What Is Covered on a Powertrain Warranty?

by Carl Evans

Car manufacturers use a powertrain warranty as an influential tool to attract buyers. The features of this warranty can significantly influence the bottom line cost when it comes to car repairs. If you plan to purchase a vehicle, read the fine print of the vehicle's powertrain warranty to understand exactly what it protects and for how long.

Function

The powertrain warranty protects your vehicle in the event you have problems with major components, including the engine, transmission, transfer case, axles and drive systems. The warranty may also include free rental or towing.

Time

The powertrain warranty is separate from the basic warranty and usually lasts twice as long. The terms of a powertrain warranty vary by ,but can last from five years/60,000 miles to 10 years/120,000 miles. As of 2010, Chrysler is the only American car manufacturer that offers a limited powertrain warranty for the lifetime of the vehicle. Some manufacturers allow warranty benefits to transfer from the first owner to a subsequent one.

Warning

A powertrain warranty does not cover damages from accidents, misuse or improper or insufficient maintenance. Consider extending your basic warranty to match the length of the powertrain warranty so that your car vehicle has bumper-to-bumper coverage.

About the Author

Carl Evans began writing professionally in 1990. He has an extensive background in speech writing and speaking. Evans currently delivers speeches on a weekly basis before large groups of volunteer teachers. He has a wealth of knowledge about communication methods used in public speaking, among other things.