Hi, Paul from Golf and Deutsche Auto Parts.
Today we are going to a question that is on everybodys mind: Does performance tuning
null in void the vehicle warranty? [Intro: Deutsche Auto parts [DOY-chuh] 00:00:11-
00:00:17] During my more than 10 years working at dealerships
Ive learned a lot about the warranty process and how the dealership environment works.
So the question becomes does performance software on your vehicle kill your warranty? And the
simple answer to the question is no it doesnt. And, the long answer to the question is it
kind of does. So then the question becomes whats covered?
So we just want to start with a disclaimer about all this information is this information
is always going to be subject to the dealership you are going to. So some dealerships are
going to be way more forgiving of any high end performance modifications. Some are going
to tell you that they wont even work on your vehicle. So just be aware of that performance
software on your vehicle is always a potential risk for warranty repairs being declined.
So we go through and we say whats covered and what isnt? When you flash a vehicle
a lot of things are going to be changed on the vehicle. So it gives a dealer a blanket
to be able to say no this is covered no this isnt covered, and it becomes
very difficult to identify what is correct and what isnt. The often common problems
that happen on a car that doesnt have any performance software on it general most
dealers arent going to give you a hard time about it.
So for example if you go to a 2010 GTI, 2 litter turbo engine that had issues with PCV
valves, diverter valves, intake manifold, flat runners which were part of the intake
manifold on those vehicles. Some of them have injector problems, and even Evap. purge valves
or E valves. All those problems are common problems where you had no modifications on
your vehicle. So most places if you went to a dealership and you had a problem with it,
not a big deal. But, if you have the same reoccurring repair over and over and over
again eventually you are going to run into an issue somewhere where they are not going
to cover it any more. So, then we move on to other repairs. Is your
coverage of your radio? Your radio if it has a problem and you have performance software
your radio is covered under warranty. Same goes for suspension. You have low mileage
on your car still covered under the new car warranty and you have a squeak in your suspension.
You only have performance software no problem covered under warranty. If you have interior
trim pealing in your vehicle, assuming its not coke all over it, should be covered under
warranty. At the end of the day all this stuff really
boils down to the relationship with your dealership. And, its become to this point where a lot
of dealers even sell performance software, its becoming very common. So its not
as controversial as it once was. The reality of the situation is there is always risk involved
with modifying your vehicle and thats up to you to take the risk.
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