What is a new car warranty?

What is a new car warranty?
If you have just bought, or are looking to get a new vehicle, then you may want to get a car warranty. But what are they? And what are the benefits.

When you get yourself a new set of wheels, there are many things to consider – insurance, breakdown cover, and places where you can travel.

But ensuring that your vehicle is covered for any issues with your new vehicle is vitally important.

This guide looks at all you’ll need to know about new car warranty.

Car warranty

New car warranties typically cover repairs and defects for a specific period or mileage, often three years or over 30,000 miles.

Although this will vary depending on the make and model, it is useful for drivers to cover themselves from any issues that come with a new car.

All drivers who have a new car warranty should immediately review the terms and conditions provided by the carmaker.

For all new policies, part of the agreement is to carry out regular maintenance, to ensure the validity of the warranty.

Not doing this will void the contract.

How long does a warranty on new cars last?

New car warranties commonly include coverage for the engine, transmission, and other major components of the vehicle – and last for two to three years, and/or up to 30,000 miles.

This will cover you from the moment you take the car from the dealership, or it has been delivered to your home.

There are many different types of agreements with different timeframes, so check the contract as soon as possible.

Some warranties also offer roadside assistance and problems that have been caused by manufacturing defects.

However, if this isn’t the case, check out breakdown cover and make use of your local garage or mobile mechanic.

It is important to keep in mind that warranties may not cover regular wear and tear or damage from accidents.

What does a car warranty cover?

Although this can depend on the manufacturer – and a variety of other factors – a new car warranty will normally cover issues with materials, hardware, software, and the workmanship of the vehicle for a specified time and mileage.

A new car warranty will likely cover the engine, internal fixtures, and other major electrical systems.

In some cases, some warranties may extend coverage to specific or specialist parts.

There may be some instances of corrosion protection, tyre coverage and windows.

It is vital that anyone who has a new car warranty for their vehicle, check the small print to see what is and isn’t included in the agreement.

What exclusions are in place?

When you sign your new car warranty agreement, there will be a few important things that are not included.

These include regular wear and tear. Owning a vehicle will mean you may get a few scratches or dirt trapped inside and this is the most common exclusion in any agreement.

It will also not feature anything to do with regular maintenance and servicing. This includes items such as oil and other fluids.

Your wiper blades and arms will also not likely be covered.

Drivers will also void any warranty if they carry out modifications, or are at fault for a collision that causes damage to the vehicle.

What other car warranties are available?

A new car warranty isn’t the only option available when it comes to warranties for vehicle owners.

Through your time as a driver, you could also look to take out a dealer warranty, third party warranty, extended warranty, or a used car warranty.

If you have any questions about new car warranties, leave them in the comments section below.

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*Based on RAC Renewal warranty report 2022 average claims cost.