Are you considering purchasing a new vehicle? Here is what you need to know about your manufacturer’s warranty
In Australia, when you purchase a new or used vehicle it is automatically covered by a warranty. New vehicles have a are usually covered by the manufacturer whereas used cars often have a shorter warranty covered by the dealership or the government to prevent consumers being scammed or in other words, purchasing a lemon!
New vehicle manufacturers warranty
Buying a brand-new car is an exciting time but investing in such a big-ticket item can also be a little nerve racking. Understanding what is covered under your new car warranty and its conditions is an important factor to consider before you sign on the dotted line and drive your new vehicle off the yard.
In a nutshell, when you buy brand new vehicle you are automatically protected by your manufacturer’s warranty against any faults that might occur for a significant amount of time, usually 3 years. Some vehicle manufacturers may offer an extended warranty to ‘sweeten the deal’ or offer you the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty. Your warranty covers both parts and labour, and also any accessories that have been factory fitted or fitted by the dealership should be covered by the warranty. If a fault occurs within the warranty period, the manufacturer is obligated to fix the fault at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Take your time while at the dealership and don’t be afraid to have a discussion about what is included the warranty and read through the fine print. It is important to note that general wear and tear or accidental damage is not covered by the warranty.
Do I have to service my new at the dealership or can I use my own mechanic?
It is a common misconception amongst new car owners that they should take their vehicle back to the dealership service centre for scheduled servicing. Oftentimes dealerships will give buyers this impression however put simply it is incorrect. You do not have to service your vehicle at the dealership however, when choosing an alternative service centre ensure they use genuine manufacturer parts or you risk voiding the warranty.
Dealer alternative service centres
Auto Leaders is your local dealer alternative service centre offering affordable fixed price servicing without voiding your manufacturers warranty. We have 6 convenient locations across South East Queensland. Find a workshop near you or book online at: https://www.autoleaders.com.au/locations/