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7 automakers with the best car warranties

Hyundai
Hyundai
  • Popular 2013 models with MSRPs:
    Sonata, $20,995 and Elantra, $16,965

Vehicles backed by Hyundai boast a basic warranty that's good for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

However, Hyundai's real claim to fame is that it is one of the few brands with a powertrain warranty that covers up to 10 years or 100,000 miles. This provides for repair or replacement of powertrain components originally installed or made by Hyundai that become defective under normal use.

Still, there is a major caveat to the 100,000-mile deal. It is only for the original owner of the vehicle. Sell the car, and the new owner gets a five-year 60,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty dated from the original owner's purchase.

The powertrain isn't the only warranty that comes with Hyundai vehicles. There is also a seven-year unlimited-mile antiperforation warranty, which covers corrosion or rust that goes through a body panel from inside to outside of the original sheet metal.

Hyundai also provides vehicle owners with a five-year, unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside-assistance service, which includes towing, battery jump-starts, flat-tire changing and lock-out assistance. As one of the best car warranties, it is good for original and subsequent owners.

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