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    by Lauren Fix Auto & Finance Contributing Editor

    Car warranties help provide financial security and peace of mind by offsetting the cost of vehicle repairs. Our research team vetted 33 car warranty companies that are rated by more than 22,597 customers. Read our guide to choose the best car warranty company by comparing coverages, costs and customer experiences.

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      Our 6 top extended car warranty picks of 2021

      To select our top picks, we started with the companies listed on this guide and narrowed it down to those with an overall satisfaction rating of 3.5 stars or higher, leaving 17 brands in the running. We then required companies to have at least a 2:1 ratio of 5-star to 1-star reviews in the calendar year to date (January 1, 2021, through April 23, 2021) to stay on the list.

      The ConsumerAffairs research team also considered availability when making final selections. We based our “top picks” on what stood out in our analyses of each company’s recent 5-star review data.

      Our top pick overallEndurance Auto WarrantyAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Mileage: Up to 200,000
      • Terms: Vary
      • Available plans: Six

      Endurance is our top pick because it has excellent reviews and offers comprehensive coverage in every state but California. It’s a good choice for used cars with higher mileage, which can sometimes be challenging to find coverage for from other providers.

      Endurance’s vehicle service contracts may also come with an Endurance Elite Membership. This membership has multiple benefits, including roadside assistance, key fob replacement, personal concierge service and additional discounts.

      Coverage plans
      Endurance offers six extended auto warranty plans. Our favorite is the Select Premier plan, which was designed for vehicles with up to 150,000 miles.
      • Secure: Coverage for select components of your vehicle, such as lubricated parts of the engine, transmission and water pump.
      • Select Premier: Coverage for vehicles with high mileage.
      • Superior: A more inclusive version of stated component coverage.
      • Supreme: Comprehensive exclusionary coverage.
      • Secure Plus: Powertrain plus protection with the shortest waiting period.
      • EnduranceAdvantage: Extensive component protection plus coverage for maintenance.
      Restrictions
      Repairs must be made at licensed, authorized repair facilities. Endurance plans are transferable, but a transfer fee may apply.
      Key benefits
      • Coverage for older, higher-mileage vehicles
      • Great customer service
      • Roadside assistance
      • Key fob replacement
      • Repair finance
      Our pick for used carsCarShieldAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Mileage: Up to 250,000
      • Terms: Month-to-month available
      • Available plans: Six

      CarShield offers six warranty contract options, ranging from typical powertrain plans to more comprehensive policies, plus a plan just for roadside protection. These plans include options for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, which are less common among car warranty companies. Rental car reimbursement and roadside assistance, including towing, are included in some plans. Most of CarShield’s plans are administered by American Auto Shield.

      CarShield reviewers who recommend the company frequently also have good things to say about customer service representatives. Some recurring themes from 5-star reviews include “answered all questions,” “very helpful,” “knowledgeable” and “professional.”

      Coverage plans
      Plans can include coverage for a variety of vehicle systems. Here’s a simple rundown of each option:
      • Silver: Basic powertrain coverage.
      • Gold: Powertrain plus coverage.
      • Platinum: Comprehensive coverage.
      • Diamond: CarShield’s exclusionary coverage.
      • Aluminum: Specialty coverage for electrical and computer components.
      • Motorcycle & ATV: Coverage for motorcycles and other special vehicles.

      CarShield also offers a Roadside Protection Bundle in select states that includes roadside assistance, key fob replacement, windshield protection, road hazard tire protection and trip interruption coverage.

      Restrictions
      Repairs must be made at ASE-certified repair facilities. Other restrictions may apply, depending on the plan you select.
      Key benefits
      • Most plans are transferable
      • Motorcycle coverage is available
      • Roadside assistance
      • Rental car reimbursement
      • English and Spanish contracts
      Our pick for short-term contractsUproar.carAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Mileage: Up to 120,000
      • Terms: Month-to-month
      • Available plans: Three

      Unlike many extended warranty companies, Uproar.car has month-to-month subscription plans. This makes it a good option if you’re worried about paying for expensive maintenance repairs but don’t want to make a huge commitment.

      “The amount that they charge per month is really low compared to other car warranties out there,” said a customer in Maryland. Another reviewer said it’s about $100 less per month than competitors.

      One customer who got a plan for a BMW said that it gives them “peace of mind” and that “this company offers the best coverage and price to take care of my car.” Other verified reviews say that the prices are great and that the sign-up process is easy.

