The Magnuson-Moss Act
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act — part of the Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act [U.S. Code Title 15] — was enacted in 1975 “to improve the adequacy of information available to consumers, prevent deception, and improve competition in the marketing of consumer products…”
The act requires that consumers be given information that explains the implied and express warranties attached to products and services costing more than $25.00:
“No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is defined by brand, trade, or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection may be waived by the Commission if:
(1) the warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and
(2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the ‘public interest’.”
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You do not have to take your vehicle to the dealer to maintain your warranty.
Dealers sometimes claim that only their own service departments can provide warranty work on cars and trucks they sell.
Some may even tell you that if anyone other than a dealer does work — or if anything but parts with their own brand are installed — the warranty is no longer valid.
This sort of claim led to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act — U.S. Code Title 15, Chapter 50.