Auto Warranties and Service Plans: Don’t Pass Up the OEM/Dealer Advantage

If you’re like many car buyers today, you appreciate the added convenience, peace of mind, and value a good warranty, service contract, or maintenance plan can offer. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are equipped with increasingly sophisticated technologies, digital dashboards, electrical systems, and powertrains. The added protection or coverage auto warranties or service plans can offer might be an investment worth exploring.

Troubleshooting and fixing problems is not like the old days, when your Dad, best friend, or neighbor gladly popped open the hood to fix that rattle, filter, or faulty component with ease. And for free. With today’s vehicles, it can be more difficult to get at parts, fluids, and components that you used to be able to easily access, as they now reside underneath or sandwiched between a larger element that you wouldn’t dare try to loosen or remove. 

In this article, we take a look at auto warranties and service plans that come with or are available through the OEM and its dealer network. Learn about coverage and plan options and reach out to a local dealer if you have questions.

Your local dealership also has factory-trained service and repair technicians that stay current on all the latest technologies and powertrains, use genuine OEM parts, and care for your vehicle in OEM-approved, state-of-the-art service and repair facilities.

New Vehicle Warranties

With a new car, you are protected by a manufacturer’s warranty that usually includes a powertrain warranty and a bumper-to-bumper/limited warranty that begins the day you take delivery. Typically, these warranties cover your vehicle for a few years or for a specified amount of miles, whichever comes first.

Samples of new vehicle warranties ― as well as factory-backed extended warranties and service plans that you can purchase directly or through a dealer ― are featured below. 

Light-Duty Trucks

2022 Ford F-150

Basic – 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles (gas); 5 years/100,000 miles (diesel)
Corrosion – 5 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance – 5 years/60,000 miles
Emission defect/performance/noise – Up to 8 years/80,000 miles
Hybrid and EV electric drivetrain and battery – 8 years/80,000 miles

Ford Protect extended service plan
Ford Protect premium maintenance plan
Ford TireCare
CPO Ford Warranty

2022 Ram 1500

Basic – 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles (gas); 5 years/100,000 miles (diesel)
Anti-corrosion perforation – 5 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance – 5 years/60,000 miles
Federal emissions – 2 years/24,000 miles (8 years/80,000 miles for certain components)

Mopar® new, pre-owned, and lease vehicle protection plans

2022 Chevy Silverado

Basic – 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles (gas); 5 years/100,000 miles (Duramax® turbo-diesel)
Rust-through protection – 6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance – 5 years/60,000 miles
Emission defect/performance – Up to 5 years/50,000 miles
Hybrid and EV electric drivetrain and battery – 8 years/80,000 miles

Chevrolet extended limited warranty (new vehicles)
Extended protection plans
Gap coverage
Pre-paid maintenance plans
Tire and wheel protection
Advanced lease protection
Appearance guard
XS® wear lease protection

2022 Toyota Tundra

Basic – 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles (gas); 5 years/100,000 miles (diesel)
Rust-through coverage – 5 years/unlimited miles
ToyotaCare® no-cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance for 2 years/25,000 miles
Emissions – Up to 10 years/80,000 miles
Hybrid battery – 10 years/150,000 miles

New vehicle service agreements
Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP)
Prepaid maintenance plans

Luxury Electric Vehicle (EV) Sedans

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Basic – 4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain – 4 years/50,000 miles

New and pre-owned extended limited warranty and prepaid maintenance plans

2022 Porsche Taycan

Basic – 4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain – 4 years/50,000 miles
2-year warranty for genuine Porsche parts, exchange parts, and accessories
Corrosion – 12 years
Roadside assistance – complimentary during the new car warranty period

Porsche Protection Plans
Porsche approved CPO limited warranty – 2 years/unlimited miles

2022 Audi e-tron® Sportback

Basic – 4 years/50,000 miles
Battery warranty – 8 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion perforation – 12 years
Roadside assistance – complimentary for 4 years

Audi new, CPO, and lease service plans
Audi CPO limited warranty 
Audi accessories limited warranty

2022 Genesis G80

Basic – 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain – 10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion – 7 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance – complimentary for 3 years

