If you’re looking for a new car that’s reliable and requires little cash outlay for repairs and maintenance, you’re not alone. Scheduled service and car repairs can get expensive. Auto companies normally offer basic coverage limiting repairs and defects to three years or 36,000 miles, whichever of the two comes first. But some car manufacturers have decided to buck tradition, building in a solid warranty and, in some cases, prepaid maintenance to entice buyers.
Consider that the money you’ll save can go toward the hit you take in depreciation when you drive your brand new car off the lot. And it’s nice to know there are no costly surprises with the following automakers so long as the vehicle is in warranty. Here are eight carmakers with the best new car warranties on the market.
The list starts with Hyundai, since it was one of the first manufacturers to stand behind its product and offer consumers a meaty warranty. It states it has “America’s Best Warranty,” and for good reason.
Hyundai’s basic warranty is good for five years or 60,000 miles. It’s one of the few manufacturers backing a powertrain warranty that covers up to 10 years, or 100,000 miles. The powertrain is the most expensive part of a car to repair, so this in itself is valuable.
But Hyundai adds a cherry on top with a seven-year unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty, covering rust and corrosion from interior and exterior body panels of the original sheet metal and a five-year, unlimited-mile, 24-hour roadside-assistance service including battery jump-starts, flat-tire changing, lock-out assistance, and if all else fails, towing.
If you own one of the hybrid models like the Sonata hybrid, a lifetime hybrid battery warranty adds some peace of mind to your purchase.
All warranty details are transferable to future vehicle owners except the powertrain warranty. The new owner gets a five-year, 60,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty dated from the original owner’s purchase.
Mitsubishi offers a nearly identical package as Hyundai. Mitsubishi models like the Mirage, Lancer, and Outlander have won “Top Safety Pick Awards,” and “Best All-Around Performance Award” for the Mirage’s fuel efficiency.
Following Hyundai and Mitsubishi’s comprehensive warranties, you can get yourself a brand new Kia Optima for under $20,000 with assurance that Kia’s got you covered if something goes wrong.
We’re grateful for Swedish simplicity and sensibility. Volvo unified all the separate system warranties and offers a comprehensive new-vehicle limited warranty instead. It covers all the systems for four years or 50,000 miles. And for icy road commuters, corrosion protection covers your new Volvo for unlimited miles up to 12 years.
Volvo offers new car buyers free On-Call Roadside Assistance and the Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance plan covering the first three services (10,000 miles, 20,000 miles, and 30,000 miles) at no charge.
Infiniti’s basic car warranty covers its new vehicles for four years or 60,000 miles, a six-year 70,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a seven-year, unlimited-mile corrosion warranty. There’s free 24-hour roadside assistance for the first 48 months of ownership, regardless of mileage, under their Infiniti Total Ownership program. A nice feature includes trip-interruption benefits that will reimburse lodging and meal expenses if you breakdown more than 100 miles from home.
Another great feature for drivers in emissions-strict states like California, Colorado, and New York is Infiniti’s free four-year 60,000-mile emission defects warranty program, covering parts required to meet state emission standards.
The innovative manufacturer of sexy electric vehicles claims to offer the “World’s Best Service And Warranty Program.” First, Tesla has waived the original $600 annual service contract that kept their warranty coverage valid.
The Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack, in what is called an Infinite Mile Warranty. The Model S is now covered for eight years and unlimited miles, so the dreadful battery problems are no longer on the owner’s dime. Short of taking a sledgehammer to the battery, Tesla will replace the unit with a reconditioned one of equal or higher capacity at no charge.
Tesla also offers free valet service when a Tesla is due for service, picking up the Tesla from your location and leaving a just-as-nice loaner car in its place.
7. GMC and Buick
Both brands are backed by GMC’s warranty, but at their respective dealers. The brands offer bumper-to-bumper, four-year 50,000-mile coverage with no-deductible powertrain warranties valid for six years or 70,000 miles. If you sell your car every couple of years, the GMC powertrain warranty is fully transferable.
Rust and corrosion defects are covered for six years or 100,000 miles and a 24-hour seven-day-per-week roadside assistance is offered for six years or 70,000 miles.
8. Rolls Royce
Luxury car maker Rolls Royce is one of the few luxury brands offering a comprehensive warranty. The steep price you pay for handcrafted precision includes a four-year unlimited mileage warranty. In addition to the basic coverage, Rolls Royce also adds four years of service, maintenance and roadside assistance. But does the roadside assistance program include passing the Grey Poupon?
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