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post #1 of 6 Old 04-24-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Void Warranty Battle

I know several members have taken their Camaros in for warranty work only to be told by the dealer that because of their modifications, their power train warranty is void. The basis, I assume, is that the modifications increased the horse power which is expressly stated in the warranty as making the warranty void.

My contention is that certain common modifications do not increase the horse power generated by the engine. Rather, they reallocate the available power.

As an example, CAIs are popular modification and may increase horse power at the wheels. The way this is accomplished, if I'm correct, is that the CAI, being more efficient than the stock filter and induction system, requires less power to perform its task. The power saved is therefore available at the wheels.

If I'm correct, could this line of reasoning be used to counter dealer claims that a CAI voids the power train warranty because the horse power was increased? I realize that if a dealer refused to perform warranty work on a modified engine, that recourse is probably going to involve litigation. At this time, I'd like to put that aspect aside and just discuss whether or not my "theory" is valid.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-25-2013, 09:30 AM
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Sounds "Logical" to me....really.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-25-2013, 10:48 AM
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Whatever it states in the Manual you recieved with the Car IS your contract...

If it says that modifying the car voids the warranty, well then, modifying the Car voids the Warranty...Those are the 4 corners of the contract...

I am no Lawyer, but my Question is, if the Car breaks and the add ons are bolt ons, why are they not removed and put back to stock before the car is towed in ?

If you hear what I am saying........................

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-25-2013, 04:29 PM
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I would rather Mod my car than have a warrenty.

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-26-2013, 04:13 PM
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This^. For GM to void a warranty they need to show the CAI damaged something.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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Valid reasoning and the dealer would have to be pretty bad to prove that a CAI caused powertrain damage. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states that they have to prove that your mod caused the issue and if they cannot damage is covered by the warranty.
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