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About CarShield

CarShield offers customizable vehicle service contracts that cover new and used cars against malfunctions or breakdowns. Along with these extended warranties, CarShield also provides 24/7 roadside assistance, towing and rental vehicles. Month-to-month coverage and flexible monthly payment plans are available to fit your needs.

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Pros

  • More plans than many competitors
  • Contracts available in Spanish
  • Most plans transfer when you sell
  • Covers cars with up to 300,000 miles

Cons

  • Rental reimbursement isn’t standard

Bottom Line

CarShield's high points include its month-to-month and motorcycle coverage. Although CarShield's quote process isn't the best, its numerous plans and lax vehicle requirements make finding the right coverage easy.

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Had to replace my 2018 Impala evaporator core and it would have cost me 2000.00 out of pocket if I didn't have Car Shield. I took the car to the dealership services and they took ...

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It was a wonderful experience for me to see that CarShield really care about their customer. I told them I couldn't pay my bill and they went beyond and out their way to make sure...

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What is CarShield?

CarShield is a company that offers vehicle service contracts for new and used vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs and cars with up to 200,000 miles. The company has six contract options, almost all of which are available on a month-to-month basis, so you aren’t locked into a long-term commitment. Contracts are available both in English and Spanish. Most warranties are transferable too.

How much does CarShield cost?

CarShield’s rates vary widely, but you can expect prices to be under $100 a month. CarShield has a maximum payment schedule of 24 months, so you have a full two years to pay off your extended auto warranty. If you choose a month-to-month plan, your payments will last the entirety of your coverage, though.

Details like contract lengths, deductibles and other fees are not available on the company’s website, so the best way to get precise prices is to contact CarShield. You can get a free quote from CarShield by submitting your information via its online form or by calling CarShield’s customer service. CarShield reviews do mention that the quote process can be tricky, with salespeople preferring to call about quotes rather than emailing.

What does CarShield cover?

CarShield has six protection plans available for both new and used cars, offering protection from powertrain to comprehensive coverages. CarShield’s six contracts are as follows:

Silver
Silver is CarShield’s powertrain plan and its most affordable coverage. It covers your vehicle’s:
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Drive axle(s)
  • Transfer case
Gold
Gold is Carshield’s powertrain plus plan. It covers everything the Silver plan does and more, including your vehicle’s:
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Drive axle(s)
  • Transfer case
  • Air conditioner
  • Fuel delivery system
  • Fuel pump
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Power windows
  • Water pump
Platinum
Platinum is CarShield’s comprehensive plan. It covers everything the Gold plan does and more, including your vehicle’s:
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Drive axle(s)
  • Transfer case
  • Air conditioner
  • Fuel delivery system
  • Fuel pump
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Power windows
  • Water pump
  • Fuel injectors
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Electrical system
  • Instrument cluster
  • GPS
  • Factory audio
  • Radiator
Diamond
Diamond is CarShield’s plan that most closely mimics a manufacturer’s warranty. It covers everything the Platinum plan does and more, including your vehicle’s:
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Drive axle(s)
  • Transfer case
  • Air conditioner
  • Fuel delivery system
  • Fuel pump
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Power windows
  • Water pump
  • Fuel injectors
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Electrical system
  • Instrument cluster
  • GPS
  • Factory audio
  • Radiator
  • Wiring harness
Aluminum
Aluminum covers electronics- and computer-related components, including your vehicle’s:
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Power windows
  • Electrical system
  • Instrument cluster
  • Factory audio
  • Wiring harness
Other coverage
CarShield’s other plans cover components on motorcycles and ATVs, including the following components, if applicable:
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Drive axle(s)
  • Fuel pump
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Water pump
  • Fuel injectors
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Electrical system
  • Factory audio
  • Radiator

The Diamond plan is similar to a manufacturer’s warranty, often referred to as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. It is the most extensive plan offered by CarShield. CarShield suggests the Platinum plan for older vehicles since it offers significant coverage.

The Gold plan is billed as a good option both for used and high-mileage vehicles, while the Silver plan is CarShield’s most basic and affordable plan. This is a good choice if you want simple coverage at a low price.

The Aluminum plan covers high-tech items, and plans for motorcycles and ATVs offer customized coverage for those vehicles. For more details on costs and what each plan covers, talk to a CarShield representative.

How does CarShield work?

CarShield provides extended auto warranties for new and used vehicles. These policies act as insurance against unforeseen breakdowns. When you need a repair made, go to an ASE-certified repair facility, file a claim and pay a small deductible. CarShield then pays for the covered repairs.

CarShield offers coverage for cars with up to 200,000 miles. This limit is higher than what many extended auto warranty companies offer, so CarShield is a good choice if you have a high-mileage car.

