Two Types of Extended Car Warranties
An extended warranty is essentially an insurance policy on your car that provides protection against costly unexpected repairs within a particular span of time and mileage. In contrast with true warranties, which are part of the vehicle price, extended warranties are purchased independently.
These days, you will find two primary types of extended warranties: original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket. Ford and Toyota are examples of OEMs. Warranty or insurance providers having no direct connections with a car brand are considered third parties. One example of a third-party service warranty provider that is fast growing in popularity is Cars Protection Plus.
Two types of warranties that OEMs offer are powertrain and bumper to bumper. A powertrain warranty covers engine and transmission issues that are related to workmanship, while a bumper to bumper warranty is intended for most other potential problems with the vehicle, including those involving the vehicle’s electronic systems (power seats, navigation.).
An extended OEM warranty often offers benefits that come with a new vehicle purchase, with added services such as roadside assistance. It pays do your research on what these other services will be for different providers in your area. For example, in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, Cars Protection Plus is one of the best choices you have.
When deciding which warranty is the best, you may have to choose between a package with a deductible and without. As with other insurance types out there, a bigger deductible automatically decreases the policy’s overall cost. The great thing is OEM warranty deductibles are usually under $200.
A lot of third-party or aftermarket warranties, including those provided by Cars Protection Plus, provide similar coverage as those offered by OEMs. But of course, you’re still talking about two different products, and even third-party warranties can be unique, depending on the provider. Policies and deductibles, for one, are usually different as well.
Another difference between OEM and third-party warranties concerns the administration of coverage. For example, with a third-party warranty, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for a repair and then file for reimbursement later on. The process won’t be always be quick, but if you choose a reputable provider such as Cars Protection Plus, this will rarely be a problem. In any case, always know the payment expectations up front.
What you may find most advantageous with third-party warranties compared to OEM warranties is that they are incredibly cheaper. There are even cases where a third-party warranty becomes the only option you have. So for example, if you bought a used Chevrolet from a Toyota dealership, it’s unlikely that you will get a Chevrolet OEM warranty.
If you intend to buy an extended warranty from a third party, make it a point to review the fine print thoroughly. Most importantly, buy from a reputable provider, such as Cars Protection Plus.