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When making your new-car purchase decision, don’t forget to factor in the warranty of the vehicle and other after-sale support, such as free maintenance or roadside assistance.
Manufacturers typically provide several different warranties:
BASIC WARRANTY– covers most parts of the vehicle. Often referred to as “Bumper to Bumper” However, certain items, such as high-wear parts and audio systems, are either excluded or have separate coverage periods. As an extra sales incentive, some companies throw in free maintenance during the basic warranty period. This might include free oil changes and tire rotations. Most basic warranties are 3-year/36,000 or 4-year/48,000.
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY– The engine, transmission, and related components are covered by this warranty. It is often for a longer period than the basic warranty. Most manufactures offer 5 Year/60,000 miles or 10 year 100,000 powertrain warranty.
RUST WARRANTY Also called a corrosion or anti-perforation warranty, it covers damage from rust and corrosion. This warranty can extend from 3 to 12 years, with mileage specifications from 50,000 miles to an unlimited number of miles.
ROADSIDE Assistance– Offered by most manufacturers, roadside aid provides emergency service during the basic warranty period. “Limited” roadside aid allows for service only due to the failure of items still covered under warranty. Some offer roadside assistance for up to 100,000 miles. If you run out of gas, get a flat tire, or a dead battery. Some gm brands offer roadside after 100,000 miles if you have Onstar. So you can cancel your AAA roadside.
- A great aticle about and explains auto warranties by cars.com
- Read the Federal Trade commission take on Warranties. FTC warranty article
- Read more about the difference from a service contract and an extended warranty. FTC article about service contracts and warranties