Car Warranty

Author: Vince Pornelos

Understanding warranties

It is an often overlooked aspect when it comes to buying a new car, but automotive warranties could be a deal breaker if ignored or a blessing when fully read and understood.

When a car is bought from a dealership, the manufacturer issues a warranty with it as standard, generally stating that they would cover the cost of labor and parts should a manufacturing defect arise within the warranty period.

Take note that most warranties only cover manufacturing defects and do not replace consumables like motor oil and air filters, nor do they repair breakage caused by improper use and maintenance as well as problems stemming from vehicle modifications (i.e. new sound system, much larger wheels, engine mods). Car warranties also vary from one carmaker to another, so take the time to read through what is covered and what is excluded from your car's warranty, and with the passing of the Philippine Lemon Law, understanding your rights as a consumer is vital.

Manufacturers also use car warranties as a major selling proposition, and it often reflects in the longevity of the coverage, either by years or odometer readings. Listed below are the warranty periods for local manufacturers and distributors:

Brand

Warranty Period

Audi (PGA Cars)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

BMW (ACC-BMW)

2 years with unlimited mileage

Chana (Focus Ventures)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Chery (Iseway)

5 years or 150,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Chevrolet (CCCI)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Chrysler (CATS)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Dodge (CATS)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Ford (FGP)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Honda (HCPI)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Hyundai (HARI)

5 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Isuzu (IPC)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Jeep (CATS)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Kia (CAC)

5 years or 150,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Lexus (TMPC)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Mazda (FGP)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Mercedes-Benz (CATS)

2 years with unlimited mileage

MINI (British United)

2 years with unlimited mileage

Mitsubishi (MMPC)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Nissan (NMPI & UMC)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Porsche (PGA Cars)

4 years unlimited mileage

Subaru (MotorImage)

3 years or 60,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Suzuki (SPI)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Toyota (TMPC)

3 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first

Volvo (Viking Cars)

5 years with unlimited mileage