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Insist That All Auto Accessories Be Factory Installed

Jul 25, 2008
If you are planning a new car, your best bet is to avoid the ones with third-party components. If you do find just a car you're looking for, but it's missing an accessory that you'd like, the check to see if the dealership can do the installation for you.

Common aftermarket accessories include: alarms, DVD players, remote starters, stereos, navigation systems, back-up cameras, and sunroofs. However, you should insist on a vehicle with factory-installed accessories or components.

This means you may have to wait for the dealer to order or locate a vehicle with all factory-installed accessories and components. But it is definitely worth the wait. Not only will you have little recourse if you experience problems with the aftermarket accessories, you may also have little recourse if those accessories cause problems with the factory-installed components. In fact, if the aftermarket components cause damage to the factory components, your warranty may be partially voided.

Third-party accessories are normally installed at facilities though not been approved by a manufacturer or the dealership. And dealerships do not usually extend a warranty to cover third-party installations. The car manufacturer certainly doesn't provide any guarantee because the components don't come from them.

In fact, even the aftermarket installer may not offer any kind of warranty on your spiffy new gear. If you do end up having any trouble, odds are, you may not have many options for warranty coverage.

Chances are very good your state's lemon laws are not come apply to your situation. We have scores of cases where things have gone wrong with aftermarket components and the law didn't provide any remedies.

* The aftermarket remote starter wiring was improperly installed, which drained the battery.

* The ad-on sunroof installed by a third party leaked like a sieve every time it rained.

* An incorrectly installed DVD player actually kept the car from starting.

* The third-party GPS component ruined that the entire vehicles, electrical system.

Despite these significant problems, none of these vehicles qualified for relief under the lemon law. These people had to either live with the problems or have the aftermarket components removed.

Components or accessories added to you car might just void the cars warranty and cost you plenty in the long run.
About the Author
Karl M. Heil is an expert Lemon Law Attorney with Romano Stancroff & Mikhov PC. They focus on California Lemon Law and if you contact them about your auto problem, there may be a major financial difference in how a lemon law dispute is resolved.
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