Car Warranty FAQs
What is a car warranty?
A car warranty is designed to protect the owner of a car from unexpected expenses following mechanical problems with their vehicle. It will help cover the cost of car repairs or replacements parts.
New cars come with warranties from the manufacture. Owners of used cars or those that are no longer covered by manufacturer warranty will need to buy a car warranties themselves if they want to.
How much does car warranty cost?
Car warranty costs are dependent on your car, the kind of plan you require, and the provider from which you purchase it. The make and model of your car will be one of the biggest factors in determining the price you pay.
Warranties for cars that require more expensive parts and older cars more susceptible to damage tend to cost more. Cars that have a lot of mileage on the clock will likely require a more comprehensive plan as well. Many of the cheapest car warranties will only cover cars up to a certain age, often 10-12 years.
How long do warranty plans last for?
Warranty plans will usually cover your vehicle for between one and five years, depending on the individual plan you choose. Most plans will also include a mileage limit, typically of around 120,000 miles.
What does a car warranty plan cover?
Car warranty plans commonly cover problems with the following car parts:
- Brake parts
- Air conditioning
The features included depend on which car warranty you take out and what you agree with your provider. Shop around and compare car warranty plans to find one that offers the best price and covers the features most suitable for you and your car.
What does a car warranty not include?
Here are some of the features that are less commonly included on standard warranty plans:
- Oil leaks
- Wear and tear
- Tyres and wheels
- Damage to the car’s exterior paint work
- Audio systems
If you require coverage for any of these features, it may be necessary for you to select a more premium plan or purchase optional extras.
What happens if I sell my car?
Many car warranty providers will allow you to transfer the warranty to the new owner, although you may incur an administration charge in doing so. Check with individual providers for full details.