If you like lift kids but are worried that putting one on your car will make your warranty void, you should think twice before getting one. So, do lift kits make your warranty not valid?
Most of the time, installing a lift kit won’t void the warranty on your car, as long as you didn’t damage the car or cut its frame. But your vehicle’s warranty may have other rules that need to be checked as well.
Read on to find out what you can do to make sure that the lift kit you want to install won’t void your warranty and cause other problems.
Additional Lift Kit Warranty Considerations
Lift kits are parts that you can buy separately and put on your car to make it taller than it was before. This is usually done to make it easier to go off-road because it lets the tyres get bigger.
When going off-road, bigger tyres are often better because they can go over bigger rocks or gravel without stopping or slowing down. This is one of the main reasons, along with looks, why people put lift kits on their trucks.
But if you do this, will the warranty that came with the truck when you bought it be voided? Well, that depends on your warranty, which could be different from one truck to the next.
So, the first thing you need to do is read your warranty. Most warranties won’t be void unless the dealer can prove that the aftermarket parts you put on the truck caused damage or other problems with the original parts.
This means that you should be able to add your lift kit as long as you don’t have to take any truck parts off or change them. You should also check to see if you have to cut the frame to install the kit.
But it should be said that the installation has to be done right so that the car doesn’t get hurt. If you want to do the installation yourself, you should only do so if you have done it before.
If you have never done an installation like this before, you might want to think twice about doing it yourself. Ask a friend who has done this before for help, or get estimates from a few auto shops.
This is because if the lift kit is installed wrong and the car gets damaged as a result, the warranty may not cover it.
But some warranties won’t be cancelled even if there’s a little bit of damage, as long as it doesn’t hurt the car’s important parts. So, now that you know this, you should be able to put an aftermarket lift kit on your car without voiding the warranty.
Do Lift Kits Hurt Your Vehicle?
If everything is done right, having a lift kit put on your car shouldn’t hurt your car. But if you don’t do things right, you could hurt your car.
This can happen because the height of the car is different before and after installing the lift kit. Due to its new height, things that aren’t put together right put more stress on the frame and other parts.
So, you need to make sure your car is ready for the kit and that the height, which can be too much for a smaller car, won’t cause any problems.
What to Think About Before Installing a Lift Kit
If you don’t plan ahead, adding a lift kit to a vehicle can cause problems. Often, this means that you need to make some changes to the vehicle before you can install the lift kit.
Before you buy and install a lift kit, there are a few things you should think about. Here is a list of things you should think about before making the switch.
1. Height of the Kit
Some warranties won’t cover major changes in the height of your car if you use a lift kit. However, some will cover small changes. If you go over the maximum height allowed by your warranty, you could risk having it cancelled.
Many warranties stop at the two-inch mark, but the exact number will vary from warranty to warranty. So, before you jump in with both feet, check your vehicle’s warranty to see if there is a height limit. This will help you choose the best height option that won’t cause any problems.
2. Getting New Wheels and Tires
You might think that a lift kit just makes your car taller, but it does a lot more than that, and you usually have to change your wheels and tyres as well.
Not only will you have to pay someone to do this to install your kit, but it will also cost a lot!
New tyres aren’t cheap, and if you have to pay for them on top of the lift kit you already bought, it could really hurt your savings. The cost could be several hundred dollars at once, so you should think about that before you start buying things.
3. Gas Usage
Most of the time, getting a truck makes your gas mileage worse on the road. When you add a lift kit to your truck, it makes it even less fuel efficient.
Adding a lift kit to a truck is not the best idea if you want it to get good gas mileage. But if you like to go off-roading a lot, it could help your ride a lot when you are on rougher terrain.
So, think about how much gas you use and how much you are willing to spend on gas before you add a lift kit, which will add a good chunk of money to your vehicle costs.
4. Rough Ride
Putting a lift kit on your car will also make the ride much rougher. When the road is rough, this might seem like a big change.
But even on smooth, paved roads, the ride will not be as smooth as it used to be. If this is a problem for you, it might make you not want to get one.
But if you usually drive on rough roads, whether for work or for fun, you might not care as much about how smooth the ride is because you can easily drive on rough roads.
So, before getting a new lift kit, you should think about what you are willing to deal with.
5. Total Cost of Lift Kit and Changes
There are some things you can add to your car that don’t cost too much, but a lift kit is not always one of them.
To make this change, you will have to pay a lot of money. The lift itself, the new wheels and tyres, and the extra gas will all add up.
If you are trying to stick to a tight budget, you might think you can just buy the lift kit and put it in yourself. However, this is a job that should be done by a professional. So, the price also includes the cost of hiring someone to put the lift kit on.
Final words on lift kits and warranties
This article spent a lot of time telling you how a lift kit could be a problem for you, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting one. If you want one and can pay for it, there’s no reason not to get one.
But we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best choice for your vehicle and your budget. This means that you should weigh all of the pros and cons before deciding to buy a lift kit and spend your money on it.
So, a lift kit probably won’t affect your warranty, unless there are certain reasons. If you check your warranty and make sure there are no height limits on lift kits, you won’t have to think about the vehicle at all.
If your warranty doesn’t say anything about it specifically, you won’t have a problem unless the installation is done wrong and hurts another part of the car.
But if you think about what was said in this article and make the right changes before having the lift kit installed, you won’t have any problems with it being there.
Also, if a dealership tells you that you can’t get a lift kit, they will probably need something in writing to stop you from getting it or having the warranty cover any damage. So, make sure the job is done right, and your lift kit won’t make your warranty invalid.