Using Auto Warranty to Get Free Repairs You Are Entitled to Receive
New cars come with as many as seven
warranties, usually referred to as basic power-train, emissions control
systems, rust-through, tire, battery, and supplemental inflatable restraint
(air bag). Each of these warranties will be discussed on this site. In
recent years, manufacturers have clumped together the basic and power-train
warranties into a single package called "bumper-to-bumper"
Some warranties, specifically
those required by federal law, are automatically transferred to people
who buy cars in used condition. Others can be transferred to a buyer of
a used car if the manufacturer permits, but a transfer fee may be charged.
Important: In recent years, some manufacturers have eased restrictions
on warranties for second and subsequent parties. The complete warranty
package will automatically be applied to a car at no charge. If you're
buying a used vehicle, ask about this or contact the customer service
department of the particular manufacturer to determine which warranties,
if any, are applicable.
is basics warranty?
A basic warranty or the basic part of a bumper-to-bumper warranty normally
runs for a vehicle's first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs
bumper to bumper warranty completely free?
On the surface, the extended period of a bumper-to-bumper warranty may
look like a wonderful deal, but be careful. More
there more warranty coverage?
If something goes wrong with a car during the time/mileage period that
a basic/power-train or a bumper-to-bumper warranty is in effect, most
owners know enough to return a car to the dealer they bought it from
to get the car fixed free. More
Although referred to in the singular, technically there are two emissions
systems warranties that come with every new vehicle.
to take advantage of emmisions warranty?
The design and defect part of the emissions systems warranty remains
in effect for five years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from
the day that a new car takes to the road. More
is performance provision?
Federal law requires that for the first two years or 24,000 miles, whichever
occurs first, the manufacturer must pay for all repairs required for
your vehicle to pass a state- or municipality-mandated emissions test,
no matter what the reason. More
there any other important fact?
There are other facts about the emissions control systems warranty that
you may find useful in getting a driveability problem resolved free
of charge. More
I get fringe benefit warranty?
In addition to the warranties discussed thus far, new cars also come
with tire and battery warranties. More
to deal with stubborn dealer?
Since manufacturers use them as a selling device, warranties other than
those covering emissions control systems and air bag systems differ
from manufacturer to manufacturer. More
to keep my part of the bargain?
For the manufacturer to keep its part of the bargain under the terms
of the warranty and fix your car for free, you must assume some responsibilities.
should I know about maintenance schedules?
Manufacturers provide two maintenance schedules: a maintenance schedule
for "normal" operation of your car and a maintenance schedule
for "severe" operation. More
to resolve warranty dispute?
Each new car warranty is a contract between the buyer and the manufacturer.
As with most legal agreements, it contains "ifs, ands, and buts."
is customer arbitration procedure?
Arbitration is the process by which two parties—in this case,
you and the manufacturer of your car—authorize a third party to
resolve a dispute. More
What is lemon law?
Each state that has a warranty enforcement (lemon) law has its own procedure
to follow. More
is extended warranty?
According to federal law, "extended warranties" that are usually
offered by salespeople to buyers of new and used cars are not warranties.
is my right when buying a used car?
When you shop for a car at the used car department of a new car dealer
or at an independent used car dealer's establishment, look for the buyer's
guide sticker that is posted on the window of the car. Learn about
full warranty, limited warranty, implied warranty, As
Is, used cars sold by private party. More