Know What Your Car Warranty Covers
So, what does your warranty cover?
Basic car warranties for new cars typically cover any manufacturer defects that need repair at no cost to you. The period that your car warranty is in force depends on the make of your car and can range from three years or 36,000 miles to six years or 72,000 miles. Car manufacturers generally offer more extended periods and mileage for more expensive cars and less for lower-end vehicles, but not always.
Your new car warranty coverage is known as bumper-to-bumper, meaning that the car manufacturer will repair or replace any defective factory part between your vehicle’s front and back bumpers at no cost to you during the period of your warranty. Well, almost anything.
What your car bumper-to-bumper warranty doesn’t include is tires, normal wear and tear (like replacing oil filters, brake pads, and wiper blades), and body panels, including bumpers. Car warranties also don’t cover any auto body repairs.
What will void your warranty?
You are responsible for the maintenance of your car. For example, the manufacturer will not repair or replace your engine if you destroyed it because you neglected to replace your oil filter.
Be cautious about “pimping your ride” as well: a bling steering wheel cover is fine, but if you replace your Honda Civic engine with a Ferrari engine, your car warranty will definitely be void.
Make sure that you know what the manufacturer’s car warranty covers when you’re looking to buy a new car. Car salesmen will often use the car warranty as bait to persuade you to buy from their franchise, which is fair enough, but check it out yourself before making a decision.
If you’re questioning what your warranty covers or are involved in a collision based on something faulty with your vehicle, contact Orlando Auto Body at 480-351-1734.