Auto Manufactuers Warranties Analyzed

Late model new cars 32 major auto manufacturers warranties were analyzed with the results below. I compared the 4 different types of main warranties offered by manufacturers & excluded additional/extended type of warranties typically offered by the dealerships and/or 3rd party providers. The 4 main categories compared were:

  • Basic Warranty; just about everything except things such as tires, batteries, etc.
  • Powertrain Warranty; Transmission, drive shafts, axle, clutches, etc.
  • Rust/Corrosion Warranty
  • Roadside Coverage

There were some real surprises looking at the results. A great job by some manufacturers for standing by their product & behind their consumers, namely Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Kia, Buick, Cadillac, Infinity and Acura. Honorable mention for doing an average job; Chevy, Volvo, Lexus, Lincoln, Suzuki, Dodge, Audi, BMW, GMC, Mini, Porsche, VW, Chrysler, Jeep, Jaguar, Land Rover. The below the mark manufacturers, not willing to fully stand by their product are Mercedes, Ford, Mercury. At the bottom are Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Scion, Toyota & in last place are Honda.

Scores were weighted based on the warranty categories; Basic/Manufactures warranty the highest, then Powertrain, Corrosion, then Roadside coverage were weighted lightest. Individual manufacturers scoring in those 4 categories were based on a combination of years of coverage & the mileages covered. Example; Honda with no Roadside assistance scored a 0 in the Roadside category whereas Hyundai & Mitsubishi offer 5years/100,000miles Roadside therefore they scored 4. For the heaviest weighted ‘Manufactures/Basic Warranty’, Honda scored the lowest with a 3year/40,000mile warranty whereas Hyundai & Mitsubishi offer better Basic Warranties with 5year/60,000 miles & both scored 11’s.

 

Hyundai 26.2
Mitsubishi 26.2
Kia 25.5
Buick 21.4
Cadillac 21.4
Infiniti 21.2
Acura 21.1
Chevrolet 20.5
Volvo 20.4
Lexus 20.2
Lincoln 19.9
Suzuki 19.6
Dodge 19.5
Audi 19.4
BMW 19.4
GMC 19.3
Mini 19.1
Porsche 19.1
Volkswagen 18.7
Chrysler 18.5
Jeep 18.5
Jaguar 17.6
Land 17.6
Mercedes- 16.6
Ford 16.5
Mercury 16.5
Mazda 16.2
Nissan 16.2
Subaru 16.2
Scion 16.1
Toyota 16.1
Honda 15.8

 

 

Manufacturer Basic Powertrain Corrosion Roadside
Acura 4/50,000 6/70,000 5/Unlimited 4/50,000
Aston 3/100,000 3/100,000 10/100,000 2/100,000
Audi 4/50,000 4/50,000 12/Unlimited 4/Unlimited
Bentley 3/Unlimited 3/Unlimited 3/Unlimited 3/Unlimited
BMW 4/50,000 4/50,000 12/Unlimited 4/Unlimited
Buick 4/50,000 5/100,000 6/100,000 5/100,000
Cadillac 4/50,000 5/100,000 6/100,000 5/100,000
Chevrolet 3/36,000 5/100,000 6/100,000 5/100,000
Chrysler 3/36,000 5/100,000 5/100,000 3/36,000
Dodge 3/36,000 5/100,000 5/100,000 3/36,000
Ferrari 2/Unlimited 2/Unlimited 2/Unlimited Not Offered
Ford 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 5/60,000
GMC 3/36,000 5/100,000 6/100,000 5/100,000
Honda 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited Not Offered
Hyundai 5/60,000 10/100,000 7/Unlimited 5/Unlimited
Infiniti 4/60,000 6/70,000 7/Unlimited 4/Unlimited
Jaguar 4/50,000 4/50,000 6/Unlimited 4/50,000
Jeep 3/36,000 5/100,000 5/100,000 3/36,000
Kia 5/60,000 10/100,000 5/100,000 5/60,000
Lamborghini 3/Unlimited 3/Unlimited 3/Unlimited 2/24,000
Land 4/50,000 4/50,000 6/Unlimited 4/50,000
Lexus 4/50,000 6/70,000 6/Unlimited 4/Unlimited
Lincoln 4/50,000 6/70,000 5/Unlimited 6/70,000
Lotus 3/36,000 3/36,000 8/Unlimited Not Offered
Maserati 4/50,000 4/50,000 Not Offered 4/50,000
Maybach 4/50,000 4/50,000 4/50,000 Unlimited
Mazda 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 3/36,000
Mercedes- 4/50,000 4/50,000 4/50,000 Unlimited
Mercury 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 5/60,000
Mini 4/50,000 4/50,000 12/Unlimited 4/50,000
Mitsubishi 5/60,000 10/100,000 7/100,000 5/Unlimited
Nissan 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 3/36,000
Porsche 4/50,000 4/50,000 12/Unlimited 4/50,000
Rolls-Royce 4/Unlimited 4/Unlimited 4/Unlimited 4/Unlimited
Scion 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 2/25,000
Subaru 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 3/36,000
Suzuki 3/36,000 7/100,000 5/Unlimited 3/36,000
Toyota 3/36,000 5/60,000 5/Unlimited 2/25,000
Volkswagen 3/36,000 5/60,000 12/Unlimited 3/36,000
Volvo 4/50,000 4/50,000 12/Unlimited 4/Unlimited

 

 

 

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