What Isn’t Covered in the Manufacturer’s Warranty?

When you receive a warranty on your newly purchased vehicle, you may be wondering “what does this cover?” Well, to answer that, you will need to know what kind of warranty you have first. There are multiple kinds of warranties that cover different things, as well as packages that will cover more than, say, a basic warranty. But, the upside is that you will always get a manufacturer's warranty when you purchase a new vehicle or a used vehicle that still has a few years left on the warranty. This will cover the cost of replacing or fixing any parts that are broken or were defective when you purchased the vehicle. Warranties are great in the beginning, as they save you hundreds of dollars, but as time goes on you will begin to understand what is covered and what isn’t, as most manufacturer’s have a very strict policy.

The first kind of warranty is the basic “Bumper-To-Bumper” warranty. This basic package will cover the repair and cost of any flawed or defective parts on the vehicle that were installed by the manufacturer. To be clear, this means that if a part breaks or starts to malfunction, without you being in any type of accident, they will cover it. If you are at fault for the part being broken, they will not help cover the cost of repair.

A step up from the “bumper-to-bumper” warranty is the “Drivetrain/Powertrain” warranty. This warranty is known to outlast the “bumper-to-bumper”, as it covers the engine, transaxle parts, transmission, and the wheels as well. Just like the more basic version of this warranty, the parts must be from the manufacturer and not installed after the purchase of the vehicle. The tricky thing about this warranty is that the Drivetrain warranty does not usually cover the engine, but only the transaxle parts, transmission and wheels. So, if given the option, opt in for the Powertrain warranty, if there is a separate option, because this will cover the engine, as well as all of the other things mentioned above.

Another helpful warranty is the “Roadside Assistance” warranty. This will be extremely useful to you if your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road or you blow a tire. The warranty will cover the cost of towing and tire repair. If you are on the road a lot, and this warranty is not included in your purchase, ask the dealership if there is anything they can do to tack on the warranty since you will be putting a lot of miles on the car.

When you have a warranty on your vehicle, it is important to maintain it so that it does not become voided. To make sure your warranty does not get voided, you need to be on top of performing routine checks and maintenance to your vehicle, such as oil changes, tire rotations, fluid checks and flushes, and replacing any worn down or defective brake pads. You may not be able to do all of these checks on your own, so you should bring your car into the dealership you bought it from to be serviced. If you do this, you know you can trust the work that is being done because you have already successfully conducted business with them and they will make sure to do a great job to retain your business. If you need any service done to your vehicle, come down to Loudon Motors Ford. We have a state of the art service bay with Ford Certified technicians that you can trust to do any work to your vehicle!

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