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The other unwritten thing that the dealer's fee is buying is the receipt that show the 30K maintenance was done... if something major goes wrong way down the line, the guy denying the warranty will point right at it (and other milestones) and claim that's where the owner failed to live up to her end of the deal.

Get that receipt and hang onto it.



Although they may wish it were otherwise, a dealership cannot legally deny you warrnaty service because you didn't pay them to do the scheduled maintenance. As long as you have dated receipts showing that the necessary parts (oil, filters, etc.) were obtained, as well as a reasonably explanation of performing the work yourself (or by a different mechanic), there's nothing they can do to deny your warranty. If you have any problems, take it up directly with the manufacturer.
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