7 automakers with the best car warranties
Shopping for a new-car warranty
When shopping for a new car, an important part of sizing up a deal financially should be to determine the value of the car warranties.
Auto companies traditionally offer basic coverage, which covers repairs and defects for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, some companies are offering warranties for much longer than the three-year 36,000-mile standard, and savvy shoppers can take advantage.
These buyers may benefit from having a lower total cost of ownership. There are generally at least four types of new-car warranties.
- Basic: Also known as "bumper-to-bumper" coverage, this is the general coverage that would pay to repair defects in factory-installed parts. Tires are not typically included because they're usually covered under a separate tire manufacturer warranty.
- Powertrain: Covers the engine, transmission and transaxle parts, and usually lasts longer than basic coverage. This is also known as a drivetrain warranty.
- Corrosion: Covers rust that causes holes in sheet metal in parts such as the doors or side panels.
- Roadside assistance: Provides help with towing and tire-changing if the car breaks down while traveling.
It's best to check with dealers for specifics, but here is a list of seven top auto companies that offer among the best car warranties, despite the fact that many are rated safe cars by independent research firms.