· The Bad Guy
Ask your dealer if he has ever heard of the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. He is either ignorant or flat out lying to you.
It isn't true. The warranty claim will only be denied if the aftermarket part(s) affected the failure of the OEM part, i.e. a suspension mod won't cause an engine to fail, therefore they can't deny engine claims because of a lift.
^^False.i did have a brand new ford pickup last year, and wanted to lift it and put wheels tires,exhaust, the whole nine yards. i was told the same thing that if you didnt get it done by the dealer it would void waranty
^^Almost accurate. If the problem was caused by the mod, the problem would not be covered. Your warranty would not be void. The warranty would still cover problems not caused by mods.but when i asked the service manager at the dealer he told me that it would not void it but if somthing were to go wrong with the pickup and i put it in the shop and they traced it back to being caused by the lift, or any other mod that it would then void it!
This is true insofar as it goes. However, I think it's less about cost than effort and a lack of knowledge.I guess what I'm saying is that they can and will do whatever they want. It may be illegal under Magnusson-Moss; it may not be. Either way, it's you that foots the bill to prove they acted contrary to the law.
Think about this logic for a minute. Doesn't this really mean that if you can't afford to fix it when it breaks, then you should NEVER mod it? Whether in or out of warranty, if your mods break it, it's not covered, right? So don't mod, period.And so goes the old saying "you gotta pay to play". Don't mod it while it's under warranty if you can't afford to fix it when it breaks.
My dealer is very much like that. I raised the mod / warranty issue early with my salesman, and was assured that – except in the most unusual circumstances – only my aftermarket parts wouldn't be covered under warranty. I made the rounds with the service department, and even one of the sales managers, and heard the same thing.Think about this logic for a minute. Doesn't this really mean that if you can't afford to fix it when it breaks, then you should NEVER mod it? Whether in or out of warranty, if your mods break it, it's not covered, right? So don't mod, period.
In fact, practically I think it actually makes more sense to mod while you're under warranty. At least in that scenario, you have a CHANCE of it being covered. There are many members who have gotten their driveshafts replaced "under warranty" when the reason the shafts were bad in the first place was clearly their huge aftermarket lift. They just happened to stumble upon a "cool" dealer and got a free replacement.
If they'd waited until their warranty was out, none of those free driveshafts would've been provided.
:thumb:Man, you guys rock! This forum is a great resource for collective wisdom, experience and good advice.
As a Wrangler newb, the number of choices in the marketplace for parts and service is overwhelming. And crooked-ass dealers don't help much, either. But that's part of the game, right?
I'll ignore the dealer I mentioned in my initial post (Lake Norman CDJ in Corneilius, N.C., by the way) and take my business where it's respected.
Meanwhile, thanks again for chiming in. So damn the torpedoes, 2-inch aftermarket lift at a respected independent shop, here we come!