Understanding Your Car Warranty
CMM Automotive understands a car warranty to be a promise that obligates the vehicle manufacturer to rectify faults that may occur during the warranty period. It is recommended that you make yourself familiar with the specific terms and conditions of your vehicle warranty. This particularly applies to your log-book servicing and maintaining that warranty.
Is my battery covered under warranty?
Batteries are usually covered in new car warranties; however you would need to check the specific terms and conditions of your warranty. If the battery becomes faulty you must have your manufacturer test the charge of the battery in the car, do not remove the battery first or you will void the warranty
What are the different types of warranties?
New car warranty
New car warranties generally provide cover for 12 months or up to 20,000km. However this can usually be extended to 3-5 years for a small fee. This warranty will in most cases cover all defective items on your vehicle.
Used car warranty
Used car warranty is provided to vehicles (usually trade-ins) by dealers that have less than 160,000km and fewer than 10 years old. Furthermore, the vehicle must not break the luxury vehicle tax threshold. The warranty is valid for three months or 5,000km from date of purchase. This warranty will cover most items on a car relating to safety, reliability and roadworthiness. This is basically just a loyalty bond to let you know you aren’t buying a vehicle that’s missing half an engine.
What is usually covered by a warranty?
With a new car, the warranty covers the vehicle itself and all accessories such as electrical equipment. If a defect occurs during the warranty period, the dealer is obliged to fix the defect at no cost to the customer.
Should I purchase extended warranty?
There are various types of extended warranties on the market today. CMM Automotive recommends you carefully read the fine print of your warranty to see if it actually fits your needs.
Understanding warranties on a used car
You can only get a statutory warranty on a used car if you buy through a dealer. Each state has different laws regarding warranties and you need to check up your specific states. However, usually you are not covered for:
Any items listed on the defect notice
Defects arising from an accident or misuse of the vehicle