Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the “bumper-to-bumper warranty,” is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn’t actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle’s bumpers are considered body panels and so aren’t covered. The basic warranty is just one kind of coverage that comes standard on a new car. Here’s an overview of new-car warranties and seven things you might not know about them: WARRANTY BASICS A new car comes with a basic or limited warranty, which covers everything except body panels, drivetrain components and wear-and-tear items such as brake pads, oil filters and wiper blades. It also comes with a drivetrain warranty, which covers most of the parts that make the car move, such as the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft. Most carmakers provide roadside assistance. Some also offer free maintenance for a … [Read more...] about Edmunds: 7 things you may not know about new car warranties
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Not sure if you’ve noticed, but grey market cars have been increasing in numbers lately. It used to be just the Harriers, Muranos, Caldinas, Estimas and Alphards, but grey importers are now using a big chunk of their APs on European premium makes. Audis, Porsches and BMWs from UK now line up alongside the still popular Toyota MPVs in car lots. As can be seen on our sister site oto.my, some of these recond cars are very attractively priced. Nearly new and with a low mileage, they seem like perfect deals waiting for us to empty our bank accounts. Take this Audi A5 2.0 TFSI for instance. It’s a UK spec 2009 model advertised for RM197,888. Official Audi importer Euromobil sells the A5 2.0 for RM400k. So there’s no new car smell, but one can buy two recond A5s for the price of a new one! Attractive as they may be, there are concerns. The car may look good, but what if something goes wrong? Since it is not an official import, where do I go if the car has issues? No … [Read more...] about Grey import car maintenance – international car warranty, adoption packages, insurance warranty?
The dealer may have told you that changing or upgrading anything from outside on the car will void the manufacturer’s warranty. However, that is not the case. Warranty can and cannot be void for several reasons. As long as the OEM parts remain intact and untouched, the warranty cannot be void. We give you a complete guide on the modifications that do not void manufacturer’s warranty. 1. Seats 2. Music System 3. Lights 4. Tyres 5. Air Filters 6. Tuning Boxes It is best to avoid any major upgrades on the car till the warranty period runs out. You should avoid the extended warranty scheme, if you have plans to make a major overhaul on the car that may take change the OEM components. However, do not see this as the only solution, but be aware of all the components covered in the warranty period. Your dealer may try to intimidate you by giving a flat no, but smooth talk him into complying with your terms and any slight upgrades should not be an issue during the … [Read more...] about Modifications That Do Not Void Manufacturer’s Warranty
We've all heard the horror stories. Your buddy knows a girl that was dating a guy whose best friend's brother once broke his brand-new, recently purchased performance car while making runs at a drag strip or laps at a track day, and the manufacturer wouldn't cover the repair under warranty.True story? Urban legend? Complete crap? Yes, no, maybe. One thing's for sure: Automotive warranties have always come with caveats.In 1908, an ad in the Trenton Evening Times clearly stated: "All Ford Cars Guaranteed for One Year." Although it changed over time, by 1925 the Ford New Car Guarantee only covered 90 days on material and 30 days on labor, and it clearly stated that that there was "No guarantee whatever on Fan Belts, Glass, Bulbs, Wiring, Transmission, Bands, Hose Connections, Commutator Shells, Rollers, Spark Plugs or Gaskets."Whether or not Ol' Henry would pay to fix your Model T if you broke it shaving a tenth off your lap time at the local board track seems to be lost to history. We're … [Read more...] about Is your new-car warranty good at the race track?
