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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-03-2003, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Will amp void warranty?

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I thought I'd call the dealership today and make sure that installing an amplifier wouldn't void my warranty. I talked to the service manager, and he told me that it would void it if I installed it myself, but not if I had it installed at (one specific shop). I asked if I could have installed at any audio shop,and he said he didn't recomend it. (BTW I'm just trying to hook a small sub into my Infinity.)
I can see why they might want it "professionaly"(?) installed, but this doesn't sound right to me. I have installed stereos before, but never in a car still under warranty. Also, would this only void the stereo's warranty, or anything electrical that might go?
I'm starting to wonder if they have shares in this stereo shop as that is were they sent me to for my alarm as well.lol
P.S. not sure if warranties are the same in Canada as in the U.S.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2003, 08:13 AM
 
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Well, I don't know the technicalities in Canada, but I think he's just trying to screw you. Unless they can prove something was damaged during the installation, they can't void any warranty for anything. It's a common scare tactic used by dealerships to keep you coming to them for absolutely everything...
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If something does go wrong it only takes 10 minutes to rip all the gear out!! I kept blowing alts in my mustang every 8months or so all FREE!!
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Dealerships and repair shops are often in the "referal" business.

In other words, the dealer gets a cut from sending you over.

Sometimes this is a set % from the first service you pay for there, sometimes it's a specific % of EVERY service you ever get there, and then it can also be a set % of the first $x.

In order to be sure about the warranty, call up Dodge or another dealer.
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Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975

Under the Magnuson-Moss Act, aftermarket equipment does not void a vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, unless the warranty clearly and conspicuously states that aftermarket equipment voids the warranty.

Check your manual under "What is not covered" to see if it clearly states that you can not add aftermarket parts/equipment. If it specifically says that you can not add anything and you do, then it will void your warranty.

The Magnuson-Moss Act defines how a warranty is suppose to be written. It defines what should be included, what it covers, etc.

If you add aftermarket parts, the manufacturer still has to determin that that part is directly responsible for the malfunction.

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/...s/warranty.htm
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1975
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Re: Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975

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Under the Magnuson-Moss Act, aftermarket equipment does not void a vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, unless the warranty clearly and conspicuously states that aftermarket equipment voids the warranty.

Check your manual under "What is not covered" to see if it clearly states that you can not add aftermarket parts/equipment. If it specifically says that you can not add anything and you do, then it will void your warranty.

The Magnuson-Moss Act defines how a warranty is suppose to be written. It defines what should be included, what it covers, etc.

If you add aftermarket parts, the manufacturer still has to determin that that part is directly responsible for the malfunction.

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/...s/warranty.htm
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1975
Yes, however, I don't believe that is binding in Canada. But good info for us Americans.
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K an amp hooked up properly can't wreck anything well maybe your alt within time...so it breaks take out the stereo(takes 5 secs and take it in and get fixed BAMMMM not a big deal!
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