One thing many people enjoy about cars is customizing them to their liking. This is something that people have been doing with their gas-powered cars for years. However, those who make the switch to an EV may wonder if this pastime is still possible.
The reason for this concern is that EVs function differently from gas cars, so people worry replacing the OEM part with an aftermarket one will void the warranty. However, the time of not knowing is now over. In this post, we’ll answer the question, “Will installing aftermarket parts void my EV warranty?” once and for all.
The Straight Answer
We’re not going to beat around the bush here. The straight answer is no; installing aftermarket parts won’t automatically void your warranty. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, it’s illegal for companies to void your car’s warranty simply because you installed an aftermarket part.
Just the fact that there’s official documentation about it means this wasn’t always the case, which is pretty ridiculous. Fortunately, you can install all the extra lighting you want or put on a set of custom-forged wheels if you choose.
Even though you don’t have to worry about your voiding your EV warranty by installing aftermarket parts, there are a couple of exceptions you should know about. First of all, if your aftermarket part is the one that breaks down, obviously, your warranty won’t cover that. Also, if your aftermarket part is the reason for the malfunction of one of your OEM parts, there’s a chance that the manufacturer won’t uphold your warranty.
Why You Have Nothing To Worry About
While that last part might sound concerning, you really don’t have to worry about it. Many aftermarket parts these days are just as strong as, if not stronger than, OEM parts. That means, in many cases, your warranty-covered parts will be the source of the issue.
Even so, the other reason you don’t have to worry too much about this is that the manufacturer has to prove that your aftermarket part is the cause of the OEM part’s malfunction. That means they won’t be able to pull over a fast one on you, claiming that an aftermarket spoiler ruined your motor. You’ll only have to pay out of pocket if it’s actually your fault.