June 15

Doing DIY repairs? Here’s how to keep your warranty intact

first_imgYour Corner Wrench: Out of warranty, out of luck? Not quite Trending in Canada RELATED See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. DIYers need paper trails too: When doing your own maintenance, keep all parts and fluid purchase receipts. A log or journal book must also be maintained detailing the dates of any work along with the mileage on the vehicle and the details of the work performed. Stapling your parts receipts/invoices to the appropriate page is a great way to cement the paper trail. While there are plenty of computer and smart phone apps that can let you detail any and all of your vehicle expenses, remember, to a carmaker, unless it’s on a hard copy, it doesn’t exist. 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Even if your vehicle is equipped with an automated maintenance reminder, there may be maximum specified time or distance recommendations for oil changes, regardless of what your dash might tell you. Miss just one interval and if your vehicle experiences an engine failure, you can count on your warranty coverage being denied even if the cause might not be related to a lubrication fault.Make sure the paper trail is complete: While every jurisdiction in Canada has consumer protection legislation that details what has to appear on vehicle repair invoices, some smaller shops make take short cuts. A repair invoice must include the vehicle serial number, customer name and address, mileage at the time of repair (some makers will require both the mileage at time of write-up and when the vehicle is completed), date, and have a sequential invoice number. All parts listed on any invoice must be identified by a specific number that can be easily traced back to identify the brand used. It’s best if your service provider could take the time to list those brands on the invoice. Any labour fees must be equally detailed and not simply listed as “repairs as required”.Just about any shop, no matter how small, will have an electronic repair database that can retrieve and reprint any invoices you might have lost, but keeping your own set in a secure location is never bad advice. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service departments have gotten used to the defection rate of a good percentage of their customers over the years. It happens for a variety of reasons: costs of parts and labour or lack of convenience with hours or location, among other things. But with carmakers offering longer warranties, how can you ensure you keep those in force while having repairs done at a non-OEM repair centre or when you do certain maintenance chores yourself?First, no matter what your dealership service consultant might tell you, no automaker will automatically void any portion of their guarantees just because someone decided to have their maintenance and repair work done elsewhere. However, there are certain precautions drivers should consider when trusting their rides to a private shop, or regional or national chain outlet, or when they do their own servicing.Know the maintenance schedule: Your independent shop might have been taking great care of your vehicle and your family’s fleet for years, but if they aren’t familiar with the specifics of your model’s particular maintenance needs and parts’ and fluids’ specifications, you may run into trouble when a warranty repair is needed. It’s never a bad idea to provide them with a copy of your vehicle’s maintenance guide and ask that they detail all the required inspections and maintenance items on their repair orders/invoices in writing. After all, when it comes to verifying the repair/maintenance history of a vehicle by a carmaker, if it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist. RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesAutomobile ManufacturingCanadaConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesIndustriesManufacturing SectorMotor Vehicle Manufacturing ‹ Previous Next ›last_img

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