If you are coming up on the final days of your car’s original manufacturer’s warranty, and you are worried about something going wrong soon afterwards, you can relax. There are ways to extend auto warranty coverage, so that your vehicle will be covered for years to come.
No matter what type of auto warranty coverage you have – either the original manufacturer’s warranty or an extended warranty – you will still need to know the details of exactly what is covered, and what is not.
The specifics of your warranty are going to vary, depending on the make and model of car you own, the year it was made, whether you bought it new or used, and a myriad of other details. But in general, there are some things that are universally covered by warranties.
Engine: This will be covered, no matter if it’s a manufacturer’s warranty or an extended warranty, but don’t assume that everything under the hood counts as an “engine” part. Things that are considered “consumables” aka items that wear out, like fan belts, are usually not covered. But should a major engine problem arise that is not due to misuse, lack of care or other negligence, the warranty will cover the costs of replacement or repair.
Transmission: This is considered part of the drive train, and again, will be covered in both situations. Don’t expect to have repairs done if the damage is caused by misuse or accidents – if you dent the tranny pan, it will be your insurance that covers the repairs, not the warranty.
Parts and Labour: This is generally covered under both plans, as it pertains to repairing or replacing other covered items. That does not include an oil change.
Front/Rear Wheel Drive and 4×4: Any damage done that was due to faulty parts here will be covered under most warranty programs.
Air conditioning: It may be a luxury addition to your new car package, but if something fails, your warranty will cover the costs of blowing cold again.
Brakes: Again, there are lots of consumables in your brake assembly. Don’t expect normal wear to be replaced on your brake pads, rotors or shoes. However, if another problem causes uneven wear, you may get replacements under your warranty program. Check the fine print.
There are plenty of other items that may be covered under your warranty, including electrical problems or shorts, any failures in the seals and gaskets, and so on. Some programs will also offer incentives and assistance for the time while your car is out of commission. This could include things like emergency transportation cost reimbursement, loaner rental costs, and any number of roadside assistance programs. Of course, the only way to know for sure what is covered under your auto warranty coverage is to read it for yourself, and make sure you understand what your responsibility is.