Warranty for used auto parts

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When you purchase a brand new car, you’re sure to receive a long-term warranty, although it may have limits on certain parts or problem. Certain used cars, like certified pre-owned vehicles, may enjoy some sort of warranty, as well. You’re also covered by what is known as a “lemon law”.

Although every state has their own lemon laws, the basic idea is that a purchasing contract becomes null and void if the vehicle is defective in some way, usually insomuch as it exhibits recurring problems.

Generally, lemon laws only apply for a limited amount of time and they often apply only to new vehicle purchases and exclude used car sales. In many cases, new auto parts also come with some kind of warranty. What about used auto parts, though?

Can you expect any type of warranty when you visit your local junk yard in New Oxford? If so, what should you look for? Here are a few things you should know before you purchase used auto parts.

Find a Seller that Offers a Warranty

It’s actually becoming more and more difficult to find junkyards that offer no warranty at all on used auto parts. The internet allows for the interstate (and even global) sale of used auto parts, leading to a significant increase in competition.

As a result, junk yards, salvage yards, recyclers, and shops that offer both new and used parts have had to start offering warranties in order to remain competitive. Still, whether you buy from an online dealer or a local business that offers cash for cars in New Oxford, it’s best to make sure you understand warranties and return policies before you buy.

Length of Warranty

Warranties tend to range from about 30-90 days for used auto parts.  However, some sellers offer as much as six months, or if you purchase extended warranties, up to a year in some cases. Again, you’ll need to ask before you buy. Warranties could vary not only by dealer, but by the type of parts you buy.


Used auto parts retailers often place restrictions on honoring warranties. For example, you may not be able to collect on a warranty if you modify parts, if they aren’t installed by a certified mechanic, if they’re installed outside the U.S., or if parts are rendered defective due to collision or misuse (such as if you use a car for racing or if a vehicle is modified to plow snow, for example). Make sure you understand all stipulations included in the warranty so that you don’t accidentally end up voiding it.