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    Use our guide to choose the best car warranty company for you by comparing coverage options, deductibles, contract lengths, reviews and complaints. Our research team vetted 37 extended warranty providers that are rated by more than 22,597 customers. Read our methodology to learn how we chose our top picks.

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      Our top extended car warranty picks

      The right extended warranty for you varies based on what kind of coverage you want, your vehicle, your budget and how long you need protection. Some providers, like CARCHEX, offer coverage up to 10 years. Others, like olive and Toco Warranty, have pay-as-you-go plans without a long-term commitment.

      California residents have the fewest options for repair protection. American First Auto Protect is one of our picks that offer plans in the Golden State. Keep reading to find the best car warranty plan for you — keep in mind, though, that not all vehicles will qualify for all plans.

      Good for older carsEndurance Auto WarrantyAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 6
      • Maximum mileage: 200,000
      • Waiting period: 30 to 60 days and 1,000 miles
      • Availability: Most states (not CA)

      Endurance offers six auto warranty plans, and most are directly administered by the company. It’s a good option for used cars with higher mileage, which can sometimes be challenging to find coverage for from other warranty providers.

      All Endurance warranty plans come with a year of Elite Benefits, including roadside assistance, key fob replacement, coverage for repair or replacement of up to two tires and a collision discount. Check out the Select Premier plan for high-mileage vehicles, the Superior plan for comprehensive stated-component coverage and the Supreme plan for exclusionary coverage.

      Highlights

      • Direct provider
      • 30-day money-back guarantee
      • Online learning center
      • Multiple types of discounts
      • Free year of Endurance Elite Benefits

      What reviewers say: Five-star reviews frequently highlight helpful reps, good value and comprehensive coverage. Some negative reviews indicate misunderstandings about what was covered under a specific warranty plan.

      “The plan was extremely reasonable and affordable. It's less than $125 per month. I have a BMW so my premiums typically range way more than that. The military discount made things even sweeter and took my decision over the top,” a reviewer in South Carolina said.

      “I canceled my other policy because Endurance covered more, and it was the most affordable,” a reviewer in Ohio said. Another reviewer said their coverage “came to about $1,000 a year.”

      Good for no waiting periodoliveAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 3
      • Maximum mileage: 140,000
      • Waiting period: None
      • Availability: Most states (not FL)

      Unlike many companies, olive does not have a waiting period for coverage. It’s a good pick for car owners who want to manage their policy entirely online. You can file claims online or over the phone, and you can schedule repairs through RepairPal.

      Most plans cost $30 to $80 per month, with various deductible options. Complete Care, olive's exclusionary plan, is its most popular. olive also has Powertrain Plus and Powertrain plans.

      Highlights

      • No waiting period
      • Price-lock guarantee
      • Transferable plans
      • MBI available in California
      • Online policy management

      What reviewers say: olive’s warranty information is straightforward and simple to understand. “I like the idea that I can stop the coverage at any time,” a reviewer in Missouri said.

      “With Olive, I'd make monthly payments of $126 for a $250 deductible, which works out better,” a reviewer in Minnesota said. On the other hand, a few say that the claims department can take a little while to call back.

      “What I really liked about it is it wasn't one of those warranties that's like, ‘Well, you got to go six years, 185,000 miles. It's going to cost you $4,800.’ And with this particular one, it was like, ‘Look, we will warranty your truck up to 185,000 miles, but it'll only be three years,’” an olive customer told us via phone survey.

      Wide selection of coverageCARCHEXAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 5
      • Maximum mileage: 250,000
      • Waiting period: 30 days and 1,000 miles
      • Availability: Nationwide

      CARCHEX offers more coverage plans than our other top picks because it works with multiple warranty providers. It’s a good pick for anyone who wants instant quotes online for up to 10 years of coverage.

      Each plan — whether it’s Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Titanium — offers term options that range from monthly to at least five years. If you’re looking for comprehensive, exclusionary coverage, check out Titanium plans.

      In addition to repair costs, plans cover 24/7 roadside assistance, gas delivery, towing, rental car coverage and trip interruption service. They also come with CARCHEX’s “No-Haggle, Low Price, Everyday Guarantee.” CARCHEX requires small down payments and lets you spread the remaining cost out over six to 24 months.

      Highlights

      • Multiple plans at each level of coverage
      • Roadside assistance included
      • Transferable plans
      • $0 deductible option
      • Additional optional coverages

      What reviewers say: Reviewers like that CARCHEX has helpful reps and reasonable rates. "The rep explained everything that he was supposed to and the questions that I had, so I went into CARCHEX with a clear understanding. It’s supposed to be the best warranty, so that's what I got. If you get three repairs with the average being about $1,200, the policy is paid,” a reviewer in Maryland said.

