Our Quick & Easy Guide To Hyundai Warranties

Our Quick & Easy Guide To Hyundai Warranties

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If you’re shopping for your next car and you’ve got your eyes on a Hyundai, it’s no surprise. After all, the Korean automaker has a reputation for crafting vehicles that mix performance, reliability, and handsome styling.

Hyundai has a car for just about anyone, be it the economy-minded Elantra, the sporty Veloster, or the range-topping Santa Fe crossover SUV

While you sift through different Hyundai vehicles, you’ll probably look at engine options, storage space, fuel economy, and crash test ratings. That makes sense since those categories are so crucial to everyday drivers.

But what about warranty coverage on a Hyundai? Sure, all manufacturers offer warranties on their vehicles, but Hyundai has one of the strongest warranties in the automotive industry.

Let’s look at the various elements that make up Hyundai’s excellent warranty.

What is a car warranty?

Every vehicle that leaves a manufacturer's factory comes with a new-vehicle warranty. The new-vehicle warranty is a comprehensive protection plan for most major mechanical components, like the engine, transmission, and electrical system, among others, often referred to as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. 

In technical terms, a bumper-to-bumper warranty covers repair or replacement parts for any defects in materials or quality while driving under normal conditions. 

Additional warranties cover different areas of new cars, like the powertrain warranty, rust-through warranty, and emissions system warranty.

Car warranty coverage terms are valid for a set number of years or miles driven. For instance, a common factory warranty term is three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. 

Different manufacturers have individual warranty terms, both in the length of coverage and the components eligible for repair and replacement. 

One element common to all car warranties is wear-and-tear items aren't covered. Items like tires, brake pads, fuses, and wiper blades that wear out over time are the owner's responsibility. The same goes for regular maintenance services like oil changes, for example.

A nice feature of car warranties is typically they transfer to subsequent owners. So if you're buying a used car made in the last few years, odds are you'll still have coverage left. 

When you're in the market for a used car and want the protection offered by a warranty, look to Shift. Shift offers best-in-class service contracts at a fair price without sales pressure. You get the excellent price and value of a used car with the bumper-to-bumper protection of a new car.

What is Hyundai’s warranty?

Hyundai refers to their warranty as America’s Best Warranty, and they have a strong argument. 

The Hyundai bumper-to-bumper warranty runs for a lengthy five years or 60,000 miles, attesting to the quality materials and craftsmanship in each car they make. 

Similarly, the Hyundai powertrain warranty covers the engine and driveline for 10 years or 100,000 miles. That’s a lot of time and mileage to cover, and Hyundai further demonstrates their confidence in each vehicle’s engineering with such generous terms. 

Hyundai’s anti-perforation warranty attests that the exterior body panels won’t rust through for seven years or unlimited miles, so you know your car’s bodywork will stand up to any climate. 

Hyundai demonstrates its environmental consciousness and protects your vehicle’s emissions system with a federal emission and defect performance warranty of eight years or 80,000 miles. If you live in California, where more stringent environmental standards come into play, Hyundai warrants your emissions system for seven years or 70,000 miles. 

Additionally, Hyundai offers five years of complimentary roadside assistance, no matter how many miles you drive, for extra assurance on all of your travels. 

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How a Hyundai warranty compares

A new Hyundai warranty compares favorably to those from several major manufacturers.

While Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Chevrolet cap their bumper-to-bumper new vehicle warranties at three years or 36,000 miles, Hyundai's has the clear advantage at five years or 60,000 miles.

Those same manufacturers also offer powertrain warranty terms of five years or 60,000 miles. Hyundai comes away the winner again in this category, with their powertrain warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles.

Lastly, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan cover exterior bodywork from rust perforation for five years, no matter how many miles driven. Chevrolet extends their terms slightly longer to six years. But once again, Hyundai tops them all with a seven-year, unlimited mileage anti-perforation warranty.

Alongside Hyundai's factory warranty, Shift's vehicle protection programs offer comprehensive coverage for your used car. Major components like the engine, transmission, suspension, and more are all covered for the ultimate reassurance. Not only that, but you also receive the perks of flat tire changes, emergency fuel, and rental car reimbursement. When you buy a used car from Shift, you're purchasing a vehicle that's good for year after year of reliable driving.

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What about a used Hyundai warranty?

When you buy a used Hyundai, you're still eligible for warranty protection, whether from the manufacturer or through a third party. In other words, you needn't be the original owner to enjoy the benefits of a Hyundai warranty.

If you buy your used Hyundai while it's still within the time and mileage limits of any of its warranties, they transfer over to you. 

But if you buy a used Hyundai that's outside of those same warranty terms, you still have options. 

Third-party extended warranties – like Shift's – offer many of the same assurances as manufacturer's warranties, so you can drive with peace of mind as you rack up the miles year after year.

Third-party extended warranties are available for purchase from many providers and offer different levels of coverage, depending on your budget. Unlike a manufacturer's warranty, you're responsible for a deductible. Still, third-party warranties can possibly save you thousands of dollars by buying a used car should any unforeseen mechanical issues arise. 

If you buy a used Hyundai that's still within warranty but not for long, it's wise to purchase a third-party extended warranty to ensure your vehicle is covered for miles to come.

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