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Are your car accessories covered under warranty?

13/08/2020 by Lania Mason in Lifestyle

It’s easy to get excited about accessories and extras when you are looking to buy a new car. Majority of car buyers look to include things such as alloy wheels and window tint. And if you have a passion for the outdoors, you might consider adding a tow bar or roof rack.

With so many options available, it’s important to understand the difference between factory fitted, dealer fitter, and aftermarket accessories. The extras you choose can impact warranties, insurances and even the value of your new car.

Let’s take a look!

Factory fitted extras

Factory fitted accessories are designed and produced for your car by the car manufacturer and are included in your manufacturers warranty. These include:

  • Safety technology
  • Leather and heated seating
  • Parking assistance
  • Navigation systems

Dealer fitted extras

Dealer fitted are accessories the dealer will fit after the vehicle has been delivered. This may include genuine factory parts and aftermarket extras. Some accessories may not be included under your manufacturer’s warranty such as those that are considered aftermarket. Dealer fitted extras include:

  • Wheel packages
  • Tow bars
  • Bull bars
  • Spoilers

Aftermarket extras

Aftermarket accessories are supplied and fitted by a third party or can be sometimes be installed by yourself. Some aftermarket accessories may be covered by their own warranty however, they will not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Aftermarket extras include:

  • Seat covers
  • Floor mats
  • Performance parts
  • Additional lighting

Before making a decision on accessories for your new car, it’s best to check with the manufacturer, dealer or one of our leasing experts to make sure that you don’t inadvertently void your warranty coverage by messing about with the vehicle.

Did you know that some accessories can be bundled together as part of a novated lease arrangement? If you’re looking to purchase a new car, a Fleetcare Novated Lease lets you pay for the vehicle, running costs and accessories all from your pre-tax salary.

Our team of experts can negotiate on your behalf, so you will get the best price on the vehicle and the extras you want. Call us on 134 333 to find out more.

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