      “I have a super expensive vehicle and if it breaks, that would be very expensive,” a reviewer in Nevada told us. “Once I got the policy set up, CARCHEX's website to pay was user-friendly and it allowed me to set up extra options for those going through the process.”

      A reviewer in Arizona renewed for another four-year term: “I know the priceyness of some of these repairs, especially if you got a valve cover gasket that is leaking. … If I could get that covered under this warranty, it's peace of mind more than anything else.”

      Good for high-mileage vehiclesCarShieldAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 6
      • Maximum mileage: 300,000
      • Waiting period: 30 days and 1,000 miles
      • Availability: Most states (not CA)

      CarShield has comprehensive coverage options, wide availability and great reviews. It also has flexible monthly payment plans, and you can transfer most contracts. CarShield covers cars with up to 300,000 miles, one of the highest limits among extended auto warranty companies.

      CarShield’s best coverage includes everything from engine and transmission to the factory audio system and GPS. You can choose from Diamond exclusionary coverage, Platinum comprehensive coverage, Gold powertrain-plus coverage, Silver powertrain coverage and Aluminum specialty coverage. There is also a plan for motorcycles and ATVs.

      CarShield’s plans are administered by American Auto Shield. Most contracts come with 24/7 roadside assistance, and some include rental car reimbursement.

      Highlights

      • Low or no deductible
      • Choose your mechanic
      • Roadside assistance and rental car reimbursement
      • 30-day money-back guarantee
      • CarShield app

      What reviewers say: Happy customers recommend CarShield for the helpful service and great customer support. A reviewer in Oklahoma said their plan saved them “at least $300” when a water pump gave out. “I recommend CarShield for anyone with an older car. It sure helps save money.”

      As with most car warranty companies, CarShield has received a few complaints from people who had claims denied after a breakdown. This is why it’s so important to understand your coverage before you sign up.

      “They covered my air conditioning compressor in full on my 2010 Cadillac, which could have ran me $1,500 to $2,000,” a reviewer in Illinois said, adding that “it was very seamless after my mechanic called their office. I would definitely recommend to all people out there, especially if you don’t have a lot in [your] savings account.”

      No down payment requiredToco WarrantyAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 4
      • Maximum mileage: 250,000
      • Waiting period: 30 days and 1,000 miles
      • Availability: Most states (not AK, MO or WA)

      Toco offers pay-as-you-go plans with no down payment. Your cost for a vehicle service contract (or in California, mechanical breakdown insurance policy) depends on your car’s make, model, year, mileage and how many miles you drive each month.

      Toco coverage works a little bit differently — Orange plans are for cars with less than 100,000 miles, yellow is for cars between 100,000 and 150,000 miles, and the Blue plan is for vehicles with 150,000 to 200,000. If your car has 200,000 to 250,000 miles on it, you have Green-level coverage. The Orange plan is an exclusionary plan, while the others are stated-component plans. Unless stated otherwise in your terms, the standard deductible is $100.

      Highlights

      • No down payment
      • Pay as you go
      • 24/7 roadside assistance
      • Hotel and motel discounts
      • $50 deductible waiver for repairs made at select facilities

      What reviewers say: Toco comes highly recommended by existing customers. Positive reviewers say that prices are good and the reps are “honest” and “respectful.”

      “My customer representative Matthew was AWESOME. He was very patient and explained everything. He answered all my questions that I had. The price I was given was great for a bumper-to-bumper warranty,” a reviewer in Maryland said.

      “The perks are great too! $40 credit towards oil changes and the first month free is hard to resist,” according to a reviewer in North Carolina.

      Good valueConcord Auto ProtectAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 3
      • Maximum mileage: 150,000
      • Waiting period: 30 days and 1,000 miles
      • Availability: Nationwide

      Concord Auto Protect offers three plans that come with direct support and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Plans include roadside assistance and can be transferred from one vehicle owner to another.

      You can take your car into any repair facility, and Concord will pay for covered repairs directly over the phone — all you have to pay is the deductible (if applicable). There’s no paperwork required to file a claim, and you can make as many claims as you want.

      Highlights

      • $0 deductible option
      • Zero-interest payment programs
      • Direct support
      • Roadside assistance and rental car reimbursement
      • 30-day money-back guarantee

      What reviewers say: Concord is highly recommended by existing customers for its prices and customer support.

      According to a reviewer in Idaho, Concord is “anywhere from $1,400 to $3,600 less expensive than others. … For the difference in price, with what appears near-identical terms, 30-day wait, $100 deductible, etc., I'll gamble.”

