Your car is a big investment. You spent a lot of money on it, and you possibly are continuing to make payments on it. Because of that, you want to make sure that you are taking as much care of your car as possible. Part of that can include getting an extended warranty. If you get an extended warranty, there are things that you might have to do in order to keep that warranty valid. If you don't do those things, then you may have wasted the money that you paid for that extended warranty. So, what are some of the things that you might have to do if you have an extended warranty?

Use a Specified Mechanic

One of the things that you might have to do is to have your car taken to a specific mechanic shop in order to get your car worked on. The shop you have to go to may also be a chain of repair shops with a lot of locations across the country that the warranty company has chosen to contract with. One reason that the warranty company requires you to work with that particular mechanic is that the mechanic and the company have a contract that will say that the mechanic will do the service work at a discounted price for the warranty company. They can do that because the mechanic is going to be able to get a lot of work from the warranty company. 

Routine Maintenance

The warranty company may also require that you keep up to date on all routine maintenance. That would include things like oil changes, brake checks, and balancing and aligning your tires. The reason to do these routine maintenance tasks is that they are going to make your car last longer. Routine maintenance can also catch any problems before they turn into serious issues. Fixing any smaller problems is going to cost everyone less money than waiting until the problem becomes serious. For example, a routine oil change may catch the fact that you have an oil leak that is relatively easy to fix, but if you didn't know that it was there, you could end up blowing your engine, which takes a lot of time and money to repair. 

If you get an extended warranty for your car, make sure that you check out all the requirements of the warranty before you put in your final signature. Look for local mechanics for extended warranty cars for more information.