New Car Warranty

By: Seth Miller

Your new car comes with a full warranty, and if you know how to use it to your advantage, you can get the best car care service from your manufacturer. Warranty coverage for new cars varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. As a general rule, they cover all major vehicle systems: suspension, power train and drive train, electrical systems, steering components, braking system and emission and exhaust systems. Most warranties are in force for the first 12,000 miles (or approximately one year, whichever comes first), but some manufacturers extend this period.

Note that problems arising from regular "wear-and-tear" are not covered by a full warranty. Routine maintenance such as changing your engine oil regularly, changing your brake pads, filters, belts, etc., remain your responsibility. There are instances when wear-and-tear problems can be justifiably covered by the warranty, as when your brake pads become damaged because of a covered brake system problem. Explain the situation to your car's manufacturer to qualify for warranty coverage.

Take time to carefully study your car's warranty coverage – the fine print usually has a surprise or two. If there are parts that you do not understand or object to, don't hesitate to ask your car dealer. It is after all their job to explain everything to your satisfaction. If you can't get the answer you want from your car dealer, then go straight to the source. Car manufacturers usually offer online help through their corporate website. You can also call their toll-free customer support numbers or email them your concern.

Remember that a warranty is like an agreement between you and the manufacturer. The manufacturer agrees to take care of factory defects, and you agree to take care of all the maintenance work to keep the car in good shape. Keep your end of the deal, and you will have problem-free driving for years.

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