Most people know that when you buy a new car, you get a basic warranty package with your purchase. This warranty is designed to protect the consumer from manufacturer defects and/or faulty equipment for the duration of the program. It’s the automaker’s way of standing behind its product. If something goes wrong with your car, and it’s covered under the warranty agreement, then it’s the automaker’s responsibility to take care of it for a predetermined length of time or distance driven.

What’s covered and for how long can vary dramatically from company to company. In the past, most automakers offered a three-year 36,000-mile basic warranty and some additional coverage. While some still stick to this, many now offer much longer coverage. If you want more coverage than what the automaker offers, you'll have to look into extended warranties. There are five common types of warranties offered. Here’s a closer look at each.

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  • Basic or “Bumper-to-Bumper” Warranty
    Most cars come with what’s called a basic or bumper-to-bumper warranty. This is general coverage for the vehicle. Despite what the name may suggest, the bumpers are not part of what’s covered. What is covered by this type of plan is any car part or component except the body panels and wear-and-tear items. These would be things like wiper blades, brake pads, air filters, and tires.
  • Powertrain or Drivetrain Warranty
    As you may expect, powertrain or drivetrain warranties cover the engine, transmission, differential, and other mechanical parts of the car. This type of coverage is often much longer than basic coverage. Automakers do this because the parts rarely break, so it doesn’t cost them much to offer the warranty.
  • Corrosion or Rust Warranty
    Modern cars shouldn’t rust. The types of materials used aren’t as prone to rusting and corroding as older cars. That said, corrosion and rust warranty coverage is still often offered and usually for a pretty long period of time/miles. This ensures that if an issue arose, the manufacturer would fix it before it became a serious problem.
  • Roadside Assistance
    Sometimes roadside assistance is rolled into your basic warranty package, and other times it’s separate. This service can come in handy if your car breaks down, you get a flat tire, or if you lock yourself out of your car. Sometimes roadside assistance lasts as long as your basic coverage, and other times has its own designated duration.
  • Battery Warranties
    Hybrid and electric cars have a battery warranty that’s separate from the typical powertrain or drivetrain warranty. This covers you if your battery fails. This warranty is usually eight to ten years and 100,000 miles, but in some states, automakers are required to have hybrid warranties that last even longer.

In addition to these options, there's also a variety of extended warranties. An extended warranty can provide additional coverage for your car. 

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 Things You Should Also Know About Car Warranties

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Beyond the types of warranties available, there are also other aspects of warranties that you should be aware of. Here are a few warranty concerns to think about.

  1. Coverage Can Vary
    Not all warranties are the same. Automakers get to decide what’s covered and what isn’t. That means you might have two companies offering warranties that look the same on the surface but aren’t when you start digging into the details.
  2. Always Go to the Dealer for Warranty Repairs
    You need to follow the warranty directions if there’s an issue with your car. Don’t take your vehicle to the local mechanic for work that’s covered by your warranty unless the warranty agreement specifically states you can do so. If you do it without checking, you could miss out on some of the warranty benefits.
  3. You May Have a Deductible
    Deductibles are also part of many car warranties. While some warranties won’t require you to pay a deductible, some do. This means before your warranty coverage kicks in, you might have to pay a few hundred dollars out of your own pocket first.
  4. Some Brands Offer Complimentary Maintenance Programs
    These maintenance programs are not offered by every automaker. What is covered in the program can vary depending on the automaker and the model. Some of these programs can save you hundreds per year while others aren’t as effective.

How Do Different Warranties Compare?

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As we noted above, no two manufacturer warranties are the same. It’s important to get all the details on the warranty before you make your car purchase. Many car buyers don’t do their research and later regret not buying a car with a better warranty. Hunting through this data can be time-consuming, but it’s an important step to take. To help, we’ve compiled the most important warranty data for each automaker. Here’s a look at each brand’s warranty coverage.

Acura

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Acura offers a pretty typical warranty package for its cars. You’ll find that it’s on par with most other premium automakers for 2018, though its roadside assistance falls short of some of its competitors. Acura offers a maintenance plan you have to pay for that will cover you for 12 months or 12,000 miles.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Alfa Romeo

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Alfa Romeo’s warranty coverage isn’t quite as good as some other premium brands. That’s a shame, too, because, with this company’s history for reliability, you’ll probably need all the coverage you can get. That said, the first year or 10,000 miles of maintenance visits are covered by the company’s complimentary service plan for the Giulia and Stelvio.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance warranty
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Audi

