If you are considering purchasing or recently bought a Chevrolet, you might want to learn about the manufacturer’s warranties. Like most automakers, Chevrolet offers factory and extended warranty plans to pay for repairs and replacements that occur during regular use of the car.
Every Chevrolet leaves the dealership protected by a factory warranty that lasts several years. To help determine if your Chevrolet warranty is sufficient, we’ll describe options, coverages, and everything else you need to know about Chevrolet warranties.
A Brief History
Chevrolet is a household American car brand founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet, an automotive engineer and Swiss race car driver. He partnered with William C. Durant to create the Chevrolet Motor Company in Detroit. When the two men parted ways, Durant retained Chevrolet and grew it to what it is today.
About Chevrolet Warranties
Chevrolet offers three types of warranties:
- Factory or manufacturer’s warranty
- Extended limited warranty
- Extended additional warranty
All options offer emergency roadside assistance, towing, and rental car reimbursement. In all cases, the coverage length depends on the number of years and miles driven. The warranty expires when you meet either of these terms. For instance, Chevrolet’s lowest warranty lasts three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The factory or manufacturer’s warranty for new vehicles might cover some, but not all, of the vehicle’s major components.
What Does the Chevrolet Factory Warranty Cover?
Here is a breakdown of the standard factory warranties Chevrolet offers:
Powertrain Limited Warranty
The powertrain limited warranty lasts five years or 60,000 miles. The warranty covers all the parts that make up the powertrain and related components, including the engine, transmission, transfer case, diesel components, and drive systems. Chevrolet trucks have a separate truck engine coverage that lasts five years or 100,000 miles.
Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty
The Chevrolet bumper-to-bumper limited warranty lasts three years or 36,000 miles. The company will pay for repairs for workmanship defects. It also provides parts, towing, and labor at no charge. The warranty might not cover worn-out tires, but it will replace defective ones.
Emission Control System Limited Warranty
Chevrolet provides California and Federal Emissions control system warranties. For catalytic converters and other parts, the warranty lasts eight years or 80,000 miles, while light trucks and cars have a warranty of two years or 24,000 miles. Trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) above 8,500 pounds have an emission warranty lasting five years or 50,000 miles.
Electric and Hybrid Warranty
Electric and hybrid Chevrolet vehicles have a separate warranty for hybrid and electric components, such as the battery. This warranty lasts eight years or 100,000 miles.
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty
All CPO Chevrolet vehicles feature two limited warranties. The bumper-to-bumper limited warranty lasts 12 months or 12,000 miles, while the CPO powertrain limited warranty lasts six years or 100,000 miles.
What Does the Chevrolet Limited Extended Warranty Cover?
If you’re interested in purchasing an extended warranty for your Chevrolet, you can get this protection from your Chevrolet dealership or a third-party extended warranty provider. General Motors (GM) released the optional extended limited warranty in 2018 that allows Chevrolet drivers to extend their three-year/36,000-mile basic coverage to a five-year/60,000-mile term.
While this can be a great option for vehicle owners looking to upgrade their warranties, it comes at an extra cost. The dealership will add interest to your payment plan. This warranty is also unavailable for vehicles sold in California, Florida, Maine, and Minnesota.
It’s important to understand that only one extended coverage is available. If your car has a problem, you must take the vehicle to a GM or Chevrolet dealership for repairs.
What Does the Chevrolet Additional Extended Warranty Cover?
If you’re looking to invest in a high-quality warranty, the Chevrolet additional extended warranty plan can be a good choice. It includes:
- GAP coverage: Protects your lease or loan if your vehicle is totaled by paying what you owe on loan.
- Protection plan: Lasts from 24 months/24,000miles to 48 months/48,000 miles.
- Prepaid maintenance: Pays for maintenance of parts such as filters, spark plugs, and transfer case fluid for 24 to 180 months. A Chevrolet Certified Service expert must conduct this type of maintenance.
- Appearance guard: Provides cosmetic coverage for parts such as the interior fabrics, windshield, and key fobs. The plan ranges from 12 to 72 months.
- Tire and wheel protection: Protects tire and wheels on new, used, or leased vehicles. This warranty is transferable if you want to sell the car, and it’s available for one- to five-year terms with no mileage restrictions.
Chevrolet Warranty Exclusions and Limitations
The Chevrolet warranty does not cover all parts and components. Even if a component is covered, some events can render it ineligible for coverage. When you buy your new vehicle, the company will hand you a Chevrolet limited warranty manual. You can go through the coverage and note the exclusions. Examples include:
- Damaged component due to improper maintenance
- Damage due to an accident
- Normal wear and tear
- Non-original Chevrolet components
- Damage from using contaminated or poor-quality fuel
- Damage due to lack of maintenance
- Damage due to modifications
Is the Chevrolet warranty transferable?
Not all Chevrolet warranties are transferable. Some transferable warranties include the Powertrain Limited Warranty, the Extended Limited Warranty, and the Hybrid and Electric Warranty.
Does the Chevrolet warranty cover rental cars?
You might be eligible for rental car reimbursement if your Chevrolet is covered under a limited warranty.
Can I cancel my Chevrolet extended warranty?
Yes. You can cancel your Chevrolet warranty anytime. You’re also eligible for a full refund if you cancel within the first 60 days without filing a claim. Canceling after 60 days of filing a claim can generate cancellation fees or a prorated refund.
Before committing to buy an extended warranty from Chevrolet, it’s essential to assess your finances and vehicle reliability. A longer warranty can help pay for costly repairs as your car ages. Paying car repairs out of pocket can cost less than purchasing an extended warranty. Many third-party extended warranty providers offer affordable and reliable plans, as well. Conduct research and compare quotes before choosing a plan.
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