Buying a used car is still considered to be a gamble for a lot of buyers. The sole reason behind this is the lack of assurance and responsibility taken from the sellers end. One might find a fancy looking car which looks good on the outside as well on the inside, but the moment you purchase it and drive for a couple of months or may be less, it might show you its troubled face with more than often visits to the garage. And to make matters worse, you don’t have any official authority to challenge the car seller once you have made the purchase. All you are left with is a verbal assurance from the seller that is as good as assuring that you just purchased moon, and you also know how true it can be! At max, what most of us would do is to check the used car by ourselves in various possible ways, but we would still not be sure if the car that we just bought is a trouble free car or not. The other possible way is to reach out to a car mechanic, who obviously knows more than you, … [Read more...] about Explained: Used Car Certification and Warranty
Ferrari announces yet another first for an automotive manufacturer: extended warranty cover that offers peace of mind for owners of Ferraris up to the 12th year of the vehicle’s life*.The warranty scheme is divided into two programmes:Extension of Manufacturer’s Warranty. Ferrari now offers the possibility of extending the all-inclusive factory-backed warranty by up to one year for a total of five years of coverNew Power Warranty. Ferrari has extended the existing level of factory-backed cover up until the 12th year from first registration. Not only is the scheme the most flexible of its kind, but it is also the most complete.Renewable annually, the New Power Warranty can, subsequent to technical verifications, be applied to cars that have not been covered by previous warranty extensions provided by Ferrari.Special conditions are also available for clients renewing the New Power warranty:a 15 per cent renewal incentive year-on-yearan additional 15 per cent incentive … [Read more...] about Ferrari to offer warranty for 12 years
A certified pre-owned car with a warranty provided by the manufacturer is the safest bet in the used-car world. But if you’re not buying a CPO car from a franchise dealer, can you still get a warranty? Yes, but buying one can be tricky. The fact is, we all hope to find a company that will warranty a used car with 150,000 miles on it, sight unseen. But such companies don’t exist because there’s no way they can, as an example, buy everyone a new engine and transmission and still stay in business. So let’s look at the realistic options:Some dealer groups and used-car chains offer their own CPO warranty programs, but coverage is usually minimal. CarMax, which has more than 100 locations across the country, certifies its own cars, and everything it sells has a “limited 30-day warranty,” which is actually 60 days in Connecticut and 90 in Massachusetts due to local laws. CarMax also offers “MaxCare,” an extended service plan that expands the … [Read more...] about Buying Peace of Mind: How to Buy a Used-Car Warranty
An old name returned to Motor City Wednesday evening, riding in on what we believe to be a re-purposed Lotus Elise chassis. Under the moniker SP:01, the first vehicle offered by the newly re-christened Detroit Electric Company was introduced to the automotive world. The Detroit manufacturer originally produced around 13,000 electric vehicles before its late-1930s demise, only for the nameplate to be resurrected by former Lotus Engineering Group CEO Albert Lamm and a team of A-list auto-industry personnel in 2008. (Get up to date with Detroit Electric’s recent history here).The latest vehicle to enter the tumultuous arena of all-electric transport, the SP:01 will be limited to 999 examples, exempting it from the homologation process of mass-produced vehicles. It will, however, be homologated under the “Small Series” regulations in Europe, which also are accepted by the Japanese and Hong Kong authorities. In the U.S., Detroit Electric tells us the it will submit to … [Read more...] about Detroit Electric Reveals Two-Seat, All-Electric SP:01 Sports Car in the Motor City
To put it in its most basic form, a warranty is an agreement between customers and manufacturers, with the latter saying it has faith in the product it builds. For automakers, warranties on new vehicles vary in what terms they cover. Most new vehicles offer three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranties that cover most components, although some manufacturers add more time and more miles.Focusing on new-vehicle, manufacturer-backed warranties, the following are terms you should know before you hit the dealerships:Limited: One constant is that all new-vehicle warranties must include the word “limited” in the title. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, passed in 1975, requires that a written warranty for any consumer product that costs more than $10 be labeled either “full” or “limited.” The latter means that not everything about the product is covered and that the warranty does not span the life of the product. The term “limited” can also … [Read more...] about Warranties Defined: The Truth behind the Promises
If you’ve spent any time online searching for a used car, you’ve probably seen ads for manufacturer-backed "certified pre-owned" (CPO) programs offered through dealerships. While you may be tempted to avoid heading to the dealer—cars for sale by private owners can be found all over Craigslist and other third-party sites—a CPO vehicle can be a good choice for some buyers. Here, we’ve compiled a guide that explains the pros and cons of the CPO market, along with detailed coverage of the programs offered by each manufacturer. What Is a CPO Vehicle, Anyway? Unlike vehicles acquired through a private seller or those purchased from independent used-car dealers, CPO vehicles are inspected according to the manufacturer’s standards and carry a manufacturer-backed warranty that usually extends the length of the new-car coverage. They’re sold through licensed new-car dealers and typically have age and mileage limits, helping to … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Car Programs