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Today on the podcast we are talking about what impact modifying your car can have on your vehicle’s warranty. This is one of the questions that I get more than just about anything. While doing some modifications on your car may not have any affect on your warranty, others may void it all together. Also you have me in the Passat today, with multiple camera angles.

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Join me today as we discuss:

  • DISCLAIMER
  • When modifying only affects the system modified
  • When modifying has no impact on warranty.
  • When modifying has an impact on warranty
  • How a car gets marked TD1
  • Why dealer techs may not want to work on a modified car
  • Remember that you have to pay to play.
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “How Modifying Your Car Affects Your Warranty ~ Podcast Episode 87” on YouTube.

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Cover up car damage with stickers

Hey folks. Today we are back in action with Shop Shots! For Those of you that are new to the blog, let me tell you a little about Shop Shots. It started early in the blog about 2 years ago. I posted a few pictures of some fun things I seen at the shop. With some input from the early readers(love you guys) we decided to make it a weekly thing. One of the earliest readers of the blog came up with the name. Thanks for that Brett! Here we are 64 volumes later, and rocking along. Let’s do it to this.

 Cover up car damage with stickersFirst up is not the craziest thing I have ever seen. But since I am a hockey fan, I got a good laugh from it. This is the front bumper from a new Golf. I didn’t want to peel off the sticker to see what the damage looked like. Gotta love cool sticker placement, and DIY car repairs. 😉

Wood blocks on the gas pedal

This is one of the funniest things I have seen in my working career. You are looking at the pedals from a 2002 VW Cabrio. They look a little funny because they have wood blocks strapped to them. Yep, wood blocks! I remember hearing the joke about little old ladies needed to sit on phone books, or put blocks on the pedals. Never in my life did I think I would actually see it. If there is ever a “Best of Shop Shots” This picture should be on it. Big thanks to a fellow VW tech Howie for letting my use this picture.

dirty smelly carThis picture is one I took last week. You are looking at the passenger side floor of a Jetta Sportwagen. Let me point out a few things you can see in the picture.

  • pistachio shells
  • several straw wrappers
  • leaves
  • a Starbucks coffee topper
  • Lots of weird white hair
  • a Wendy’s wrapper
  • console trim that is falling off
  • And the icing on the cake A BOTTLE OF AIR SANITIZER!

As luck would have it, I had the pleasure of replacing the pollen filter in this car. The filter lives just behind the glove box. The bigger issue I have is that someone would keep their car like this, and just buy some spray to cover it up. I can tell you all that the spray didn’t help. This is one of those times I put a cover down to keep me clean.

Well, that wraps up this weeks Shop Shots! Now that the Cabby is in a good place, I can get back to a more regular posting schedule. I can also get back to the PODCAST!