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Protection Plan Options For Your Used Vehicle Purchase

Every car buyer looks for reliability in a vehicle purchase, but even the most reliable and well-built vehicles can suffer unpredictable damage from accidents and wear-and-tear. While most new car purchases typically include some type of warranty coverage, used cars generally do not unless a seller or dealership(like us) offers some type of promotion. Many cars will not qualify for warranty coverage, but if a used car seller offers extended warranty protection on a used vehicle, it may be worth considering. Warranty Options For Used Vehicles Most used vehicle purchases will not offer any kind of warranty except perhaps a free year or two of oil changes and inspections, but that does not mean warranties are completely unavailable for used vehicle purchases. Some insurance carriers offer extended warranties (also commonly called vehicle service contracts) for used vehicles, but these carriers generally restrict which vehicles qualify for warranty coverage. While it … Read More

Handling A Recall For Your Vehicle

The largest scale safety recall in automotive history recently occurred*, affecting more than 100 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers using airbag inflation devices made by Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata. Takata recently filed for bankruptcy because of this recall, and this is just one example of how a vehicle recall can have dramatic implications. What If The Manufacturer Recalls My Vehicle? In light of the recent Takata airbag issue, many vehicle owners may wonder how to find out if there have been any recalls associated with their vehicles. Most auto manufacturers and dealerships have policies in place to notify their customers of recalls, usually by mail, but people often move or miss these notices and may not realize there is a recall. How To Find Out Your Vehicle’s Recall Information One of the best ways to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance needs is by using a vehicle maintenance … Read More

Will Using Aftermarket Auto Parts Void Your Warranty?

Chances are, if you’re considering making modifications to your vehicle, you’ve noticed the wealth of aftermarket parts available. While aftermarket parts may be easier to obtain, cheaper or longer-lasting than OEM, or may have the performance you desire, are you risking voiding your warranty? The answer can be a bit more complex than a yes or no. Can Car Manufacturers Require You To Use Factory Parts? If you look in your car’s manual, you’ll likely see the suggested OEM part – usually complete with the part number – listed as the only replacement option for most parts. Some manufacturers even go so far as to list a brand of oil, brake fluid, and antifreeze they claim you should use to maintain your car. Many people take the manufacturers at their word, and insist on manufacturer’s parts, but can the manufacturers really void your warranty for aftermarket replacement parts? According to … Read More