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2020 Honda Civic Warranty: Coverage & Exclusions

New model of Honda Civic presented in the car showroom of Gdansk
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What’s Included in your 2020 Honda Civic Warranty?

If your 2020 Honda Civic needs repairs, you can save money if the necessary repairs are under warranty. However, your warranty contains exclusions, which is why we’ve created this guide to help you determine what’s covered and what’s not. If you’re unsure about what warranties you have on your 2020 Civic or whether your warranty is even valid, you’ve come to the right place. If you have additional questions, check out our FAQ section at the bottom.

2020 Honda Civic Factory Warranty 
Basic warranty3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty5 years or 60,000 miles
Corrosion perforation warranty5 years or unlimited miles
Air conditioning warranty2 years or 24,000 miles
Battery warranty8 years, 4 months or unlimited miles
Emissions warranty3 years or 36,000 miles
8 years or 80,000 miles on some parts
Roadside assistance coverage3 years or 36,000 miles
Total unique recalls1

Factory Warranty

2020 Honda Civic Basic Warranty

Honda’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty is good for the first three years of ownership or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and covers parts that are defective due to faulty materials or manufacturing errors. All repairs and replacements under the warranty are performed at no cost to the owner. 

The warranty period begins when:

  • An authorized Honda dealer delivers the vehicle to the first purchaser
  • Someone leases the vehicle
  • The vehicle is used as a demonstrator or company car

The warranty doesn’t cover:

  • Damage caused by normal wear and tear
  • Cleaning and polishing
  • Adding fluids that aren’t necessary for a warranty repair
  • Window glass with chips or scratches that aren’t due to defects
  • Cosmetic flaws or minor damage not caused by material defects
  • Routine maintenance like an air filter or brake pad replacement
  • Tires (warranted by the tire manufacturer)

Honda’s basic warranty also covers the following components for a limited time:

  • Key fob and remote batteries for the first six months of ownership
  • Wiper blade inserts for the first six months of ownership
  • Wheel balancing and alignment for the first year of ownership or up to 12,000 miles
  • Air conditioner refrigerant for the first two years of ownership or up to 24,000 miles

2020 Honda Civic Powertrain Warranty

The 2020 Civic comes with a powertrain limited warranty that starts the same day as the basic warranty. It’s good for five years or 60,000 miles. If a part is defective because of faulty material or manufacturing, Honda will make the necessary repair or replacement free of charge. 

The powertrain limited warranty covers the following parts:

  • Engine (including the cylinder head, timing gears and gaskets, and fuel pump)
  • Transmission and transaxle (including the torque converter and all internal parts)
  • Front-wheel-drive system (including the final drive housing, driveshafts, and constant velocity joints)

Corrosion Perforation Warranty

Original owners can take advantage of a rust perforation limited warranty that’s good for five years with no mileage limit. The warranty covers body panel repairs or replacements when the panels rust completely from the inside out. 

The warranty doesn’t cover:

  • Surface rust on the underbody
  • Rusting of body panels that have already been repaired or replaced, unless they were repaired under the current warranty
  • Body panel rust due to lack of maintenance
  • Rust caused by debris-damaged paint
  • Rust due to immersion in water, mud, or corrosive chemicals
  • Paint matching for the entire vehicle
  • Subsequent owners after the original purchaser

Air Conditioning Warranty

While there is no separate air conditioning warranty, the basic warranty covers air conditioner refrigerant for up to two years or 24,000 miles. The Honda Care new vehicle, pre-owned vehicle, and certified additional coverage plans offer coverage for the air conditioning and heating systems.

In certain instances, the federal emissions warranty will also cover your 2020 Honda Civic’s air conditioner.

Paint Warranty

There is no warranty specifically for the paint. The basic warranty only covers paint flaws that are a result of defects in material or workmanship. It does not cover damage that occurs after the car leaves the factory, including damage during shipping.

Battery Warranty

Your battery is covered by a limited warranty good for 100 months. The warranty will cover your replacement battery if you purchase it from an authorized Honda dealership.

For the first 36 months of the warranty, Honda will replace defective batteries free of charge. For the remainder of the warranty, Honda will issue a pro-rated credit toward the battery purchase, but the owner is responsible for installation costs.

Emissions Warranty

The 2020 Honda Civic comes with a federal emissions warranty good for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Additionally, the Clean Air Act requires manufacturers to cover your catalytic converter, engine computer, and onboard diagnostic system for up to eight years or 80,000 miles. If your Honda Civic fails an EPA-approved emissions short test while under warranty, Honda will make the necessary repairs at no cost to you.

