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Jan 30, 2024

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A Quick Guide to Fleet Warranty Management

Fleet asset warranties can be lifesavers when it comes to managing fleet maintenance costs. Let's dive into a few key aspects of fleet vehicle warranty management, like how to file a claim, what is covered under warranty, how to track policies and the role that software solutions can play in streamlining the warranty management process.

A Quick Guide to Fleet Warranty Management

Fleet asset warranties can be lifesavers when it comes to managing fleet maintenance costs, saving your fleet big on expenses in repairs and replacements. In this blog, we will dive into a few key aspects of fleet vehicle warranty management, like how to file a claim, what is covered under warranty, how to track policies and the role that software solutions can play in streamlining the warranty management process.

What is Covered Under Warranty?

Understanding what is covered under warranty is the first step in making informed decisions about vehicle maintenance and repairs. Different manufacturers and warranty plans have different coverage for components and systems. Here is a list of common warranty coverages and the parts and services they generally cover.

1. Powertrain Components

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Drive axles

2. Emissions systems

  • Catalytic converter
  • EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system
  • Oxygen sensors

3. Corrosion and rust protection

  • Coverage for rust and corrosion damage to the vehicle's body and chassis

4. Basic components

  • Fuel system components
  • Cooling system components
  • Ignition system components

5. Factory-installed audio and entertainment systems

  • Radio
  • CD/DVD player
  • Touchscreen display (if factory-installed)

6. Safety restraint systems

  • Airbags
  • Seat belts
  • Occupant classification system

7. Suspension components

  • Shocks and struts
  • Control arms

8. Brake components

  • Master cylinder
  • Brake calipers
  • Brake boosters

9. Electrical systems

  • Alternator
  • Starter motor
  • Wiring harnesses

10. Climate control systems

  • Air conditioning components
  • Heater core

11. Factory-installed accessories

  • Power windows and locks
  • Keyless entry system
  • Remote start system

12. Hybrid or electric vehicle components

  • High-voltage battery pack
  • Electric motor and related components

An important note: While these components are often covered under a new vehicle warranty, the specific terms and duration of coverage can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some parts may be covered by separate warranties depending on your coverage (e.g., a longer warranty for the powertrain). Extended warranties or service contracts may also be available to cover additional items or extend coverage beyond the standard warranty period. To get precise details about what is covered, always be sure to pay attention to the warranty documentation provided by the vehicle manufacturer.

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Filing a Claim Under Warranty

Filing a claim under warranty is a fundamental step in managing fleet issues, but it can feel a little clunky and bureaucratic. When a covered component in your fleet vehicle malfunctions or fails, you’ll want to make sure you’re following the manufacturer's procedures for filing a warranty claim to stay within your warranty’s requirement and get the service fully covered within your policy. This includes documenting the issue, gathering necessary information such as vehicle details and maintenance records, and submitting the claim through the appropriate channels.

Here’s a step by step list for filing a claim under warranty.

1. Document the issue

Identify and document the specific problem or malfunction with the vehicle and make note of any relevant symptoms, noises, or warning lights associated with the issue.

2. Refer to warranty documentation and check for eligibility

Review the warranty documentation provided by the vehicle manufacturer or warranty provider to see if there are any covered components or systems related to the reported issue. Make sure the vehicle is still within the warranty period, and verify that the reported problem is still covered under the terms of the warranty.

3. Gather necessary information

Collect key information about the vehicle, including make, model, year, and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), as well as maintenance records and documentation to show continued upkeep and adherence to service schedules.

4. Contact an authorized service center

Get with an authorized service provider or dealership affiliated with your vehicle’s OEM and ask about the specific procedures and documentation required for filing a warranty claim. Schedule an inspection or repair appointment with the authorized service center and provide them with all relevant information and documentation they need to get the job done. The service provider will then inspect and diagnose the issue.

5. Submit the claim

Adhere to the manufacturer's specification for filing a warranty claim and complete any claim forms or documentation as required by the warranty provider. Submit the completed warranty claim to the designated contact or department. Make sure to include all necessary supporting documentation, such as inspection reports, invoices, and service records.

6. Track your claim

Monitor the status of the warranty claim after submission, and be sure to follow up with the warranty provider or service center for updates on the processing and approval of the claim. Address any additional requests they may have to expedite claim approval.

7. Receive authorization and reimbursement:

Once the claim is approved, obtain authorization for the repair or replacement, and get reimbursed for covered expenses as outlined in the warranty agreement.

Tracking Warranty Policies

Effective warranty management, outside of simply filing claims, involves meticulous tracking of vehicle warranty policies to ensure timely claims and prevent any lapses in coverage. There are also a few things outside of warranty tracking you’ll need to do to maintain your claim eligibility. Here are a few best practices for managing and tracking your warranty policies.

Example of the new warranty management feature in Fleetio

Example of the new warranty management feature in Fleetio.

1. Keep your documentation organized at all times.

Make sure you always have all documentation related to the vehicle's warranty, including the warranty agreement, terms and conditions and any supplementary documents. Establishing an accessible, centralized database or physical folder can help significantly reduce any likelihood that your documentation goes missing.

2. Record everything

Document essential information, including:

  • Warranty start and end date
  • Covered components and systems
  • Exclusions or limitations
  • Contact information for the warranty provider

You’ll also want consistent vehicle maintenance and service records, with date, mileage and service details including alongside whether the service was covered under warranty or paid for out of your maintenance budget.

3. Set reminders and regularly review warranty coverage

Utilize digital tools to set reminder alerts for important warranty milestones and receive notifications for upcoming warranty expiration dates or recommended maintenance checks. When milestones come up, review your warranty coverage details to stay informed about what is included and excluded.

4. Review warranty claims history and consider extended warranty option

Keep a record of past warranty claims and their outcomes, and then use this information to identify patterns, assess the reliability of certain vehicle components, and inform future maintenance decisions. You’ll also want to see if extending warranty coverage for critical components beyond the manufacturer's standard warranty period may be cost-effective for your fleet.

The Role of Software in Warranty Management

Modern fleet management software like Fleetio can be a game changer in creating greater efficiency and transparency in fleet warranty management. Fleetio offers robust warranty tracking for fleets in combination with the rest of your fleet data, with features like:

  • Centralized warranty information,
  • Automated warranty tracking,
  • Integration with maintenance records,
  • Maintenance cost analysis,
  • Real-time vehicle health monitoring with integrated telematics,
  • Documentation and compliance,
  • and customized data reporting.

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About the Author

Peyton Panik

Peyton Panik

Content Marketing Specialist

Peyton Panik is a Content Marketing Specialist at Fleetio. When she’s not writing, she’s probably churning through a new book or watching a movie she’s already seen 15 times.

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