Many people will tell you that one of the reasons they purchase a new car is because of the warranties that come with it. Having a warranty gives you peace of mind with your car. I mean, you made a financial investment, you’ll want to make sure if something breaks, it’s covered.
What does the warranty cover?
The amount of time your car is covered varies based on the maker of the car. But what they cover is pretty universal.
The bumper-to-bumper warranty (also known as the “basic warranty”) covers repairs to everything on the vehicle except anything that wears. This includes tires, brake pads, and windshield wipers. The warranty doesn’t pay for regular maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotation.
The powertrain warranty covers the cost of repairs to everything that makes the car move: the engine, transmission, and suspension. Sometimes, depending on the maker of the car, the powertrain warranty will last longer than the bumper-to-bumper warranty. That’s because it makes everything move. They want to cover that longer.
If you are more concerned with your warranty, it might be one of the first things you check before choosing your new car. Some companies offer a 3 year, 36,000-mile warranty while others may have a 10-year 100,000-mile warranty. It all depends on the make.
If anything happens to your car, check with the dealership about getting it fixed. Because it is covered, they can handle it for you. Give them a call to get everything set up and they will handle everything for you. They already have the information for your car since they sold it to you. Plus, they know if there is a recall on your car before you get anything in the mail.
So, research your warranty and be prepared when you buy your new car.