What in the World is: A Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?
Part Two of our “What in the World is: Warranty” series, the first one being the Powertrain Warranty.
We’ve already gone over what’s typically covered under a Powertrain Warranty. Now we’re going to go after a pretty tricky one, the Bumper-to-Bumper warranty.
The Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer but in essence it’s the warranty in place to cover parts that the Powertrain Warranty doesn’t but that aren’t labelled “wear parts” (like filters, fluids, lights, and more). Some things such as the battery and tires are often excluded and usually have separate warranties available in that event. Glass items that crack or chip from road debris, excessive use or even abuse of the vehicle are not technically manufacturer defects and aren’t covered by the Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty. Other items typically excluded are paint, corrosion and maintenance which often are available in other warranties offered by the manufacturer or carried by your dealer. Most of the time your Bumper-to-Bumper warranty will not run as long as your Powertrain Warranty. For instance, the 2014 Chevy Silverado has one of the best warranties around and features a 5 Year, 100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty with a 3 Year, 36,000 mile Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty.
Make sure you check your Owner’s Manual for your vehicle or call the dealership ahead of time to make sure the problem you’re having is covered under the Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty if you’re considering trying to have it fixed under it. For a new vehicle you can also check the manufacturer’s website for details.
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Jason Lee Gibson
Your Automotive Digital Informant