After scouring both the online and offline car marketplaces, you have now finally bought that shiny car you have always dreamed of. It is everything you wanted and more, but do you want to spend another load of cash if some mechanical damage occurs? Of course not, this is the reason most car manufacturers provide a car warranty that provides protection against costs of damage.
Most new cars have a warranty for up to 2.5 or 3 years and cover a wide range of parts and damages. But warranties vary and it is important that you check the policy properly to see what all is covered in it.
Most warranties cover for:
- Clutch and brake system parts
- Fuel and ignition systems
- Cooling and transmission systems
- Electrics etc.
However, warranties do not cover for certain damages like wear and tear of the car parts, GPS and sound systems, air conditioning, damages due to neglect of the vehicle, etc.
There are also many terms and conditions that need to be followed so that the car warranty stays valid, including taking good care of the car and servicing it at regular intervals.
If the car is then sold to another person, the warranty tends to be transferrable in most situations.
Warranty for used cars
The used car market in India is booming. Used cars can be bought from car dealerships with physical outlets specific to used cars or from an array of trustable online websites that deal in pre-owned car. Due to the highly regulated nature of this industry, almost all of the used cars come with warranty for up to a year. These warranties also come with terms and regulations.
We can however buy a warranty at any time from a warranty provider. This warranty can be for a used car or it can be attached to the existing warranty of a new car. It is advisable that extensive research should be done before signing up for any warranty. The policies should be properly read to check what is covered and what is not. Negotiations can be done to adjust the warranties to our needs. Sometimes a lot of money can be saved by purchasing a warranty from an independent company rather than the car manufacturer.
Advantages of car warranties
- Warranties help you by shelling out a lot of money for repairs.
- They can be modified to fit your needs.
- Help you keep cars for a long period of time by maintaining the quality.
- There are added advantages like roadside or breakdown assistance in case of emergencies.
Disadvantages of warranties
- Not all repairs and problems are covered.
- In some cases the repairs are only partially covered
It is easy for companies to cheat customers during purchase of extended warranty by hiding terms and conditions in fine print or not covering for main repairs.
Hence, it is important that you research about warranties thoroughly both online and otherwise, and read policy documents carefully before purchasing.