Bumper-to-bumper warranty on CPO vehicles
Genesis Protection Plan vehicle service contract
Pre-paid scheduled maintenance plan
Lease-end protection plan
Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) protection

SUVs

2022 Honda CR-V (gas or hybrid)

Basic – 3 year/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 year/60,000 miles
Corrosion – 5 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance – complimentary throughout the basic warranty period

HondaCare extended service contracts, Sentinel service plans, pre-paid maintenance plan,
guaranteed asset protection (GAP) plan 

2022 Jeep Wrangler

Basic – 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion – 3 years/unlimited miles
Mopar® parts and accessories limited warranty
Jeep Wave® program

Mopar extended vehicle protection plans – Maximum Care, Added Care

2022 Subaru Forester

Basic – 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles
Rust perforation – 5 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance – complimentary throughout basic warranty period of 3 years

Added Security® extended service agreements 
Added Security mechanical repair coverage and maintenance plans

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) and Used Car Warranties

When considering a previously owned vehicle, what matters most to you? Value? Condition? Transparency in terms of how the car was cared for and what it offers? When you search for a used car offered through a dealership, you’ll typically have two options – certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles approved by the OEM(s) the dealer represents or quality used vehicles representing other brands or dealer brands that don’t meet CPO status (e.g., low mileage, newer model years). A CPO vehicle undergoes a rigorous, OEM-specified inspection and meets all their requirements for certification status. Dealers also typically provide access to vehicle history reports, so you can view third-party information about the vehicle you’re interested in.

Extended Warranties

With a new vehicle, your dealer will typically offer an OEM-backed extended warranty at the time of purchase, or you can choose to search options available through third-party providers. OEMs do offer extended warranties, or vehicle service protection, on used vehicles; ask your local dealer about coverage options with the vehicle you’re interested in.

What if you purchase a used vehicle from an individual? Some OEMs, like Ford, will honor any remaining OEM warranty coverage on the vehicle. 

Auto Service Contracts

These are contracts you enter into to have certain service and repair work performed for a specified period of time. Provided by the OEM and available through your dealer, extended service plans or service contracts are typically honored at service and repair centers throughout the OEM’s dealer network. 

What Can Void Auto Warranties?

You’ll need to read the warranty coverage to learn the specifics of what can potentially void the warranty or certain parts of the coverage. Make sure you take care of your vehicle while you own or lease it, to avoid any unwanted issues. Also ensure you keep up with your maintenance schedules and repairs; many service providers share maintenance and repair work to vehicle data reporting services. When it’s time to sell, that data ― or some form of it ― is accessible to future buyers for consideration in their car-buying decision.

Electric Vehicle Battery Warranties

Luckily, battery pack longevity continues to improve and most EV batteries can last 10 years or more. This means you likely won’t have to replace it during your time of ownership. But, like anything, something could go wrong while you have the vehicle that requires repair or replacement.

If you’re comparing EV vehicles, another important consideration is charging time. Some vehicles charge faster than others. For an apples-to-apples comparison, you’ll need to consider all conditions ― like power output capability of your charging site. 

The unit of measure when it comes to electrical power is kilowatts (kW). While performance of a gas-powered vehicle is measured in miles per gallon (MPG), an EV uses kilowatt hours (kWh). Each kilowatt is equivalent to 1.34 horsepower. You can get an idea of EV battery power by using this calculator.

In the United States, high-voltage batteries for EVs come with warranties that last at least eight years or up to 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Below is a snapshot of what’s currently on the market ― or debuting soon.

VehicleBattery CapacityEV Battery Warranty
Audi e-tron®82-95 kWh8 years/100,000 miles
Ford F-150 Lightning98 kWh8 years/100,000 miles
Mercedes-Benz EQS107.8 kWh10 years/155,000 miles
Tesla Model S98 kWh8 years/150,000 miles
GMC Hummer EV (pickup)200 kWhWarranty info not yet available
Volvo XC40 Recharge75 kWh8 years/100,000 miles
Hyundai IONIQ 558-77.4 kWh8 years/160,000 miles
Kia EV677.4 kWh10 years/100,000 miles

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