If you buy a new car, the manufacturer will always supply it with a warranty. This covers you in the unlikely event that something goes wrong and isolates you from any potentially expensive repair bills.
A great warranty can give you more peace of mind when buying a car and some car makers offer more coverage than others. Here are the best warranties currently offered by car manufacturers. Warranties tend to give a time limit and a milage limit and will end when either of these is passed.
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Kia offers a UK market-leading seven year/100,000 mile warranty (whichever comes first) on every new vehicle produced. It’s the only car manufacturer to offer a warranty of such length.
Not everything is covered for seven years or 100,000 miles, however, due to the natural lifetime duration of some parts. These items include windscreen wipers, clutch linings and the car’s battery. The audio system is only covered for three years or 60,000 miles and the paint is covered for five years or 100,000 miles.
One of the best aspects of this warranty is that if a vehicle changes owners within the covered warranted years, the warranty is fully transferable and doesn’t become invalid – another talking point when you sell your car on.
For an upcoming company in the UK market, SsangYong is very generous with the warranty it offers. Every new SsangYong gets a five year warranty, and it will last the full length because the vehicle is covered for an unlimited number of miles.
As well as an anti-corrosion warranty and mechanical cover, the five year warranty covers common ‘wear and tear’ items such as wheel bearings, suspension joints, bushes and shock absorbers. The brake pads and clutch plates are covered for one year or 12,000 miles and the battery warranty lasts three years.
Even if you use the car as a light commercial vehicle or a taxi, you’ll still be covered by the same five year unlimited milage warranty – something some manufacturers don’t allow.
Like SsangYong, Hyundai offers a five year, unlimited mileage warranty on its entire passenger car range. Unlike SsangYong, this warranty excludes light commercial vehicles and cars for taxi or private hire usage.
As part of the five year package, every Hyundai gets five years worth of free UK breakdown cover, five years annual vehicle health checks and ten or twelve years anti-perforation warranty.
Hyundai covers its vehicle’s batteries, clutch discs and brake components for two years. All rubber components are covered for five years/60,000 miles and so are front and rear wheel bearings, all ball joints, bushes, track rod ends and dampers.
With every new Toyota passenger car, the company offers a five year/100,000 mile warranty across its entire range. Excluding the Hilux and Proace, the warranty covers any mechanical fault caused by a manufacturing defect.
Alongside this, Toyota offers a 12 year anti-corrosion and perforation warranty which is transferable to future owners. It also offers three years paintwork and surface rust warranty which protects against defects and corrosion.
Every Toyota Hybrid is covered for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Hybrid Components warranty is for the same duration. So too is the Hybrid battery warranty.
Every new vehicle Subaru builds is covered by a five year/100,000 mile warranty. This excludes the performance flagship WRX STI saloon which only comes with a three year/60,000 mile warranty.
Bodywork is covered by a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and paintwork is covered for three years. Subaru also provides a three year recovery and assistance programme free of charge giving you with that extra piece of mind if you break down.
For every new vehicle built, Mitsubishi will offer a five year/62,500 mile warranty, whichever comes first. Vehicle batteries, oxygen sensors, diesel injectors and glow plugs are covered for three years/62,500 miles.
Mitsubishi’s five year vehicle warranty includes a 12 year/unlimited mileage anti-corrosion and perforation warranty which covers pretty much the same problems that other manufacturers cover.
If you want your next car to give you as little grief as possible, check out our list of the manufacturers that offer fixed price service plans. Put your ideal car in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save or, for more options, head over to our deals page. If you’re still struggling to pick what car you’d like, check out our car chooser.