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NEW CAR WARRANTIES – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Many people are buying new cars these days. With all the great deals being offered at the new car dealers and with the exciting new technologies in today’s cars, it’s no wonder. When I talk to our customers that have purchased a new car, most all of them will tell me, “We’ll see you when the warranty runs out.”

In 1975, Congress passed the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This is a federal law that governs consumer product warranties. So what does this mean as it relates to new car warranties? Your car manufacturer’s warranty cannot require you to return to your car dealer for vehicle maintenance or to only use the brand of replacement parts offered by the dealer. Yet, many dealer representatives are telling new car buyers that in order to maintain the warranty on the car, the scheduled maintenance must be performed at the dealer – this is against the law! By federal law, your vehicle manufacturer’s warranty will stay in effect when you have regularly scheduled maintenance performed at your qualified favorite auto service shop.

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