Can you do your own motorcycle repair without voiding your warranty?
One of the biggest MYTHS perpetuated by automobile and motorcycle manufacturers is that you will void your warranty if you work on your own vehicle or add aftermarket parts. I am here to tell you that you can wrench on your car, do your own motorcycle repair or fix your own toaster, all without worrying about the manufacturer’s warranty.
In 1975, our government enacted the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This statute governs warranties on consumer products, including everything from toaster and vacuums to cars, trucks and our personal favorite, motorcycles. We can thank Senator Warren G Magnuson, U.S. Representative John E. Moss and Senator Frank Moss for sponsoring the Act.
I know a lot of people who have purchased brand new motorcycles and the dealership has implied that the warranty would be voided if your use different parts or if they have it serviced at an independent shop.
This is illegal!
This violates the “Tie-In Sales” provisions in the Magnuson-Moss Act that basically says that a manufacturer cannot require a consumer to buy a part or service from a specific company to be eligible for warranty repair (ie In order for your Harley Davidson to run properly you must use Harley Davidson oil and filters), They can “recommend”, but not require.
If you’re still not sure you can read Auto Warranties, Routine Maintenance, and Repairs: Is Using the Dealer a Must? on the Federal Trade Commission website.
My Harley has never seen the dealership because I do all of my own motorcycle repair. I can hear all of my riding buddies laughing at this point and saying, “That’s why all the stuff is falling off your bike.” Kiss my lily white butt, boys! I am probably the poster child for “you need to check fasteners more often”, but stuff happens. Doing Your Own Motorcycle Repair is Rewarding There are a few reasons I choose to do my own motorcycle repair like saving money and bonding with my scooter, but the biggest reason I think is the peace of mind of knowing that it was done to MY specifications. If you did the oil change yourself, you know the filter is tight, you know the drain plug is tight and you know ALL the fluids were changed. I’m not knocking the dealerships (sort of), but ask around and I’m sure you will find more than one person who has had an oil change and left the dealership, only to find their bike leaking like crazy from the drain plug or filter. The mechanics at a dealership make money by doing your service, as fast as possible, and getting on to the next one. Not the mechanics fault, it’s just the way it is.
The bottom line; Don’t be afraid to wrench on your own bike and take care of your own motorcycle repair. You’ll feel good about yourself knowing that you did it yourself and the next time you are chasing your buddies through the twisties, you won’t be wondering, if the mechanic who worked on your bike last, tightened all of the bolts on your front end!
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