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Any time you purchase a car, whether it's new or used, you're probably interested in the prospect of a warranty. With a brand-new vehicle purchase, you can pretty much expect a bumper-to-bumper manufacturer warranty that covers all the major components, from the engine and transmission, to the suspension, to electrical and other systems.
In essence, the bumper-to-bumper warranty covers nearly everything needed to make the car function properly, although certain cosmetic and "wear" items are typically excluded. In some cases, a certified pre-owned vehicle will come with a short-term bumper-to-bumper warranty, but many used vehicles include only a powertrain warranty (if any warranty at all). What is a powertrain warranty and how does it differ from the bumper-to-bumper variety?
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When it comes to our cars, we certainly like to keep options open. Some consumers are loyal to a brand they like, but most of us will own a variety of different automobiles throughout our lives, because of various factors like comfort, style, cost, and the size of our family, for example.
We also want to have options when it comes to servicing our vehicles. Many people prefer to go to their dealer for service, but this can get pricy. What if you want to have your car serviced at a local auto shop that charges less?
You can definitely go this route, but you may be understandably concerned about what this could mean in terms of the warranty on your vehicle. Will going somewhere else affect your warranty? The answer is: maybe. Here's what you need to know.
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Plenty of people purchase a vehicle with no intention of making changes, or at least, if they want upgraded parts, accessories, or packages, they order them from the manufacturer as part of their initial purchase. There are some consumers, however, who want to make further modifications to personalize their vehicle.
Whether you want to soup up your engine with a turbocharger, add a lift kit or other suspension upgrades, or modify your exhaust system, you should know that certain changes could have an impact on your warranty. While cosmetic upgrades like adding neon lights to the undercarriage are unlikely to cause problems, altering the engine or suspension could be a completely different story.
How can you know if your planned modifications or the use of aftermarket parks will void your vehicle warranty? Here are a few things to consider before you make any major changes.
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It's big, it's angular, and it's fully electric. What else can we expect when mad genius Elon Musk decides to bring a Tesla truck to market? The Cybertruck, introduced in December of 2019 with an anticipated 2022 launch date, is nothing short of revolutionary in terms of truck design.
It looks a lot like a cross between a DeLorean and The Dark Knight Batmobile, which is kind of cool, but with a heavy dose of "but why?" thrown in. Still, trucks haven't seen much innovation since Ford started rolling heavy-duty pickups like the F-Series off the assembly line in 1948, so you could argue the market is overdue for an overhaul.
Will the Cybertruck herald the wave of the future or fizzle before it has a chance? Here are a few interesting features that may sway consumers, and a bit of speculation on what this EV could mean for the truck market moving forward.
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It's not uncommon for key fobs to feature purely electronic operation these days. Unfortunately, that means you'll have some trouble using your car if the battery goes out. Luckily, you should be able to replace it without too much hassle. Here are a few ways to get your defunct key fob back in working order.
DIY Battery Replacement
You might be surprised to learn that replacing the battering in your key fob isn't as difficult as it appears. While fobs are designed to look impenetrable, the truth is most include a mechanism for easy opening—after all, the battery will have to be replaced at some point.
To start, you'll need the right tools. Some fobs feature a tiny screw that must be removed to open them up. Others simply have a small slot hidden discreetly in the seam, and you can typically pop this open by leveraging a small flat-head screwdriver.