What exactly are car warranties?
Generally, it’s a guarantee by the manufacturer to repair a mechanical failure or faulty paintwork. Typically, new cars will come with a three or five year warranty or are valid up to 60,000 miles from the date of manufacture. Some manufacturers offer even longer warranty periods such as ten years or 100,000 miles.
If you buy a nearly new car (usually three years old or less) then you may have some time remaining on the standard manufacturer’s warranty. Older used cars may not have any warranty left on them at all and if you’re buying one from a private seller, you’re really buying ‘sold as seen’. Used cars from a main dealership may come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty.