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Understanding Vehicle Warranties: What You Need to Know

At LB Auto, we believe in providing our customers with all the information they need to make informed decisions about their vehicle purchases. One of the most important aspects of buying a car, whether new or used, is understanding the vehicle warranty. A warranty can provide peace of mind and protect you from unexpected expenses. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand vehicle warranties and how they can benefit you. 
 

What is a Vehicle Warranty?

A vehicle warranty is a contract between the vehicle manufacturer or dealer and the buyer, guaranteeing that the vehicle will perform as expected over a specified period. If the car fails due to defects in materials or workmanship during the warranty period, the manufacturer or dealer will repair or replace the defective parts at no cost to the owner.

Types of Vehicle Warranties

There are several types of vehicle warranties, each covering different aspects of the car. Understanding these can help you determine what protection you have and what additional coverage you might need. 
 

1. Manufacturer’s Warranty

Manufacturer’s Warranty: Also known as a factory warranty, this is provided by the car manufacturer and comes with the purchase of a new vehicle. It typically covers major components and systems, ensuring that the car is free from defects in materials and workmanship. 

Key Components:

  • Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: Covers almost all parts of the vehicle, except for wear-and-tear items like tires and brake pads. It usually lasts for three to five years or up to a certain mileage limit (e.g., 36,000 to 60,000 miles). 
  • Powertrain Warranty: Covers the engine, transmission, and drivetrain components. This warranty often extends beyond the bumper-to-bumper warranty, sometimes up to 10 years or 100,000 miles. 
  • Corrosion/Rust Warranty: Covers rust or corrosion damage to the vehicle’s body. The duration can vary but typically lasts for five to seven years. 
     

2. Extended Warranty

Extended Warranty: Also known as a service contract, this is an optional coverage that you can purchase to extend the protection beyond the manufacturer’s warranty. It can be bought from the manufacturer, dealer, or a third-party provider.

Key Components: 

  • Coverage Extension: Extends the duration and mileage limits of the original warranty. 
  • Additional Services: May include benefits like roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement, and trip interruption coverage. 
  • Customization: Offers flexibility in coverage options, allowing you to choose a plan that suits your needs and budget. 
     

3. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned Warranty: This warranty is offered on certified pre-owned vehicles, which are typically low-mileage, late-model cars that have undergone a thorough inspection and reconditioning process. 

Key Components: 

  • Extended Manufacturer Coverage: Often extends the original manufacturer’s warranty. 
  • CPO Program Benefits: Includes perks such as roadside assistance, vehicle history reports, and special financing rates. 
  • Limited Timeframe: The coverage duration can vary but usually offers additional years or miles beyond the original warranty.

What Does a Vehicle Warranty Cover?

A vehicle warranty generally covers defects in materials and workmanship. However, it’s essential to understand the specifics, as coverage can vary significantly between warranties.

Commonly Covered Items: 

  • Engine and Transmission: Repairs related to engine components and the transmission system. 
  • Electrical Systems: Issues with the vehicle’s electrical components, such as the alternator, starter, and wiring. 
  • Heating and Air Conditioning: Problems with the HVAC system, including the compressor and condenser.
  • Suspension: Defects in the suspension system, including shocks and struts. 

Common Exclusions:

  • Wear-and-Tear Items: Tires, brake pads, wiper blades, and other components that wear out over time. 
  • Regular Maintenance: Oil changes, tire rotations, and other routine maintenance services. 
  • Accidental Damage: Damage caused by accidents, misuse, or neglect.

How to Make the Most of Your Vehicle Warranty

To maximize the benefits of your vehicle warranty, it’s essential to follow a few key practices: 

1. Understand Your Coverage: 

  • Read the warranty documentation carefully to understand what is covered and what is excluded. 
  • Take note of the warranty duration and mileage limits. 

2. Keep Maintenance Records: 

  • Maintain a detailed record of all services and repairs performed on your vehicle.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule to keep your warranty valid. 

3. Address Issues Promptly:

  • Report any problems to the dealer or manufacturer as soon as they arise. 
  • Keep documentation of all warranty claims and repairs. 

4. Choose Authorized Service Centers: 

  • Ensure that all warranty repairs are performed by authorized service centers or dealerships to avoid voiding your warranty.

Visit LB Auto for Your Warranty Needs

At LB Auto, we are committed to helping you understand and take full advantage of your vehicle warranty. Our team of experts is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about your warranty coverage. 

Dealership Information: 

  • Address: 1013 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN 37087
  • Phone: (615) 306-5180 
  • Email: leebo2798@yahoo.com 

Visit us today to learn more about the warranties available on our vehicles and how we can help you protect your investment. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team and ensure your car remains in top condition under warranty. 

Trust LB Auto to provide you with the best warranty options and comprehensive support for all your vehicle needs.

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