A vehicle service contract, also known as an extended warranty, covers your automobile after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. This may happen when the vehicle reaches 60,000 or 100,000 miles, depending on the car make and model. If you drive more than 12,000 miles a year, an extended warranty can cover drive train problems including transmission and major engine repairs.
- The extended warranty and maintenance contract can come directly from the manufacturer, the dealer or another independent auto service or third party company. The car dealer and manufacturer are anxious to sell you the extended warranty when you purchase the vehicle. There are many available options for you to explore before buying.
- Consumer Resources explains the types of warranties available and the possible costs, including deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. You will find access to the information necessary for a warranty coverage for the make, model and year of your vehicle.
- Vehicle manufacturers are developing new engines each year including the hybrids which use more battery and less fuel. The maintenance and repair on hybrids is different from standard gasoline or diesel engines. The extended warranty or service contract must specify certain repairs, parts and maintenance service for each hybrid model. Consumer Resources helps you find the right service contract to cover hybrids.
- Pickup trucks and service vehicles such as extended vans may have different warranty requirements depending on their usage. Consumer Resources explains the special warranties available for these vehicles.
- You can purchase a previously owned vehicle and buy an extended warranty and service contract from a dealer, manufacturer or third party company. The warranty is not exclusively for a new car. Some dealers selling used cars will provide a warranty or guarantee for a limited time with the used car purchase.
- Want to find the best company? Read our independent extended auto warranty companies reviews.