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Old 01-10-2011, 07:20 PM   #1
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FTC Validates Right to Install Aftermarket Parts

In a Consumer Alert issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency confirmed that “The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket part.” The alert outlines key provisions in the law that provides protections to car owners. As defined by the FTC, an “aftermarket' part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer.”

“The FTC’s reference to aftermarket parts is equally applicable to specialty parts,” said Russ Deane, SEMA’s General Counsel. “Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the warranty cannot be conditioned to a specific brand of parts, services or vehicle modifications unless those parts or services are provided free of charge.”

The alert notes that a consumer has the right to patronize independent retail stores and repair shops for parts and service without fear of voiding the new car warranty. The dealer/vehicle manufacturer has the right to deny a warranty repair but they must demonstrate that the aftermarket part caused the problem. The warranty remains in effect for all other covered parts.

The FTC alert may be downloaded using this link: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/cons...ts/alt192.shtm.

The alert was issued in response to an FTC complaint filed last August by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) and the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

http://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2011/...ermarket-parts


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thats good to know.....next time i get a part and they say something to me about it...ill shove this in their face
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yeah my friend had problem with insurance because his suspension was not oem
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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Right which means if your vehicle is not stated to tow in the owners manual you put a hitch on blow your transmission you get a free transmission? Yeah that isn't cool, rewarding stupidity right there.
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"The dealer/vehicle manufacturer has the right to deny a warranty repair but they must demonstrate that the aftermarket part caused the problem."

i'm fairly certain if your car is not rated to tow and you put a hitch on and damage the transmission the company can say "The car wasn't rated to tow" and you'll lose. This applies more to things like having an engine problem and they deny your warranty because you have an intake/exhaust THAT DIDN'T CAUSE THE PROBLEM.
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I see it as a nasty catch 22 and a lot of court cases because somebody will fight over such said situation I have said. Doesn't matter though it will happen sit back watch and wait just watch and wait.
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What if they put on a hitch, tow stuff, toast the tranny and remove said hitch and said the tranny is toast?
The other day I saw a Hyundai Accent with a medium sized flatbed trailer with a whole bunch of stuff on it on the highway. Really now?
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I see it as a nasty catch 22 and a lot of court cases because somebody will fight over such said situation I have said. Doesn't matter though it will happen sit back watch and wait just watch and wait.


Posted via FF Mobile Like geek said...And this act has been around for a while, it's nothing new. The FTC has just decided to back it recently. If you try to tow something that your vehicle is not rated for and you damage your transmission...then the dealer can say no. Yea you can try to fight them, but you'll probably lose, because your wrong. Now if your transmission goes and they see a tow hitch on your car, they can assume but they can't legally deny you, because like your focus can have a hitch, it can tow much but it can tow alittle just fine. So they can't so anything. If you have a CAI and your engine goes, and you bring it in and they find water in your engine...deny.

Like I said, nothings really changed, you just have the FTC behind your back.
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Easy solution: just wait until your car is out of it's factory warranty. And believe me it doesn't take long to get to that point. Or buy a pre-owned car if modding is a serious addiction.

It's smarter to pay your car off completely first before messing around with it and burning money on aftermarket parts. Just seems like good ol' fashioned common sense and adult-level responsibility.

And if something does go wrong as a direct result of an aftermarket part, seek reimbursement through the part manufacturer rather than the dealership. Personal accountability is an awesome thing.
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What if they put on a hitch, tow stuff, toast the tranny and remove said hitch and said the tranny is toast?
The other day I saw a Hyundai Accent with a medium sized flatbed trailer with a whole bunch of stuff on it on the highway. Really now?
Due to DOT putting the clamp on a certain ''company'' cars are now being put through higher standards for towing. Most new small cars are not rated to tow anymore.
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