Tips for smooth auto warranty claims

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When you buy a car, the last thing you want to think about is something going wrong. Whether it’s a routine oil and filter change or something a bit more unexpected, the right auto warranty can ensure that you’re not caught off guard. That said, when you sign a used car warranty agreement, it’s vital that you know and understand all the steps involved in making a claim. Different providers might have different stipulations which is why you should always be prepared and make sure that you get the procedure in writing.

When you realize that you need some kind of work performed on your vehicle, it’s important to obtain approval before you take any action. While some vehicle owners like to believe that they can request reimbursement for the cost of the repairs, this might not necessarily be the case. When your vehicle is covered by a warranty, there are usually certain prerequisites that must be met by the repairer. Warranty providers will let vehicle owners know where they should take their vehicle for the work to be completed. Considering the warranty is covering the cost, it’s understandable that the provider should be the one to approve them.

In some cases, the warranty provider might request that your vehicle be inspected in order to check for any preexisting damage or wear. This inspection is not only good for the warranty provider but also the vehicle owner.

Ask your provider about any vehicle maintenance requirements. For example, some providers stipulate that an oil service is required every few months (the contract will dictate the precise period of time). If you fail to have your vehicle serviced and properly maintained, and your vehicle suffers some kind of problem as a result, your claim might not be approved.

If you notice a problem with your vehicle – no matter how trivial it might seem, you should pull over and turn the engine off. Report the issue immediately and follow the appropriate claim procedure. If you continue to drive your vehicle despite the problem, you might make the claim process complicated. Make sure that you check your policy in this regard so that you know how to react when faced with any vehicle issues.

Make completely certain that you understand exactly what is covered by your warranty. For example, if you opt for mechanical coverage, you should ask your provider exactly what they will approve and if there are any exclusions.

It’s also important to ask about any aftermarket accessories. In some cases, by fitting certain extras onto your vehicle, you could void some or all of your warranty. Again, it depends on the part and the terms of your warranty agreement.

Ask your provider about any possible limits and restrictions. There might be some kind of waiting period from the start of your coverage to the moment you can make any claims. If you make several claims within a short period of time, it could lead to some form of suspicion. Just another reason why you should check your car before purchasing a warranty and make sure that the service history is completely up to date.

Call A-Protect Warranty at 1(866) 660-6444 or (416) 661-7444 for a personal and professional approach to your vehicle coverage.

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