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• General Service and
• Electronic Tune-up
• Exhaust Repairs
• Cooling System Ser vice
• Suspension Ser vice
• Driveline Repairs
• Engine Rebuilds
• Transmission Ser vicing
• Light Commercial and
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LIKE many nine-to-fivers, I of-
ten find it difficult to fit in ba-
sic, monotonous errands, such
as bringing my car in for its
Saturday after Saturday, I keep
meaning to arrange an appointment
for my little hatchback, but some-
thing always gets in the way.
Six months of Saturdays have
gone by and I have reached the point
where I fear I have voided my war-
ranty, which made me realise I actu-
ally have no idea what the conditions
of my warranty are.
Speaking to RAA mobility and
automotive policy senior manager
Mark Borlace, the first point to note
is not all warranties are made equal.
There are three types of warranty,
Mr Borlace said.
• The first is a standard new car
warranty, which on average is three
years -- but can extend to five and
now six years on some makes -- or
100,000 kilometres in length.
• The second is a used car warran-
ty, which is government mandated
for all second-hand cars over $3000
from dealerships, unless the car has
racked up more than 200,000 kilo-
metres or is older than 15 years.
• The third form is an extended
warranty, which can be purchased on
top of a statutory warranty.
"We're really worried about these
ones because people think that it will
cover anything that leaks... where
the reality is, it's only if something
breaks," Mr Borlace said.
"If it's normal wear and tear, a lot
of those warranties won't cover that,
so you need to look at each of those
extended warranties very carefully to
see what exactly it excludes."
Having purchased a new car two and
a half years ago, it's not getting as much
love as it did in those first months.
After bringing my car in for its first
full service around 18 months ago, I
received a shocking bill, wherein I re-
alised the cost of servicing my vehicle
at my dealer was nearly double the
price of my regular mechanic.
I questioned whether it was neces-
sary to bring my car back to the deal-
er instead of my mechanic to have it
serviced while under warranty.
Mr Borlace said while you can have
your car serviced at a business of your
choice, there are some small risks.
"They have to do it exactly the
way the manufacturer said it has to
be done," he said.
"If...your repairer didn't fully un-
derstand how something needed to
be adjusted that they normally adjust
at the service and it failed later be-
cause it hasn't been correctly adjusted,
they might say ' hold on, that hasn't
been serviced in accordance with the
"It's a little bit of a risk but any
competent professional company
will follow the vehicle manufacturer
Mr Borlace said there was also a risk
your mechanic may not know about
a minor issue with the model, such as
excess moisture around a hose.
"It's not a major issue, but it's
what they call a service alert (and)
they just shoot a note out to all their
dealers," he said.
"The non-dealers don't get that in-
formation, so if for some reason they
service your car, don't notice this issue
with the hose and it later becomes an
issue where the hose slips off or breaks
and you cook an engine, then they
may come back and say you hadn't
had it serviced by a dealer."
If you are, like me, six months
overdue for a service all together, re-
frain from panicking for now.
"If (your car) has a failure, that's
caused by lack of servicing, then it
wouldn't be covered," Mr Borlace said.
"But if you hadn't had your car ser-
viced and something failed like an inte-
rior light, if you have a new car serviced
or not, it has no effect on whether that
light would have failed or not, that will
still be covered under warranty."
Most manufacturers recommend
having your car serviced at the 15,000
kilometre or one-year mark, but if
there's a month or so delay, that should
not have an effect on your warranty.
Remember to check the details
and fine print of any warranty you
accept, because terms and condi-
tions may vary.
THE BUNYIP'S NOTORIOUS MOTORIST, NATALIE VIKHROV, WHOSE HAIR RAISING DRIVING ADVENTURES HAVE
FEATURED IN THE EVERYTHING AUTO PAGES IN THE PAST, TAKES A LOOK AT WARRANTIES AND THEIR WORTH.
"If it's normal wear and tear, a lot of those warranties
won't cover that, so you need to look at each of those extended
warranties very carefully to see what exactly it excludes.
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Phone 8522 2558
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