      “The price for the coverage I selected was very good. I was able to get bumper-to-bumper coverage for up to 150,000 miles. Could not get a better deal elsewhere,” a reviewer in Nevada said.

      Fast claims processAmerican First Auto ProtectAUTHORIZED PARTNER
      • Levels of coverage: 3
      • Maximum mileage: 200,000
      • Waiting period: Varies
      • Availability: Nationwide

      American First Auto Protect offers vehicle service contracts for cars made after the year 2000. All plans cover the engine, transmission, brake system and other major components. Each also comes with roadside assistance, out-of-gas service and towing.

      Check out the Platinum plan for the most comprehensive coverage — it includes your steering system, suspension, seals, gaskets, GPS navigation and high-tech electronics. Silver plans are the most affordable, and Gold is for middle-of-the-road coverage.

      Highlights

      • 24/7 roadside assistance
      • Trip interruption benefits
      • Customizable plans
      • 30-day money-back guarantee

      What reviewers say: Reps are friendly and knowledgeable during the sign-up process. “I spoke with 11 different companies before American First. They were the most professional; they let me take my time with the decision and was the only company that offered me a veterans discount,” a reviewer in New York said.

      A reviewer in California went with American First Auto Protect for their 2015 Jeep Renegade: “It's very easy. I just go to the dealer if there's something wrong with my car that needs fixing and they let me know how much it is. I don't have to do anything else and my deductible is only $100.”

      “Once the claim was submitted, it was approved by American First Auto Protect within 20 minutes,” another reviewer said.

      A reviewer in North Carolina purchased a five-year Platinum warranty for a 14-year-old Chrysler Crossfire and “was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness, response, and professionalism of the staff involved. … I requested a couple of items not specifically mentioned to be added to the policy, and it was done immediately with an addendum and without argument. I can tell you I sleep very well now knowing these guys have my back.”

      Are extended car warranties worth it?

      Having your car break down can be expensive and inconvenient. If you rely on your vehicle to drive to work or get your children to school, it’s essential to have a plan to take care of a breakdown quickly. Extended auto warranties help cover the cost of expensive repairs in these situations.

      It’s often a good idea to purchase an extended car warranty — which provides coverage for repairs and replacements beyond the initial manufacturer’s warranty — if you plan to keep the car for a while and don’t want to budget for repairs, it might make sense for you.

      • Purchasing an extended auto warranty is smart if you buy a used vehicle that doesn’t come with coverage from the seller.
      • Extended auto warranty coverage usually isn’t necessary with a new vehicle purchase. New cars come with bumper-to-bumper and powertrain manufacturer warranties that last for multiple years and tens of thousands of miles. An extended auto warranty won’t provide protection if you still have coverage from the automaker. However, you can still purchase an extended auto warranty (to kick in later) at the time you purchase a new car — and you might get a slightly lower cost.
      • If you think you might sell a vehicle while it’s still covered, make sure your plan allows transfer to the new owner.

      Extended car warranty questions

      What is an extended car warranty?

      An extended auto warranty, also known as a vehicle service contract, is coverage that kicks in after your car’s manufacturer’s warranty expires. It pays for repairs to a vehicle when it breaks down, including parts and labor, after you pay a deductible. Different providers offer varying types and levels of coverage; it’s important to understand the service requirements, exclusions and perks attached to any vehicle service contract you’re considering.

      How long does a car warranty last?

      A new car manufacturer’s warranty typically lasts for at least 36,000 miles or three years. This number of years and the mileage — as well as the number and types of coverages — differs by automaker. An extended car warranty covers a car after the manufacturer’s warranty expires and lasts for five to 10 years. Terms vary by provider.

      How do I check if my car is under warranty?

      There’s a lot to keep up with as a car owner. If you’re not sure if your car is still under warranty from the manufacturer, contact a local dealership that sells new vehicles of the same make. You’ll need your vehicle identification number and the mileage on the odometer. You can also check the warranty terms in the owner’s manual.

      What voids a car warranty?

      Several conditions can lead to a voided warranty, so it’s important to do your best to maintain your vehicle so you don’t lose coverage. These typically include failure to get routine maintenance, vehicle misuse, car modifications that cause a breakdown and having a salvage title.

      Before purchasing a new vehicle or a vehicle service contract, ask the dealer or warranty provider to explain what could potentially void your coverage.

      Can you get one at any time?

      You can buy an extended warranty at the time of purchase or at any point after (as long as the vehicle is still eligible for protection). If you’re buying a used car that’s no longer under the manufacturer’s warranty, you may want to buy a warranty at the time of purchase.

