Buying a new car with a manufacturers warranty gives motorists peace of mind that, should anything go wrong in the first few years, the manufacturer will rectify it at no additional cost.
This usually excludes the consumables and general wear and tear aspects that any car owner has to deal with like tyres, clutch plates, brake pads and discs and the like.
The longer the warranty provided by the car maker the more peace of mind for the owner and it shows that a manufacturer feels confident in the reliability of their own vehicles.
Most car manufacturers offer a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty as standard, however a number offer up to 5 years or 7 years.
If you’re buying a used car from one of these manufacturers it can mean that you’ve still got the confidence instilled by their cover, and if you’re selling a used car which is still in warranty you can command a higher price than an equivalent which is out of warranty.
As well as the number of years, the longer warranties still tend to be mileage limited with one exception.
Long-term warranty providers in the UK:
The first car manufacturer to introduce a 5 year warranty, they’re also still the only one with no upper mileage limit, unless you buy a commercial vehicle or use your car for hire and reward – cover is then limited to 100,000 miles.
Hyundai also throw in up to 5 years roadside assistance (if you get your car serviced at a Hyundai garage), 5 annual vehicle health checks and a 12 year anti perforation warranty. Every model qualifies, including electric, and the warranty is transferrable to new owners.
From December 18th 2019, all Renault cars now come with a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. If you bought a Clio before 18th you can register to have your warranty extended to the full 5 years.
They also offering a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and 3 year paint warranty.
Another brand offering a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty in the UK is Toyota, who are renowned for their reliability and extend the offer to their electric and hybrid models.
Mitsubishi provide a 5 year/62,500 mile warranty and a 12 year anti-perforation warranty on all their vehicles, which will be honoured in spite of the recent announcement that they will no longer be distributing new models in Europe.
Jeep offer a 5 year warranty and 5 years roadside assistance. but it is limited to 75,000 miles.
With a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty, Kia are leading the way in long-term vehicle protection. As they rightly point out, you could buy a 3 year old Kia with a longer existing warranty than if you bought a new car from one of its competitors.
From September 1st 2019 all models in the MG range are covered by a 7 year/80,000 mile warranty, which is quite impressive for a budget brand whose range starts at £12,195.
The South Korean car maker has topped Kia with, in their own words, “the best and the longest warranty in the UK” – 7 years/150,000 miles, projecting huge confidence in the build quality of their cars. As of October 2018 this is offered across their entire range.
For all warranties it is best to check the small print, as a number of components will have more specific time or mileage cover limit. If you’re not in the 5- or 7-year warranty club it might be worth considering a reputable used car warranty, such as the warranty cover available from ALA. For more information about cover and costs click here.
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