Vehicle Warranties: What They Don’t Cover

What is a Warranty?

A vehicle warranty is designed to help protect you against defects. New vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty included in the price. Most new cars have multiple warranties that are in effect for a specified number of miles or amount of time. The comprehensive warranty, often referred to as “bumper to bumper,” is the most extensive. It covers all auto parts to ensure that they perform as intended. Other system-specific warranties cover what their names suggest. These include coverage such as the powertrain and emissions system warranties. Regardless of your vehicle’s warranty status, count on Big Apple Automotive in Apple Valley, California (CA-18 location), for auto repair.

What Do Warranties Cover?

Warranties cover defects in components that cause them to expire prematurely. This is why the time and mileage are limited. The original manufacturer’s warranty is expected when you purchase a new car. It would help if you didn’t have to pay anything extra to receive it. If you purchase a “gently used” automobile, check the manufacturer’s policy. You may be able to transfer the original warranty. Sometimes this is free, or there could be an associated fee. Do check, however, because not all warranties are transferable. You can also purchase extended warranty coverage designed to protect consumers after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. This may be offered through the dealership or from a seemingly endless number of companies. Be careful. Not all of these extended protection plans are what they seem. Many consumer complaints exist because buyers think they’re covered, only to find out when they need to use the coverage that they are excluded through some loophole.

What Do Warranties Not Cover?

While a warranty can certainly offer much protection, it doesn’t cover everything. For example, preventive maintenance services aren’t included. You’ll need to take care of oil changes, tune-ups, and general maintenance yourself. Further, general wear and tear aren’t covered either. If it should be the approximate time/mileage for brake pad replacement, don’t expect your car warranty to pick up the tab for that repair. Some warranties remain in effect only if you have a proper maintenance record per the recommended schedule. Finally, the warranty applies only if the vehicle has been used as intended under reasonable and normal use. Otherwise, it’s void. If you attach a trailer with a heavy load to an economy car not rated for towing, don’t be surprised if the manufacturer won’t cover your prematurely spent transmission. If you need auto repair–with or without a warranty–rely on Big Apple Automotive.

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