What in the World is: A Powertrain Warranty?
There’s a lot of questions when it comes to warranties. There’s also a degree of variables across different manufactures and different model years as to what is and is not covered by each warranty. To try to tell you exactly what is covered under any given warranty for any year is to fail, however what I aim to do here is give an overview on what a Powertrain Warranty is, what the “Powertrain” is and some just general guidelines. For specifics on a particular make or model consult your owners manual (or for a brand new vehicle this is normally available on the manufacturer’s website).
The “Powertrain” of a vehicle refers to the engine, transmission and drive train. You can think of them as the moving parts of the vehicle that “make it go”. Over the years, manufacturers have been making strides to create better quality vehicles and the length of a lot of these Powertrain warranties have increased. Among the longest on the market right now is the General Motors, 5 year or 100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. That word “limited” may have piqued your curiosity so we’ll get to that in a minute but first let’s explain how the 5 years and 100,000 miles are measured.
Typically, a “X year” powertrain warranty will start from the moment the vehicle is registered first (i.e. you purchase the vehicle from the dealership, or if you bought it used when the person who originally purchased the vehicle had it registered for the first time – this is the date that it was sold as the dealership does the tag work immediately to register your vehicle). The “X” amount of miles (for our example we’ll keep using 100,000) warranty will expire as soon as the vehicle’s odometer rolls over to the “X” number, 100,000 for our example. Once that happens the warranty is fulfilled and any repairs to that vehicle’s powertrain on the 1st day of the 6th year or the second the vehicle’s odometer shows the number listed in the Owner’s Manual. That means the manufacturer is no longer liable for any repair work to that vehicle at all.
Now, we mentioned the word “limited” earlier. That usually means that the warranty only applies so long as the vehicle is regularly cared for and maintained. Some manufacturers even require detailed notes and receipts for all work done to the vehicle and only Original Equipment Manufactuer (OEM) Certified parts to be used on the vehicle. Universally, it means that if the repair shop/manufacturer can prove that the vehicle’s powertrain was damaged by abuse, excessive and/or out-of-ordinary use. Other limitations may apply including it a warranty not being transferable to another owner, certain parts not being covered or only covering partial labor costs for repairs and/or maintenance. Make sure to check your owner’s manual if you’re unsure or, if you haven’t purchased your vehicle yet you can reach out to our World Class Internet Department today at (800) 680-0835 and they can help you better understand the warranty of the vehicle you’re considering and possibly how it compares to the other makes and models we carry.
Thank you very much for reading and be sure to ask any questions you may have and we’ll get back to you promptly!
Jason Lee Gibson
Your Automotive Digital Informant