Frequently Asked Questions
Understanding the intricacies of extended car warranties can be challenging. We'll address some common questions to help you navigate the car warranty landscape.
What is an extended car warranty?
An extended car warranty, often referred to as a vehicle service contract, offers additional coverage beyond a vehicle's original manufacturer's warranty. It's designed to cover repair costs for certain parts or systems after the original warranty expires.
Are extended warranties just for new cars?
No, extended warranties can also be purchased for used cars. However, the age and mileage of the vehicle can affect eligibility and pricing.
How is an extended car warranty different from auto insurance?
An extended car warranty covers repairs or replacements of certain parts or systems due to defects or malfunctions, while auto insurance covers damage from accidents, theft, or certain natural occurrences, depending on the policy. Simply put, warranties cover the vehicle's inherent issues, whereas insurance protects against external events and damages. Both offer financial protection, but for different scenarios.
What is typically covered?
Coverage varies by provider. While some offer comprehensive "bumper-to-bumper" protection, others might only cover major systems like the powertrain. Always read the agreement to understand inclusions and exclusions. Look for a provider that offers multiple plans so you can select the best option to suit your needs and budget.
Can I transfer my extended warranty if I sell my car?
Many extended warranties are transferable, but this varies by provider. A transferable warranty can increase your vehicle's resale value.
Will I have to pay a deductible for repairs?
Many extended warranties have deductibles, but the amount and structure vary. Some might charge per visit, while others charge per repair.
Where can I have repairs done with my extended warranty?
This depends on the warranty. Some require repairs at specific dealerships or service centers, while others offer flexibility with any licensed mechanic.