Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What different types of vehicle warranties are available?

There are Powertrain warranties that only cover the engine, transmission and drivetrain. Since the average vehicle contains thousands of parts that are not covered, the Powertrain warranty is not a great value, even though it is often the least expensive.

There are also Breakdown warranties. These only cover breakage, no wear and tear items.

There are also warranties that list everything that is covered and others that list only what is not covered. Whichever you choose, you will want to ask about a wear and tear clause. That means that the warranty will pay for worn parts that need to be replaced. This is superior since not replacing a known worn part is not only dangerous, but will likely result in a more costly repair down the road. A comprehensive auto warranty that includes wear and tear coverage is generally the best choice.