A Ford warranty is included with all new vehicle purchases and often offered in other circumstances, such as a Certified Pre-Owned purchase or extended warranty situation. Your options will depend upon your current situation, and understanding these options will give you a better idea of how to effectively spend your money and how to take advantage of warranty coverage if problems with your vehicle arise.
All new Ford vehicles are sold with a Bumper to Bumper Ford warranty included in the purchase price. This warranty generally extends for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. New Ford vehicles are also covered under the 5 year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty, safety restraint system warranty and roadside assistance program. There is a 5 year, unlimited mileage rust perforation warranty and a 5 year, 100,000 mile warranty for certain diesel engines. The terms of the Ford factory warranty may differ depending on certain options on your vehicle, but the basic coverage and exclusions usually remain. You can expect full reimbursement within the warranty period for parts and labor associated with repairs to major system components that are defective due to poor materials or workmanship. Exclusions are usually listed as items that may come with their own warranty, such as tires and the battery. Also excluded are maintenance visits, wear and tear, body damage from accidents or fire, theft or aftermarket parts and modifications.
The extended Ford warranty is referred to as the Ford Extended Service Plan or Ford ESP. There are several different plans available with different coverage terms and limits. Depending upon your selection, the extended warranty service plan may cover certain wear and tear items and will extend the length of time you’re protected by the initial bumper to bumper protection. You have the option to purchase the extended warranty any time throughout the period of initial new car coverage, and this plan is transferable if you choose to sell the car. You will also be required to visit the dealership for repairs, but any Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealership in the country is acceptable. You can choose from any one of Ford’s ESP plans including PremiumCARE, ExtraCARE, BaseCARE, PowertrainCARE, Diesel EngineCARE or maintenance plans.
If your Ford warranty has expired and no additional coverage can be purchased from the Ford manufacturer, you also have the option to purchase an aftermarket warranty. Many companies specialize in covering parts and/or labor on cars under a certain mileage limit. You must be very careful when selecting a plan from an aftermarket warranty company. Read the contract fully before signing or sending funds. You may also want to contact consumer reporting agencies, such as the Better Business Bureau, or visit auto warranty review sites to get a better idea of what you can expect. If possible, choose a plan that includes wear and tear of the vehicle from a reputable warranty company. Compare quotes and research a specific company’s business practices before making a final decision.