      Coverage plans
      Uproar.car has three plans. Two of these plans are relatively traditional vehicle service contracts, but the third specifically covers your vehicle’s tires and wheels. Each plan is also available in two tiers: Good and Great.

      Uproar.car considers cars with up to 80,000 miles to be “Low Mileage.” The company’s “High Mileage” plans are for cars with 80,000 to 120,000 miles.

      • Low Mileage: Starting monthly costs range from $14.99 to $29.99. This plan comes with vehicle repair protection for up to 1,975 components if you opt for the Great tier. This tier includes coverage for air conditioning, heating, body, interior, audio, video and navigation components.
      • High Mileage: Starting monthly costs range from $20.49 to $29.99. This plan comes with vehicle repair protection for up to 1,545 components if you choose the Great tier. This tier includes coverage for steering, suspension, brake, electrical, air conditioning, heating, body, interior, audio, video and navigation components.
      • Tire & Wheel Protection: Starting monthly costs range from $10.09 to $11.84. Both tiers cover road hazard damage, but only the Great tier covers cosmetic damage. The Great tier also has a higher repair limit per wheel, but limits for tire repairs and tire and wheel replacements are the same for both tiers.
      Restrictions
      Uproar offers plans for vehicles up to 10 years old with up to 120,000 miles. Hybrid electric cars are eligible but with some exclusions. There may also be limitations on some luxury vehicles.
      Key benefits
      • Fair Repair team
      • Optional road trip protection
      • Roadside assistance
      • Optional rental coverage
      • Helpful customer service
      Our pick for valueConcord Auto ProtectAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Mileage: Over 120,000
      • Terms: Vary
      • Available plans: Three

      Concord Auto Protect auto warranties are highly recommended by existing customers. It’s our top pick for value because so many recent 5-star reviews highlight the “great prices” and “competitive rates.”

      One verified customer who purchased a five-year extended warranty on a 2013 Porsche 911 S said that it “was by far the best value … on the market. Check with at least three others. No one even came close to the coverage.”

      Coverage plans
      Concord Auto Protect offers three plans:
      • Powertrain: Coverage for most important components, including your vehicle’s engine, transmission, drive axle(s) and brakes.
      • Advanced: Coverage for everything in the Powertrain plan, plus AWD/4x4 and steering components.
      • Premium: Coverage for everything in the Advanced plan, plus high-tech electronics and forced induction components.

      All plans come with 24-hour roadside assistance, rental car coverage, trip interruption insurance, locksmith services, dead battery coverage and towing.

      Restrictions
      Restrictions and exclusions vary by plan. Concord Auto Protect accepts vehicles that are older than 15 model years under some circumstances.
      Key benefits
      • Flexible coverage
      • 0% interest payment programs
      • 30-day money-back guarantee
      • Lots of perks and benefits
      • Competitive rates
      Our pick for coverage selectionCARCHEXAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Mileage: Up to 250,000
      • Terms: Up to 10 years
      • Available plans: 25

      CARCHEX offers more coverage plans than any of our other top picks because it works with multiple warranty providers. Each plan provides at least a base level of powertrain coverage, meaning they all cover some essential components of your car’s engine, transmission and drive axle(s).

      Plans may also cover other costs that accompany a breakdown, such as towing and rental car reimbursement. Emergency fuel delivery and locksmith services are also available. We suggest considering a Titanium plan because it provides the most comprehensive bumper-to-bumper coverage.

      Coverage plans
      CARCHEX offers 25 plans in total, but these plans can be broken down into the following coverage categories:
      • Bronze Coverage: Powertrain coverage that includes major systems in your vehicle, like the engine and transmission.
      • Silver Coverage: A more inclusive version of basic powertrain coverage.
      • Gold Coverage: Comprehensive coverage for all major systems.
      • Platinum Coverage: The highest level of stated component coverage from CARCHEX.
      • Titanium Coverage: Exclusionary coverage that covers more than CARCHEX’s other options.
      Restrictions
      Repairs must be made at an ASE-certified repair facility. CARCHEX also sets a maximum 24-month payment schedule for its service contracts, which means you have to pay your policy off in full during that time period, regardless of the term length.
      Key benefits
      • Flexible payment plans
      • Choose your own repair facility
      • Roadside assistance
      • Available in California and nationwide
      • 30-day money-back guarantee
      Our pick for an easy claims processoliveAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Mileage: Up to 140,000
      • Terms: Month-to-month
      • Available plans: Three

      Existing customers appreciate that olive’s warranty information is straightforward and simple to understand. olive makes it easy to file claims online or over the phone. You can also find repair shops near you through its partnered RepairPal portal.

