Understand the conditions of your warranty
new and many used vehicles arrive with a warranty covering unexpected
repairs. Be sure to understand the duration and covered components of
the warranty. A typical warranty might be written "48/50,000" meaning
that coverage lasts either 48 months from the initial purchase or until
the vehicle has 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Why are multiple warranty periods listed?
on what is being repaired, the length of a factory warranty varies.
Often a comprehensive "bumper-to-bumper" warranty covers everything
outside of schedule maintenance. This is generally the shortest
warranty period. A usually longer powertrain warranty covers engine and
transmission defects. Anti-corrosion protection often lasts even
longer. Finally, some manufacturers offer roadside assistance for a
Are used vehicles still covered under factory warranty?
are often transferable, meaning that a vehicle inside its mileage and
duration caps will maintain its factory warranty.
How does one maintain the warranty?
performing required service at the proper intervals and responding if
something clearly goes wrong. Your owner's manual explicitly lists
service intervals, although cars are often equipped with "check engine"
dashboard lights that signal needed maintenance.
What is the driver's job?
just need to take the vehicle in for service when the time arrives.
Factory-authorized technicians must perform service and any other
outside maintenance can potentially void a warranty.
Will a warranty pay for all expenses?
warranties cover the parts and labor costs involved in fixing
unexpected repairs but place the burden of expected maintenance on the
customer. Certain repairs may be covered by some manufacturers and not