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Subaru OEM parts warranty service FAQ

Do Aftermarket Parts Invalidate my Subaru Warranty? Maintenance Questions Answered in Redwood City

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Authorized Subaru service centers like Carlsen Subaru will tend to use OEM parts to make all repairs. However, OEM parts are not required by the terms of your Subaru warranty. OEM parts - OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer - come to us directly from the Subaru factory. Indeed they're the very same parts used to assemble the car originally! To ensure maximum compatibility and quality, we always recommend using OEM parts wherever possible. However, aftermarket parts made by third parties can safely be used without invalidating your warranty.

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In order to maintain your warranty, all warranty services must be carried out by an authorized Subaru dealer. In some cases, aftermarket parts, fluids and filters that are functionally identical to OEM components can be used. Authorized Subaru dealers can install aftermarket or OEM parts on your vehicle and your warranty will not be affected. Consult with a Subaru dealership technician about any warranty, parts or service questions you may have.

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What Actions Can Invalidate my Subaru Warranty?

To maintain your Subaru warranty, you'll need to have all regular and preventative maintenance performed on time, according to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule in your owner's manual. If you do that, Subaru takes care of the rest!

If you Subaru is under warranty, Subaru will pay the cost of any repairs needed on any system covered by the warranty. However, damage sustained by abuse or misuse of your vehicle may not be covered. Aftermarket accessories like body kits and spoilers won't be covered by the warranty. And, if any work not carried out by a Subaru dealer is found to have caused damage, that damage may not be covered by the warranty.

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These restrictions help Subaru ensure that any warranty repairs are due to original defects, and not damage sustained by poor maintenance habits or reckless driving. Most Subaru dealerships also offer a regular maintenance package which can be added to a new car purchase. You can pay for all your regular, preventive maintenance up-front, then your warranty covers any additional, unforeseen costs. Perhaps this is why Subaru has been named the lowest cost to own brand by Kelley Blue Book for the past four years!

Carlsen Subaru is proud to serve the Bay Area as your authorized Subaru dealer for all warranty service and repairs.

Carlsen Subaru

480 Veterans Blvd
Directions Redwood City, CA 94063

  • Sales: 650-365-6390
  • Service : 650-365-6390
  • Parts: 650-365-6390
  1. Carlsen Subaru

    480 Veterans Blvd
    Redwood City, CA 94063

    • Sales: (888) 520-5916

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