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Old 04-15-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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Question Accessories and Violating the Warranty

I'll be new to the process of leasing (much more likely than buying) a car when it comes time for the Camaro to hit the dealers. My current car was handed down to me from the family.

I'm just curious, which accessories will void the warrany on a new car? Do only certain types of aftermarket parts void it (ex. performance, body, or audio system) or do all of them?

I believe, and please correct me if I'm wrong , that GM performance parts will not affect the warranty and can even be grouped into the monthly payment. If I choose to add some non-GM accessory, will a dealer allow it? I want to know if I'll be limited to what GM has to offer.
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I believe that GMMG parts won't void the warranty ONLY if you have them installed by the dealer before you take delivery.

As per the rest, it alllll depends.
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Tag is basically right....

There are some aftermarket parts that will void your warranty...more specifically, part of your warranty. If you put on one of these performance parts (like a supercharger) it will likely void any warranty coverage for engine repairs for example, but it will not void your entire bumper-to-bumper coverage...basically, things unaffected by your aftermarket parts will likely, still be covered. Still no guarantee though.

Best bet is to check with your dealer or GM before adding anything if that's a concern for you.
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Old 04-15-2008, 02:15 PM   #4
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Your warranty is only void if the thing that you install breaks something else.
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Old 04-15-2008, 02:27 PM   #5
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It's been said elsewhere, but the LAW says that it has to be proven the aftermarket part is the cause of the failure, but I'm going to play it safe, and try to stay with OEM upgrades, within reason.
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Old 04-15-2008, 05:21 PM   #6
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Okay seeing as I'm pretty new to this whole car guy thing bear with me and answer me this: how about exhaust upgrades? I mean sure the car will probably sound nice to start with but what if i want it to sound like an even bigger monster?
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It's my understanding Chrysler will "void" a warranty for any aftermarket part; even a catback. As far as GM, I haven't heard anything like this.

I'm sure GM is going to offer intake and catbacks for these cars, and in this case, I'm sure there will be no worry of "voided" warranties. If you start adding headers and such, that may be another story...
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:28 PM   #8
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I doubt you will be able to do much if you are leasing. And I assume that everything that is done would need to be undone at the end of the term. I could be wrong on all that though.

I'm going to buy, not lease and I don't know a whole lot about what you can and can't do. I'm sure you have your reasons for leasing so I won't commnent.
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It's always been my understanding that you can't do ANYTHING to your car (unless it's something offered at time of purchase) when you're leasing.

Unless you can easily undo it (in a way they never even know) whenever you have to take it in for service and at the end of the lease.

I'd like to lease, and actually planned on leasing my next vehicle. But when I heard the Camaro was coming back, I knew I'd want to own it.
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Thanks for all the input guys! It definitely has helped.

I have a subwoofer and amp, possibly a headunit (if the headunit in the Camaro doesn't have a subwoofer output in the back) I want to transfer to the Camaro from my current car. Can dealers do/allow this with a leased car?

Is there a big difference in terms of payments with a bought or leased car?
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It's been said elsewhere, but the LAW says that it has to be proven the aftermarket part is the cause of the failure, but I'm going to play it safe, and try to stay with OEM upgrades, within reason.
Yeah—I'm probably the one that said it. When I was a frequent member of the Cobalt forums, I said that at least 100 times. I should probably add it to my signature.

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Thanks for all the input guys! It definitely has helped.

I have a subwoofer and amp, possibly a headunit (if the headunit in the Camaro doesn't have a subwoofer output in the back) I want to transfer to the Camaro from my current car. Can dealers do/allow this with a leased car?

Is there a big difference in terms of payments with a bought or leased car?
If the car you are leasing doesn't have an RCA output behind the stereo (which it most likely won't), you can remove the stereo and put an inline RCA jack from ....circuit city, best buy, etc in the positive's of the outgoing speaker wires. Hook up your RCA's from that to you your AMP and vua-la! You are good to go for your stereo. It won't have any affect on your stereo other than some serious loud bassing. And, I imagine this could void the warranty on the stereo ALONE...so nothing major there.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:52 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the input guys! It definitely has helped.

I have a subwoofer and amp, possibly a headunit (if the headunit in the Camaro doesn't have a subwoofer output in the back) I want to transfer to the Camaro from my current car. Can dealers do/allow this with a leased car?

