Secret warranty program

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A secret warranty program refers to the common practice of automobile manufacturers providing free-of-charge repairs on specific parts of vehicles which have been identified as commonly defective in a particular make and model, in the absence of warranty coverage or an official recall. As implied by the name, the availability of such repairs is typically not well-publicized. This article in Consumer Reports provides additional context. 

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]