Will going to an Independent auto shop void your warranty?

The quick answer is no. It is a common misconception that just because your car is under warranty you have to go to the dealership for all of your repairs and maintenance. Dealerships love to take advantage of the idea that new car owners think that if they step foot into an independent auto shop they will void their warranty. Luckily there are laws in place protecting your rights as a consumer to choose to have your maintenance and repair done at any licensed auto repair shop you choose. According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) “it’s illegal for a dealer to deny your warranty coverage simply because you had routine maintenance or repairs performed by someone else.”  This means that even if you take your car to an independent auto shop for maintenance or repairs and something happens to fail on the car the dealer will still be liable for fixing the vehicle as per the terms of your warranty agreement.

Can aftermarket parts void your warranty?

The answer is no as well. According to the “Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act” a company cannot void your warranty because you use an aftermarket part.  In order for a company to deny your warranty they have to prove that the aftermarket part caused damage to the other parts of the car. For example, if you install an aftermarket exhaust and your transmission is having issues the dealer cannot can cite your aftermarket exhaust as a reason to void your warranty and avoid paying to fix the problem.

So what does this all mean for me?

This just means that just because you have a warranty on your car you are not forced to go to the dealership. You can and should feel confident taking your car to your favorite independent auto repair shop knowing there are laws in place to protect you from losing your warranty.  If you are interested you can click the article below to read why Excelerate Performance chooses to pay our mechanics an hourly wage vs the standard flat rate.

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