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Old 06-06-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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Question Aftermarket upgrades and factory warranty

I noticed that the forum has very knowledgeable people. A lot of people are talking about adding aftermarket performance parts for more rwhp. My question is if someone knows if it will affect the factory warranty? Will it be void because of this or only void for what work has been done? I want to put in an exhaust system because I was rearended and the exhaust will have to be replaced anyway. Anyone know?
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:07 PM   #2
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im asked this question a few days back and i aswell recieved no responses.
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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There are some mods that simply void the warranty for that portion of the car. For instance if you modify exhaust then clearly GM will not cover any exhaust related issues. But if you had some other problem then you would be fine. As long as the failure is not linked to the modification you have made there is no issue. Now with guys that start cracking open the engines they open to door to all kinds of issues. As to the exhaust question you have, if you want it covered under warranty you should replace it with the factory system. Generally the insurance company will do this.
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
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If you search, you'll find some threads on modifications and warranty. Long story short, if you replace an OEM part with an aftermarket part like an exhaust, your warranty wouldn't apply as to that part. But if there is a failure, the dealer would be obligated to do repair work under warranty unless the aftermarket part caused the failure. That is per the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Here is a useful link:

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Old 06-06-2009, 03:23 PM   #5
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but u better know your stuff cuz they will try to tell you that ur aftermarket mod caused the problem...so you have to prove otherwise

unless its blatanly obvious that it didnt...
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:27 PM   #6
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I noticed that the forum has very knowledgeable people. A lot of people are talking about adding aftermarket performance parts for more rwhp. My question is if someone knows if it will affect the factory warranty? Will it be void because of this or only void for what work has been done? I want to put in an exhaust system because I was rearended and the exhaust will have to be replaced anyway. Anyone know?
They can't void your warranty, just deny a claim if the aftermarket part caused it issue that your claim is about.

Now in your case, if you really care about the warranty related to your exhaust, I would A) contact your dealer first and tell them what happened and get a list of GM approved exhaust (if there is one) and any advise they may have B) have it replaced by one of the approved exhaust systems C) keep ALL documentation including info on the wreak and damage to the exhaust, advise from your dealer, info on the exhaust that you put on along with when and who installed it.
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:43 PM   #7
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but u better know your stuff cuz they will try to tell you that ur aftermarket mod caused the problem...so you have to prove otherwise

unless its blatanly obvious that it didnt...
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Remember, YOU must prove that the mods did not cause the problem. I have been told by lawyers, who have fought on behalf of the customer, that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is not worth the paper on which it's printed.
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:12 PM   #8
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Thanks guys that makes all good sense and is what I was kind of assuming. Like if the starter has issues it would not be related to the exhaust change over and should be covered still. Thank you for replying.
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:14 PM   #9
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but u better know your stuff cuz they will try to tell you that ur aftermarket mod caused the problem...so you have to prove otherwise

unless its blatanly obvious that it didnt...
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:41 PM   #10
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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It also depends on how good of terms you are on with your dealer. My 95 Z had aftermarket heads and a cam in it and I developed an intake leak I think it was, and I had them do it under warranty! The mechanic pulled the intake off and WHOA, look at these ports!LOL
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:51 PM   #12
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I noticed that the forum has very knowledgeable people. A lot of people are talking about adding aftermarket performance parts for more rwhp. My question is if someone knows if it will affect the factory warranty? Will it be void because of this or only void for what work has been done? I want to put in an exhaust system because I was rearended and the exhaust will have to be replaced anyway. Anyone know?
Look up my post (#2) and a copy of the warranty here;
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25427
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:11 PM   #13
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well if you get performance mods from the dealer than it good. But usually it will just void that specific part, but a lot times if covered by the aftermarket company. Now heres an example. They will void the warranty for everything behind something in the system. So lets say you get exhaust theres nothing behind it in the system so they will just not cover your exhaust. But if you get headers then everything behind that will not be covered so your cats, exahust. If you did a charger well then the whole motor. But like others have said they have to prove that it did it. But they would probably have an easier time proving it then you trying to disprove it.

My opinion, if I do mods they will be GM performance parts at the dealer while I have the warranty. Now once its up then i am thinking about doing a charger. Plus wait till i got the car paid off and its mine, i just dont think its the smartest thing to dump a bunch of money into something you dont own.
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Please correct me if I'm wrong...I went to Indy last September and sat in the seminar with almost everyone connected to the Camaro at that seminar. I remember someone saying that if you had GMPP parts used in your mod and, if it was installed by a certified GM mechanic at a GM dealership it would not affect the warranty at all.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:54 PM   #15
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Please correct me if I'm wrong...I went to Indy last September and sat in the seminar with almost everyone connected to the Camaro at that seminar. I remember someone saying that if you had GMPP parts used in your mod and, if it was installed by a certified GM mechanic at a GM dealership it would not affect the warranty at all.
Word from the GM dealer was that any GMPP parts installed as part of your purchase (parts put on as part of the sale, or before you buy the car) would be covered under the full warranty. Anything put on after the sale has it's own 12k (1 year?) warranty, and would not void the rest of the warranty, but that part would only be covered for it's specific warranty.

So if you have not got your car yet, and want GMPP parts, get them put on by the dealer before you buy so you can benifit from the full warranty.
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