      One customer, who got a plan for a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, chose to go with olive over a dealer warranty because of how personable the customer service representative was. “She was extremely responsive, super nice, very detail oriented and explained every single stupid question I had,” the reviewer said in April 2021.

      Coverage plans
      olive has three plans available:
      • olive powertrain: olive’s most affordable plan covers standard powertrain components plus factory turbochargers.
      • olive powertrain plus: This intermediate coverage includes everything in the powertrain plan plus your power steering, front suspension, brakes and air conditioning.
      • olive complete care: olive’s most comprehensive plan provides coverage for most components, except tires, windshield wipers and other listed exclusions.

      Depending on the coverage you select, mechanical breakdown plans typically cost around $30 to $80 per month.

      Restrictions
      Plans are not available for commercial vehicles. New customers can start coverage for cars with up to 10 model years and 140,000 miles. Plans are effective for another three years, up to 185,000 miles or 14 model years — whichever comes first.
      Key benefits
      • Simple enrollment process
      • Great customer service
      • Month-to-month
      • Customizable deductibles
      • Schedule repairs online

      What is a car warranty?

      A car warranty is a contract between you and a company, often your dealership or manufacturer, to cover repairs within a specific period of time or mileage, typically three years or 60,000 miles. Eventually, the dealer's or manufacturer's car warranty expires. At this point, it’s often a good idea to purchase an extended car warranty that provides coverage for repairs and replacements beyond the initial manufacturer’s warranty.

      Auto warranties typically do not cover theft or damage caused by natural disasters or vandalism. You can purchase a plan that only covers the major systems on your vehicle or a full-coverage plan, sometimes called an exclusionary contract. Car warranties are also known as vehicle service agreements or extended auto warranties.

      What does a car warranty cover?

      If you have an engine or transmission failure, there’s a high likelihood a full-coverage extended warranty covers the needed repairs. The most comprehensive car warranties cover all parts of the car except for wear-and-tear items that require regular replacement, like windshield wipers or tires. Basic car warranties cover the most essential parts and systems that keep the car running.

      How to maintain car warranty coverage

      Vehicle service contract agreements require the vehicle owner to perform routine maintenance recommended by the auto manufacturer. Failing to do so voids the contract. Most vehicle service contracts require customers to take care of the following maintenance in order to qualify for coverage:

      • Change the oil: A single delayed oil change is unlikely to void a warranty, but repeated misses could leave you facing a full bill on a major system repair or replacement.
      • Rotate the tires: If a car has fewer than 36,000 miles on it, oil changes and tire rotations might be the only maintenance the vehicle needs.
      • Change the filters: Bad filters can cause buildup that impacts your engine, transmission, intake and other essential systems. It is crucial to clean or change filters regularly.
      • Conduct system checks and follow service schedules: Regular testing and visual inspections can catch issues before they become significant. These are typically part of your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.
      • Use recommended gasoline type: Every vehicle requires a specific octane rating to help its engine get its best performance. Using the wrong octane level or a lower octane rating than is specified can cause engine damage and void the warranty.

      For more information on how to maintain your vehicle, look at the owner’s manual from the manufacturer and take note of the maintenance schedule and suggested repair services. Keep the receipts from these repairs as proof of maintenance.

      Ask your provider if there are any rules against performing maintenance work yourself. Keep track of all maintenance records and receipts.

      What is not covered in a car warranty?

      Not all extended auto warranties cover the vehicle from bumper to bumper, so it’s essential to understand what’s covered by different car warranty companies when buying an extended auto warranty. Most warranties do not cover paint, your car’s interior or issues that result from normal wear and tear. Warranties may or may not cover cooling systems and electronic components. Be sure to read the fine print and choose a plan with the coverage you need. Also, be aware of the car warranty’s requirements — some warranties require auto repairs from mechanics within a specific network, for example. Last of all, an auto warranty doesn’t cover known defects undergoing a recall — the responsibility falls to car manufacturers to fix those issues.

      Car warranty coverage restrictions

      It’s standard across the industry that extended auto warranties purchased separately from the manufacturer's warranty cannot be used until 30 days after purchase and until the vehicle has been driven 1,000 miles. This policy prevents people from buying a vehicle service contract only after a problem develops.

