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as of today, I am a happy owner of a new 2011 Accent GL. I have one question though. I really like to do my own maintenance on cars. I've done it on several cars of mine, so I do have experience. However, the dealer tried to tell me that even if I just changed my oil once, I would void the warranty. When I mentioned that I'm pretty sure there is federal law that forbids this (I believe it is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975), he got uncertain and couldn't give me a straight answer.

I think on this forum many of you guys do your own maintenance, and even modify your cars. Assuming you keep receipts and good logs, have you ever run into a problem about a dealer giving you hard time on warranty repairs?

BTW the warranty brochure says a qualified mechanic can do the maintenance. Who decides who is qualified? I believe I am qualified, but I don't have any certificate to prove that.
 

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Time to find a dealership that knows what they're talking about. Also, just hold onto all of your receipts for all car related purchases. You're fine. Your dealership has no idea what they're talking about. At all.
 

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Document, document, document! That's all you need to do.  At the beginning, I put together a binder that holds receipts and various other items of proof of every time the car has been worked on, whether that be me, the dealer, or some other shop.  It's getting pretty fat now after 4+ years. :grin: 

As long as they see adequate proof that you have been properly maintaining your car, I doubt there will be problems.  Now, let's say you blow up your engine because you forgot to put oil back in it after you changed oil yourself - they won't warranty something that. :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks! As for the documentation: I did it for my other car, too, even though it is out of warranty.

How about a stereo? The car is base model and it came with no stereo. The dealer said if I put in one myself, it is a modification, and again, it voids the warranty. I suppose this is also BS, right?

BTW this particular dealership offers some crazy long "warranty" (20 years/200.000 miles on powertrain), provided you take the car to them for every single maintenance and other issues. But even another dealership would void their special warranty. I guess they can do this, and I don't think I care.
 

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wow, i would NOT use that dealer for anything but warranty work. Keep receipts for everything and a log on your computer with miles/dates you did everything.

This dealer sounds like my local nissan dealer.

There is now way installing a stereo or anything voids a warranty!!!! If you install the stereo and fry the electronics, then yes, but you still haev the rest of the warranty that covers everything but that part.

If your a/c fails and they can prove something you did caused it, yes, but they have to prove it in writing! Per that magnus warranty act! Google that.

I would just go to another dealer, your's sounds like it bites.

good luck.
 

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QUOTE (tarbasd @ Aug 26 2010, 09:22 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=352057
Thanks! As for the documentation: I did it for my other car, too, even though it is out of warranty.

How about a stereo? The car is base model and it came with no stereo. The dealer said if I put in one myself, it is a modification, and again, it voids the warranty. I suppose this is also BS, right?

BTW this particular dealership offers some crazy long "warranty" (20 years/200.000 miles on powertrain), provided you take the car to them for every single maintenance and other issues. But even another dealership would void their special warranty. I guess they can do this, and I don't think I care.

Also for them to void a warranty, something has to break first and they link it to the mod you made. You can install a turbo and it wouldn't void your engine warranty, until it broke. Geez......
 

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QUOTE (zavetsky @ Aug 26 2010, 11:03 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=352080
Also for them to void a warranty, something has to break first and they link it to the mod you made. You can install a turbo and it wouldn't void your engine warranty, until it broke. Geez......
They can't void the warranty for the entire car. If you blow the engine because you forget to put oil in it, they void the engine warranty. You're still covered for rust perforations, electrical system, emission system and so on.
 

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QUOTE (burnitwithfire @ Aug 26 2010, 05:58 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=352167
They can't void the warranty for the entire car. If you blow the engine because you forget to put oil in it, they void the engine warranty. You're still covered for rust perforations, electrical system, emission system and so on.

exactly!!!! AND more importantly, they can't void you warranty if nothing has broken for MOST things. Like if you install a radio yourself, they can't void the electrical warranty UNLESS something breraks first AND they can prove it was due to you radio install.

If I pulled into my dealer with a CAI, exhaust, etc for routine maint- not that i would- they can't say: "oh, you have those mods so your warranty is void". Nope, does not work that way. They COULD say that but defending that in court or to hma is a different story altogether.
 

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I know some of you may think of me as an ideot for doing this, but I just said skrew the warranty, and just modded my car. haha. I love my ram air intake and such enough to give up the warranty for it.
 

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QUOTE (Leprakong @ Aug 28 2010, 12:46 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=352470
I know some of you may think of me as an ideot for doing this, but I just said skrew the warranty, and just modded my car. haha. I love my ram air intake and such enough to give up the warranty for it.
That doesn't void anything. At all. In fact, Hyundai offers an intake. Attempt-to-void-a-warranty fail.
 

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QUOTE (Leprakong @ Aug 28 2010, 12:46 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=352470
I know some of you may think of me as an ideot for doing this, but I just said skrew the warranty, and just modded my car. haha. I love my ram air intake and such enough to give up the warranty for it.
I did mod my car too. I just keep the parts I removed in case I ever need warranty work.
 

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I just acquired a Hyundai Accent CRDI diesel 3 months ago and had the first 2 change oils at the Hyundai dealer shop. Those 2 were still under warranty and now it's time to have another change oil after another 5,000 kms. I am considering doing it myself as I also have experience doing it with my previous cars. Then my agent warns me of warranty void and this is the Philippines. I refused to bring it there because I was told it is 4,500 pesos (97 US dollars) to have the change oil there.

So i told the dealer i need to ask around if warraty is void in this manner.
 

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:00000732:  Zenza Guy!

Have you tried calling Hyundai's headquarters in your country and ask if it would?  If not, it is worth a try.  What applies in the US might not apply elsewhere so we can't say for sure.
 

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QUOTE (tarbasd @ Aug 26 2010, 12:48 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=352011
Hi,

as of today, I am a happy owner of a new 2011 Accent GL. I have one question though. I really like to do my own maintenance on cars. I've done it on several cars of mine, so I do have experience. However, the dealer tried to tell me that even if I just changed my oil once, I would void the warranty. When I mentioned that I'm pretty sure there is federal law that forbids this (I believe it is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975), he got uncertain and couldn't give me a straight answer.

I think on this forum many of you guys do your own maintenance, and even modify your cars. Assuming you keep receipts and good logs, have you ever run into a problem about a dealer giving you hard time on warranty repairs?

BTW the warranty brochure says a qualified mechanic can do the maintenance. Who decides who is qualified? I believe I am qualified, but I don't have any certificate to prove that.
Many dealers mislead their clients this way. Not just Hyundai.
Don't forget dealers make the lions share of their profit in the service bays Not the Showroom.
 
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