Dealers may offer a full or limited warranty on all or some of a vehicle's systems or components. Most used car warranties are limited and their coverage varies. A full warranty includes the following terms and conditions:
Anyone who owns the vehicle during the warranty period is entitled to warranty service.
Warranty service will be provided free of charge, including such costs as removing and reinstalling a covered system.
You have the choice of a replacement or a full refund if, after a reasonable number of tries, the dealer cannot repair the vehicle or a covered system.
You only have to tell the dealer that warranty service is needed in order to get it, unless the dealer can prove that it is reasonable to require you to do more.
Implied warranties have no time limits.
If any of these statements doesn't apply, the warranty is limited.
A full or limited warranty doesn't have to cover the entire vehicle. The dealer may specify that only certain systems are covered. Some parts or systems may be covered by a full warranty; others by a limited warranty.
The dealer must check the appropriate box on the Used Car Buyers Guide to indicate whether the warranty is full or limited and the dealer must include the following information in the "Warranty" section:
the percentage of the repair cost that the dealer will pay. For example, "the dealer will pay 100 percent of the labor and 100 percent of the parts ...";
the specific parts and systems � such as the frame, body, or brake system � that are covered by the warranty. The back of the Buyers Guide lists the major systems where problems may occur;
the warranty term for each covered system. For example, "30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first"; and
whether there's a deductible and, if so, how much.
You have the right to see a copy of the dealer's warranty before you buy. Review it carefully to determine what is covered. The warranty gives detailed information, such as how to get repairs for a covered system or part. It also tells who is legally responsible for fulfilling the terms of the warranty. If it's a third party, investigate their reputation and whether they're insured. Find out the name of the insurer, and call to verify the information. Then check out the third-party company with your local Better Business Bureau. That's not foolproof, but it is prudent. Make sure you receive a copy of the dealer's warranty document if you buy a car that is offered with a warranty.
If the manufacturer's warranty still is in effect, the dealer may include it in the "systems covered/duration" section of the Used Car Buyers Guide. To make sure you can take advantage of the coverage, ask the dealer for the car's warranty documents. Verify the information (what's covered, expiration date/miles, necessary paperwork) by calling the manufacturer's zone office. Make sure you have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) when you call.
If you have a written warranty that doesn't cover your problems, you still may have coverage through implied warranties. That's because when a dealer sells a vehicle with a written warranty or service contract, implied warranties are included automatically. The dealer can't delete this protection. Any limit on an implied warranty's time must be included on the written warranty.
Most important if you plan to purchase a warranty LOOK closely at the EXCLUSIONS documented in the warranty contract. I've never seen a used car warranty that was "Bumper to Bumper"..most are more like Dealer to curb, especially if the Warranty Company has a poor reputation. AND remember FEW used car warranty company plans cover the costs of the FULL repair...Look at your deductible costs, per visit or breakdown and if the costs of fluids or filters would be your responsibility.Remember if the Warranty covered Everything the Contract would be one line in length!
vauxhall corsa,overheating and taken back to garage.The garage said they would carry out repair under warranty,gave me loan car.When I collected they state that warranty does not cover all work undertaken ie.machining cylinder head,refilling air conditionin(which was ok prior to repair work)The garage no say I must pay for this extra work at over �130,as warranty insurance does not cover these costs.Is this correct as the warranty fault caused the extra work specified?
I bought a 1997 buick skylark.. I picked it up on 2/15. on 2/16 i had to go and pick up my son and went over the grand island bridge to pay toll and i put the window down which is electric windows and it went down and would not go up after a few trys it went up finally well i took the car back the next morning on 2/17 and told them whats wrong and I come to find out thay say with the 30day warrentee its not covered.. the motor on the electric window burned out.. I ended up paying 209.00 to get it fixed .. what i dont understand is I was told I had bumper to bumper coverage.. Is it true that it would not be covered under the 30 day warntee? can you help me thanks
I bought a used 1997 buick sky lark and I got a 30 warranty with bumper to bumper well I piacked up the car on 2/15 on 2/16 the driver side window is electric and when i used it. it went down but would not go up after trying a few times it finally went up slow.. on2/17 i took the car back to the salesman and told him about the prob and he said he would check it i get a phone call and thay sais its not covered on the 30 warnnty which is bumper to bumper coverage... found out the motor in the window was blown and i got charged 209.00 to fix it can you help me if this is true on the warranty that it would not be covered???? thanks
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As I stated previously you must read and understand what IS covered in any warranty. A warranty is a contract and the terms must be spelled out in the written warranty, NOT verbally stated by a salesman. "Bumper To Bumper" could only mean the front and rear bumpers but most, if NOT ALL warranties EXCLUDE any damages that were caused by collision with the possible exception of a TIRE warranty offered by many tire companies. REMEMBER, the most important section of any warranty is to read and fully understand what is NOT included. Until you commit you always have the option to walk.
The most common are that the problem is not covered within the specic written terms of the warranty, because the owner did something to void the warranty or that the warranty has expired. For example a car warranty would cover defects in manufacturing of a particular part, but not accidental damage to that part. If an engine part failed due to a defect, it would be covered, but if it were damaged in an accident, the defense would be that it is not covered under the warranty becacuse it was not a defect. A condition of a warranty might be that the car must be maintained properly, with oil changes, etc. If an engine part failed dure to improper or no maintenance, the defense would be that that damage is not covered under the warranty because the owner failed to keep the engine properly maintained. Another defense is that the damage occurred outside the time period or mileage limit of the warranty. If there is a 1 year warranty, an engine that fails on the last day of the warranty would be covered, but an engine thet failed 1 day later would not be covered. Same goes for any mileage limitation. If the engine has a 50,000 mile warranty and the engine fails at 50,000 miles it will be covered but if it fails at 50,000, the defense would be that it is no longer covered.
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