New Vehicle Warranty Comparison
Here is a comparison of some new vehicle manufacturer warranties. Not every vehicle is covered by the same warranty. Warranties may also vary depending on the year the vehicle was manufactured. This list is by no means comprehensive and is just a quick glance. Be sure to always check with the manufacturer dealership or owners manual.
As you can see from the charts above, the luxury brands are the leaders when it comes to the bumper to bumper warranty with Buick and Lincoln ahead of the game offering it for 4yr/50,000 miles. Most other manufacturers are steady on the 3yr/30,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Other notable impressions on warranties is the 10 yr/100,000 mile powertrain offered by Volkswagon on the Touareg. Whilst most other powertrain warranties are 5yr/100,000 miles. When it says 5 yrs/100,000 miles, this means that the vehicle is covered for the first 5 years OR 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. So if your vehicle only 4 years old but has 102,000 miles, your warranty is no longer valid because you have the mileage limitation first.
Chips and Tuning
It is worth considering whether adding a “chip” or “tuner” to your vehicle is really worth the risk. Adding these devices will increase horsepower, performance, and/or fuel economy. There is a reason they didn’t leave the factory like that though. Manufacturers may not cover vehicles that have had modifications added in the form of chips piggyback chips or tuners. Manufacturers will also not cover vehicles that have been lifted or had bigger wheels/tires added beyond manufacturer recommendations. There are some circumstances where they will, for example, if a Ram Truck has a Mopar lift kit fitted by an authorized dealer, this is ok.
If I do an oil change myself, does it void the warranty?
No, as long you keep your records and have some paperwork to prove that the servicing/oil change was done. For example, keep the receipt from the genuine parts your bought, such as the filter, plug and oil. You can choose to have your vehicle serviced at a non-dealer. Be sure to keep the receipts as proof, in case anything should happen further down the line where you need to make a warranty claim.
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan.