• How to Find Out if Your Car has a Factory Warranty

    The factory warranty or manufacturer warranty is generally offered for a pre-determined number of years or miles. As a general guideline, most car manufacturers offer a limited time warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever is first). However, these numbers can vary across different car manufacturers. Some might even offer you a factory warranty for a period of 10 years with, a non-transferable clause listed. If the factory warranty period has expired, you might want to consider purchasing an extended auto warranty. However, it’s best to purchase an extended warranty before the factory warranty expires as you will be offered a better rate. To find out if your car has a valid factory warranty, follow a few guidelines.

    Guidelines:

    • First have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy and then call the dealer from whom you purchased the car to ask about the factory warranty. The dealer will ask you for the VIN number in order to access your vehicle details or dealer warranty info. If the auto warranty term hasn’t ended you will still be able to make claims or repair the car for any damages. However, some factory warranties might not be transferable to the new buyer. You should thus verify if you can avail of the factory warranty or not.
    • If you don’t have your VIN number, look for it on the driver side of the windshield, in your car. Alternatively, look for the VIN number listed on your car insurance documents.  
    • If you’ve purchased the car from a private seller and wish to find out about the factory warranty status, you will have to go online and use CARCHEX to get a car history report. This report will not only tell you if the warranty has expired, but will also let you know if the car has been in an accident or has title issues.
    • If you find out that your factory warranty status is still active, you need to make sure that you follow the instructions listed on the owner’s manual so that you can benefit from the factory warranty, should you need to carry out repairs. Although the factory warranty is active, there are certain factors that may void the warranty. These include tampering with the odometer, vehicle modifications and abuse. You need to thus inspect the vehicle, to ensure that it’s in proper working condition.

    Purchasing extended auto warranty is a good choice, since the cost of vehicle parts and repairs is rising. Although more expensive, an extended manufacturer warranty is always considered better than aftermarket auto warranties as the vehicle will be repaired by certified technicians. Factory warranties also cover all of the repairs listed on the contract. They don’t charge any hidden fees or replace damaged parts with aftermarket parts. When shopping for extended auto warranties it’s also beneficial to work with a reputed company. Some companies offer low price auto warranties and deny claims in the future. You need to bear all these facts in mind in order to get the best coverage for the price you pay.