Longer Car Manufacturer Warranties
On the very first morning of our epic 2,500 km European rally
last weekend, our sub-£150 car wouldn't start.
Thankfully it was very quickly sorted (forgetting to turn off an interior light had left us with a
flat battery), but there is nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you realise that
there is something wrong with your car.
This is the reason why all new cars come with a warranty, so that all you have to do is take
it to your local dealer for a free repair. The manufacturer warranty (not to be confused with
an aftermarket warranty - see here) always
used to last for 3 years. Recently, however, this has changed... for the better.
A battle between different manufacturers to see who can offer the longest warranty has been
waging, and we car buyers are certainly getting the benefits!
Below is a breakdown of what is currently offered by each manufacturer.
All major manufacturers not listed below:
2 years (yes, you can spend £100k on a Porsche and still only get a stingy warranty).
5 years for any car registered from August 2010, but 3 years for older cars.
7 years for all cars originally purchased after 1 January 2010 and all Ceed models
regardless of age. 3 years for everything else.
5 years on all cars registered after 1 August 2002.
All cars from 1 August 2010 come with Vauxhall's new Lifetime Warranty... but this is not
always as good as it sounds. It stops once a car has exceeded 100,000 miles, plus you need to take
the car to a Vauxhall dealer every year for a free annual inspection. And it only applies to the
first owner (2nd/3rd owners just get the normal 3-year cover).
And you also need to remember that with the exception of Hyundai, all manufacturer warranties have
mileage limitations, typically 60,000 miles for a 3-year warranty and 100,000 for a 5-year
Don't forget that this is really important information for the used car buyer too, as
nearly all the warranties above are transferable, so if you are buying a 2006 Hyundai, for example,
you still have one year of the manufacturer warranty left!
Enjoy the bank holiday break-down!
(Founder & Owner)
OF THE WEEK
Honda Accord Tourer
"Please find me a diesel Honda Accord Tourer with as low mileage as possible."
How much it should have cost:
Glass's Guide = £12,513
We bought it for = £9,500!
WHY I LOVE THE...
Hennessey Venom GT
The 190 BHP Lotus Exige is a seriously fast car. Although the
British-made Venom GT may look very similar to the Exige, it is madder than a bunch of Mad Hatters trying to
lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in under 8 minutes... on bicycles. Its absolute lunacy is
the psychotic 1,200 BHP engine option. That's 200 BHP more than a Bugatti Veyron! Stark raving
"GHOSTBUSTING" 2,500 KM
Thank you VERY MUCH to everyone who sponsored our participation in the
Ramshackle Rally Valencia last weekend.
Our route started in Calais with nightly stop-overs in Annecy (just south of Geneva), San Remo
(Italian Riviera), Perpignan and finally Valencia where it was 43C!
We received a huge amount of attention on the road in our Ghostbsuters replica car. On our drive through Monte Carlo, we passed a
soft-top Lamborghini; as we got our cameras out to take a photo, the driver stuck his mobile phone
out of the window and took a number of shots of us!
And best of all, we raised over £4,000 for
Christopher Place and
Auditory Verbal UK!