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Audi offers warranty coverage on par with BMW and a little better than Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz. Audi’s coverage isn’t class-leading, though. In addition to its warranty coverage, the brand also covers the first maintenance visit, which should fall somewhere within the first year or 10,000 miles of ownership.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 12 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance warranty
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

BMW

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Like we noted above, BMW and Audi offer essentially the same coverage when it comes to length/miles. It’s better than some other premium brands but not the best out there. Where BMW manages to best Audi is in its scheduled maintenance program. The brand offers three-years or 36,000 miles worth of regularly scheduled maintenance at no charge. Unfortunately, the program isn’t transferrable.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 12 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance warranty
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Buick

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Buick offers a quality bunch of warranty packages that are better than some of the European brands. The brand’s vehicles also come with a complimentary maintenance program. For 2018 models, Buick will take care of regularly scheduled maintenance within two years or 24,000 miles of the purchase date.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 6 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles roadside assistance warranty
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Cadillac

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Cadillac’s warranty coverage is very similar to Buick’s. The GM brand’s warranty coverage manages to edge out some of its European competitors. As far as maintenance programs go, Cadillac offers complimentary maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles. The new XT5 has its own program that covers the SUV for four years or 50,000 miles.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 6 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles roadside assistance warranty
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Chevrolet

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Chevy offers a pretty typical warranty plan with no big surprises. It’s on par with the other domestic automaker’s warranty coverage. The bowtie brand does offer a complimentary maintenance program but just for the first two dealer visits as long as those visits fall within two years or 24,000 miles of the purchase date.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,00 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 6 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Chrysler

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Chrysler’s warranty program isn’t groundbreaking. It’s on par with Ford and Chevrolet, but the company does offer two more years on its hybrid/EV battery warranty. Unfortunately, that generosity doesn’t extend the mileage cap. Chrysler doesn’t offer a maintenance program for its vehicles, though you can always prepay for a third-party option.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 10 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Dodge

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Dodge’s warranty coverage is the same as its sister company Chrysler with the exception of the hybrid/EV battery and component warrant. Dodge doesn’t have any hybrid or EVs. As far as maintenance programs go, if you want one, you’ll have to go the third party route. Dodge does not offer one.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Fiat

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Fiat offers a warranty package that’s similar to its sister brand Alfa Romeo. The main difference being the hybrid/EV battery and component warranty, which is on par with most other automaker’s offerings. The company doesn’t have a maintenance program for its 2018 vehicles.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Ford

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Ford’s warranty program is similar to other programs like the ones offered by Dodge, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. Unfortunately, Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance program for its vehicles, either, though a pre-paid, third-party program is always an option.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Genesis

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Genesis offers one of the best warranty packages in the premium brand market. It easily bests every other automaker going after the luxury car buyer. Genesis also offers a quality complimentary maintenance program of three years or 36,000 miles with no cap on the number of visits as long as it falls into the regular maintenance schedule.

  • 5 years/60,000 miles basic warranty
  • 10 years/100,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 7 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

GMC

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GMC’s warranty offerings fall in the middle of the pack in terms of GM brands’ coverage.  The company’s warranty package is better than many competing companies, with the exception of its basic warranty. The company offers no maintenance program for its vehicles.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 6 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Honda

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Honda’s warranty package isn’t anything to get excited about. Most other brands offer coverage that’s better in some respect. Also, the company offers no complimentary maintenance programs for its vehicles.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Hyundai

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Hyundai is well-known for its longer-term warranty program. The program can’t be overlooked and is a major boon for some car shoppers. The company’s other brands, Kia and Genesis, also offer similar coverage. Unfortunately, no maintenance program is offered.

  • 5 years/60,000 miles basic warranty
  • 10 years/100,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 7 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • 10 year/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Infiniti

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Infiniti manages to one-up some of the other premium automakers out there with its warranty coverage. While it’s still not as good as Genesis’s coverage, don’t overlook what Infiniti offers. One thing the company does lack is a maintenance program.

  • 4 years/60,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 7 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Jaguar

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Jaguar’s warranty coverage is better than its German competitors, but it’s not the absolute best around. It’s comparable to Cadillac and Infiniti with some differences in the length/distance of coverage. Another important thing to note is that Jaguar offers a whopping five years or 60,000 miles of complimentary regular scheduled maintenance.

  • 5 years/60,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 6 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Jeep

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Jeep’s coverage is pretty standard. The company definitely isn’t using its warranty coverage to set itself apart from its competition. Ford, Ram, Chevrolet, and others offer comparable coverage. Jeep doesn’t offer a maintenance program either.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Kia

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Kia, like Hyundai, offers one of the best warranty packages in the business. Hyundai’s coverage manages to best it in the rust and corrosion category, but otherwise, they’re essentially the same. Kia does not offer a maintenance program for its vehicles.