      Car warranty vs. insurance

      Many people wonder if car insurance is enough to cover damage to their vehicles. Car insurance covers damage from accidents, theft and extreme weather, but it doesn’t cover damage due to manufacturer error, such as a faulty air conditioner or engine. For more information, read about the differences between car warranties and insurance.

      Types of car warranties

      There are several types of car warranty products available, ranging from comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranties to basic drivetrain service contracts and warranties that cover highly specific defects. When buying an extended car warranty, also consider opting for mechanical breakdown insurance or an additional maintenance or wear-and-tear plan. These plans help keep your vehicle on the road even longer, even if it has more than a 100,000 miles.

      Bumper-to-bumper warranty
      Often called an exclusionary warranty or new car warranty, a bumper-to-bumper warranty covers everything on a car except items that need repairs and replacements due to normal wear and tear. These warranties cover components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like adding fluids and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions. These types of warranties usually expire faster than powertrain warranties.

      Good for: Drivers looking for comprehensive coverage

      Powertrain warranty
      A powertrain warranty typically covers the engine, transmission and any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, including the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers and car warranty companies also bundle seatbelts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

      Good for: Drivers looking for intermediate coverage

      Drivetrain warranty
      Drivetrain warranties cover the transmission, driveshaft, axles and wheels but do not cover the engine. Drivetrain warranty coverage usually lasts longer than a powertrain warranty’s coverage.

      Good for: Drivers looking for the most basic coverage

      Car maintenance warranty
      Car maintenance warranties offer optional extended service or coverage for air filter replacement, oil changes, tuneups and similar services. This sets them apart from traditional car warranties, which do not cover these maintenance services. Make sure to read all the details when purchasing this package. Sometimes included with new car purchases, maintenance packages are available from dealerships and as additions to vehicle service contracts.

      Good for: Drivers who want basic car maintenance covered

      Wear-and-tear warranty
      Wear-and-tear warranties cover expected damage to upholstery, interior and paint. These auto protection plans may also cover cleaning, issues resulting from normal use and tire repairs and replacements. Wear-and-tear plans may be especially appealing to those leasing a vehicle because the person leasing the car is responsible for the cost of these repairs when the lease ends. Read the terms carefully to understand what's covered.

      Good for: Drivers leasing a vehicle

      Used car warranty
      A used car warranty is any type of extended warranty for a used vehicle. Several levels of coverage are available, including exclusionary, powertrain and drivetrain. Researching a used vehicle’s history is helpful when considering whether to purchase a used vehicle warranty. Used cars with more than 250,000 miles have a low likelihood of qualifying for a used vehicle warranty, but some companies do offer coverage for these cars.

      Good for: Drivers wanting to save on repairs needed for a used car

      Wrap warranty
      If your vehicle has an existing powertrain warranty, a wrap warranty brings coverage to the rest of the car, effectively elevating the warranty from powertrain to bumper-to-bumper coverage.

      Good for: Drivers with an existing powertrain warranty who want more coverage

      Anti-perforation warranty
      Anti-perforation warranties cover corrosion or rust on the metal body of a vehicle.

      Good for: Drivers concerned about paying for repairs caused by corrosion

      Dealer warranty
      A dealer warranty is any warranty that originates from the dealership where you bought your car. Dealer warranties are convenient for bundling into the car purchase, but you may be able to find a better deal by researching third-party car warranty companies.

      Good for: Drivers buying a car from a dealership, although we recommend researching other car warranty companies

      Manufacturer’s warranty
      Car manufacturers typically include a manufacturer's warranty with the cars they build as a way of backing up their products. This means new cars have immediate coverage for a limited time.

      Good for: Drivers purchasing new cars

      How much do extended car warranties cost?

      Extended car warranties tend to cost between $350 and $1,000 for each year of coverage. Basic powertrain warranties cost less, while comprehensive, bumper-to-bumper warranties cost more. Some plans have $0 deductibles, but these come with higher premiums. Deductibles can be $250 or more.

