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post #1 of 3 Old 05-27-2012, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Newb to New Cars, how much can I do myself without breaking my warranty?

Just bought a 2012 Patriot for my DD, my first brand-new vehicle. I've never before owned a vehicle with any sort of warranty.

I want to install a hitch receiver, mostly for carrying a cargo basket that I pretty much need for my job, but also for occasionally towing a 4-wheeler. The dealership quoted me $685 parts & labor + tax to do the job, which seems rather excessive to me.

I also want to install tow hooks in the front - dealership quoted $415. I'm pretty sure the lower fascia needs to be replaced or modified to install the hooks, but I'm told it can be bought for under $100, and the hooks themselves can be found for about the same price.

I'd prefer to do the work myself, but I'm concerned about the effect it will have on the warranty. Any insight?


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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2012, 08:24 PM
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It will only affect any part of the warranty that they can prove the failure was caused by your modification. I would imagine if tou use approved jeep or mopar parts it wouldnt affect it at all. For a hitch and tow hooks, I would imagine a dealer could argue a transmission or suspension failure was caused by it, but technically they need to prove it. On the same note, that may require going to court before they finally give in or don't fight it. Meanwhile they may decline you. Now if it's an alternator or cd player or something, obviously a hitch didnt cause that so warranty would still apply.

I'm planning on modifying my stereo but Im concerned about warranty as well.
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It will only affect any part of the warranty that they can prove the failure was caused by your modification. I would imagine if tou use approved jeep or mopar parts it wouldnt affect it at all. For a hitch and tow hooks, I would imagine a dealer could argue a transmission or suspension failure was caused by it, but technically they need to prove it. On the same note, that may require going to court before they finally give in or don't fight it. Meanwhile they may decline you. Now if it's an alternator or cd player or something, obviously a hitch didnt cause that so warranty would still apply.

I'm planning on modifying my stereo but Im concerned about warranty as well.
That's pretty much what I expected. I don't think there is a Mopar 2" receiver for the Patriot, so the expensive one the dealer would install isn't really what I want anyway, and I'll end up with a no-drill Curt or Reese receiver. I've got a few 2" accessories I'd like to be able to use without adapters.

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