Hyundai claims it offers new car buyers ‘America’s Best Warranty’
Read on to see for yourself if it’s indeed the ‘Best.’
Hyundai’s 100k powertrain warranty beats other imports in its class
The five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty also rates high
It’s transferrable with one exception
The covered powertrain includes engine, transmission, and transaxle components
Getting a new car is always exciting! Investigating the warranty for that new car is crucial. It can mean the difference between paying for an expensive repair yourself or having the manufacturer cover it for you. Undoubtedly, the latter is what every car owner wants. But there’s more to it. Do your due diligence ahead of time, so there are no surprises down the road, literally.
Hyundai calls its coverage, “America’s Best Warranty.” That’s a pretty bold statement considering there are a lot of different warranties out there. Per J.D. Power, Hyundai is third overall for quality, meaning its vehicles are very reliable.
However, as more and more miles are racked up, every car will begin to show her age. Eventually, parts will start wearing out, and repairs will be necessary. So what is covered in the Hyundai warranty?
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty is hard to beat
What makes the Hyundai warranty rise above many others? The full powertrain coverage is for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. That’s pretty generous! The other imports in that class, namely Nissan, Honda, and Toyota, cover the powertrain for five years or 60,000 miles. The powertrain is generally everything that makes your car move. It includes the engine, transmission, and transaxle components. Those would be some of the most expensive parts to replace.
Though 10 years sounds like a long time, it can be misleading. If you don’t drive a lot, you may make it to 10 years before hitting 100,000 miles, but most drivers won’t make it that long.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, the average American put 13,476 miles on their car in 2018. That’s in the seven-year range, which still is not bad for a powertrain warranty. So take into consideration your driving history and how long it would be before hitting that benchmark. If you put on heavy miles, it will be long before 10 years is up when you run out of warranty.
How long is the Hyundai warranty other than the powertrain?
Again, Hyundai offers a longer new-vehicle warranty than most. For five years or 60,000 miles, it will cover repair or replacement of any component manufactured or originally installed by Hyundai. The part will be covered if it is defective in material or factory workmanship, but only under normal use and maintenance.
Though it’s called bumper-to-bumper, there are a few exceptions. You’ll need to cover wear items such as wiper blades, filters, and brake pads after one year or 12,000 miles. The paint, battery, and audio systems are covered for three years or 36,000 miles. For replacement or repair of those items, you’ll be paying out of pocket. Air conditioner refrigerant is covered for one year and unlimited miles.
“The full powertrain coverage is for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.”
Is Hyundai’s 100k warranty transferable?
It is! A transferable warranty is something to consider if you’re not planning on keeping the car forever. It’s an impressive selling point if you plan on getting rid of the car before five years. The bumper-to-bumper warranty is transferable to the new owner. The one exception is the powertrain warranty, which is reduced to five years or 60,000 miles for the second owner.
When it comes to warranties of different car manufacturers, it’s basically legalized gambling. Should I buy a cheaper vehicle with a shorter warranty and hope for the best? Or, should I get a vehicle with an extended warranty in case something does go wrong?
The level of risk you’re willing to live with will help guide you in making the best warranty decision. Choose wisely as the warranty will make a big difference if you blow a head gasket down the road!
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