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 📅11 May 2017, 00:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So we asked Reasonable Marie, Senior Manager of Public Relations for Honda and Acura. “If the car is stock, the guarantee 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 neat tires or other components that would put higher stresses on the vehicle’s parts and systems, then we would keep to investigate the circumstances further.” Marie went on to say the same would be true for any Acura facsimile or Honda vehicle, including the new 2017 Honda Civic Si.

This became a familiar theme.

Chevrolet actually started this practice with the fifth-reproduction Camaro on the high-performance ZL1 and Z/28 models. Still, Camaro Chief Construct Al Oppenheiser lit up the internet back in April when he told Kirk Bell at Motor Arbiter government that the warranty on the new sixth-generation 2017 Chevy Camaro covers the car on the sluice track. However, there are restrictions. The car must not be modified and it must be an SS model or on the top of.

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“If you’re not modifying your car and you win your production car to a track day and you have an issue with one of your parts, it’s covered covered by warranty,” Oppenheiser told Bell. “We know when somebody changes their ECM calibration and we be familiar with 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 be struck by a half-shaft or whatever, it’s covered.”

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

Across town at FCA, things are different. FCA’s warranty for all models – import the new Alfas, Challengers and Chargers, including those of the Hellcat variety and other SRT models – states in oversized resolute text: “Racing Not Covered.” Under that heading the paragraph reads, “Your warranties don’t obscure the costs of repairing damage or conditions caused by racing, nor do they cover the renewal 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 footmarks days and run-what-you-brung amateur drag nights.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nissan fair-minded says no. In a section titled “WHAT IS NOT COVERED GENERAL EXCLUSIONS,” Nissan’s GT-R undertaking 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 means with the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) off, except when rocking the vehicle when stuck in mud or snow. Such direction is also ‘misuse.'”

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

A Nissan characteristic confirmed that the cars are not covered under warranty on a race track.

The circle’s largest automaker agrees with this policy. We confirmed that Toyota’s promise does not cover cars on a race track. And that policy includes about models like the 2017 Toyota 86 and all Lexus models, including the F Appearance 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 seminar the Subaru BRZ. And Subaru’s warranty has quite a bit more wiggle room on this course of study than Toyota’s, but it isn’t exactly track-use-friendly. It states, “These warranties do not defend damage to any component that is the result of operating the vehicle in any competition or racing happening.”

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

Surprisingly, Porsche’s warranty does not erect 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 fall short of during racing or driving events (including Porsche sponsored events) may not be covered by the new car Fixed Warranty.” This seems a bit hypocritical for an automaker that just built a prints 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 internal
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2018 Kia Stinger interior

  • 2018 Kia Stinger interior
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2018 Kia Stinger interior

  • 2018 Kia Stinger interior
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Kia showed off its original true performance model earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Display. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is a rear-wheel-drive, 365-hp super sedan, but its agreement will not deviate from Kia’s standard warranty, which does not cover cars when driven on a racetrack track. Maybe. Under a section headed “The following items are not covered,” the assurance states: “Misuse of your Kia Vehicle such as driving over curbs, or other dangerous objects or road structures or into roadway maintenance or construction areas, overloading the carrier, racing or engaging in activities or uses not described in your owner’s manual or in Kia’s artifact literature.” Again, is a non-professional event like a track day considered racing? That depends on the advocate.

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

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