Why your car’s warranty is only for 12 months?
An auto repair shop might be happy to offer you a 12-month extension on the car you’re buying, but if you’re on a fixed-term or limited warranty it might be better to check if your warranty is valid.
A car warranty is often an extension of the manufacturer’s warranty, but some warranties are longer than others, and you might not be aware of the fact that you’re entitled to an extension.
A manufacturer’s or supplier’s warranty usually lasts for a fixed period of time.
If you’ve purchased a car for 12 years or more, it can extend your warranty by up to one year.
But, if you buy a car from an aftermarket or repair shop, you can usually get a new car warranty for an extended period of the same term.
To get the best deal on an extended warranty, we’ve set out to help you find out what’s covered and what is not.
We’ve looked at what’s legal and illegal and also found out whether the extended warranty covers the same repairs you’d normally be entitled to.
If your warranty covers repairs that were made in the original factory condition, you’ll need to check the manufacturer to see if it’s covered.
If the warranty covers repair that wasn’t made in factory condition and is done for a new or used vehicle, the manufacturer can offer an extended term of up to 12 months.
Read our guide on what is and is not covered under a manufacturer’s extended warranty.
If a manufacturer does not provide an extended manufacturer’s product warranty, you might need to contact the manufacturer directly.
For example, if your new car comes with a new warranty and the manufacturer doesn’t provide an expanded warranty, the vehicle might be worth less than the original purchase price.
If that’s the case, the warranty could end up costing more.
The car’s original warranty is still valid, but it may not be valid for an extension to that warranty.
Find out more about a new factory warranty and what you can expect from a factory warranty.
What is covered?
If your car has an extended factory warranty, it may include repair that was done in the factory before the car was delivered to you.
You can also include repair performed after you purchased your car, but only if the vehicle is returned to you within 12 months of the purchase.
If it’s an after-sale warranty, there is a minimum time that must elapse before repairs can be covered.
In general, repairs performed by the manufacturer before delivery to you are covered.
The manufacturer’s service contract may also include a warranty that covers repairs made to the car after it was delivered, and repairs performed after the factory has ceased trading with the manufacturer.
Read more about how the manufacturer extends the original warranty.
In addition, the factory may have a warranty for all parts of the vehicle.
This includes the following: the new engine, transmission, brakes, tyres, bodywork, electrical systems, and any work done in connection with the vehicle’s installation, operation, or maintenance.
If this warranty is extended, the extended manufacturer warranty covers any repairs done by the factory during the warranty period.
This means you’ll be covered for any repair that you’ve done to the vehicle that wasn and isn’t covered under the original manufacturer’s limited warranty.
The factory warranty may not cover all repairs performed during the manufacturer warranty period, but the extended term may be extended if the repairs are necessary for you to comply with the factory warranty or the extended service contract.
Read the factory service contract terms for more information on when you can extend a warranty.
Is the warranty extended?
If you have a factory extended warranty on the engine, you will need to ask the manufacturer about whether you can add the engine’s warranty to the warranty.
This is a difficult decision, because the engine has been delivered to the factory and has been covered by the original service contract and the factory’s warranty.
However, if the engine hasn’t been delivered, you may need to go to the dealership to make this request.
If there are no problems with the engine you have the right to ask if it can be included in the warranty extension, which would mean that the engine is covered by both the factory extended service and the extended factory service.
If not, you could still have problems with your car if it is sold without a factory service agreement, or if you don’t agree with the extended extension.
Read about what to do if you think you might have a problem with your warranty.
How long does the extended warranties last?
Extended warranties are usually valid for a certain period of service, but sometimes the extended length of the warranty is more than 12 months, or longer.
If extended warranties cover repairs that weren’t done in factory conditions, the length of your warranty can vary.
For instance, a manufacturer may offer a 12 month warranty for a car that’s been repainted.
This could be extended to a year, but you’d still need to pay for the repainted car.
If an extended car warranty covers an extended service period,