What to Look for in a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

Aug 31, 2018

Man Repairing CarThe idea of a “bumper-to-bumper” warranty may sound too good to be true, but many manufacturer-authorized warranty plans do a great job of covering those car components that matter most. Plus, many extended bumper-to-bumper warranties go well beyond those warranties that come standard with new cars by covering additional features and services. With that said, shopping around for the right bumper-to-bumper warranty can still be a challenge, so here’s what you should consider when you’re in the market.

Parts Covered

The best way to ensure that your bumper-to-bumper warranty covers the components you need is by considering your past with repairs. Which parts have cost you the most money? Which components have failed most often? If you’re going to be spending the extra cash for an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty, you’ll want to make sure these components are included. Fortunately, there’s a good chance that the parts in question are covered – that’s why it’s called “bumper-to-bumper.” These warranties can prove especially valuable if you’re driving a vehicle with pricey electrical components, which are common in today’s cars and trucks.

Services Covered

Despite what the term implies, what really separates many bumper-to-bumper warranties is the availability of numerous covered services. For example, if you’re always on the road, towing and roadside assistance coverage is a must, and these features are often included in modern bumper-to-bumper warranties. Likewise, certain extended bumper-to-bumper warranties, such as Chrysler’s Maximum Care, offer additional services, including trip interruption protection and auto valet concierge service, that extend far beyond what’s typically covered with an automotive warranty.

Parts and Services Not Covered

Bear in mind that bumper-to-bumper warranties will never cover everything involved with automotive maintenance and repairs. Parts that are prone to wear by nature, including brakes and belts, are often excluded – replacing these parts is a natural part of car ownership. For the same reason, routine maintenance procedures, including bulb replacement and oil changes, are typically left out of warranties. Some dealers may offer separate care plans to help alleviate these costs.  If the primary features you’re seeking to cover aren’t addressed by a bumper-to-bumper warranty, you may prefer an alternative approach, like a standard warranty and one of the aforementioned dealer service plans.

Select Your Chrysler Warranty

For comprehensive protection for your Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep or RAM vehicle, turn to Chrysler Warranty Direct. Three levels of care make it simple to select a plan. Speak with a warranty specialist today to learn more.