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Understanding Extended Warranties
Matt Jones
08/15/2017
Understanding Extended Warranties
Get the facts on extended auto warranties: service contracts that can cover repairs after your factory warranty expires.
Five Questions To Ask Before You Say Yes to an Extended Warranty
Ronald Montoya
07/15/2013
Five Questions To Ask Before You Say Yes to an Extended Warranty
Asking yourself these five questions will help you determine if you need an extended warranty on your new car. They'll also help you get the best price.
Understanding Tire Warranties
Ronald Montoya
03/04/2015
Understanding Tire Warranties
Tire warranties can cover premature wear, road hazards and defects, but improper use or maintenance can void your coverage. If something happens to your tires, it's best to know your options.
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When deciding which car to buy, make sure you check the auto warranty that comes with the vehicle. In this section we will help you sort through all the auto warranty-related issues. After all, not every new car warranty is created equally. Some will cover all the non-wear items on the car up to only three years or 36,000 miles. Others will cover repairs all the way up to 10 years or 100,000 miles. The strength of the coverage that is included will help you decide whether to buy an extended auto warranty. In some of our articles we will also take a look at the used car warranty.

Before we get into more detail it's important to understand the different parts of an auto warranty. It's also good to know the difference between a new car warranty and an extended auto warranty. A typical new car warranty has two parts: the "bumper to bumper" warranty, which covers everything except the "wear" items such as brakes and tires; and the powertrain warranty that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission.

An extended auto warranty can be purchased to prolong the coverage of the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Most people are familiar with the extended warranty that is sold at dealerships. This is sometimes called a "factory warranty" because factory-trained technicians perform the required work on the car. There are also "third-party" warranties which can save consumers money but are generally less convenient to use. Many third-party warranties require out-of-pocket payment for repairs before reimbursement. Weigh all these factors carefully before you make your choice.

Pay special attention to this auto warranty section so that, when you need it, it will keep your car in good working order without costing you a lot of money.