Warranties: What’s Covered and What’s Not

If you’re wondering what your warranty covers, look at the manufacturer’s warranty to find out what is and isn’t covered. Most of the time, warranties don’t cover unusual wear and tear, loss or theft, acts of nature, and other forms of damage that aren’t accidental. To help you understand what your warranty does and doesn’t cover, here are some common issues that often fall outside the manufacturer’s warranty.

Abnormal Use

Most car warranties will not cover abnormal use. This can include towing a trailer, off-roading, or driving in extreme weather. If you plan to do any of these activities, check with your manufacturer to see if the manufacturer will void your warranty. And even if your warranty doesn’t explicitly exclude these activities, keep in mind that any damage resulting from them may not be covered.

Wear and Tear

Over time, car parts will start to wear down and break. This is normal! But, unfortunately, it’s not usually covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. That’s why it’s essential to be proactive about car care and know what to expect. Here are some tips:

  • Check your owner’s manual for a list of items considered wear and tear and not covered under warranty.
  • Be sure to keep up with the recommended maintenance for your car.


Most car warranties won’t cover damage caused by accidents, weather, or neglect. That means taking care of your car to avoid costly repairs down the road is essential. Here are a few tips to help keep your car in tip-top shape:

  1. Inspect your car regularly for any inside and out damage.
  2. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, take extra care to protect your car from hail, snow, and ice.

Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

Most car warranties won’t cover regularly scheduled maintenance because it’s something that you, as the owner, are responsible for. However, there are some things you can do to help keep your car in tip-top shape and avoid costly repairs down the road. Here are some car care tips:

  1. Get regular oil changes. This is one of the most important things you can do for your car.
  2. Check your tire pressure regularly and keep your tires inflated properly.

Aftermarket Parts and Modifications

Many people think their car’s warranty will cover anything wrong with their vehicle. However, this is often not the case. Warranties typically only cover things that are considered to be manufacturer defects. This means that if you modify your car or install aftermarket parts, your warranty may not cover any issues arising. That’s why it’s essential to be aware of what is and is not covered by your warranty before making any changes to your car.

It is essential to thoroughly understand your car’s warranty before you purchase a new vehicle, especially before you make any modifications, as these may void your car’s warranty. As always, consult a professional if you have any questions about what’s covered.

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