Owning a car comes with the responsibility of maintaining it to keep it functioning optimally. Regular service is necessary to ensure the long term health and performance of your vehicle. In certain circumstances, car service can be covered under warranty.
The purpose of this article is to comprehensively answer the frequently ask question: do I have to pay for a service if my car is under warranty? The is not a simple yes or now, but depends on the type of service and the specific coverage of your vehicle warranty.
If you car continues to have issues after repairs or service under warranty, it my be a lemon. Our experienced California Lemon Law attorneys can help. Call now for a free consultation and find out what maximum compensation for your lemon looks like. ¿Hablas Español? Contáctenos ahora para recibir más información.
In this article, we will explore the different aspects of vehicle warranties, the potential car services covered by a warranty, and best practices for maintaining warranty coverage.
The specific services covered under a car warranty depend on the type of warranty and the terms of the warranty contract. There are typically two main types of auto warranties: manufacturer’s warranty (or factory warranty) and extended warranty (or auto service contracts). Below we distinguish the services covered under each type.
A manufacturer or factory warranty usually covers issues caused by defective car components, faulty materials, poor workmanship, or manufacturing errors. Generally, factory warranties don’t cover regular services such as new tires or oil changes, wear-and-tear items and routine maintenance. An original manufacturer’s warranty may cover services involving major car parts such as:
Extended warranties are also known as auto service contracts. They are optional contracts offered by a warranty company, vehicle manufacturer, or car dealership. The services they cover may vary widely based on the specific plan purchased.
An extended warranty may either include comprehensive coverage similar to a bumper-to-bumper warranty or factory warranty, or focus on specific components such as the powertrain, high-tech systems, or other specified parts. They may also include additional services like towing, rental car reimbursement, and trip interruption benefits.
Note that routine maintenance tasks such as oil changes, tire replacements, and brake pad replacements are generally not covered under warranty.
There is also a clear distinction between car warranty repairs and regular maintenance. While warranty repairs address unexpected issues covered by the warranty, regular maintenance tasks are the responsibility of the car owner and may incur separate costs.
While car warranties aim to cover repair costs, there are certain situations where car owners may still incur expenses even if their vehicle is under warranty. Such conditions/factors include:
To claim a service under warranty, it is important to follow the proper procedures outlined by your warranty provider. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the warranty claim process:
Familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of your warranty coverage, including any specific requirements for filing a claim.
Reach out to your warranty provider or the designated claims department to initiate the claim process. They will provide you with the necessary instructions and forms.
Gather any required documentation, such as service records, receipts, and proof of regular maintenance, to support your warranty claim.
Most warranties require you to have repairs performed at authorized dealerships or service centers. Ensure that you select a facility approved by your warranty provider.
Work closely with the authorized dealership or service center to complete the necessary repairs. Keep records of all communication and documentation related to the repair process.
After completing the repairs, submit the claim to your warranty provider along with any required documentation. Be sure to meet any specified deadlines for filing the claim.
There are several common misconceptions surrounding car warranties and the payment of services. Some of them include:
Understanding your car’s warranty coverage can save you money and ensure that your vehicle receives the proper care.
By knowing what is and is not covered, you can avoid unnecessary expenses and make informed decisions about your car’s maintenance. If you suspect that your car is a lemon after a series of repairs, reach out to us at Cali Lemon Lawyers to help you get the compensation you deserve.
or give us a call at:
Consumer protection laws in California and nationwide actively protect buyers of vehicles and other consumer goods. They hold a particular importance when purchasing or leasing a new vehicle. The California Lemon Law grants legal rights to those who find themselves with a vehicle that continually fails to function properly, providing a pathway to seek resolution and potential compensation.
© All Rights Reserved.
Powered by GLP Marketing