Make sure to read the terms and conditions of your contract so you fully understand what CarShield covers. Contracts are available in English and Spanish. Most CarShield contracts are also transferable, meaning the warranty can still cover the car even if you sell it. This can increase the value of your vehicle.

Additional CarShield benefits include towing, roadside assistance and rental cars.

CarShield FAQ

Is CarShield a rip-off?

No, CarShield is a legitimate company offering extended vehicle warranty plans. Before settling on any warranty company, it is important to do your research and understand its cancellation and refund policies, along with its various plan offerings. Doing this early on helps you decide what is right for you and avoid scams or rip-offs.

How much does CarShield cost a month?

CarShield does not offer pricing on its website, as costs vary based on your vehicle’s type, age, mileage and coverage. However, you can get a quote by calling the company’s customer service or submitting a form online through CarShield’s website.

Does CarShield cover electrical problems?

Yes, the Aluminum, Platinum and Diamond plans cover electrical issues.

What doesn’t CarShield cover?

CarShield does not cover oil changes or similar routine maintenance issues. It also does not cover oil leaks unless they are a result of engine failure and you have one of the appropriate plans.

Is CarShield worth it?

CarShield is generally worth it. It offers a wide variety of plans, which can be especially helpful if you aren’t yet sure what kind of coverage you want. We like that it offers month-to-month contracts and motorcycle coverage — plus, having contracts available in Spanish is a big benefit if you’re not as fluent in English. If you’re looking for an extended auto warranty with a solid reputation behind it, consider CarShield.

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Rated with 5 stars
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: March 20, 2022

Well, where to began... As a newly single parent and prices skyrocketing everywhere, vehicle repairs is something I did not want to see at any given point yet what is man made will fail so here I am facing a bill larger than my rent (nearly 3x over) and I was just into my 2nd week of starting my new career. I had not even gotten paid from my new job and was just living off of my unemployment. I was still making sure Car Shield was getting paid even though I had my doubts and I had a little one to provide for. I heard of scams before and really didn't stand in the position of becoming broke by being scammed yet again like before with different things. I sat there looking at my little one at the repair shop, N.T.B. and scared on the inside and smiling on the outside.

The repair shop and CarShield were on the phone a good minute and I just reminded myself that I was going to keep my new job even if I had to walk to make sure we were okay. The repair/sales gentleman came back with news stating, "that worse case scenario you will have to okay out $354.00 out of $2,600.00+." I held in my tears that moment and constantly told him, "Thank you." I sat back and thought, this car shield is no joke and I needed to provide them both with good reviews. I still didn't have even that much to pay but when I left my vehicle there overnight till Monday, I made sure to still count my blessings and look at little one and told them hey when you get your first vehicle make sure to get CarShield and get the diamond plan.

I picked up my vehicle that Monday and paid only $254.04 out of a $$2,600.00+ vehicle repair bill all thanks to Car Shield and the wonderful people who understood my position during times like this. I WILL RECOMMEND CAR SHIELD TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE just as I did that day of payment to the customers inside the repair shop and at work when I was fortunate enough to drive back to work in my repaired vehicle with tears in my eye, a great full heart, and a few dollars left to purchase my little one a Chick-fil-A nugget meal, and gas. I may have not had enough for anything else (yes bills were already paid) but what little I did have I made sure to see my little one smile and to have a tank of gas in my Car Shield paid running vehicle to help me get back and forth to work. Thank you Car Shield so much.

CarShield response

We are so happy to hear this, and are glad we were able to help! Let us know if we can be of further assistance in the future!

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 15, 2022

    I called to cancel. When talking to rep. She was persistent in me keeping CarShield. I was in process of buying a new car.. I have no use when buying a new car. I said my payment is automatic and wanted the payment returned. She said CarShield does not give refunds. I ask to speak to supervisor. The supervisor said they will look into it. It's been 3 months since I closed my account.

    CarShield response

    We do apologize. Our refund policy is only refundable during the first 30 days on month to month accounts. We would have needed 24-48 hours notice to stop a payment. There would be no refund due on this account. If you have any further questions, please give us a call.

    24 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 5, 2022

    I need to take my car to a shop to have them check out a loud roaring grinding noise while I was driving. When I picked up my car they had put a brand new transmission in it ran new front wheel bearings but the loud grinding noise still persist with no explanation. As far as my service with CarShield was great the mechanic was really nice but I still have a problem with my car and I’m not willing to continue this goose chase and I hate my car now!! ASAP I will trade and get a new car with a factory warranty where I can take it to a mechanic that’s specializes in the vehicle I own and is familiar with it and the time left without a vehicle won’t be a month or better. Trust Carshield to get their part done! But watch who you take your vehicle to!!

