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What You Need to Know About Car Warranties

Car Accident Lawyer Gives Advice on Warranties

What You Need to Know About Car Warranties A few months or years later, when that new-car smell disappears and your car doesn’t really feel like before, you will definitely want to know what your car warranty really covers. Getting to know what repairs, parts, and tune-ups will be covered and for what duration of time will provide you with a clear picture of how to reduce your costs and the type of insurance covers you need to take.

Here is what you need to know about car warranties.

Auto warranty 101

A warranty is basically a legally binding promise to replace or fix any damaged parts or those parts that are naturally faulty. They don’t cover regular maintenance and breakdowns caused as a result of accidents, lack of good maintenance, collision, theft, fire, abuse, contamination of fluids, or abuse. In case of an accident, the best thing to do would be to seek the help of a skilled car accident lawyer as he or she will know better which step to take.

There are different levels of warranty coverage. This makes it important for you to understand the limits of different warranty covers before buying a car. Some of the most common types of car warranty include:

  • Bumper-to-bumper” warranty: This is the most comprehensive car warranty. It covers repairs for defects in factory-installed parts.
  • Roadside assistance: Covers tire changing and towing costs.
  • Drivetrain/ Powertrain warranty: Covers the transaxle, transmission and engine parts.
  • Rust warranty: Covers rust in sheet-metal car parts.
  • Federal emission warranty: Covers the repairs required to fix defects in the parts which would cause the car not to meet the Environmental Protection Agency Standards.

How can drivers maintain their car warranty?

Frequent/ regular car maintenance is important. Thorough car maintenance, including the checking and replacing of brake pads, belts, oils and tires, should be done regularly. The warranty will remain valid regardless of who conducts the repairs. This means you can use your own shop or mechanic, and not just the service department of your car dealer.

“Extended warranties” or service contracts

Once a warranty ends, car owners can buy extended warranties for future maintenance or repairs. Car dealers, manufacturers, and independent providers usually sell extended warranties separately from the car warranty.

Service contracts do not offer any benefits until the original warranty expires and their rates are based on the car’s life; those with less accidents and fewer miles get better deals. Even though these contracts are also known as “extended warranties,” they are not really warranties. Therefore, those drivers interested in getting a service contract ought to first find the best “extended warranties” provider to get the best services.

Still, given that warranties end and “extended warranties” are optional, it is important to get affordable insurance that provides you with sufficient coverage.


If you experience any manufacturer-related problems on your vehicle, a good warranty will cover the costs of having your car fixed. Let’s say you purchase your car today and a day later a design defect is discovered on your car, your warranty will assist you in getting the defect fixed quickly.

Do not forget to contact a car accident lawyer in case you or your loved one is injured in a car accident. Getting injured in a car accident entitles you to compensation for all damages related to the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017