New Car Warranty
9 Of The Best Programs
You Can't Afford to Ignore
by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
The car warranty is usually one of the last things you might consider when at the dealership. Normally, you might first think about car brands, models, safety, technology features, size and, of course, price. The car warranty is something most people think about when getting down to brass tacks with the salesman.
That’s when they start with the upselling: you’ll want protection for the multi-thousand dollar color touchscreen; you’ll want protection for the engine; you’ll need extra protection for the paint job and so on. If you buy all the “extra protection,” the final monthly payment for your new car could be hundreds of dollars more than you expected to pay.
We took the time to find the best warranties car manufacturers are currently offering.
9 New Car Warranty Programs Too Good To Pass Up
We’ll complete this list with Lexus, they offer a standard four year or 50,000-mile new car warranty, but what really makes them stand out from the competition is a six-year or 70,000-mile drivetrain warranty with four years of roadside assistance. Also standard is the six-year, unlimited mileage anti-rust policy.
8. Rolls Royce
Yep, you read that correctly. Rolls Royce made it on this list of best new car warranties. Their four-year coverage with unlimited mileage includes bumper-to-bumper, drivetrain and anti-corrosion protection along with roadside assistance.
Up next is Infiniti. They are competing with Cadillac with their four year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage and a drivetrain warranty of six years or 70,000 miles. For anti-corrosion, they provide a seven-year, unlimited mileage warranty. In addition, Infiniti will reimburse owners for any expenses should the car break down when they are a large distance from home. That’s on top of the four-year roadside assistance component of the warranty.
Volvo is a car manufacturer that breaks away from the pack when it comes to rust protection. They offer 12 years and unlimited mileage for anti-corrosion, which makes it a top choice for areas that salt the roads come snow and ice season. The rest of their coverage is all bundled together and will last for four years or 50,000 miles. Plus, they will pay for your first three maintenance checks and the roadside assistance for the first four years.
Cadillac isn’t letting Buick rain on their parade. If you want to own a brand new Caddy, then you’ll get the same protections as Buick: four years or 50,000 miles of overall coverage; five years or 100,000 miles of anti-corrosion; six years or 70,000 miles for the powertrain; and six years or 100,000 miles for roadside assistance. Plus, you can transfer the warranty if you decide to resell your Escalade. But why would you? It’s a Cadillac!
Buick is luring new drivers back into the fold with an impressive new car warranty. They provide four years of bumper-to-bumper protection or up to 50,000 miles. For the powertrain, they offer six years or 70,000 miles worth of protection. Plus, you can transfer the warranty if you decide to sell the vehicle, which is something you can’t do with Kia and Hyundai. Like the others, Buick also provides roadside assistance for six years or 100,000 miles. For the rust protection, they provide five years or 100,000 miles.
Mitsubishi lands in the number three spot for best new car warranties. Their offer comes close to Hyundai and Kia in that they also offer bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years or 60,000 miles. The big difference comes into play with their powertrain warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles without the non-transferrable clause (Hyundai and Kia owners cannot transfer the warranty). Mitsubishi also offers roadside assistance for five years and no mileage limitations. As for rust, their anti-perforation coverage lasts for seven years or 100,000 miles. People looking to buy the Evolution or the Lancer should double check the fine print though as those models have shorter warranty periods.
Next on the list is Kia, another car manufacturer you might not expect to find on a list of top car warranties. However, it wouldn’t be that surprising if you knew that Kia is owned by Hyundai. Go figure? Kia also offers a powertrain warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles. And the same bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years or 60,000 miles. The real difference is that Kia offers roadside assistance only for the first year or 12,000 miles instead of the first five years. And the anti-rust coverage is good for seven years or 100,000 miles. Still, it’s a very good overall warranty.
Believe it or not, Hyundai is at the top of the list when it comes to having the best car warranty. They double the industry average by offering a powertrain coverage of 10 years or 100,000 miles. Their bumper-to-bumper coverage lasts for five years or 60,000 miles. And you will have rust protection, known as anti-perforation, for seven years regardless of mileage. You will also receive 24-hour roadside assistance for the first five years regardless of mileage.
Over to You
There you have it! Some of the best new car warranties currently available. Which one appeals to you the most?