    CarShield response

    We appreciate your support. If you have any questions don't hesitate to give us a call!

    22 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 1, 2022

    CarShield's Customer Service Representative, DJ:

    1) Is an intelligent & polite professional business minded individual.

    2) DJ overwhelmingly applied her contract expertise to my warranty investigation by which she pointed out in detail the coverage that I needed to proceed with this new CarShield contract.

    3) There were two representatives & a claims department representative that were unable to verify the unusual electrical/electronic devices in my vehicle's compartment area. However, DJ reviewed the computer entries by the other representatives and immediately implemented her vast knowledge of the contract.

    4) While being impressed & overjoyed with DJ's efficiently accurate presentation of the contract's wording, I couldn't help but wonder why this woman wasn't working for a legal firm. INDEED, I WAS IMPRESSED TO SAY THE LEAST!

    5) If DJ did not embrace the situation with her tactical ability to evaluate & commence quoting from the contract's Addendum 1, I would have dismissed my new customer contract. People of DJ's caliber are required in upper management because: (1) they know what is covered under the contracts, (2) they are able to decipher & comprehend a situation accurately & efficiently with their expertise & (3) they know how utilize their legal vocabulary to the company's advantage.

    CarShield response

    We are pleased to hear you found our customer service team helpful! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

    6 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Dec. 2, 2021

    On Thanksgiving while traveling from church my check engine light came on. Friday 11/26/21 I took my vehicle to a Firestone located in Columbia SC to get a diagnostic test done. The problem was the cooling system. Thermostat need to be replaced. The estimate for my vehicle (2018 Cadillac XT5) came to $1034.09. While standing at the register I immediately called CARSHIELD feeling somewhat optimistic, until the guy on the phone told me “I’m Not Covered!” Needless to say… I was embarrassed and felt cheated.

    I’ve been a customer since 7/29/20 and signed up for the Diamond Elite package. My husband and I are on a fixed income and cannot afford unexpected expense such as this one; and therefore we maintain insurances. Ironically, a year ago I was at an auto detail shop and was sitting next to this obnoxious guy who complained about everything! Your CARSHIELD commercial came on and he said “That’s a rip off”. At the time I ignored him because I didn’t want to hear that being a client of your company. I called back and your customer care manager, April (Operator ID **) took care of my service needs, with compassion and care. She also provided me with the needed information to get my claim started and deducted $100.00 off my yearly premium.

    CarShield response

    We appreciate your time and we are glad you took the opportunity to protect your vehicle. If you have any questions give us a call!

    17 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: May 18, 2022

    May 18, 2022. I purchased this contract with CarShield on April 8, 2021 FOR MY 2008 NISSAN VERSA. **.

    CONTRACT #: ** Series 001
    Gold Coverage
    $100 Deductible
    American Auto Shield
    $89.99 for 13 months

    $1,169.87

    CarShield is a rip-off. I made 13 payments (one year and one month). On May 17, 2022 my car malfunctioned and needed to be serviced; they told me that the repairs that I needed to have done wasn’t covered by my Contract. What good is it to have a Gold Plan if it doesn’t cover anything? All CarShield could advise me to do is to look at the small print on the Contract. Also the representatives was very nasty and unprofessional. I’m Michael ** in Chicago, Illinois; a very dissatisfied customer. STAY AWAY FROM CARSHIELD!!

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    Rated with 4 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 18, 2022

    I recently bought a used car and opened a new contract. There was some confusion about the old car and I was being charged the old car premium which costs more per month. The representative cleared up the matter very efficiently and to my satisfaction.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 18, 2022

    Cancellation due to my car being totaled. I will come back as soon as I can purchase another car. I spoke with a very very professional representative who was concerned my well-being and expressed a feeling of well wishes. She invited me to come back as soon I purchase another car.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 18, 2022

    The man was very helpful to get the info I needed to have my truck repaired. I did not have the info with me and he took care of the info for me. I gave the info to the repair company and they called it in.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 18, 2022

    Rental car The Ford places have my Truck since 10 May. And I’ve been catching and paying for rides. Inquired about a rental car because they’re still not finished with it. And they won’t be finished as far as I know until maybe Friday or next week. Everyone was so wonderful. Thank you.

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    CarShield Company Information

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    Company Name:
    CarShield
    Company Type:
    Private
    Year Founded:
    2005
    Address:
    333 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
    City:
    Saint Peters
    State/Province:
    MO
    Postal Code:
    63376
    Country:
    United States
    Website:
    carshield.com

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