There are many reasons people decide to give a car donation to Goodwill. One of them is that the warranty for their vehicle has been voided. Here are some of the reasons your vehicle warranty could be voided:
Salvage Title: Cars receive salvage titles when the damage to the vehicle is almost equal to or greater than the value of the vehicle. You can avoid purchasing a vehicle with a salvage title by only buying certified pre-owned vehicles. If you do end up with a salvage title vehicle, you can donate it to Goodwill.
Misuse of Vehicle: Misuse of the vehicle can include several activities such as racing, off-roading or putting too much weight inside of the vehicle. If the vehicle shows signs of these and other uses deemed as “misuse” the warranty administrator can deny your warranty claims.
Environmental Damage: This type of damage would include damage from a natural disaster or other forces of nature-floods, earthquakes, etc.
Altered Odometer: Since most warranties last until the car reaches a certain mileage, an altered odometer will almost certainly void the warranty. Even though sometimes it is difficult to tell if the odometer was actually tampered with, you can count on the warranty administrator checking vehicle history report to look for any inconsistencies.
It is also possible for the warranty to be voided only for specific parts of the vehicle. These are the reasons this could happen:
- Neglect: If you skip any of the suggested maintenance of your vehicle, such as an oil change every three months, your dealership may void your warranty so it is very important to keep up on these appointments.
- Use of Improper Fluids: This would include things like using diesel gas or accidentally pouring fluids into parts where they do not belong.
- Aftermarket Parts: Putting in aftermarket marts should typically only void the warranty for those specific parts, although most dealers will try to tell you that the entire warranty is voided.
Have any of these or other instances caused your warranty to be voided? It might be time to donate your vehicle to Goodwill of Greater Washington!