Does Collision Repair void my Vehicle’s Warranty?
What You Need to Know about Vehicle Warranties
Did your last vehicle come with a warranty? If you purchased it new, then it’s likely that it came with some sort of warranty; whether it covers the engine, the electronics, the drive train, or everything is something you likely worked out with the dealership.
A big question that many people have when they purchase a vehicle with a warranty is whether or not having repairs done will void that warranty. The answer: most likely not. However, there are three ways that fixing your vehicle can cause the warranty to be nullified. As the best auto body shop in Montana, we seek to avoid any of these problems.
Not Using a Certified Shop
Here at A & D, we pride ourselves in knowing that we have more certifications than any other shop in a five state region. So if you bring your vehicle in, you have the peace of mind knowing that certified mechanics and auto body technicians are working on your rig.
If you choose to use a shop that isn’t certified for your make of vehicle, you run the risk of voiding the warranty. Double check before you have any work done.
Replacing OEM with Aftermarket
In the world of car parts, there are two big contenders: OEM and Aftermarket. OEM, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, parts are made by the company that built your vehicle. They’re designed to be exactly the same as the one that was replaced. Aftermarket parts are designed to fit your vehicle, but they’re often cheaper. Some of the “cheapness” is that they don’t have a name brand on them, but some is that they use lower quality materials.
Here’s a story of insurance fraud (not from our shop). A customer took their wrecked vehicle in to be repaired and the auto body shop wrote it up as though OEM parts were being used. They then used aftermarket parts and the difference in price the customer “saved” by reducing his deductible. We don’t operate that way here, and swapping the parts could end up voiding any warranty.
Modifying the Vehicle
Here’s the situation: you wrecked your vehicle and it’s being repaired. Now is the perfect time to upgrade to that carbon fiber hood, add the spoiler, or swap to a new bumper. The vehicle is all taken apart anyway, so you might as well. Not so fast. It’s tempting to get it all done at once; but you need to check your warranty first.
Many warranties will only cover the vehicle in its original condition. As a certified auto body shop we can restore it to its original condition; but not if you want modifications. If upgrades and mods are what you’re after, don’t expect that warranty to stick around.
A & D Auto Body Fixes Vehicles the Right Way
Our goal here at A & D Auto Body is to fix your vehicle with uncompromising integrity. That has helped us to become the best collision repair center in Montana. If you want to maintain the warranty on your vehicle, bring it to A & D. Call us at 406-586-7791 to learn more.