For many, understanding what a “Warranty” is can be a bit confusing given the different types of policies out there. Here are a few terms that can help you understand just what a warranty is and what it covers.

Warranties generally do not cover are what’s known as the “peripheral” items. The “peripheral” items generally include the tires, brake pads, lights, the general wear and tear on a vehicle, accidental damage, computer viruses, and most items covered by normal maintenance such as the air filter, spark plugs and the like.

Bumper to Bumper: This pretty much states what it is, everything between the front and back bumpers of the vehicle is covered under the warranty, save for those items generally listed above. No warranty covers everything, so be sure to review the exceptions are listed.

Power Train Warranty: The most common form of auto warranties. This generally covers the engine, transmission, and drive train of the vehicle. When any of those items breaks down, the warranty will cover the cost of the repairs.

Extended Warranty: This can be purchased by the customer to extend the length of the warranty in terms of both years and/or miles. Generally speaking, an extended warranty that lists “3 Years or 36,000 Miles” for example means that the coverage will extend until either the “3 Years” or “36,000 Miles” is reached first.

You should always review the details of your warranty and be sure to ask specific questions as to what is and is not covered. Knowing your warranty can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs when your car breaks down.

We hope this information helps you in making a more informed choice when viewing the warranty policies of our new and used vehicles.