Being able to drive yourself wherever you want, whenever you want is a great feeling. However, as all drivers know, owning a car can be expensive at times – especially if something goes wrong.
Obviously, you never know when something will go wrong with your car, with multiple factors affecting it, from other drivers to the increasingly bad weather. This is why it’s important that all drivers not only have a warranty, but have the best warranty for their car. This can usually be obtained through the manufacturer of the car, so a BMW, Volvo, Vauxhall or Mercedes warranty will be best for those specific vehicle models.
With this in mind, you’re probably still wondering about the world of car warranties. Let us break everything down for you below.
What is a Car Warranty?
Simply put, a car warranty is a promise from your car manufacturer. This is a promise that they’ll rectify any faults that may happen to your car during the warranty period. The warranty also covers parts and labour.
It’s also worth noting that the warranty often covers both the car and accessories fitted by either the factory or the dealership. However, it’s worth checking over the warranty fully before signing to understand exactly what’s covered, and the costs.
What is Covered by a Car Warranty?
As mentioned above, the car warranty tends to cover the car and the car’s accessories. These are all covered in relation to their safety, road-worthiness and reliability. However, it doesn’t cover cosmetic damage and normal wear and tear. Below we’ve outlined what they usually do and do not cover.
• Defects within the fixed period of time – usually three years/10,000km
• This changes for used cars, which are usually three months/5,000km
• They also cover independent servicing, as long as genuine parts are used
• Damage from accidents or car misuse
• Regular wear and tear (this includes items like tyres and brake pads)
• Routine service and maintenance
• Sometimes car batteries aren’t covered either – so check your warranty to make sure
Different Types of Warranty
Aside from what the warranty does and doesn’t cover, there are several types of car warranty, which all provide help in different ways. These are:
New Car Manufacturer’s Warranty
This will come with your new car and lasts for three years/10,000km – depending on what comes first. However, some now offer unlimited warranties or up to seven years. These can even be transferred to future users of the car. These warranties will then ensure that any issues will be tended to during the time frame.
New Car Statutory Warranty
This covers a car for 12 months or 20,000km – whichever comes first. In most cases, this will cover defective items, and is usually a legal requirement on cars under the luxury car tax threshold.
Used Car Statutory Warranty
This applies to cars sold at dealerships, which have less than 160,000km on the clock or are less than 10 years old. They mustn’t exceed the luxury car tax threshold either. Depending on what comes first, the warranty lasts for three months or up to 5,000km and covers safety, reliability and roadworthiness.
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