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The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and What It Means

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The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Means It’s Your Right To Use Recycled Parts

Did you know your vehicle’s warranty can’t be voided because it was repaired using recycled or aftermarket parts?

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, passed in 1975, protects consumers. The Act requires manufacturers and sellers of consumer products to provide consumers with detailed information about warranty coverage, compare coverage before buying, promote competition on the basis of warranty coverage and strengthen incentives for companies to quickly resolve warranty obligations. This extends to used or aftermarket parts.

magnuson moss warranty actThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed that The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part. The FTC states – “An ‘aftermarket’ part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer. A ‘recycled’ part is a part that was made for and installed in a new vehicle by the manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer, and later removed from the vehicle and made available for resale or reuse. Simply using an aftermarket or recycled part does not void your warranty.”

That means if your vehicle is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you can choose whatever part you want to fix it. It also means that you can take your vehicle anywhere you wish to get fixed. You’re not saddled with always taking it to a dealership. You can patronize any independent repair shop for parts and service, without voiding your new car warranty.

That’s good news for consumers because the parts a dealership uses are way more expensive than an aftermarket or recycled auto part. Used parts found on can cost 50 percent less than new. gives you the power to decide what parts are used to fix your vehicle. PartCycle has millions of parts in its inventory. You can find the part you need, compare prices and buy it direct from PartCycle’s suppliers – all in one spot. Parts can be shipped directly to your mechanic. Plus, every part comes with a 180-day warranty.

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Erin Sandage
Erin Sandage
Senior Editor at The Locator
Erin has written articles on the automotive industry since 2008 with a specific focus on automotive recycling. She also serves as Senior Editor for The Locator Magazine and Locator UpFront.
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