The federal emissions warranty covers the following components:

  • Catalytic converter
  • Engine computer
  • Crankcase control system
  • Evaporative and refueling emissions control systems
  • Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) System
  • Exhaust system
  • Ignition system
  • Fuel injection system
  • OBD system
  • Transmission control system
  • Intake air system
  • Valve control system
  • Hybrid powertrain system (includes Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) System)
  • Air conditioning system
  • Active grille shutter
  • Active seat ventilation

2020 Honda Civic Warranty Extensions Available Upon Car Purchase

When you bought a new 2020 Honda Civic from an authorized dealer, you could also purchase a Honda care vehicle service contract (VSC) to extend your vehicle’s warranty coverage. Your VSC starts on the day that your new vehicle limited warranty expires. Honda Care VSCs are valid for up to 96 months or 120,000 miles.

Honda Care offers four levels of coverage:

  • New vehicle coverage
  • Pre-owned vehicle coverage
  • Certified additional coverage
  • Powertrain coverage (pre-owned vehicles only)

New, Pre-Owned, and Certified Additional Coverage plans add warranty protections for the following:

  • Powertrain: Engine, transmission, differential, and axles (front and rear)
  • Electronics: Computers, electronic components, electrical system
  • Chassis: Suspension, steering, brake systems
  • Heating/cooling: Air conditioning, heating, and cooling systems
  • Honda genuine accessories: Audio and communication devices and accessories, navigational and security systems

If you opted for a powertrain coverage Honda Care VSC, it will cover the following components:

  • Engine
  • Drive axles
  • Transmission
  • Seals, gaskets, and fluids

Make sure you keep up with your 2020 Honda Civic’s recommended maintenance schedule so you can take advantage of all your Honda VSC benefits.

2020 Honda Civic Extended Warranties Available Now

If you purchased a 2020 Civic without purchasing a Honda care vehicle service contract, you can still purchase a VSC unless you have exceeded the mileage of your factory warranty. Keep in mind that VSCs are only available from authorized Honda dealerships. Third-party extended warranties are also available.

If you’re looking for affordable extended warranty coverage for your 2020 Honda Civic, check out the FIXD Vehicle Protection Plan. We’ve partnered with CARCHEX, the industry leader in extended warranties, to cover everything from the engine and other powertrain parts to air conditioning and electrical systems, all for one low monthly fee. There are 5 levels of coverage available to suit all needs and budgets. Call now for a no-cost, no-obligation quote.

Recalls

Last updated: 11/06/2022. See NHTSA.gov for up-to-date information on recalls.

March 25, 2021 – Fuel Pump May Fail

March 25, 2021 – Fuel Pump May Fail

March 25, 2021 – Fuel Pump May Fail

March 25, 2021 – Fuel Pump May Fail

March 25, 2021 – Fuel Pump May Fail

March 25, 2021 – Fuel Pump May Fail

2020 Honda Civic Booklet/Brochure

Learn more about the 2020 Honda Civic warranty programs by downloading a copy of the warranty brochure.

2020 Honda Civic Warranty Brochure

FAQs

Here are common questions owners ask about the Civic warranty:

How Do I Get Warranty Service for My 2020 Honda Civic?

Your local Honda dealership can provide warranty services. If a warranted issue renders your Civic undrivable, Honda will pay for towing to the nearest dealership.

Are There Any Exclusions in My 2020 Honda Civic Warranty?

The 2020 Honda Civic warranty doesn’t cover:

  • Vehicles with modified odometers
  • Vehicles registered or driven outside the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands
  • Any vehicle declared a total loss or sold for salvage

Does My Honda Warranty Cover Accessories for My Civic?

Your 2020 Honda Civic warranty covers American Honda accessories purchased from an authorized Honda dealership. If the accessories are installed prior to retail sale, they’re under warranty for three years or 36,000 miles. Accessories purchased from but not installed by a Honda dealership are under warranty for one year.

If your factory warranty has expired and you’re looking to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, be sure to check out the CARCHEX+FIXD Vehicle Protection Plan. And remember, the best way to ensure warranty coverage (and prevent costly repairs in the first place) is to follow your manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Get the FIXD Sensor and free app today for automated maintenance alerts based on your make, model, and mileage, easy engine diagnostics, repair shop finder, and more!

Sources:

“2020 Honda Civic Warranty Handbook.” Honda Warranty Information, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 2 May 2019, https://owners.honda.com/Documentum/Warranty/Handbooks/2020_Honda_Warranty_Basebook_Rev02_FINAL_-_SIS.pdf.

“Care That Makes a Difference .” Honda Care, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 19 Feb. 2021, https://honda.americanhondafinance.com/resource/1639448944000/AHFC_Protection_Products_Brochures_First/2021_Honda_Care_Honda_Vehicles_Coverage_eBrochure.pdf.

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