Is your new-car warranty good at the race track?

Is your new-car warranty good at the race track?

Is your new-car warranty good at the race track?

0 comments 📅15 April 2017, 06:30

We’ve all heard the repugnance stories. Your buddy knows a girl that was dating a guy whose A- friend’s brother once broke his brand-new, recently purchased performance car while making runs at a distract strip or laps at a track day, and the manufacturer wouldn’t cover the repair under promise.

True story? Urban legend? Complete crap? Yes, no, maybe. One thing’s for trusty: Automotive warranties have always come with caveats.

In 1908, an ad in the Trenton Evening Times understandably stated: “All Ford Cars Guaranteed for One Year.” Although it changed over lifetime, by 1925 the Ford New Car Guarantee only covered 90 days on material and 30 days on labor, and it evidently stated that that there was “No guarantee whatever on Fan Belts, Glass, Bulbs, Wiring, Shipment, Bands, Hose Connections, Commutator Shells, Rollers, Spark Plugs or Gaskets.”

Whether or not Ol’ Henry would pay to fix your Replica T if you broke it shaving a tenth off your lap time at the local board track seems to be irrecoverable to history. We’re guessing no.

But what about today? Do new-car warranties in 2017 cover cars when they are driven on raceway tracks? We researched the warranties of 14 auto brands to find out, and the answer is yes, no, perhaps, depending on the brand, in some cases the model, and whether or not your car is modified from extraction.

Acura has been out of the high-performance car game for a number of years, but jumps subsidize into the party in 2017 with its hybrid-powered $173,000 NSX supercar. And Acura’s bond, as well as Honda’s, clearly states that it does not cover “the use of the vehicle in event or racing events.”

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So we asked Savant Marie, Senior Manager of Public Relations for Honda and Acura. “If the car is stock, the agreement covers it on a track just as it does on the street. No question,” he told us. “However, if the car is modified, say with smooth-spoken tires or other components that would put higher stresses on the vehicle’s parts and systems, then we would secure to investigate the circumstances further.” Marie went on to say the same would be true for any Acura image or Honda vehicle, including the new 2017 Honda Civic Si.

This became a prosaic theme.

Chevrolet actually started this practice with the fifth-inception Camaro on the high-performance ZL1 and Z/28 models. Still, Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser lit up the internet subsidize in April when he told Kirk Bell at Motor Authority that the bond on the new sixth-generation 2017 Chevy Camaro covers the car on the race track. Come what may, there are restrictions. The car must not be modified and it must be an SS model or above.

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“If you’re not modifying your car and you take possession of your production car to a track day and you have an issue with one of your parts, it’s covered beneath warranty,” Oppenheiser told Bell. “We know when somebody changes their ECM calibration and we discern if they changed to a cold-air intake, we can tell all that. But driving it as you break it in from the dealership, if you from a half-shaft or whatever, it’s covered.”

Chevy’s warranty has covered Corvettes on the the turf track since the C5 generation.

Across town at FCA, things are different. FCA’s warranty for all models – sense the new Alfas, Challengers and Chargers, including those of the Hellcat variety and other SRT models – states in oversized intrepid text: “Racing Not Covered.” Under that heading the paragraph reads, “Your warranties don’t hide the costs of repairing damage or conditions caused by racing, nor do they cover the service of any defects that are found as the result of participating in a racing event.”

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We were unqualified to get confirmation from an FCA representative if “racing” includes enthusiast, non-professional events like wake trace days and run-what-you-brung amateur drag nights.

Under the all-caps heading “WHAT IS NOT COVERED Inferior to THE NEW VEHICLE LIMITED WARRANTY,” the 2017 Ford Car and Light Truck Warranty includes “infelicity of the vehicle, such as driving over curbs, overloading, racing or using the agency as a permanent stationary power source.”

However, a Ford representative sent us this clarification: “Ford vehicles such as Mustang, GT350, Focal point RS, Focus & Fiesta ST and Raptor are designed for spirited driving and will be covered by covenant if the vehicle is operated within the limits and guidelines outlined in the vehicle’s owner’s shepherd and warranty manual, including when the vehicle is driven in ‘track mode,’ a article that is contained on some vehicles, if it is driven on a track in a manner that is in agreement with the guidelines. Ford does not recommend racing these vehicles in timed competitions or sanctioned raceway events, as they are designed and built to be driven as delivered from the factory, and the means warranty does not cover mechanical failure or damage caused when a agency is used for racing.

