Used Car Warranty Explained

By: Keith Barrett

Before looking at the specifics of used car warranty agreements, let's begin with a basic explanation of how warranty policies work.

The general idea behind them is that you pay a certain amount to purchase the policy. In return, a good policy should ensure that you don't face any further expense as a result of running your vehicle during the period of the agreement.

This means that if, for example, your car suffers a breakdown during the period of the warranty, then you could expect the policy to cover the cost of repairing your car.

A good standard of cover would take things a little further.

Additional extras might well include providing you with alternative transport for periods when your own vehicle is off the road.

The most comprehensive packages might also include the cost of a night in a hotel, just in case your car fails some distance from your home.

As you can see, there are a number of advantages that lead many people to want to take out a warranty agreement.

Many consumers believe that such policies are only available for those who buy brand new cars. While it used to be the case that it was more difficult to obtain a policy for an older vehicle, there have been substantial changes to the way in which these products are sold.

You'll find that it is now perfectly possible to find a policy for a second hand car. Prices start at reasonably low levels but, as with all purchases, you'd be wise to shop around for the best deals.

Some specialists suggest that you could save up to 50% by buying a used car warranty online, rather than by purchasing an equivalent product from your local car retailer.

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