What does a car warranty cover?
Warranties differ according to the manufacturer or provider, so you’ll need to read the policy details. But most warranties typically cover mechanical and electrical parts such as the gearbox, engine, suspension, transmission and ignition systems.
As well as checking what parts are covered, you should also see if certain parts have a limited cover period. For example, although Kia’s warranty is for seven years, the cover for batteries is only for two.
Also be aware:
- most warranties won’t cover you for general wear and tear such as worn tyres, brakes and windscreen wipers.
- most warranties will stipulate that you have to take reasonable care of your car and you could invalidate it if you don’t take your car in for regular servicing.
- you may be expected to only use garages approved by the dealership for repairs and servicing.
- any modifications to your car could invalidate your warranty, so it’s a good idea to check before you add that super-sized rear spoiler.