  • 5 years/60,000 miles basic warranty
  • 10 years/100,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 10 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Land Rover

Land Rover, certainly doesn’t offer the best warranty coverage in the business, but it’s on par with the competition. With Jaguar offering such a good complimentary maintenance program, it may surprise you that Land Rover’s only maintenance plans are prepaid ones. There are two tiers of plans for regular maintenance.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 6 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Lexus

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Lexus offers a pretty good warranty bundle with its vehicles that’s similar to Infiniti’s offerings. The brand’s superior ranking in quality and reliability means that you’ll probably not need to use any of the coverage anyway. The company also offers complimentary maintenance for the first two visits, which should cover the first year or 10,000 miles of ownership.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Lincoln

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Lincoln’s warranty coverage is commendable. That said, the brand isn’t going to stand out in the crowded premium market because of its warranty. As far as maintenance programs go, Lincoln will cover the first two oil changes and that’s it.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • Unlimited roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Mazda

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Mazda’s warranty coverage certainly isn’t bad, but it isn’t anything to get excited about. It’s on par with Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, and FCA’s brands. Mazda also offers no complimentary maintenance program, but the company does offer a pre-paid option that is supposed to help you save money.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz’s warranty offerings aren’t very impressive when you compare the package to the competition. BMW, Audi, Cadillac, and Genesis all beat Mercedes when it comes to coverage. Mercedes doesn’t offer complimentary maintenance, but it does have a pre-paid maintenance program you can enroll in.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/80,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

MINI

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BMW owns MINI, so it’s no surprise that the warranty coverage looks very similar. It’s neither the best nor the worst out there. MINI also offers a complimentary three years or 36,000 miles maintenance program for regularly scheduled service.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 12 year/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Mitsubishi

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Although Mitsubishi’s cars aren’t always near the top of the pack in terms of quality and style, its warranty plan sure is. The company offers one of the best warranty packages around. Hyundai and Genesis are the only brands that can match it and Kia comes close. Mitsubishi doesn’t offer a maintenance program for its cars.

  • 5 years/60,000 miles basic warranty
  • 10 years/100,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 7 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Nissan

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Nissan has typical warranty coverage with no real surprises. It’s on par with many other automakers, but the coverage doesn’t set it apart. For a maintenance program, the company doesn’t offer anything, which means you’ll have to turn to third-party solutions if you want one.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Porsche

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Porsche’s vehicles are well-known for their build quality and reliability, so the chance of you actually needing to use your warranty is pretty slim. The warranty that Porsche offers is good, but not fantastic. Porsche doesn’t have a complimentary maintenance program but it does offer pre-paid plans.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 12 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/80,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Ram

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Ram’s warranty is nothing special, and it’s on par with the brand’s competitors. Ram doesn’t really need to stand out here because the biggest players in the truck segment don’t offer fantastic warranties either. Also, Ram offers no maintenance program.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 5 years/100,000 miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Subaru

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Subaru’s warranty offerings for its vehicles won’t be the deciding factors for many buyers. Every other automaker offers similar or much better coverage. Still, Subaru’s warranty isn’t bad. Pair the coverage with the fact that certain markets get two years or 24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance, and you have a respectable package.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,00 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance
  • N/A hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Toyota

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Toyota has a warranty that’s also respectable. The company’s roadside assistance is shorter than other automakers. Aside from that, it does a decent job. Toyota also offers two years or 25,000 miles of complimentary regular maintenance with its vehicles.

  • 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty
  • 5 years/60,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 2 years/25,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Volkswagen

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Volkswagen has one of the best warranties out there. The company’s six years for both the basic and drivetrain can’t be matched. In fact, that’s the longest basic warranty of any automaker on this list. Volkswagen comes up short on the complimentary maintenance plan, but it does offer prepaid plans.

  • 6 years/72,000 miles basic warranty
  • 6 years/72,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 7 years/100,000 miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

Volvo

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Volvo offers warranty coverage similar to BMW, MINI, Audi, and Porsche. This isn’t that surprising seeing as how those are likely a few of Volvo’s main competitors. In addition to the warranty coverage, Volvo also offers three complimentary maintenance visits at 10,000; 20,000; and 30,000 miles. That should cover you for two or three years.

  • 4 years/50,000 miles basic warranty
  • 4 years/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty
  • 12 years/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranty
  • 4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance
  • 8 years/100,000 miles hybrid/EV battery and component warranty

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