Good Car Owner Warning
If you are a good car owner, you are one of those people who either DIY changes their oil and filter like clockwork or makes sure that their vehicle is serviced regularly by a garage or commercial vehicle service center that has earned their trust.
If you are a great car owner, you will have your oil and filter changed more frequently than that typically recommended by the manufacturer. Ask any mechanic worth his or her salt, and they will tell you that owner maintenance---the lack of, that is---is the biggest car engine killer out there; and that recommended manufacturer oil changes are far too infrequent in practice---especially if you want your car to last 150,000 miles or more.
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So, what is the big mistake good and great car owners typically make? Not keeping a paper trail that shows their vehicle has been maintained properly. In other words, hanging onto those receipts you get from buying oil and filters from an auto parts store or handed to you by the guy with the clipboard after your car has been serviced.
According to a recent Steve Lehto (of Lehto’s Law) YouTube channel, if you file a claim for repair believing that you are covered by your new (and sometimes used) vehicle warranty, you could be in a rude surprise when that coverage is denied because you do not have proof that you regularly maintained your vehicle per your vehicle manual warranty fine print.
Do you think that this could not happen to you? Think again by listening to what an automotive law expert has to say about warranty claims that are being denied just for this very reason.
Huge Warranty Claim Denied for Lack of Paperwork
For an additional article about how you can void your vehicle warranty, “Will Skipping an Oil Change Void Your Vehicle Warranty?” and “Avoid Voiding Your Toyota Warranty with This Important Advice on How Warranties Work and Don’t Work.”
Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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