Understanding your car warranty

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You have heard about the concept of a car warranty and that it is something that gets activated when you purchase a new car, but what exactly does it mean? The warranty covers certain repairs, within a certain period, and there are other basic services that is included such as roadside assistance. Make sure that you read the fine print carefully to understand your car’s specific warranty.

Basic warranty coverage terms

There are four main types of manufacturer warranties. Most cars will be covered under at least the first two types. Some coverage contains elements of each types to create a combined warranty. 

Each manufacturer has a specific type of warranty offered with a new purchase. The basic terms are usually specified as lasting for three years or 36 000 miles (50 000km). This means that the warranty will run out when one of the terms are reached. So if you drive around a lot and you reach the mileage before the time period ends, the warranty will expire. If you don’t drive around a lot, the warranty will expire when the time period is up.

Click4Warranty says factory warranties usually require scheduled car maintenance at regular intervals. Not adhering to the maintenance criteria will void the warranty. The services will be scheduled according to the vehicle mileage, usually scheduled for every 5000km. The first service might be sooner, make sure you ask the dealership to explain the service terms and conditions to you.

1. Basic. 

The wording “bumper-to-bumper coverage” can be a little bit misleading. These sounds like it should cover every inch of your car and that any little fault that arises will be covered within the warranty period. Although this type of warranty usually covers most parts and repairs, accessories or added options are excluded. Also, regular maintenance items, such as air and oil filters, are usually not covered. 

Ask the dealer to provide you with the exclusions list so that you can familiarize yourself with what to expect from your warranty and to plan for other repairs.

2. Powertrain. 

This warranty involves everything that makes the car run, typically covering the engine, transmission, driveshaft and axles.

3. Corrosion and rust. 

This type of warranty usually only applies should the rust go through unto the metal. Surface rust or corrosion won’t be covered.

4. Roadside service. 

Some warranty packages include aspects of this coverage. Services such as free towing and tire changes with your spare and jump starts can be included. 

Sometimes gas delivery if you run out of fuel is also covered and help with lock outs. 

A very extensive warranty will also cover rental car reimbursement after a major car breakdown.

Your local dealership will be able to verify the details of your warranty to let you know what will and what will not be covered. An extended warranty is also something to consider, but make sure that you understand all the terms and conditions before committing to it.

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