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Specifically what modifications to the car will void the warrenty? Painting the calipers? Adding a new muffler? Catback? Intake? Interior Mods? Sound System? Air Filter Change? Painting Enging Covers? Anything you guys know that will void please post. Thanks
 

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basically any mods voids warranties. Dealers don't like mods. If u were to add intake they probably void like your suspension warrranty or something
 

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hello,
nothing supposedly voids the warranty, unless it can be directly related to whatever has failed, but alot of times dealers bully people into thinking they are screwed, thats why it is good to bring something on letter head from a law office and show them that you are not stupid, and will pursue a suit if necessary.

now on the other end, if you spray your car, and blow your motor, that is your fault, and of course it would be ridiculous and dishonest to try and get lexus to pay for it.

Originally posted by habibnazir:
Specifically what modifications to the car will void the warrenty? Painting the calipers? Adding a new muffler? Catback? Intake? Interior Mods? Sound System? Air Filter Change? Painting Enging Covers? Anything you guys know that will void please post. Thanks
 

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Originally posted by Youngsta:
basically any mods voids warranties. Dealers don't like mods. If u were to add intake they probably void like your suspension warrranty or something
youngsta, you have no idea on what your talking about.

habib, i broke down. so, here goes.

No. Federal law prohibits a dealer from voiding your warranty just because you are using aftermarket speed equipment, with only two exceptions: the warranty can be voided if the aftermarket part causes damage or adversely affects the emissions or the emissions system. In recent documents produced by the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), a trade association-representing specialty automotive parts manufacturers, and the following quotes have been extracted:

"The vehicle manufacturer is not allowed to void the vehicle warranty just because aftermarket equipment is installed on the vehicle. This protection for consumers is the result of a parts self-certification program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

"Under the program, if a parts maker completes the EPA process of self-certifying its parts, the vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty even if the certified part has failed and is directly responsible for the warranty claim. In cases where such a failed aftermarket part is responsible for a warranty claim, the manufacturer must arrange a settlement with the part manufacturer, but the new vehicle warrant is not void under the law.

"If the failure to honor a claim involves the new-vehicle warranty, and it appears that the manufacturer is improperly denying a claim, the incident should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC is responsible for monitoring compliance with the warranty law; the agency's telephone number is 202/326-3128."

also go to www.sema.org and search their website. they have links and alot of info for you.
 

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webmaster, you should make ronin's post a faq, it goes into thorough detail and is very informative.
 

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hey everyone-
thanks for all the replies, and the input, i appreciate it! i agree, this should be made into a FAQ File or something, it seems like a typical thing people might worry/wonder about. Thanks again
peace
 
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