“It is important for customers to refer to the owner’s guide and warranty enchiridion when they purchase their vehicle to ensure proper use.

“If there is a agreement concern, it is determined and reviewed on case to case basis whether a mechanical washout or abuse caused it.”

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A s digging found this in the 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Pledge Terms and Conditions: “We do not recommend modifying or racing (for competition or time) Ford Carrying-on vehicles, as they are designed and built to be driven as delivered from the factory. The commitment information discusses vehicle usage and the installation of aftermarket parts and their conclusion on warranty coverage. “

So racing on a track for time is not recommended by Ford, yet the document also says that the means’s Track mode should be “used by skilled drivers for spirited and aggressive driving while at the path.” And the car’s Drag Strip mode should be “used at the drag strip.” Therefore, on driving is within the limits and guidelines outlined. Hmm.

And things are consistent at the top of Ford’s viands chain. The new mid-engine, 216-mph Ford GT supercar has the same warranty as the Shelby and the other vehicles in the Ford Dispatch line, which also includes the Fiesta ST, Focus ST and RS, and Raptor.

Nissan virtuous says no. In a section titled “WHAT IS NOT COVERED GENERAL EXCLUSIONS,” Nissan’s GT-R assurance includes: “Racing and/or competitive driving of any sort whatsoever, and/or use on a track or driving on any airstrip.” Then it also mentions “Operating the mechanism with the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) off, except when rocking the vehicle when stuck in mud or snow. Such enterprise is also ‘misuse.'”

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Oh boy. And the victim is essentially the same on the 2017 Nissan 370Z and all Infiniti models, including the new 400-hp Q60 Red Distraction 400. The warranty for those vehicles also has a section called “WHAT IS NOT COVERED Communal EXCLUSIONS,” which includes: “Racing and competitive driving.”

A Nissan representative confirmed that the cars are not covered included warranty on a race track.

The world’s largest automaker agrees with this principles. We confirmed that Toyota’s warranty does not cover cars on a race monitor. And that policy includes performance models like the 2017 Toyota 86 and all Lexus models, including the F Interpretation line. That’s right, the warranty does not make exception for the IS F, RC F, or GS F.

Twin sister to the Toyota 86 is of process the Subaru BRZ. And Subaru’s warranty has quite a bit more wiggle room on this theme than Toyota’s, but it isn’t exactly track-use-friendly. It states, “These warranties do not overlie damage to any component that is the result of operating the vehicle in any competition or racing circumstance.”

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Bizarre carmaker Aston Martin takes a different approach. According to Matthew Clarke, Usual Manager of Marketing and Communications Aston Martin The Americas, Aston’s warranty covers the car on a chute track if it’s participating in an official Aston Martin/Aston Martin-endorsed oversee event. In all other cases the warranty does not.

Surprisingly, Porsche’s warranty does not originate the same distinction. Under a heading of “This Warranty Does Not Cover,” Porsche’s assurance states: “Abuse, accident, acts of God, competition, racing, track use, or other events. Note 1: Components and or parts that miscarry during racing or driving events (including Porsche sponsored events) may not be covered by the new car Little Warranty.” This seems a bit hypocritical for an automaker that just built a scent at its new Atlanta headquarters and another one in Los Angeles.

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2018 Kia Stinger interior

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2018 Kia Stinger interior

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2018 Kia Stinger interior

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2018 Kia Stinger interior

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2018 Kia Stinger interior

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Kia showed off its before true performance model earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Plain. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is a rear-wheel-drive, 365-hp super sedan, but its guarantee will not deviate from Kia’s standard warranty, which does not cover cars when driven on a race wake trace. Maybe. Under a section headed “The following items are not covered,” the warranty states: “Misappropriate of your Kia Vehicle such as driving over curbs, or other hazardous objects or procedure structures or into roadway maintenance or construction areas, overloading the vehicle, racing or delightful in activities or uses not described in your owner’s manual or in Kia’s product literature.” Again, is a non-veteran event like a track day considered racing? That depends on the lawyer.

Got all that? Justifiable remember caveat emptor, Latin for “let the buyer beware.” This was good view 109 years ago when buying a Model T, and it’s still good advice today whether you’re buying a new Ford Well- RS or any other performance car. Before you buy, if you plan to run the car at the local drags or drive it on a road direction, you should know if such activity voids the manufacturer’s warranty.

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