Is there a big difference in terms of payments with a bought or leased car?
JL has made a unit that lets you keep the stock appearance while using aftermarket radio quality and outputs so you can have everything you want and no one will see it and jack it from you.
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Is there a big difference in terms of payments with a bought or leased car?
Lease payments are generally cheaper, but total cost of ownership can be cheaper on a purchase.

Don't pour money (or stuff you already have that's worth money) into a lease unless you plan to removing it before returning the car and using it in your next car. It's my understanding that in most cases, they will accept a modified lease back as long as it's in decently saleable condition, but you're still just giving that stuff away. Lease it, drive it like it's stolen, and return it looking stock.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:39 PM   #15
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Oh, and the majority of automakers are building their factory stereos in such a way that you can't just run out and buy a regular old head unit, toss it in your new vehicle, and expect it to fit.

Personally, I'd do what The Blue said and pick up one of the JL units. There's a lot of other newer models from other manufacturers as well....check out Crutchfield for better ideas. They carry 4 or 5 types.

Again, you can go w/ the $20 in line jack like I did for your stereo. Main reason?

Well, $$$ for one, but more importantly you retain the stock look of your factory unit....telling all would be car burglars and theives that you DON'T have any aftermarket expensive goodies in your ride. You'd never be able to tell by looking in my window at my factory head unit that I've got some JL goodies in there. And my stereo sounds freakin' great!
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:52 AM   #16
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I'm not sure which items you are looking to do, but the only items I know to be 100% not to void the warrenty would be from GM Accessories.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:03 PM   #17
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I'm not sure which items you are looking to do, but the only items I know to be 100% not to void the warrenty would be from GM Accessories.
Nothing voids your warranty unless it is the sole or primary reason something else breaks. If that is the case, then GM has to prove that your part broke another part on your vehicle. Failure to do this is a violation of your rights as a consumer, allowing you to take GM or the dealership to court.

The law I am citing is called the Magnuson-Moss Act. Every car modifier should be familiar with this law.
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Nothing voids your warranty unless it is the sole or primary reason something else breaks. If that is the case, then GM has to prove that your part broke another part on your vehicle. Failure to do this is a violation of your rights as a consumer, allowing you to take GM or the dealership to court.

The law I am citing is called the Magnuson-Moss Act. Every car modifier should be familiar with this law.

Not what I meant........Even if the part you bought from GM Accessories is the cause of the problem it still will not void the warranty.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:32 PM   #19
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JL has made a unit that lets you keep the stock appearance while using aftermarket radio quality and outputs so you can have everything you want and no one will see it and jack it from you.
Awesome! Didn't know they made that. JL makes some great stuff, although they are quite expensive.

Still can't decide if I'll lease or buy.. just have to wait till all the info comes out of course.

I'll take one either way though!
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Violating the Factory Warranty

I know that modding your car has a nasty habit of also violating the factory warranty, but are there any types of mods that do not violate the warranty? Also, who's planning on knowingly violating their warranty, and flat out doesn't care? Honestly, if headers, mufflers, and a short ram intake (with no sensors disconnected - just adapted) will violate my warranty, I'll probably just say screw it and do it anyway.
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P.S. - then again, if mufflers only *won't* violate the warranty, maybe I'll just skip the headers and then bolt the stock intake back on if I need to take it in for repairs...
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i was wondering the same exact thing!!

Do different wheels void warranty?
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I'm debating that very question. I want to mod my Cobalt now, but since I'll be using it as a daily driver for 4ish more years, keeping the remaining 3 years of my warranty intact is kinda important. If, when I get my Camaro, I won't need a reliable daily driver (if I can vanpool/take public transportation to work, for example) then I won't care about the warranty as much.
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Any word from somebody who works at a chevy dealership and has firsthand experience? Maybe I can find a copy of the warranty terms online somewhere...
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Man, after having the 78' T/A I had that had a rusted out gas tank, I realized the importance of a warranty. Albeit, yes, that is a little irrational on my part being that it was a 30 year old car, it scared the HELL out of me from buying a used car ever again, I don't know why.

I DID plan on putting a mild cam in my Camaro for that awesome lope, but screw it if it voids the warranty. I like to know that if my car breaks down, I can hand the keys to the dealer and say "your problem, boys, I'll be back tomorrow."

Appearance mods better not freakin' void it, because I want it to look like my sig REEEAL bad. :\ As for the sound, hopefully they'll at least put up with headers and an exhaust without voiding it. I mean really, how often in the span of a warranty does the exhaust need work unless it was bottomed out?
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well i heard that if the dealer does it its under warrenty
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