. Unauthorized alteration or modification: Any damage, corrosion or failure occurring due to alteration or modification in the car using components that are of poor quality, incompatible or unapproved components. Damages caused due to use of poor quality fluids are also not covered.


11. Salvage: If at any point of time a car has been declared a total loss, sold for salvage by a financial institution or insurer or issued “salvage” or similar title under any law, then it is not covered.


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