      What’s the difference between a car warranty and insurance?

      A car warranty pays for repairs and replacements of parts when your car breaks down. Depending on the policy, it also covers nonessential parts, like your stereo, and defects in the build of the car.

      Auto insurance, on the other hand, pays for vehicle damage due to collisions, natural disasters and vandalism, or loss from theft. Car insurance is required in almost every state. A car warranty comes with every new car, and an extended auto warranty is an optional purchase. For more information, read about the differences between car warranties and insurance .

      What are the different types of car warranties?

      There are several different types of warranty plans. Bumper-to-bumper coverage is the most comprehensive, providing protection for all vehicle components except those that are specifically excluded. A powertrain warranty covers parts that power the vehicle, including the engine and transmission. Stated component coverage provides a list of parts covered — anything not listed is not covered.

      New vehicle warranties come from the automaker, while extended auto warranties may be from the manufacturer or a third party.

      How can I avoid car warranty scams?

      Telephone scams for extended auto warranties are very common, so it’s best to be careful. One trusty guideline is to avoid giving your personal information to any caller from a number you haven’t verified. If you receive a call from an unidentified number and hear a prerecorded message on the other end about an extended auto warranty, hang up.

      Similarly, if you get a call from a number you don’t recognize and the person asks a question like, “Can you hear me?” right off the bat, don’t answer. Instead, hang up; this could be a robocaller trying to confirm your phone line is active for future calls. For more tips, read our article on avoiding car warranty scams .

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      How to find a reputable extended car warranty company

      Extended auto warranty companies offer plans that vary in coverage and other factors, like deductible amounts and perks. It’s important to know what to look for when choosing an extended warranty for your car.

      • Compare reviews: Many 5-star reviews about vehicle service contract companies refer to the initial customer service and sign-up process. Friendly reps are a plus, but what you really care about is whether the plan is worth your money — look for positive reviews about making claims, getting claims approved and completing payouts for repairs. If you read about difficulty filing claims or patterns of rejected claims, be wary.
      • Consider the waiting period: Many plans require you to wait up to 30 days and 1,000 miles before you can request service. This is intended to prevent car owners from getting repairs on preexisting conditions. However, for some drivers, it could take several months to put another thousand miles on the odometer. Check out olive for same-day coverage.
      • Look for perks: Some companies offer extra bonuses alongside their extended warranty coverage, so ask about any additional benefits. These can include roadside assistance, trip interruption service, key fob replacement or discounts from retailers. If you’re hesitant to make a big commitment, look for a company that lets you buy month-to-month coverage or cancel with ease.
      • Read the fine print: Be sure you understand what is and isn’t covered. Ask about any restrictions or conditions that might void your coverage. If you prefer having more control over the specifics of your coverage, look for a company that offers multiple plans or lets you customize your coverage.

        If you think you might want to sell your car before the warranty expires, make sure the company will let you transfer the coverage to the next owner — and ask if there’s a fee. This could be a selling point to potential buyers. For more, here are the right questions to ask and tips to help you avoid car warranty scams.

      How do car warranties work?

      A car warranty is a contract between you and the warranty provider — the manufacturer or a third party — to cover repairs within a specific period of time or up to a certain mileage number when your car breaks down. If your car needs a repair and you have coverage, you can schedule a visit to an approved dealership or repair shop. You may owe a deductible before the warranty company pays the balance of the repair cost.

      Each new vehicle comes with a warranty or group of warranties from the manufacturer. Once it lapses, you can then continue coverage with an extended auto warranty, also known as a vehicle service contract. You can purchase an extended car warranty when you buy a car or at any point after — just keep in mind that if you buy it while you still have manufacturer coverage, it won’t be of much use yet.

      It’s standard across the industry that extended auto warranties purchased separately from the factory 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.

      What does a car warranty cover?

      Basic car warranties cover the most essential parts and systems that keep the car running. For example, if you have an engine, alternator or transmission failure, there’s a high likelihood a basic extended warranty covers the needed repairs. Many car warranties cover fuel pump replacement and airbag replacement as well. 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.

      Not all extended auto warranties cover the vehicle from bumper to bumper, so remember to choose a plan with the coverage you need — and don’t forget to read the fine print.

