Porsche Facing New Lawsuit Over Its Warranty
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The company has faced not one, but two lawsuits. One of the lawsuits is related to the brand’s diesel emissions scandal, as Reuters recently reported.
The other involves disgruntled consumers who have filed a class-action lawsuit against Porsche due to issues with the brand’s warranty coverage and policies. Here are more details about the most recent lawsuit.
Porsche faces a class-action lawsuit in California
According to CarComplaints.com, the lawsuit involving Porsche warranty was recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit claims that California vehicle owners pay for parts and repairs that should be covered under the state's emissions regulations.
The lawsuit represents every Porsche vehicle owner who has paid for repairs and parts that should’ve been covered under the "high-priced warranted parts" 7-year 70,000-mile California emissions warranty.
What are high-priced warranted parts?
The California Code of Regulations has a section titled "Emission Control System Warranty Requirements for 1990 and Subsequent Model Year Passenger Car, Light-Trucks, and Medium-Duty Vehicles and Engines." This requires manufacturers such as Porsche to provide a list of vehicle parts to regulators that fall under the category of "high-priced warranted parts."
The lawsuit claims that Porsche has attempted to save money on warranted repairs by limiting the number of its parts covered by the emissions warranty for 7 years and 70,000 miles. According to CarComplaints.com, "This allegedly allows Porsche to limit the warranty coverage for those parts to only 4 years and 50,000 miles."
Plaintiffs allege that Porsche omits parts that should be listed as high-priced warranted parts in its warranty booklet. This lawsuit may be extended to states beyond California as well.
Familiarize yourself with the warranty before buying a car
If you're considering buying a new car, it's best to make sure you read the warranty's fine print before you sign off. This can save you from a lot of headaches later on.
Kelley Blue Book offers tips on what to watch out for when looking at car warranties. For example, warranties will not generally cover normal wear and tear. You'll still need to pay for new tires.
Warranties also won't cover abnormal use of your vehicle. If you want to take your vehicle off-road or street racing, your warranty probably won’t cover any potential damages.
It's also important to keep in mind that warranties will generally be voided at least partially if you change your car parts. After all, the original parts were designed to fit together in a certain way, and changing these can have unintended consequences.
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