What Does Car Warranty Cover?

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Friday 17th of May 2024 14:20 BST

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What does car warranty cover? Learn more about car warranty cover with Direct Cars and our comprehensive guide. Trusted nearly new & used cars.

What does car warranty cover?

Here at Direct Cars, we understand more than most the importance of reliable warranty coverage. Purchasing a car is a significant investment, and it's crucial to protect that investment with a comprehensive warranty. But what exactly does a car warranty cover? Understanding the ins and outs of your warranty can save you time, money, and headaches down the road.

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What is a Car Warranty?

A car warranty is a contractual agreement typically offered by the manufacturer, dealer, or a third-party provider, covering specific repairs and replacements for a designated period or mileage limit. These warranties offer reassurance to car owners by alleviating the financial burden of unexpected repairs during the warranty period, though understanding the terms, coverage, and limitations is crucial for informed decision-making.

How Much Does Car Warranty Cost UK?

The cost of a car warranty in the UK can vary significantly depending on several factors such as the level of coverage, the age and mileage of the vehicle, the provider, and any additional features or options included in the warranty.

Typically, a basic warranty might cost a few hundred pounds, while more comprehensive warranties with extended coverage could cost upwards of a thousand pounds or more. It's essential to shop around and compare quotes from different providers to find the best deal that suits your needs and budget. Additionally, be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully to understand what is covered and any exclusions or limitations.

Types of Car Warranties

  • Manufacturer's Warranty: Also known as a factory warranty, this type of warranty is provided by the car manufacturer and typically covers a specified period or mileage, whichever comes first. Manufacturer warranties vary in duration and coverage, with some extending up to 10 years or more for certain components.
  • Extended Warranty: Often offered by dealerships or third-party providers, an extended warranty kicks in after the manufacturer's warranty expires. Extended warranties can provide coverage for additional years or miles, offering peace of mind beyond the original warranty period.
  • Powertrain Warranty: This covers the engine, transmission, and drivetrain components such as the axle shafts, differential, and transfer case. Powertrain warranties are designed to protect the essential mechanical components that power the vehicle.
  • Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: Also known as a comprehensive warranty, this type covers most components of the vehicle, excluding wear-and-tear items like brakes, tyres, and routine maintenance items. Bumper-to-bumper warranties provide extensive coverage for a wide range of systems and components.
  • Specific Component Warranty: Some warranties focus on specific components or systems, such as the emissions system, corrosion protection, or hybrid/electric vehicle components. These warranties offer targeted coverage for specialised parts of the vehicle.

What's Typically Excluded from Warranty Cover

While warranties provide valuable coverage, it's essential to be aware of exclusions or items not covered. Common exclusions may include:

  • Regular maintenance items such as oil changes, brake pads, and filters.
  • Wear and tear items like tyres, wiper blades, and light bulbs.
  • Damage resulting from accidents, misuse, or neglect.
  • Modifications or aftermarket additions not approved by the manufacturer.

Additional Warranty Coverage Options

  • Roadside Assistance: Many warranties include roadside assistance services such as towing, battery jump-starts, flat tyre assistance, and fuel delivery. This coverage offers peace of mind in case of unexpected breakdowns or emergencies.
  • Rental Car Reimbursement: In the event your car requires repairs covered by the warranty, rental car reimbursement coverage can help offset the cost of temporary transportation while your vehicle is in the shop.
  • Extended Maintenance Plans: Some warranties offer optional extended maintenance plans, which cover routine servicing beyond what's included in the standard warranty. These plans can help budget for future maintenance costs and keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Making a Warranty Claim

If you experience a covered issue with your vehicle, follow these steps to make a warranty claim:

  • Review the Warranty: Familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions of your warranty, including coverage limits, deductibles, and claim procedures.
  • Contact the Provider: Reach out to the warranty provider or dealership where you purchased the vehicle to initiate the claims process. Provide details about the issue, including symptoms, when it occurred, and any relevant documentation.
  • Schedule Repairs: Once your claim is approved, schedule repairs with an authorised service centre or dealership. Ensure that the repairs are performed by certified technicians using genuine OEM parts to maintain warranty compliance.
  • Keep Records: Retain copies of all service records, invoices, and correspondence related to the warranty claim. These documents may be required to validate future claims or transfer the warranty to a new owner.

Direct Cars Warranty Options

At Direct Cars, we offer our customers the option to enhance their vehicle's protection with our recommended RAC Warranty products. Our Platinum Maintenance and Breakdown Care Plan provide extensive coverage, including components like turbochargers, catalytic converters, and air conditioning systems. With coverage options ranging from 1 to 3 years, customers can choose the plan that best suits their needs and budget.

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Benefits of Choosing Direct Cars

Our commitment to providing top-notch customer service extends beyond the showroom floor. From the moment you step onto our forecourt to the day you drive away in your new vehicle; our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the car-buying process.

Whether you're searching for the perfect family car or a reliable commuter vehicle here to help you find the ideal match for your needs and budget. Some of the many benefits of choosing Direct Cars include:

  • Reputation: With nearly three decades of experience, Direct Cars has built a solid reputation as one of the UK's original used car supermarkets. Our commitment to customer satisfaction and ethical business practices sets us apart in the automotive industry.
  • Customer Service: We prioritise excellent customer service at every stage of the car-buying process. From browsing our extensive inventory to after-sales support, our dedicated team is here to assist you every step of the way.
  • Service Department: Our on-site service department ensures that your vehicle receives the care it deserves. With trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment, we provide quality maintenance and repair services to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
  • Part Exchange and Financing: We offer flexible part-exchange options and competitive financing solutions to make your car-buying experience hassle-free. Our SAF Accredited business managers are available to provide expert advice and guide you through the financing process.

Trust Direct Cars for Reliable & Comprehensive Car Warranties

Understanding what your car warranty covers is essential for maximising protection and minimising out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you have a manufacturer's warranty, extended warranty, or additional coverage options, knowing your rights and responsibilities as a warranty holder empowers you to make informed decisions and enjoy worry-free driving.

Browse our website and discover why Direct Cars is the go-to destination for nearly new, quality used cars. Whether you're in the market for your next vehicle or simply need a trusted team to carry out a service or MOT, we look forward to assisting you in every aspect of vehicle ownership.

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