Maintaining A Vehicle After The Warranty Expires

You had a warranty on your car and it has expired. Chances are you got numerous warnings in the mail from the company supplying the coverage. You probably got lots of notices from the dealer where you bought the car also. But a lot of people choose to let the warranty coverage expire because they can be expensive or they tell themselves the car has run so well to date that expense of warranty coverage is really not necessary.

Unfortunately people dont realize that regular auto maintenance becomes even more important when the warranty expires. You will have to pay for all parts and labour expenses if your car breaks down because there are no longer any covered components. All costs related to repairing your car are now coming out of your pocket.

Another way to look at this situation is that you now supply your own warranty coverage. If you dont want repair expenses to get out of control then its important to keep your car well maintained.

Staying Faithful to Your Car

When the car was under warranty, chances are you were faithful about getting the oil changed and the hoses checked for wear and tear or loose connections. Most cars under warranty will go into the shop for maintenance every so many kilometres, because owners want to make sure all possible problems are uncovered so the warranty contract will cover the cost of repairs. All too often when the warranty expires, the routine maintenance stops.
It would be nice if a vehicle remained new as long as you owned it. But the fact is a vehicle ages, parts wear out, and components and systems break down. The good news is that cars manufactured today are made with high tech heat and friction resistant materials. All that is required in order to avoid many breakdowns and to slow down the aging process of a vehicle is to establish a regular maintenance program.

When you become your own personal warranty service, its important to maintain your car once the warranty expires. One of the reasons people dont get around to giving their vehicles the necessary maintenance is due to lack of time. That is where Mobile Car Care can help.

Saving Money

Mobile mechanics in fully equipped vans can do regular maintenance on single vehicles or a whole fleet of vehicles. Mobile vehicle maintenance services can save businesses thousands of dollars in potential fleet repair expenses.

Basic and in-depth maintenance that can keep your car running problem free for years include the following.

* Change fluids including oil and transmission fluid
* Grease essential components
* Change filters
* Replace belts
* Check engine hoses
* Change spark plugs
* Check brakes
* Check shocks
* Check tires
* Check air conditioner

Just like an auto warranty repair shop, the mobile mechanic can perform all the maintenance on a vehicle normally completed every 10,000 kms and a more comprehensive 50,000 kms and beyond check. Fuel filter changes, in-depth tune-ups, transmission maintenance, and so on, can easily be completed by Mobile Car Care.

Regular maintenance on your vehicle can extend the life of your vehicle and prevent major breakdowns. That is why most warranties require proof you performed essential maintenance on your vehicle in order for the warranty to remain in effect. Once the warranty expires, all that changes is the fact you will have to pay for covered repairs. The warranty expiring does not change the fact the vehicle needs maintenance. Many of what were once covered repairs can be avoided simply by continuing your maintenance program.

About the author: Mobile Car Care is a fully trained Mobile Mechanics and Auto Electricians servicing company. Our Mobile Mechanic Service Units are fully equipped to perform all car repairs, auto electrical repairs, and car, commercial and 4WD service. For more information, visit Mobile Mechanics.


Frequently Asked Questions

    How long do car warranties stay on a car?
    I am planning on buying a 2000 Mercedes SLK230 with 22,000 miles. I’m reading that these cars are under powertrain, bumper to bumper and maintenance warranties until 50,000 miles (or 48 months I think?) Since the car is a 2000, and it’s 2011…will the warranty still be on the car?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Warranty expiration is usually phrased as “whichever occurs first” meaning that the 4-year/50,000 miles warranty the Mercedes had is good until 4 years was reached or 50,000 miles. Since it’s an 2000 model, it’s pretty safe to say the 4-years is long passed.

    Are car warranties will be voided if you do the scheduled maintenance with independent shop/mechanics?
    I have a toyota highlander with extended warranty and I plan to do the next scheduled maintenance with independent but licensed shop/mechanics. Dealer’s maintenance charges are expensive and keep on suggesting services that I believed not needed. I would like to know if my warranty will be voided if I do this.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely NOT! And if they try to void the warranty for using the aftermarket repair shops, they can be successfully sued. Turn in a dealer that tells you you will void the warranty by NOT using their facility needs to put it in writing-I can guarantee they will refuse to do so!Just ask them to and see what happens.They will try to justify their claim that they have better -made parts(not always true0 , that the stand behind their parts better(usually not) and that they have better -trained techs to work on your car(I’d put my oil-change guy up against a dealer tech any day of the week)
      They usually only have ONE guy in the shop that really knows what he’s doing, and the rest are ether trainees or parts-changers.I worked in a dealership for a total of three weeks, and without any factory training, within 3 days had all their “problem child’ ,cars lined up in my bay.(Can’t make as good a paycheck doing warranty work all day, so i quit)
      Almost 90% of ther repairs were a case of sensding data to the manufacterer’s engineers via the web, and doing what Detrot told them to do to fix it-without the engineer ever even laying a
      hand on the car!
      Do yourself a favor-find a shop thqat1)employs ASE -Certified Techs, and is a member of iATN-the Internatonal Automotive Technicians Network. Between those two organizations, you stand a ‘way better chance of finding a reputable, caring shop to maintain your investment.

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