Warranty Duration = Years / 1000 Miles
Manufacturer Link = F&I Tools Review
Model Year Link = Brand Warranty Page
(D1) = Diesel Engine Warranty is 5 / 100
(NT) = Non-Transferable
(EXC) = Brand-Specific Exceptions
How do I transfer my car warranty to the second owner?
The full warranty for all brands transfers to the 2nd owner and every subsequent owner automatically.
No documentation or fees needed!
Powertrain Factory Warranties often transfer, but not always. Some manufacturers require additional documentation depending on the year the vehicle was built.
Second owners should always contact the manufacturer to inquire about the status and transferability of a Powertrain Warranty.
Why is a full warranty called Basic and Limited?
Because it covers all the basic components built and assembled by the auto manufacturer at the manufacturing plant; and is limited to a specific time and mileage.
What parts are covered?
A Basic Limited Factory Warranty is a bumper-to-bumper, comprehensive, factory-backed, new car warranty.
It pays for repairs on defective components installed at the manufacturing plant.
A Powertrain Limited Factory Warranty covers defective engine, transmission, and drive axle components.
What's not covered?
Common items not covered by a new car factory warranty:
Auto manufacturer warranties also do not cover malfunctions resulting from misuse. For example: if the radio stops working because mustard was squirted into it, or malfunctions caused by 3rd party mods.
When does it begin and end?
Automotive manufacturer warranties begin on the date and mileage when the new car is sold to the original owner, called the in-service date. The time and mileage vary depending on the auto manufacturer.
For example, a 3-year / 36,000-mile Basic Factory Warranty expires 3 years from the in-service date or 36,000 miles from the in-service mileage, whichever comes first.
If that same new car also has a 5-year / 60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty; then the engine, transmission, and drive axle coverage would continue for 2 years or 24,000 miles after the Basic Factory Warranty expires.
Warranty Exceptions (EXC)
† Lancer Ralliart has a 3 year/36,000 mile full warranty and a 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Raider has a 5 year / 60,000 mile full warranty with no standard extension for the powertrain.
2019 - 2018 VW eGolf was excluded from Volkswagen's 6 year warranty.
The eGolf retained the 3 year / 36,000 mile basic warranty and the 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
2017 - 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Powertrain Limited Warranty was 10 years / 100,000 miles.
Chevy | GMC | Ford | Ram
Diesel engine truck warranties (D1) are 5 years / 100,000 miles.
2017 and newer Nissan Titan has a 5 year / 100,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Jeep | Chrysler | Dodge | Ram
* The 2009 - 2007 standard lifetime powertrain warranty started on July 26th, 2007 and was included with vehicles sold on or after this date until the last 2009 model was sold.
Non-Transferable (NT) Powertrain
10 year and lifetime warranties are for the first owner only and are not transferable.
Hybrid Gas Electric
Hybrid components for all makes are covered by an 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty in addition to the manufacturer's basic and powertrain warranties.
In CA, CT, MA, ME, NJ, NY, RI and VT the hybrid component warranty is increased to 10 years or 150,000 miles to comply with state emissions regulations for any automobile classified as a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
New Car Warranty Comparison
The longest 2020 bumper-to-bumper warranty in the USA (multiple tie) belongs to Hyundai, Kia, Jaguar, and Mitsubishi at 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The longest engine warranty (multiple tie) belongs to Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi at 10 years or 100,0000 miles — however these powertrain warranties do not transfer to subsequent owners as many of the shorter engine warranties do.
The longest transferable engine warranty (tie) belongs to Acura, Infiniti, Lexus, and Lincoln at 6 years or 72,000 miles.
The best warranty by this comparison depends on usage. For long term owners concerned about expensive engine repairs; Hyundai, Kia, or Mitsubishi are the best choices. For short term owners who want increased resale value; Acura, Infiniti, Lexus and Lincoln are the best options.
Is there a copay?
A Basic Factory Warranty does not have a copay deductible. The cost of repairs, including parts and labor, are covered by the automotive manufacturer with zero out-of-pocket expense to the owner.
Powertrain Factory Warranty deductibles range from $0 to $100 depending on the auto manufacturer.
What voids a factory warranty?
The following will permanently void a car manufacturer’s warranties:
Must maintenance be done at a factory dealership to maintain the manufacturer warranties?
It is unlawful for a manufacturer to void a warranty if maintenance is not performed at one of their facilities. However, warranties can be voided if proper maintenance isn't done.
Industry advisors recommend returning to the factory dealership for scheduled service because you can ensure proper maintenance is completed, logged in the manufacturer's database, and listed on the CarFax - increasing your future value and producing an automatic record.
In general, you will not void your warranty if you're a few weeks late for an oil change; but if improper maintenance is the cause of a malfunction, then repairs will not be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
Furthermore, you may not be able to transfer your extended warranty if you cannot prove that factory recommended maintenance was performed.