      You can usually get a quote for extended auto warranty coverage by visiting a company’s website and filling out an inquiry form. The quote you receive from an extended auto warranty company should depend on a few factors, including your vehicle’s make, model, condition and location. See the table below for information on monthly payments, deposits and deductibles for comprehensive plans from Endurance, CARCHEX, Protect My Car and CarShield.

      endurance logocarchex logoprotect my carcarshield logo
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      PlanSupreme package*Titanium package*Supreme package*Diamond package*
      Plan coverage up to4 years/95,000 miles6 years/125,000 miles5 years/100,000 miles4 years/200,000 miles
      Deposit$130$0$249$295
      Monthly payments$100/24 months$196/18 months$156/30 months$100/24 months
      Deductible$100$100$100$100
      *Quotes for extended auto warranties are based on a 2015 four-door SUV with 40,000 miles.
      endurance logoSupreme package*4 years/95,000 miles$130$100/24 months$100
      carchex logoTitanium package*6 years/125,000 miles$0$196/18 months$100
      protect my car logoSupreme package*5 years/100,000 miles$249$156/30 months$100
      carshield logoDiamond package*4 years/200,000 miles$295$100/24 months$100

      *Quotes for extended auto warranties are based on a 2015 four-door SUV with 40,000 miles

      Factors that impact the cost of your extended auto warranty

      Some of the most important factors that affect the amount you pay for an extended car warranty include:

      • Level of coverage: Plans with comprehensive coverage cost the most, while basic warranties covering only the vital systems are more affordable.
      • One-time and recurring fees: Ask about any recurring charges in addition to the upfront fee and monthly premium. Also, keep in mind that you’ll pay interest on the policy cost if you roll your extended auto warranty into your auto loan.
      • Additional charges or deductibles: Most car warranties have a deductible, though some companies offer zero-deductible policies. A typical deductible is $100 for a repair or replacement.
      • Maximum payout amount: Most extended auto warranties have a maximum payout, often around the total cash value of the car. Once you're quoted a price for your policy, consider if the cost is reasonable in relation to the limits of the liability terms of your auto protection plan.

      How much does a used car warranty cost?

      A typical extended auto warranty price for a used car costs $350 to $700 per year. Not all used cars qualify for an extended car warranty, though; if your car is more than 10 years old or has more than 200,000 miles, you may not qualify for coverage at all. A used car extended warranty often pays for itself with the first major repair.

      Are extended car warranties worth it?

      An extended car warranty can pay for itself in one use if your policy covers a major breakdown. If you’re worried about a catastrophic malfunction or the expense required to fix it, a warranty may be worth the cost.

      Most extended warranties provide coverage against breakdowns and malfunctions for three to five years. Your coverage should include the components you’re most worried about, either because they’re expensive or just particularly likely to fail. If you’re not confident your extended warranty will cover the right components, it’s not worth it.

      Before you commit to a vehicle service contract, it’s important to know both the positive and negative aspects of your choice.

      Pros and cons of extended car warranties

      Offsetting the cost of major repairs is the core benefit of an extended auto warranty. Extended warranties often let you pay a smaller monthly fee over time instead of a large sum all at once if your car breaks down, making extended warranties ideal for those who have a little extra cash each month but not a large savings account or rainy day fund to cover a costly repair.

      There are a few downsides to extended car warranties worth mentioning. The first is the price. Your warranty can set you back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars each year. If you don’t end up using your policy, that cost might sting.

      The second is the coverage specific to each policy. The most important thing you can do before purchasing an extended warranty is read the contract and familiarize yourself with what coverages you’re paying for.

      Pros

      • Flexible coverage
      • Hassle-free repairs
      • Specialty coverage and benefits
      • Easier to budget

      Cons

      • Might not use it
      • Confusing coverage
      • Large deductibles

      Extended car warranty questions

      How do car warranties work?

      Car warranties are similar to health insurance in some ways — you pay a monthly premium, and everything is covered except for a deductible when something goes wrong. Car manufacturers provide warranties for new cars to help back their products. Once the original warranty that comes with a car expires, it’s often a good idea to purchase an extended auto warranty.

      Car warranty providers usually have a network of mechanics and repair shops that car owners can use when needed. Most plans cover repairs only through authorized service providers and mechanics. Any repairs outside the network may not be covered or may only be covered up to a specific dollar amount. Be sure to look at the available network of garages before settling on a particular car warranty company. Often, repairs must be done at a dealership or by a technician certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence).

      The Federal Trade Commission recommends asking if you need prior authorization for a claim for any replacements, repair work or towing services before choosing an auto repair shop.

      Depending on the terms of your auto service contract, you may have to pay for repairs yourself and wait for reimbursement from the warranty company. If you aren't sure how long it will take to be reimbursed for your expenses, talk to your extended warranty provider.

