What does a manufacturer's warranty mean?

A manufacturer's warranty is offered to car buyers as a promise that the seller stands behind the vehicle against design and manufacturing defects. Car dealers who sell these factory warranties are required to repair, replace, or reimburse customers for the many damages that occur. The specific limits of the manufacturer's warranty will depend on the make, model and year of your vehicle. In the box with the instructions, you will find a document that explains what the manufacturer will do if it experiences specific problems within a certain period of time.

Congress passed the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 to establish standards and rules for consumer product warranties to protect consumers from fraud and misrepresentation. In addition to what the manufacturer guarantees in an express warranty, the Uniform Commercial Code provides additional consumer protection by providing the implied warranty of merchantability. If the product failed due to the owner's actions and not due to a defect in design or manufacturing, the warranty may not be fulfilled. Generally, warranties only apply to products that have not been altered or modified after their purchase.

You can determine what is covered and what is not covered by the manufacturer's warranty by consulting the list of inclusions and exclusions in your contract. Manufacturer warranties are included in the price of new cars and certified used vehicles (CPOs), but coverage is not the same for all car manufacturers. Implied warranties also apply when sellers present and sell a product that is suitable for a specific purpose. If your vehicle is covered by the original manufacturer's warranty or the dealer's warranty and you have a valid claim, you won't have to pay for repairs or replacements.

Many modifications can void vehicle warranty coverage for modified and affected components, as they can affect the reliability of the vehicle in a way that the dealer and manufacturer are not responsible. A warranty is a promise or warranty from the manufacturer or seller that the product will work as described or meet specific quality standards. The time when you can purchase these plans is more flexible, since CARCHEX guarantees cover vehicles that exceed 100,000 miles. The manufacturer's warranty covers repair and replacement costs caused by factory and labor errors.