      Types of extended car warranties

      The two main types of car warranties are manufacturer warranties (also called “factory warranties” and original equipment manufacturer warranties, or OEMs) and aftermarket warranties sold by third-party vendors. The most common types of warranty plans fall into one of the following categories:

      Ask your provider if there are any rules against performing maintenance work yourself. Keep track of all maintenance records and receipts.
      • Powertrain: A powertrain warranty covers parts that generate power and deliver it to the wheels, including the engine, transmission, axles, driveshaft, differentials, axles and transfer case.
      • Drivetrain: This is similar to powertrain coverage, except a drivetrain warranty doesn’t include your engine.
      • Wrap warranty: A wrap warranty covers what the powertrain warranty leaves out. You can combine a wrap warranty with a powertrain warranty to supplement coverage and get protection similar to bumper-to-bumper plan.
      • Bumper-to-bumper: A bumper-to-bumper warranty is also called an “exclusionary warranty,” because it covers everything except for specific components listed in the contract. These warranties tend to be the most comprehensive, but they’re also the most expensive.

      Other than bumper-to-bumper warranties, most extended auto warranties are stated component warranties. In stated component warranties, the contract lists exactly the components that are covered. Be sure you understand whether your agreement lists covered or excluded components and parts.

      What extended car warranties won’t cover

      It’s important to keep in mind that extended auto warranties typically do not cover routine maintenance. Most plans also do not cover paint, your car’s interior or parts that wear out, like windshield wipers or filters. Extended auto warranties also don’t cover accidents, vandalism or theft, and they won’t supersede a still-active manufacturer’s warranty. Below are items that are generally excluded from vehicle service contracts:

      • Damage from accidents
      • Damage caused by extreme weather
      • Cosmetic repairs
      • Routine maintenance
      • Liability and other insurance-related issues
      • Preexisting conditions
      • Manufacturer recalls
      • Wear-and-tear items (like brakes and tires)
      • Problems resulting from alterations or modifications
      • Interior or body panel damage

      Extended car warranty costs

      Total costs for an extended warranty average around $2,500, but the cost varies based on many factors. You can pay the entire cost upfront, but most people pay it off over multiple years in monthly installments.

      For example, if you purchase seven years of coverage, you might have the option of a 36-month payment plan. In addition, plans often require you to pay a deductible (typically between $75 and $250) for repairs.

      Factors that impact the cost of your extended auto warranty

      The best extended car warranty companies examine multiple factors, including your vehicle’s make, model, condition and location, when quoting a price for coverage. Some of the most significant factors that affect the price of your extended auto warranty include:

      • Vehicle make, model and year: Contracts tend to cost more for vehicles that are more expensive to repair, such as luxury cars. Parts on these cars tend to be more expensive and may require more expertise to repair and replace.
      • Vehicle mileage: Expect to pay more if your odometer reading is higher. That’s because warranty providers know higher-mileage vehicles are more likely to need repairs.
      • Level and length of coverage: Bumper-to-bumper plans with comprehensive coverage cost the most, while basic warranties covering only essential parts, such as powertrain and drivetrain warranties, are the most affordable. Also, plans with longer coverage periods have higher costs.
      • The deductible: Most car warranties require a deductible, though some companies offer zero-deductible policies. A typical deductible for a repair or replacement is $100. All else being equal, the higher a deductible is on a policy, the less expensive it costs.
      • Your driving habits: Before buying an extended auto warranty, you’ll probably be asked about how you use your vehicle and how much you drive. If you spend a lot of time in the car, the price of a contract can be higher.

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        Methodology

        To find the best extended car warranty companies, we primarily considered recent verified customer reviews, coverage options and availability.

        The ConsumerAffairs research team started with a list of 37 aftermarket warranty providers. To narrow it down, we first eliminated companies rated below 3.5 stars.

        For our next step, we required companies to have a minimum 2:1 ratio of 5-star to 1-star reviews over the last year (Oct. 13, 2020, through Oct. 13, 2021). In total, we analyzed 6,504 reviews.

        When making our financial selections, we gave preference to companies that offer multiple or customizable coverage plans, plus nationwide availability.

        Once we decided on our final picks, we dug a little deeper. The team analyzed keyword density for each of our top pick’s 5-star reviews. We used this data to inform some of our recommendations.

        For example, Concord Auto Protect is our pick for value because we noticed many of the happiest customers mention “price,” “rate” or “cost.” American First Auto Protect is our pick for fast claims because so many positive reviews mention “simple process,” “very easy” and “customer service.”

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        Guide sources

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        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, “Auto Warranties and Service Contracts.” Accessed June 14, 2021.
        2. Federal Trade Commission, “Extended Warranties and Service Contracts.” Accessed Feb. 22, 2022.
        3. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “What is an extended warranty or vehicle service contract?” Accessed Feb. 22, 2022.
        4. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, “Do You Want an Extended Warranty with That?” Accessed Feb. 22, 2022.
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