Cooley On Cars
Your emails: Will taking your truck or SUV off-road void the warranty?Brian Cooley explains what is and isn't covered when you take your SUV or truck off-road.
Brian Cooley here from CNET on cars. Taking another of your e-mails about high tech cars and modern driving. This time from JC in Utah. He says, you recently talked about the possibility of your warranty being voided on your car by taking your vehicle Vehicle to the track. Even if its advertised or shown by the manufacturer as being a track car. How about trucks and SUVs he asks. Their advertised as being off road capable. He points out that he's got a 13 F150 4x4 off-road package. Will it void my warranty, he asks, if I take it off-roading to one of our nice mountain trails here in Utah? J.C., good question. It's a little different than tracking your car. Now, here's how it works. We scanned a variety the top manufacturer's warranties on their pickups, and found that, for the most part, going off-road is not a carve-out, as you can imagine. I mean especially when you've got a four by four package on a truck, what are you gonna do? Take it to the mall all the time? So, they get it. These are off road vehicles. However, when that goes from being off roading to abuse, there is a change in their demeanor. You can't just go off road and say, whatever happens off road is okay It's not a total playground. He go high side that thing on a bunch of rocks, yeah, they're gonna say, okay, that's going too far. Notice that if off roading includes competition, that becomes competition and it's no longer off roading. So it becomes not okay under the warranty. [MUSIC]