warranty n. a written guarantee promising to repair or replace
an article if necessary within a specified period.
(Source: Oxford English Dictionary)
warranty n. a completely ambiguous document which may be a
lifesaver, yet may also not even be worth the paper it is written on.
(Source: Palmdale Car Dictionary)
There is HUGE misunderstanding amongst car buyers as to what is covered by
car warranties, and most of this deception is deliberately caused by car dealers.
So to set the record straight, here is Ashley's guide to car warranties:
These are issued on the car when it is new, and usually last until the car is 3 years old (5 years
for Hyundais, 7 years for the Kia Ceed... and yet just 2 years for Porsches).
They cover pretty much everything on the car except for 'wear and tear' items such as tyres and
brake discs/pads. They also cover you for up to the value of the car, and never have an excess
The best thing is that they are completely transferable. No matter who you buy the car from
(even a private seller), the warranty stays on the car.
And, if you buy a used car through a manufacturer approved dealer, they will nearly always give
you a 12 month Manufacturer Warranty regardless of how old the car is. (N.B. Some brands such as
Peugeot limit the cover.)
Some are OK, but most are totally worthless. There are 3 factors you need to check:
1) What is covered. Many will have a whole list of complicated exclusions that will
render the policy useless in the vast majority of situations.
2) What the claim limit is. The GOOD ONES will often limit you to just £1,000 per claim.
I have seen some with a poxy £250 claim limit!
3) Whether there is an excess. (The policy above with a £250 claim limit had a £150 excess!)
So next time that local car dealer tells you that the car comes with a 3 month warranty, make sure
you ask the right questions.
Be happy, don't warranty!
(Founder & Owner)
(P.S. Our 1,650 mile trip to Poland in a £1 car was a complete success! It is still not too late
to help us increase the amount of money we have raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital
OF THE WEEK
"I have tried to buy one, but I cannot find any decent quality VW Caravelles for sale!"
How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = £15,195
We bought it for = £13,500!
WHY I LOVE THE...
Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
Utterly pointless and barking mad. Most performance cars put the
power to the rear wheels for better traction. The 156 GTA has a whopping 250BHP fighting to get
out through the front wheels. The result, nothing but wheelspin... and immense fun trying to keep
the blessed thing on the road!