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Old 06-30-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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Voided Warranties?

I am hearing conflicting things and haven't read the fine print yet - what's the word on GM voiding warranties for drag racing?

Texas Motor Speedway is hosting drag racing on Friday nights this summer... and I definitely want to go and give my Baby a few runs... that said, I value my warranty more than a 1/4 mile time.

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PS - yes, I did search the forum before posting this message.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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They cannot void your warranty. However "racing" that causes damage is not covered by warranty. It would be too easy to say that if you do one little "infraction" they would not cover any claims. Not able to be done. The only thing that would void a warranty would be fraud such as odometer tampering.

I had a friend that put aftermarket rims on his truck. The truck had rear end problems and the dealer said it was not covered because of the rims. He fought it and the dealer was wrong. Any mods that are done must be proved to be the leading cause of the failure to not be covered.

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Old 06-30-2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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Well unless you pull into their service bay with the track # paint still on your car I don't know how they would prove you were at the track.... Unless they have a employee at the track writing down your VIN #.
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Old 06-30-2009, 12:36 PM   #4
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I really don't think that can/will happen on a "stock" car, now, once you mod it, all bets are off. What I'm saying is, what is the difference between you starting from a dead stop on the street, showing your neighbor the acceleration, vs at the track....1 is racing 1 is not, they are both equally hard on the car. Unless you have modified the vehicle, thus producing more power than stock, thus putting more strain on the engine and drivetrain, the car should have been built to withstand the rigors of "spirited" driving...UNDER warranty.

Of course every dealer will have a different interpretation, but if the car manufacturer is quoting acceleration numbers as a selling point, I don't see where they have a leg to stand on here.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:31 PM   #5
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They can't void your warreaty because of this. If something does break and it could be the cause (dumping the clutch etc), they could then deny warranty work for that item.

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Old 06-30-2009, 02:00 PM   #6
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Have fun at the track and don't worry about it. Your car will be fine and your warrenty will still be good.

As mentioned, if something did happen (which would be extremely rare for a new car making stock power), have your car towed home. Then have it towed to the dealership to be fixed.

Just don't walk into the service department and say " I smoked my clutch racing at the track."


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I watched this crazy kid with a new Mustang GT at our local 1/8 mile track. The track was basically empty (only a few of us) and he would make one run right after another run. Because the track was so empty, he could pull right up and make another run (with no cool down at all). I was parked on the side of the track (letting my car cool and rest) watching him make run after run. I watched him make 21 runs down the track in a row without letting his car cool down. He finally pulled his car off to the parking area. About 15 minutes later, he decided to make another run. He started his car and tried to put it into gear and it wouldn't go. His tranny was fried. He had to have his car towed home. This was a brand new Mustang GT.

So if you abuse your car anything can happen.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:07 PM   #7
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Quick funny story
I watched this crazy kid with a new Mustang GT at our local 1/8 mile track. The track was basically empty (only a few of us) and he would make one run right after another run. Because the track was so empty, he could pull right up and make another run (with no cool down at all). I was parked on the side of the track (letting my car cool and rest) watching him make run after run. I watched him make 21 runs down the track in a row without letting his car cool down. He finally pulled his car off to the parking area. About 15 minutes later, he decided to make another run. He started his car and tried to put it into gear and it wouldn't go. His tranny was fried. He had to have his car towed home. This was a brand new Mustang GT.

So if you abuse your car anything can happen.
Ouch! I bet he blamed it on the tranny, too.
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If you go this is my advice.

1. Don't post about it.
2. Cover up your VIN number.
3. Cover your plate number.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:51 PM   #9
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I'd worry more about my insurance company coverage than Warranty Coverage...

I was told here in Michigan your auto insurance doesn't cover "timed events"...
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:56 PM   #10
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I'd worry more about my insurance company coverage than Warranty Coverage...

I was told here in Michigan your auto insurance doesn't cover "timed events"...
I bet thats the case for most states and insurance.
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:04 PM   #11
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If you go this is my advice.

1. Don't post about it.
2. Cover up your VIN number.
3. Cover your plate number.
I am leaning exactly this way... if I go.
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:15 PM   #12
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If you go this is my advice.

