Car Warranty Options

Most new and used cars are equipped with some form of a limited (or unlimited) warranty. This is a valuable addendum in terms of protect you against faults or defects during a specific time period. If any such problems are indeed encountered, they will be rectified without you putting forth any of your personal funds. Warranties are actually mandatory from a legal standpoint when purchasing either a new of a used car from a seller. So, what are some of the most common types of warranties and what situations are they able to address? These are important questions to answer so that you can begin the process of finding the vehicle of your dreams.

New Car Warranties: The Most Basic Facts

We should make it clear that the majority of dealers within the United Kingdom offer warranties that cover a minimum of three years or 60,000 miles; whichever comes first. However, let's not forget that the average car owner drives approximately 8,000 miles a year. The changes are therefore very high that your warranty will expire due to time limitations as opposed to distances covered.

Having said this, it is becoming increasingly common for dealer to provide extended warranties in a bid to increase sales and attract new customers. One example can be seen in the manufacturer Hyundai. On some of their models, they are providing a five-year warranty that has no limitations in terms of mileage. Kia could likewise provide a seven-year policy that is valid for as many as 100,000 miles. Of course, not all dealers will offer the same deals and such warranties will ultimately depend upon the make and model of the vehicle.

Extending a Limited Warranty?

Never believe that the terms and conditions of a warranty are necessarily set in stone. There is a massive amount of competition on the open market and therefore, it might be possible for you to negotiate the limits of a warranty with the dealer. Manufacturers such as Audi actually allow for this (although it might not be advertised directly). For an added fee, you could enjoy superior levels of coverage for longer periods of time. This could be a good alternative if you know that you will be travelling great distances during the first five years of ownership. Otherwise, stick to the basic plan.

What is Not Covered?

Although many warranties claim to be “unlimited”, there are actually a number of limitations involved. The majority of these address what is known as common “wear and tear” of the vehicle. Instances included are:

• Brakes
• Tires
• Windscreen wipers
• Clutches
• Excessive damage to interior seats

You could still have the option to add these on as “extras” although naturally, you will be charged slightly higher in terms of yearly payments.

Third-Party Options

If you are entirely dissatisfied with what the dealership is offering, it could be prudent to visit a third-party warranty provider. They may be able to offer you more agreeable rates, but you should balance this against the fact that the levels of coverage could also be less. It all depends upon your needs and the expected demands of the car in question.

Warranties do not have to be complicated and these tricks will enable you to find the most appropriate packages possible. You should still make it a point to read all of the relevant terms and conditions, for the “fine print” is just as important as the major clauses in terms of providing you with a peace of mind.
Delivery Dates Explained

In the movies, we often see a customer entering a car dealership only to walk out 30 minutes later behind the wheel of a brand new car. While this is certainly a great idea, it is normally far from reality. Most dealers use their cars for the showroom floor as opposed to within the direct sale process. To put this another way, you are likely to experience a wait in terms of delivery times before you can return to drive the car home. There are two reasons for this. First, the manufacturer will have the deliver the vehicle in question from their existing stock. Secondly, this is sometimes used as a means to run a further credit check on the potential client. So, let's look at the concept of delivery times in general before we recommend some ways that can allow you to be prepared for any delays.