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Friday, March 27, 2015

Warranties- What’s Covered and What’s Not

Warranties - they are often a key selling point when buying a car but do you really understand what is covered and what’s not?

Let’s start with the powertrain warranty. Surprisingly most people don’t know what the powertrain does and what car components that includes.  Basically, the powertrain is everything that makes your car move: the engine, transmission, the axels, differentials, drive shaft, and anything else that can be considered part of that overall mechanism.  NOTE: A drivetrain warranty is different from a powertrain warranty.  It’s basically everything mentioned in the powertrain minus the engine and transmission…a very important difference. 

Car WarrantiesThen there’s the “bumper to bumper” warranty.  This is very often part of a car purchase you buy a new vehicle usually lasting three to four years or 36,000 to 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. While this is supposed to be the catch all that covers anything and everything, maintenance and everyday wear and tear items are not included. 

The items typically not covered are items you could easily replace yourself such as car batteries, tires, brakes, rotors, light bulbs, wiper blades, belts, hoses, etc.  Only a couple of items you can’t replace aren’t usually covered such as rusted metal and the systems that control emissions.

Then there is the extended warranty.  The extended warranty usually extends the coverage of the bumper to bumper warranty.  Make sure you consult with an automotive professional you trust to provide the details regarding what your extended warranty does and doesn’t cover. This coverage usually extends your standard warranty an additional two years or for the life of most people’s car loans (5-7 years).  This can work out pretty well because most people wind up purchasing a new vehicle anywhere from 5-7 years. 

All warranties will spell out the details of what is included and what are the exceptions and exclusions. If you are unsure, ask. Since these are part of the purchase of your car, you should understand what they cover. It can save you money and peace of mind.

If you have more questions about warranties look no further than the Olympia Automall.  We have over 12 dealerships representing 21 different vendors with service departments to tend to your needs!  You’ve done your homework, now make the call!  If you are looking for new or used cars Puyallup has to offer come to the Olympia Auto Mall.

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