Manufacturer Warranty

What is covered by the manufacturer warranty
of a vehicle?

What is covered by the manufacturer warranty of a vehicle?

Each car is going to be unique to what is covered by the manufacturers warranty, so you'll want to talk your car dealership about the details of the warranty. However, a basic warranty will generally give you plenty of coverage to protect your wallet in the instance something does malfunction.

The bumper-to-bumper warranties, which are just your basic manufacturer warranty, will generally last about three years or up to around 40,000 miles (depending on the make and model). Your new car salesperson will give you the options for extending the warranty.

What's covered?

For most basic warranties, you'll have the powertrain coverage. The powertrain is considered by the "go parts" or main components of the car. The engine, drivetrain, and transmission are all part of the powertrain. Many people choose to get an extended warranty on the powertrain because it is such an important part of keeping the car dependable, and repairs can get expensive depending on the issue. If the powertrain is not included in your basic warranty, consider getting a separate warranty to cover it.

Your drive systems that are part of the powertrain are included in the basic warranty. This will give you protection for the axles shafts, propeller shafts, universal joints, bearings, and all internal lubricated parts. You'll also have protection against rust, even though with newer cars, you often won't have to worry about this.

In some cases, the tires will be covered by the warranty, as well as roadside assistance or towing to your local car dealership. Many manufacturers will also offer you a roadside assistance option if it is not included in the warranty. Other parts that are included are often the audio system, the air conditioning and heating elements, and electrical pieces.

What isn't covered?

If there is something that you hope to be covered in your warranty, ask your car dealer when you buy a new car if it's covered. If it isn't, discuss your options for additional coverage for that component. Read your car manual and warranty carefully to understand exactly what can and can't be applied, so you don't get shocked when you have to pay for a repair you thought was in the warranty.

Are used cars covered?

Often, when we think of manufacturer warranties, we think of new cars. However, your local car dealer will let you know if a used car still has a warranty. If the used car is only a few years old, you might have a few years left on the manufacturer's promise. Sometimes the car dealership will have a guarantee they can offer you if the manufacturer warranty has expired by the time you buy the used car.

Because car repairs can get expensive, having extra protection is a smart and proactive way to keep costs low in the future. Take the time to review all of the information and ask your car dealer any questions that you have. A car is a big investment, and while it's fun shopping for a new vehicle, you should also take it seriously and do your research.

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