How Do I Know If My Car Is Still Under Warranty?

If you have recently bought a vehicle, your car may be under warranty. Auto Repair Specialist Mesa brings you these tips to find out if your car is still under warranty.

A factory-warranty is a guarantee, issued by the car manufacturer that will cover the cost of repairs and maintenance of a vehicle… in the event that something goes wrong. Having an active factory-warranty can save you a bunch of money on repairs and maintenance. Generally these warranties are only valid for a limited time and have the possibility to expire.

Now the big question is, “How do I know if my car is still under warranty?”

One of the most important things to know, is your car new or used?

New cars are purchased with a factory-warranty. Factory-warranties generally last at least 3 years or up to 36,000 miles… sometimes more.

Rarely, does a used car come with a factory-warranty or the original factory-warranty has already expired… however, there are ways to find out

There are some fairly simple steps you can take to find out if your vehicle is still under warranty.

Find the VIN. The Vehicle Identification Number is a 17-digit combination of numbers and letters, that has all of the information for your vehicle and is specific to your vehicle. The VIN number can be found in a number of places, such as on your vehicle registration card, on the inside of the driver-side door, or on the driver-side of the windshield above the dash. Contact a dealership. Once you’ve located your VIN, call the dealership for your model vehicle. For example, if you have a Honda, call a Honda dealership. Have your VIN ready to provide the service representative and they will be able to tell you if your vehicle is still under warranty.

Third-Party Assistance.

 In the event that the dealership is unable to assist you, there are 3rd party services like CARFAX and VINCHECK that can help and provide you with a vehicle history report.

If you’ve owned a vehicle for several years, the warranty may not likely be active but, it doesn’t hurt to check and can be done in a few simple steps.