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All About the Subaru Rust Warranty

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Subaru has a reputation for producing quality cars that last for a long time, but even the most reliable vehicles can run into problems. Subaru of America backs up every new Subaru with warranties to protect car buyers from having to pay for expensive repairs if something goes wrong. But what about rust? Rust can cause perforation holes, which can get expensive when repaired. Does Subaru have a rust warranty that will cover this cost? Here are some details on the Subaru rust warranty.

What Is the Subaru Rust Warranty?

Subaru offers a Rust Perforation Limited Warranty with every new vehicle. It is a five-year warranty with unlimited miles. This means it doesn’t matter how many miles you drive your Subaru — in the first five years, you can report problems with corrosion and rust.

The warranty only applies to perforation due to corrosion, such as a rusted hole in one of the sheet metal panels. It does not cover cosmetic corrosion on the surface. For example, a scratch in the paint job will not be covered under the warranty.

What Does the Rust Perforation Warranty Cover?

The warranty covers defective original body sheet metal panels. In order for coverage to take effect, the panels must be rusted completely through from the inside out. If a qualified mechanic determines that you have a covered rust issue, you must take it to an authorized Subaru dealer, and they will replace or repair the panels at no charge to you.

What Is Not Covered Under the Subaru Rust Perforation Warranty?

The warranty covers specific rust perforation and states several items that are not covered. These include:

  • Rust on the outside of the underbody
  • Rust on the outside of any other part of the vehicle except the body panels
  • Rust that results from the alteration of any body parts
  • Rust as a result of damage to the paint caused by everyday road hazards such as rocks or other debris
  • Rust of the body panels caused by lack of proper maintenance, abuse, or damage to the Subaru from an accident
  • Rust that results from submergence of the body panels in water or caused by sand, mud, or salt
  • Rust caused by exposure to tree sap, hail, or other natural causes that are out of the control of Subaru of America

How Do I Get Repairs Done That Are Under Warranty?

Once you determine that there is a defect, repairs must be made within a reasonable amount of time. If you can, bring it to the authorized Subaru dealer where you purchased the car. If this is not possible, it can go to any authorized dealer.

What Other Warranties Does Subaru Offer?

Subaru offers a comprehensive list of warranties for their new cars. Each warranty has a specific time period and mileage restriction and covers specific parts, and they all stay with the Subaru. This means that if you sell your Subaru before the warranty expires, the warranty will transfer to the new owner. The additional warranties this dealership offers include:

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

Subaru’s new vehicle limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles. It is a comprehensive warranty with bumper-to-bumper coverage encompassing the entire vehicle with few exceptions.

Wear Item Limited Warranty

Subaru’s wear item warranty last for three years or 36,000 miles. It covers the brake pads, clutch linings, shoe linings, and wiper blades. The warranty may have a limit on the number of wear items you can have replaced.

Powertrain Limited Warranty

Subaru’s powertrain limited warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 miles. It covers the major powertrain systems, such as the engine and transmission, and all the components within.

Seat Belt Lifetime Limited Warranty

Subaru’s seat belt lifetime limited warranty lasts for the lifetime of the vehicle, and there is no mileage restriction. It is the only lifetime warranty the automaker offers and covers all the seat belts and the related components if they fail to function properly. It does not cover cosmetic damage such as fading.

Hybrid System Limited Warranty

Subaru’s hybrid system limited warranty lasts for eight years or 100,000 miles. It covers the repairs for many of the hybrid vehicle components, such as the high-voltage battery pack.

Does Subaru Have an Extended Warranty?

Subaru offers an extended warranty if you want coverage after the factory warranties expire. It’s called Subaru Added Security and comes in three different levels of coverage. None of the plans provides a rust warranty, so once the original rust and perforation warranty runs out, you no longer have this protection.

The extended warranty offered by Subaru starts with the Powertrain Coverage. This provides coverage for all of the powertrain components, such as the engine, transaxle, and differential components.

The next plan is the Classic Plan. This provides major component coverage and includes:

  • Powertrain coverage plus additional components related to the powertrain
  • Cooling and fuel
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Electrical systems
  • Air conditioning

A step up from the Classic Plan is the Gold Plus Coverage. This includes:

  • All Powertrain and Classic coverage components
  • EyeSight driver assist system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • STARLINK multimedia system
  • STARLINK Safety and security system
  • DriverFocus distraction mitigation system

Subaru offers these plans in varying lengths, but for most plans, you can get coverage for up to eight years and 120,000 miles or up to 10 years and 100,000 miles. If you need repairs, towing and rental car reimbursements are available as part of the coverage.

All repairs completed under this extended warranty will have genuine Subaru parts, and a factory-trained Subaru technician will do all the work. You can choose a plan with no deductible, or if you want to save on the cost of the plan, you can choose the $100 deductible.

The Subaru rust warranty is a rust and perforation warranty that lasts for the first five years of ownership. It covers rust perforation to body panels, and the costs associated with the repair or replacement come at no cost when it is a covered claim.

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