What Does a Car Warranty Cover?

Purnika Anand
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A car warranty is a promise made by the car manufacturer to provide bumper-to-bumper coverage for cars that are sold first-hand from the manufacturer’s authorized dealers. This covers any defect in a brand new car’s workmanship, quality and materials. Car dealers offer warranty for up to 2, 3 or 5-year periods or up to a certain mileage under which all defects will be replaced or repaired by an authorized service center. Nominal charges may be applicable to cover parts, consumables, and labour charges. Mechanical components and electricals are also covered under the warranty.

The car owner should have performed all recommended service checks and maintenance specified by the manufacturer at the prescribed intervals at an authorized service center for the warranty to be valid. If the car owner has failed to perform the mandatory services and maintenance checks or misused/mishandled the car, it may result in the warranty being void. Most car companies also offer extended car warranties for an additional fee when you buy a new car from an authorised dealer.

Warranty Types

Basic Vehicle Warranty: This type of warranty covers the engine, automatic gearbox, powertrain, steering, braking system, air-conditioning, electrical fixtures, sensors, console displays, audio system and fuel system. Go through the warranty documents to understand the terms and conditions under which the warranty is valid and to see what specifically is covered and for how long.

Warranties also cover damage caused by rust. Some warranties also entitle you to Roadside Assistance. Warranties cover engine and powertrain repairs which can cost a lot of money otherwise to fix on your own. The car owner’s manual provides a detailed list of all the things covered under the warranty. For additional clarification, you can also call the car manufacturer to clearly understand what is covered under the warranty.

Hybrid Vehicle Warranty: Hybrid vehicles have additional components such as a bigger battery pack that costs a lot. When buying hybrid vehicles, check to see what type of warranty covers these additional components.

Electric Vehicle Warranty: Depending on the electric vehicle (EV) automaker, there could be differences in what is covered under the warranty. In addition to the normal warranty coverage, some automakers only cover an EV’s battery pack against total failure, while others will replace it if it reaches a specified reduced capacity percentage, usually 60-70%. Some companies cover the battery only for a certain number of years and mileage. A notable exception is the Hyundai Kona Electric car (2019 model onwards) where the battery coverage is unlimited for both years and mileage.

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Extended Car Warranty: This warranty is very useful for people who drive their car a lot more and for longer distances than normal. The extended warranty provides the same coverage that the basic warranty provides but for a longer duration. You can purchase the extended car warranty for an additional cost when you buy the vehicle or extend it before the basic warranty period expires.

The Benefits Of Car Warranty

1) Reduced out-of-pocket cost on unexpected repairs.

2) The warranty covers all the expensive components in the car.

3) The cost of replacing or repairing parts is covered.

4) Labour costs are covered.

5) Authentic parts will be used to repair the vehicle as it is performed at the manufacturer’s authorized service center.

6) Increased resale value as it establishes that the vehicle was maintained properly and repaired at an authorized service center.

7) Peace of mind for the duration of the warranty.

What Is Not Covered Under Warranty?

Damage caused to wear-and-tear items like brake linings, windshield wiper blades, oil discs, brake pedals, and tyres.

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What Can Void Your Car Warranty?

1) Rough or improper use.

2) Missing recommended maintenance services.

3) Not adhering to the manufacturer’s terms and conditions.

4) Accidents or damage where the owner is at fault.

5) Car modifications.

6) Use of non-manufacturer or substandard car parts.

7) Putting wrong fuel.

8) Using incorrect grade coolants.

9) Ignoring the warning light blinking on the dashboard.

10) Using the vehicle when aware of electrical or mechanical problems.

Where to Buy Your Vehicle Warranty?

You should only buy a vehicle warranty from the manufacturer or a dealer authorised by the manufacturer. Third-party car warranties are only advisable once the manufacturer’s warranty expires.

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