1. Don't post about it.
2. Cover up your VIN number.
3. Cover your plate number.
This would only apply if you break down at the track...

Drag racing is safe and legal and not going to affect your warranty unless you start mods and tune.

Insurance is your only worry... I saw a guy bounce off of two walls in a stock Miata 2 weeks ago due to anti-freeze that got spilled 3/4 of the way down the track. Try expaining that one to your insurance...

Just keep it stock, be safe... and post your numbers here with the rest of us...
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:15 PM   #13
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mlee,

I'm coming from a SRT4 and this happened many times. . . guys would take their car to the races and there were "under cover" mopar guys there. They wrote down all the vin's of the cars and "flagged" them in the system.
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I was thinking it would make a kinda funny "punked" type of video.

You buy a 1SS and come back a couple days later with a huge blower sticking out of the hood and some headers going into straight pipe. Then add a little 2 stroke oil so it's smoking a bit.

And take it to the service center and start bitching about this and that being broken and how you had nothing to do with it. All while starting up and revving the engine.

Ok so I watch way to much you've been punked.
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I'm coming from a SRT4 and this happened many times. . . guys would take their car to the races and there were "under cover" mopar guys there. They wrote down all the vin's of the cars and "flagged" them in the system.
This is what concerns me... although, with plates and Vin covered, I dunno.

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I was thinking it would make a kinda funny "punked" type of video.

You buy a 1SS and come back a couple days later with a huge blower sticking out of the hood and some headers going into straight pipe. Then add a little 2 stroke oil so it's smoking a bit.

And take it to the service center and start bitching about this and that being broken and how you had nothing to do with it. All while starting up and revving the engine.

Ok so I watch way to much you've been punked.
I think this would be hilarious!
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I feel like I've heard this topic before with GM....

Oh, thats right, Some Dealers have voided a lot of Cobalt SS warranties for damage "caused by racing"! The fwd Cobalts wheel hop like a MoFo and they break axles and crack the tranny housings. This is about a 50% chance of getting fixed under warranty. Wheel Hop can happen on the street or the track and the dealers who felt like being dicks still voided the warranty anyway... Google Cobalt SS Voided Warranty and look at the posts on either cobaltss .net or .com.

GM isn't the issue when it comes to warranty, it's the crappy dealers that somehow still remain in business...
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:06 PM   #17
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I'm torn... likely going to participate in the show/parade lap around the track portions of nothing else.
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I am hearing conflicting things and haven't read the fine print yet - what's the word on GM voiding warranties for drag racing?

Texas Motor Speedway is hosting drag racing on Friday nights this summer... and I definitely want to go and give my Baby a few runs... that said, I value my warranty more than a 1/4 mile time.

Thoughts?

PS - yes, I did search the forum before posting this message.
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heh ... my dealer is trucking my car out to the track once all the mods and tuning are done.

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I feel like I've heard this topic before with GM....

Oh, thats right, Some Dealers have voided a lot of Cobalt SS warranties for damage "caused by racing"! The fwd Cobalts wheel hop like a MoFo and they break axles and crack the tranny housings. This is about a 50% chance of getting fixed under warranty. Wheel Hop can happen on the street or the track and the dealers who felt like being dicks still voided the warranty anyway... Google Cobalt SS Voided Warranty and look at the posts on either cobaltss .net or .com.

GM isn't the issue when it comes to warranty, it's the crappy dealers that somehow still remain in business...

OK one more time to clear the confusion. The term "void a warranty" is being used inappropriately. The correct term would be "non-covered repairs" The warranty cannot be voided unless there is willful fraud such as odometer tampering. The dealer/shop/GM may decide to rule a repair as a non-covered repair if they find that misuse, abuse or accident contributed to the failure. The warranty is never voided. The warranty covers all parts and you simply cannot deny warranty claims based on events that do not effect said parts. Racing would have no effect on electric components (non-moded) and just because your dealer saw you ripping up the track one weekend and show up in the dealership with fudged up radio or window that wont roll down etc., the claim cannot be denied. But show up with a blown tranny with your track numbers still on it and expect a fight.
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