All new vehicles must now be supplied with at least a two year warranty, which is great news for new car buyers. Some car manufacturers are going above and beyond that, with Kia offering a seven year warranty, and Toyota, Hyundai and Chevrolet offering five year warranties. If you’re purchasing a second hand car with an active warranty, you’re definitely on to a good thing. However, there are some things you need to be aware of which might invalidate the warranty.
This is a really tricky one. If you make a claim on your warranty, and the manufacturer decides it’s not a mechanical failure but rather the result of everyday usage, you’re likely to find your claim is denied. Obviously, you shouldn’t be claiming for parts like windscreen wipes and tyres, but things like brake pads and headlights are also not included.
Some manufacturer warranties are based on the amount of miles you cover each year. Go over that and you’ll invalidate the warranty. Other warranties specify that rather than a fixed quantity of years, you get a certain number of miles on your warranty.
You must show some degree of responsible ownership – check your brake and wiper fluids regularly, keep an eye on the oil levels and have the car serviced regularly. Negligence towards your car will invalidate the warranty. Keep all your paperwork while the car’s within its warranty period, to prove that you’ve been a sensible owner.
If you go on holiday with a caravan, or tow a trailer, check the small print and make sure you’re familiar with the maximum load which your vehicle can take. The same goes for overloading, which is perhaps more relevant if you’re planning on using the vehicle for business purposes.
Getting a warranty with your used car is a real bonus – if you look after it, it will look after you. LG Car Sales are proud to offer award winning used car warranty from WMS - with 3 years for the price of 2. If you need assistance, remember we’re always on hand to discuss all of the options with you and help find the best deal.