Will Aftermarket Auto Parts Void My Vehicle's Warranty?

Aftermarket Air Intake SystemsIn a Consumer Alert issued by the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC confirmed “The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket part.” The alert outlines key provisions in the law that provides protections to car owners.


As defined by the FTC, an “aftermarket' part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer.”


Aftermarket parts include:


Driver Mods supports the FTC ruling and offers aftermarket auto parts that are fitted, manufacturer approved, and suited for your vehicle. We know voiding your warranty is a major concern but recent laws, specifically the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, state that “the warranty cannot be conditioned to a specific brand of parts, services or vehicle modifications unless those parts or services are provided free of charge.” In summary, you are legally and under your factory warranty, allowed to add aftermarket auto parts to boost performance or improve overall efficiency.


The alert notes that a consumer has the right to patronize independent retail stores and repair shops for parts and service without fear of voiding the new car warranty. The dealer/vehicle manufacturer has the right to deny a warranty repair but they must demonstrate that the aftermarket part caused the problem. The warranty remains in effect for all other covered parts.



To avoid warranty issues, the FTC has these tips:

Read your warranty: Be familiar with the terms and specifics. This can be found bundled with your owner’s manual and often found on an automaker’s website.

Know the warranty period: Document problems as they develop and don’t wait to seek a repair. Keep all service records. No matter the work, or who performs it, keep the receipts. This can be valuable in proving the maintenance history, help resolve disputes, and potentially impress a future buyer.

Complain: Work through the dealership system, escalating as you deem appropriate to supervisors and area managers to ensure fair service. If a dealership isn’t working with you, try another. If the resolution isn’t satisfactory, file a complaint with the state attorney general.


Read the FTC's Official Ruling here:



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  • Posted on   03/22/17 at 03:14:08 PM   by steve  | 
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