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Void My Warranty

Will Upgrades Void My Warranty?

The Dealer Told Me Aftermarket Upgrades Would Void My Warranty

We hear it all the time during Jeep-build consultations.  Picture this: Clients considering the purchase of a new Jeep come in to Axleboy Off-Road with questions about suspension upgrades, new bumpers, fenders, new tires, etc.  We enjoy taking about Jeep upgrades, local Jeep clubs and trails so a discussion may take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.  Somewhere during the conversations we’ll get a comment that goes something along the lines of, “I was talking to the salesman at the dealership and he told me that anything other than MOPAR components would void the warranty on my Jeep.  Is this true?”

True or False?

That is a fantastic and very relevant question!  The answer is a resounding “sort of”.  Perhaps an example is the best way to illustrate this issue.  If you were to purchase a brand new Jeep Wrangler today, with a 5 year warranty that covers the engine, transmission, cooling systems, electronic components, suspension and a bunch of other stuff, and then tomorrow you had Axleboy install a 4-inch Teraflex long-arm lift kit, the suspension portion of your factory warranty would be void.  So, “Yes” there is, in fact, some truth behind that statement.  The greatest deceptions always contain an element of truth.

Be aware that there are some sales people that will claim any aftermarket upgrades completely strip and void the factory warranty.  Most of the sales people in this category are simply repeating what they’ve heard other sales people say or they lack sufficient experience to know better, so they make up whatever sounds most profitable for them.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The fact is, over 40 years ago, back in 1975, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed legislation as part of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to ensure you have the freedom to choose aftermarket upgrades and parts without having your warranty stripped or terminated.

What does this mean?

Simply put, when you upgrade to aftermarket suspension, the dealership cannot void the warranty on your engine, electronics, cooling system and other covered components.  All of those other systems and components remain covered for the duration of the warranty term.  If a dealership believes upgrading one component caused failure in a different area they may deny a warranty claim, but first they are required to prove correlation between the aftermarket upgrade and the other covered item (ie. Engine, Transmission, Differential, etc.)

It is illegal to deny coverage or void a factory warranty based on the use of aftermarket parts. If a dealer has denied your claim under a new-vehicle warranty and you believe it is in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a complaint can and should be filed online with the Federal Trade Commission.

LoD Off-Road Products at Axleboy

LOD Products Now Available

Axleboy Off-Road is excited to announce that we are now an authorized direct dealer and installer of LoD Off-Road products!  The quality and craftsmanship that has been built into these products is impressive, and we’re happy to offer them as an upgrade option for local Jeep enthusiasts.

Logo for LOD

LoD Off-Road is an Indiana based Jeep parts manufacturer that entered the market in 2002. They currently offer an entire range of aftermarket rock-sliders, bumpers, tire carriers and roof-rack systems that fit Wranglers from the early CJ series to the current JL model.

If you’re not familiar with the LoD Off-Road product line, we invite you to take a look at their website or stop by or call Axleboy and talk to Brandon or Brian at our service counter.  636-939-5337, M-F 8:00am-6:00pm.  Whatever you need to take your Jeep to the next level, we can get it for you!

LoD Off-Road products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

The White Whale Goes GenRight

2013 Jeep WranglerChanging Things Up

If you’ve ever been wheeling with Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, it probably didn’t take long to notice that he doesn’t take any trail half-way.  If there’s an obstacle that other Jeepers are dodging out on, you can almost guarantee he’s the one that will put on a show and give it a shot.

With this mentality and driving style, protecting his Jeep is an investment Scott takes seriously, which is why “The White Whale” (his 2013 JKU) recently underwent another phase of transformations.  New to the Whale are GenRight aluminum fenders, rock sliders and an ultra low-profile front bumper.

Prior to this change, Scott’s Jeep was outfitted with aluminum fenders made by Nemesis Industries, an aluminum stubby bumper from Teraflex Suspensions and stock Rubicon rock rails.

Why the Sudden Change?

GenRight on a 2013 WranglerWhen asked about the reason behind his change in parts, Scott noted, “The Nemesis fenders have the best fit and finish I have EVER seen, but I’ve developed a habit of catching the lip on rocks and feeling bad about beating them up.” He further stated, “I’ve had my eye on the structural qualities of the tubular design for some time and feel like they might roll off things better.  As the only authorized GenRight installer/dealer in the area, it just made sense to give them a shot.”

As for the new side armor and rock guards, Scott was impressed by the replaceable steel “rash guard”, something that offers additional protection and reinforcement of the body armor.  “I haven’t seen any other manufacturers offer this,” says Scott, “And you can bet these rails will take some pretty hard hits.”

Changing the front bumper all comes down to two words, “approach angle.” “There was absolutely nothing wrong with the Teraflex bumper that I had before, but this new ultra slim bumper gives me nearly six inches of additional clearance in front.  That’s huge when you’re trying to pick your line to get up and over an obstacle,” says Scott.

Keep it Raw or Make it White?

The original vision behind The White Whale was to create a well-built Jeep with the classy look of a Sahara.  With the first round of modifications almost everything that went on it, first took a trip to the powder-coater to match the white body.

We asked Scott if he intended to do the same thing with the latest round of upgrades and he replied, “I was really tempted to do the same thing and white it out.  With the trend being to black out everything, I found that doing the complete opposite helped my Jeep stand out from the crowd and brought a lot of positive attention.  I priced out getting the new stuff powder coated too,” he says, “but impatience got the best of me and the bare aluminum look is really starting to grow on me, so I’ll probably leave it just the way it is.”

Check it out in Person

Those who follow Axleboy on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus…and even Pinterest) expect to see new pictures all throughout the day, highlighting work in progress, completed projects and a variety of off-road adventures…  But there’s nothing like seeing a product in person! “Any time you are in the area,” says Scott, “stop by and check out the Jeep in person.  Everybody here loves talking Jeep.”

2013 Wrangler with GenRight

Axleboy is located in O’Fallon Missouri, on the North side of I-70 (1935 E Terra Ln., O’Fallon, MO 63366).

 

Article and Photos by Mike Carter, Marketing Director at Axleboy.