• The Honda Accord Warranty: Understanding the Fine Print

    Some people find the Honda Accord warranty can be difficult to understand. This article will help you to understand it, by explaining the broader features of the warranty and then going into the fine print.

    Drivetrain Warranty Main Features

    The drivetrain portion of the Honda Accord warranty is limited to 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. External wear and tear parts and components aren’t covered by the standard warranty. Parts not covered by the standard drivetrain warranty include belts and hoses. Most engine internal wear parts, such as pistons and bearings, are covered. However, there are companies that sell a Honda Accord Extended Warranty which will cover these parts for the life of the warranty.

    Basic Warranty Information

    According to the Honda Accord warranty information, the basic warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear items. These items include, but aren’t limited to, things such as oil and filters, wiper blades and brake parts. Honda doesn’t warranty parts such as tires and brakes. However, these parts are covered by their own warranties from their manufacturers.

    Extended Warranty Information

    Extended warranties for cars can and usually do cover most things that a manufacturer’s warranty doesn’t cover. They extend the warranty coverage after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. Most extended warranties will list exclusions and you’re likely to find that what has been excluded from a given warranty is something that is more likely to fail. Another problem of many extended warranties is that they often cover items that don’t pertain to newer cars. If you purchase an extended warranty, you might find yourself in the position of having to pay a large deductible and for a large portion of the repair, because the warranty company will only pay for some things and not for others. As an example, you may bring you car to the shop for a faulty water pump and a broken timing belt, caused by the water pump going bad and locking up. Many warranty companies won’t pay for the timing belt, because they consider it an “incidental repair.” According to such authoritative sources as Edmunds, J.D. Power and Consumer Reports, new car quality has steadily risen over the past decade, while extended warranty claims have drastically decreased. The number of claims that have been paid has decreased even more over the same time frame.

    When Shopping for an Extended Warranty

    When shopping for an extended warranty, you’ll want to check with a variety of companies before signing a contract. From consumer experience, extended warranties offered by the auto makers will normally offer better coverage and protection and cost less. Many consumers are complaining about extended warranties from independent providers as not covering items that should have been covered, while the warranties offered by the manufacturers will cover the same items. Many independent companies won’t honor a claim if they can make the claim that the need for the repair was caused by what they term “improper maintenance procedures.” The most important piece of advice that can be given to a warranty shopper is to shop around and concentrate on factory backed warranties at dealerships.