Mazda Warranty on a Used Car?
I've been lurking around the forums for a while now gathering as much info as I possibly can on the 3's and I am getting close to purchasing a 2012 GX Hatch, Dolphin Mica Gray.
I was also excited that being a 2012 I would still have 3 years left on the factory warranty when a friend questioned the fact if Mazda would warranty a used car, especially one without maintenance history. I've been told the 3 I'm looking at was a one owner trade in but with no maintenance record. I've looked over the car thoroughly and it was definitely kept in good shape but now I'm questioning the fact if I'll still have a factory warranty.
Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this ? This is the first car I'll be financing as my other 3 I have bought outright (well out of warranty).
Factory warranty is fully transferable.
Thanks for the link - unfortunately that's the US warranty and I'm sure the Canadian one is different.
The only reason why I ask is because that same friend who told me the factory warranty may no longer apply was refused by Hyundai for his Accent. Claiming that he did not have the maintenance records for the first 40,000 kms and did not have it serviced by the dealer.
Warranties aren't really enforced by Mazda, id say the dealerships are the ones doing the enforcing, while Mazda created the warranty period etc. With that said the whole purpose of warranties if to offer free repairs for the first xxx miles or xxx years of a car for anything that can be considered a poor design that leads to failure or a faulty product (one that is not expected to wear and tear such as brakes etc).
What this means is that unless the owner has done something to directly (or sometimes indirectly) cause a certain part to fail, they have to cover the appropriate repairs.
Say your engine blows up. Unless the dealership can prove that it blew up due to negligence by the owner and it was not a faulty design, they have to cover your new engine.
Now taking a car to the same dealership for basic maintenance is not really a bad idea. Some dealerships have been known to do warranty work even past the warranty period for loyal customers, while i'm not saying every dealership has cool enough people, there are ones like that out there if you look.
For example I have gone to a dealership where the service writer said that even if the car was modified and known to be modified, simply remove the mods and they will take care of you.
Usually when people do self maintenance they keep oil/ oil filter receipts which are obviously date stamped and that usually suffices. Some dealerships don't care tho.
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