The Magnuson Moss-Warranty Act [US federal law 15 U.S.C. 2301] - Hyundai Elantra Sport Turbo Forum
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The Magnuson Moss-Warranty Act [US federal law 15 U.S.C. 2301]

Hey all,

Fairly new to the community. With all the exciting mod talks, I figured I toss this tidbit in here for all U.S owners. I found this about a year ago talking to a co-worker who was modifying his jeep. We're talking lift kit/exhaust/intakes the whole thing. I asked "Hey man what about the warranty? and he told me about The Magnuson Moss-Warranty Act.

Essentially it says this:
[copied straight from the attached link]

1) Warranties can not be voided simply because an aftermarket part is used on your vehicle.

2) Warranty repairs can only be denied when it can be proven than an aftermarket part caused the failure.

3) The burden of proof is on the manufacturer the dealership must show that a specific aftermarket part caused a problem in order to deny a warranty claim.

4) When an aftermarket part is the cause of a specific problem, only the warranty for that problem can be denied. Other, unrelated problems are still covered under warranty.

5) The dealership or manufacturer can not require consumers to use a particular brand of part or require service to be completed at a specific location as a condition of their warranty.

Hopefully none of us have to experience using a warranty repair. But, in the event you do and have modifications, you can think of this!

What do you guys think about this law, did you know about it? For anyone outside the US, are there similar laws that help protect consumers?

Link to Article, there are some good examples --> https://tundraheadquarters.com/after...-new-warranty/

Additional info: https://consumer.findlaw.com/consume...anty-act-.html

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My opinion is that if anyone is worried about voiding their warranty they are better off not modifying their car. With that said, yes, everyone should know about this. Doesn't mean that dealers will just give in though, they will fight against it and if you're not prepared to pay for a lawyer you really can't do anything. So only put parts on the car that are easily removable or find a dealer that doesn't care like mine.
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Agree with R1600Turbo. You have to pay to play, and car companies can afford nicer lawyers than you can when push comes to shove.

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Hey all,

Fairly new to the community. With all the exciting mod talks, I figured I toss this tidbit in here for all U.S owners. I found this about a year ago talking to a co-worker who was modifying his jeep. We're talking lift kit/exhaust/intakes the whole thing. I asked "Hey man what about the warranty? and he told me about The Magnuson Moss-Warranty Act.

Essentially it says this:
[copied straight from the attached link]

1) Warranties can not be voided simply because an aftermarket part is used on your vehicle.

2) Warranty repairs can only be denied when it can be proven than an aftermarket part caused the failure.

3) The burden of proof is on the manufacturer the dealership must show that a specific aftermarket part caused a problem in order to deny a warranty claim.

4) When an aftermarket part is the cause of a specific problem, only the warranty for that problem can be denied. Other, unrelated problems are still covered under warranty.

5) The dealership or manufacturer can not require consumers to use a particular brand of part or require service to be completed at a specific location as a condition of their warranty.

Hopefully none of us have to experience using a warranty repair. But, in the event you do and have modifications, you can think of this!

What do you guys think about this law, did you know about it? For anyone outside the US, are there similar laws that help protect consumers?

Link to Article, there are some good examples --> https://tundraheadquarters.com/after...-new-warranty/

Additional info: https://consumer.findlaw.com/consume...anty-act-.html
I took my car in for a coolant leak, a bracket holding a hose to the turbo broke. It was repaired under warranty even though there is no record of any service as I change my own oil. No mention of any of my mods (intake, exhaust & intercooler resonator deletes, breather delete) except for a snicker from the tech when he heard my BPV vent to atmosphere.
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