      Should I buy an extended warranty on a new car?
      If you’re planning to keep your car for longer than the manufacturer’s warranty covers, you may want to consider purchasing an extended auto warranty to save money on repairs as your vehicle ages.
      What is a vehicle service contract?
      A vehicle service contract is another name for an extended car warranty. These contracts help offset the costs of expensive repairs after your vehicle’s standard manufacturer’s warranty has expired. They typically cover costs of repairs, including parts, labor and taxes, but only if all the terms are met.
      How long does a car warranty last?
      A car manufacturer’s warranty usually lasts for at least three years or 60,000 miles — whichever comes first. An extended auto warranty provides additional coverage, typically for about five years. Some extended auto warranty coverage lasts for up to 10 years, however.
      What would void a car warranty?
      Rules on voiding a car warranty are fairly standard across the industry. Common ways to void a warranty include neglecting maintenance, driving recklessly and installing custom vehicle modifications. Car wrecks and natural disasters that total the car also void a warranty. The best way to keep a car warranty valid is to drive responsibly and take good care of your car. Consult your vehicle’s maintenance handbook and your car warranty contract to review the best ways to maintain your vehicle and keep the warranty valid.
      Can you buy an extended warranty on a used car?
      Yes. In fact, extended auto warranties are intended for used cars — new cars are typically covered by an initial warranty. Buying a used car warranty extends an initial new vehicle warranty and the protection that comes with it into the later years of a car. Extended warranties are especially helpful for used cars that you think are likely to need repairs. Just make sure the cost is affordable and that the coverage is acceptable — exclusionary or bumper-to-bumper policies are a good place to start.
      How should I choose an extended car warranty?
      Significant factors to take into consideration when researching different car warranties include coverage, cost, customer service and reliability. The process of choosing an extended car warranty is overwhelming at times, so focus on the basics. Make sure the car warranty company you select has a positive track record and provides adequate coverage. It’s also a good idea to choose a warranty from a company with a large repair network. Warranties from third-party providers are typically more affordable than those offered by car dealerships. Some third-party providers also pay for the repairs directly so you don’t have to wait for reimbursement.
      How are auto warranty claims handled?
      Most extended auto warranties cover repairs only through authorized service providers and mechanics. Any repairs outside the network may not be covered or may only be covered up to a specific dollar amount. Be sure to look at the available network of garages before settling on a particular car warranty company. Often, repairs must be done at the dealership or by a technician certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence).

      The Federal Trade Commission offers advice on its website for those who need to file a claim with their auto service contract provider. The FTC recommends asking if you need prior authorization for any replacements, repair work or towing services before choosing an auto repair shop.

      Depending on the terms of your auto service contract, you may have to pay for repairs yourself and wait for reimbursement from the warranty company. If you aren't sure how long it will take to be reimbursed for your expenses, talk to your extended warranty provider.

      Can you buy a car warranty at any time?
      Yes. People purchase car warranties when they buy a car or at any other point during their car ownership. If your car’s factory warranty is still in effect, make sure any extended warranty you buy doesn’t overlap with the original coverage — otherwise you’ll be paying for two warranties covering the same period of time.
      How can I avoid car warranty scams?
      The car warranty industry, like several others, is prone to scammers. The best way to avoid car warranty scams is to work with legitimate companies. Look for a history of service, positive reviews and fair pricing. If you receive a call from an unknown individual or company asking for personal information in return for coverage, hang up. Reach out to a trusted company instead.
      Guide Sources

      ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. To learn more about the content on our site, visit our FAQ page.

      1. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “Auto Service Contracts and Warranties.” Accessed May 17, 2021.
      2. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). “Auto Warranties & Routine Maintenance.” Accessed May 17, 2021.
      3. PEGA, “Survey Reveals Reasons Consumers Forego Purchasing Extended Automotive Warranties Despite Seeing Value.” Accessed May 17, 2021.

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        by Lauren Fix Auto & Finance Contributing Editor

        Lauren Fix, also called The Car Coach, is an automotive and auto finance expert. Her understanding of vehicles has made her the “go to” person on TV, radio, print media and the Internet. She has authored multiple books and writes a column for several outlets, including Parade Magazine, NewsMax and Car Coach Reports. She is a regular guest on major news and morning shows, discussing the latest updates on cars and car financing that will help drivers make smart decisions when buying, maintaining and financing cars.

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