Lexus owners enjoy many benefits that come with this luxurious brand of cars and SUVs, including several hybrid models. Long known for its powerful performance, innovative technology, and exquisite styling, Lexus stands out from other luxury auto brands. While Lexus continues to outperform other vehicles, having a Lexus warranty, extended warranty, or specialized coverage can help protect your vehicle investment.
What Is a Car Warranty?
A car warranty is a contract stating that the auto provider agrees to fix select parts that break because of a defect in the design or if someone improperly installed the part at the factory. Keep in mind that a normal car warranty doesn’t cover parts broken because of an accident or from normal wear and tear. Car warranty contracts cover the cost of parts and repairs for a specific amount of time and/or mileage, whichever comes first.
What Is an Extended Car Warranty?
Once your manufacturer’s warranty expires, you can choose to buy an extended warranty. You’ll also need to pay some type of deductible for parts or repairs. You can get a variety of services with your extended warranties, ranging from ones that only cover the powertrain to others that provide bumper-to-bumper coverage. Before purchasing an extended car warranty, check with the dealership or your financial institution to see what the warranty actually covers.
What Does the Lexus Manufacturer Warranty Cover?
As with all car brands, when you buy a new Lexus vehicle, it comes with a manufacturer warranty that includes:
With the Basic Lexus Warranty, you’ll have coverage for 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. You’ll also get 12 months or 12,000 miles of coverage for wheel alignment and balancing.
This impressive warranty covers defects in workmanship and repairs for 72 months or 70,000 miles, whichever comes first, and includes the following parts and systems:
- Cylinder block, head, and internal engine parts
- Timing belt
- Water and fuel pumps
- Oil pan
- Engine mounts
- Seals and gaskets
- Engine control computer
Transmission and Transaxle
- Case and internal parts
- Clutch Cover
- Torque converter
- Engine control computer
- Seals, gaskets, and bearings
The front-wheel-drive system components with the addition of:
- Differential carrier assembly
- Axle carrier and case
- Axle bearing
- Axle shaft and gaskets
Hybrid System Warranty
When you buy one of Lexus’s hybrid vehicles, you get the following coverage for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first:
- Hybrid control module
- Hybrid battery and inverter with the converter
In addition, you get the Lexus Hybrid Battery Warranty for 10 years or 150,000 miles on 2020 and newer Lexus hybrid vehicles.
Corrosion Perforation Warranty
The Corrosion Perforation Warranty covers the cost of repairing your Lexus’s original body panels that have rusted through. This warranty lasts for 72 months regardless of mileage.
Service Parts Warranty
Replacement of parts from defects or improper installation has 12 months of coverage with the Service Parts Warranty. This coverage starts on the date the factory installed the part regardless of how many miles the Lexus has. This warranty does not cover regular car batteries.
Are There Instances When My Lexus Warranty Doesn’t Cover Repairs or Parts Replacements?
Yes, there are several circumstances or reasons when your Lexus warranty won’t cover the cost of repairs, including:
- Modifications or alterations
- Improper maintenance or lack of maintenance
- Damage from environmental conditions like tree sap or falling rocks
- Regular maintenance and tune-ups
Is it Worth Getting the Lexus Extended Warranty?
Once your Lexus manufacturer warranty expires, you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket for repairs and parts replacements that used to be covered under that warranty. To help offset the cost of future repairs, consider getting the Lexus Extended Warranty to help protect your valuable investment.
The Lexus Vehicle Service Agreement (VSA) is Lexus’s version of an extended warranty. These Extra Care Plans come in three levels of coverage:
Extra Care Platinum
This comprehensive coverage is good for four years/50,000 miles and covers most mechanical problems found in the original warranty.
Extra Care Gold
This second-tier warranty covers the powertrain and select parts like brakes, the steering system, and climate control. You’ll have this coverage for four years/50,000 miles.
Extra Care Powertrain
For this third-tier VSA, you’ll get the same four years/50,000-mile coverage for the engine, transmission, axle systems, and other components of your Lexus’s drivetrain.
Speak with your Lexus dealership or where you buy your extended warranty to discuss the amount of deductible you feel comfortable with. In addition, you need to purchase your Lexus Extended Warranty before the manufacturer warranty expires because you can’t get the extended warranty afterward.
Does Lexus Offer Additional Warranty Options?
Lexus offers more protection options for your vehicle, including:
Prepaid Maintenance Plans
You’ll never forget to have your Lexus serviced or maintained with the Prepaid Maintenance Plans. You can choose plans ranging from two years/20,000 miles up to five years/90,000 miles. Depending on the plan, they cover services like:
- Routine maintenance listed in your Lexus scheduled maintenance log
- Milestone servicing at 15,000, 30,000, 45,000, 75,000, and 90,000 miles
- Friendly reminders to have your Lexus serviced
Tire and Wheel Protection
Keep your tires and wheels in tip-top shape with one of two plans:
- Tire and Wheel Protection Gold: With this plan, you get repairs to your tires and wheels from damage caused by road hazards or defects in material or workmanship.
- Tire and Wheel Protection Platinum: The platinum level builds on the gold level with the addition of paintless dent repairs and windshield repair.
You can also add Key Replacement Protection to either plan or as a stand-alone plan.
Guaranteed Auto Protection (Gap)
When you finance your Lexus, you may need gap protection. If the insurance company declares your vehicle a loss due to an accident, theft, or natural disaster, and your standard insurance doesn’t pay as much as you still owe on the vehicle, gap coverage will cover the remaining balance still owed on your finance or lease contract.
You can protect your Lexus vehicle with the manufacturer’s warranty and continue that protection with an extended warranty. Because the warranty doesn’t cover things like accidents, natural disasters, or vandalism, it’s important to have an auto insurance policy that will cover these events. To make sure you have the best insurance coverage for your Lexus, shop insurance brokers to get the optimum protection for your luxury vehicle.
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