How Long is Your Auto Warranty Good For?
Posted on October 11, 2017 by Jeff Greenwald

Congratulations! You just got the keys to your new set of wheels from the dealer.  Now it's time to think about future repairs and protection.

You're probably too busy taking in that new car smell to think about any maintenance or repair issues that may occur down the road. Yet, before you drive away, it's important to double-check the terms of your auto warranty.

Not sure what yours entails?

Today, we're helping customers find the coverage answers you need, so you'll never have to second-guess whether you're covered for repairs.

Auto Warranty Basics: What to Expect

In a nutshell, a car warranty covers your vehicle should it need repairs, tune-ups, parts replacement, or similar services. These plans typically last a certain amount of time. They may also last until your vehicle reaches a certain mileage.

Warranties come in handy when your vehicle's parts naturally break down, or if they are discovered to be defective.

Keep in mind that these plans aren't typically designed to cover routine maintenance services. Nor are they meant to cover vehicular damage caused by external forces (think collisions, nature events, theft, abuse, etc.)

Before you leave the dealership, it's helpful to learn the full extent of what is and is not covered by your warranty service.

This can help save you money, time, and sanity in the future. Not sure the right question

s to ask your dealer? The Federal Trade Commission put together a helpful list to get you started.

Warranty Types: Navigating the Options

Unfortunately, it's often not quite as easy as signing up warranty support and walking away. Rather, your dealership will likely offer you a few coverage options. Let's go over the basics of each.


This is standard new car auto warranty service. It is technically known as exclusionary coverage, but widely called bumper to bumper coverage or full coverage.

It covers almost every part of your vehicle, sans regular maintenance and upkeep.

Most manufacturers guarantee coverage for at least three years, or up to 36,000 miles. However, some offer different terms. 


Powertrain warranties are designed to cover and repair specific parts of your engine and transmission. They usually last a little longer than bumper-to-bumper plans.

Roadside Assistance

This service is typically offered within the timeframe of your standard auto warranty. It covers any costs you incur for towing or tire changes during breakdowns.

Other Warranties

In addition to the three types of coverage detailed above, your manufacturer or dealership may also offer other warranties. These can cover defects with your vehicle's seat belt, catalytic converter, sheet metal parts, and more.

The terms of these warranties are not always equal to your standard warranty. So, always double-check before you sign.

Extended Warranties/Service Contracts

These are optional plans offered by your dealership, vehicle manufacturer, or an independent, third-party provider.

They cover specific parts of your vehicle after your standard warranty runs out. Your specific rate and timeline will depend on your vehicle's condition and age. Securing an extended warranty from a reputable and reliable company can help ensure the plan you're provided is legitimate.

Want to Win the Warranty Game? Start Here

Figuring out your warranty shouldn't require a dictionary to get through. 

We offer extended vehicle warranty support that's straightforward, honest, and simple to understand.

Find your plan today. Wherever your journey takes you, we've got you covered.

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