Mazda extended warranty: cost, coverage and plans
In recent years, Mazda has been nipping at the heels of Toyota and Lexus for the title of most reliable carmaker. In fact, the Hiroshima-based automaker briefly dethroned its Japanese rivals in 2021 before slipping back to fourth place behind BMW in Consumer Reports’ 2022 reliability rankings.
Despite this dependability, Mazda offers its own line of extended auto warranties to help drivers protect themselves against repair bills. Keep reading to see how they stack up against options from other warranty companies. We’ll go over what’s covered, what isn’t, how much a Mazda extended warranty might cost you and whether it’s worth it in the long run.
- Mazda calls its official extended warranties Mazda Protection Products Vehicle Service Agreements.
- Plans come in Powertrain, Gold and Platinum tiers and can cover most Mazdas under 10 years old or with under 125,000 miles.
- MPP VSAs have excellent coverage and below-average costs, but equivalent third-party plans were even cheaper when we checked.
- Considering Mazda’s reputation for build quality and longevity, an extended warranty might not be a smart purchase unless you have a very particular reason for wanting one.
Mazda extended warranty coverage
Mazda’s official extended warranties are called Mazda Protection Products Vehicle Service Agreements (abbreviated as MPP VSAs). “Vehicle service agreement” is another name for an extended warranty, which is a contract where a company promises to pay for certain vehicle repairs resulting from manufacturing defects.
Most automakers’ extended warranties have terms that start from when the vehicle was purchased by its first owner, not when you buy the warranty.
You can only purchase an MPP VSA from an authorized Mazda dealership, but not every dealership carries them (some only offer third-party warranties).
Most Mazda vehicles will be eligible as long as they’re within nine model years of the current year (e.g., 2014 or newer as of 2023) and have less than 125,000 miles on the odometer. Mazda Financial Services says that even vehicles with up to 200,000 miles should be eligible for the two cheaper MPP VSA coverage tiers, but the longest term a Mazda dealer offered us was for 10 years or 125,000 miles.
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Mazda extended warranty benefits
In addition to covering repair bills, Mazda Protection Products Vehicle Service Agreements come with the following benefits:
- Roadside assistance, including towing for warranty-covered breakdowns, flat tire assistance, locksmith service, jump-starts and fuel delivery
- Substitute transportation costs of up to $35 per day for up to five days per occurrence to help cover the cost of rental cars, Lyft rides, etc., while your Mazda is in the shop for a covered repair
- Travel protection of up to $35 per day for up to five days per plan (not per occurrence) to help cover the cost of meals and lodging if your Mazda breaks down over 150 miles from home
Overall, these are below-average benefits for an extended warranty from a major manufacturer. Most automakers offer $40 or more per day for rental car assistance and $100 (sometimes $200) per day for travel protection.
Mazda extended warranty plans
MPP VSAs are designed to extend your Mazda’s existing factory warranties, which offer bumper-to-bumper coverage for 3 years/36,000 miles and powertrain coverage for 5 years/60,000 miles.
MPP VSAs come in three coverage tiers: Powertrain, Gold and Platinum. The Platinum plan effectively extends your Limited (bumper-to-bumper) factory warranty, a Powertrain VSA extends your factory powertrain coverage, and Gold offers something in between.
Here’s a breakdown of each MPP VSA plan and what it offers.
|Air conditioning and heating|
|Computers and electronics|
Platinum plans have what’s called “exclusionary coverage,” which means that every component in the car is covered except a few dozen exclusions listed in your contract (mostly cosmetic components or items meant to wear out over time).
Mazda extended warranty cost
To help you understand how much a Mazda Protection Products Vehicle Service Agreement might cost you, we collected quotes for various vehicles from our local Mazda dealer. For context, the average cost of an extended auto warranty is around $2,500.
|2023 CX-5 with 500 miles||Platinum||7 years or 100,000 miles||$1,750|
|2023 CX-5 with 500 miles||Platinum||10 years or 125,000 miles||$2,550|
|2021 Mazda3 with 25,000 miles||Platinum||7 years or 100,000 miles||$1,850|
|2021 Mazda3 with 25,000 miles||Platinum||10 years or 125,000 miles||$2,750|
|2019 MX-5 Miata with 30,000 miles||Gold||6 years or 60,000 miles||$1,480|
|2019 MX-5 Miata with 30,000 miles||Platinum||6 years or 60,000 miles||$1,650|
All of the prices above include a $100 “disappearing deductible,” which gets waived if you get covered repair work done at the Mazda dealer that sold you your extended warranty.
The quotes we received for our sample Miata make Platinum coverage seem like a better value than the other plan options. A Platinum VSA covers more than double the parts that a Gold VSA does for just about 10% more money.
Several dealers for other brands have confirmed with us that their automakers only offer Gold-level warranties to make Platinum-equivalent warranties look better — like a movie theater selling a medium popcorn for $9 and a large popcorn for $10.
Mazda extended warranty terms and conditions
While you should always read every contract line by line before signing, we’ve summarized a few of the key details from Mazda’s terms and conditions below:
- Maintenance: To keep your warranty valid, you must perform all of the recommended maintenance listed in your Mazda owners manual. That means getting oil changes, tire rotations and alignments at every manufacturer-specified interval. Mazda may ask for proof of these services before approving any claims, so keep your receipts, too.
- Preexisting conditions: As is typical with extended warranties, Mazda won’t cover any preexisting conditions. That means if your engine had a knock before the warranty period started, your warranty won’t cover it. This also effectively denies coverage for issues that you can’t prove are new, which is why we strongly recommend getting a full dealer inspection report (roughly $200) in tandem with your warranty purchase.
- Exclusions: Most industry-standard exclusions apply. So, MPP VSAs won’t cover off-road use, towing beyond your vehicle’s rated capacity or racetrack use. They also won’t cover unauthorized repairs, aftermarket parts or failures caused by aftermarket parts.
- Transferability: If you sell your Mazda, you can transfer your warranty once, at no charge, to the new owner. Some automakers charge a $50 to $75 transfer fee.
- Cancellations and refunds: You can cancel your MPP VSA within 30 days of purchase for a full refund, minus a $50 fee (as permitted by law; check details for your state in your VSA terms and conditions). If you cancel after 30 days or after a claim has already been paid, you’ll get a prorated refund.
All things considered, these are pretty standard terms and conditions for an automaker’s extended warranty. Just be sure you get a dealer inspection report so you can prove which issues are new, and don’t miss any scheduled maintenance.
Is a Mazda extended warranty worth it?
Generally speaking, extended auto warranties are more likely to be worth the cost if any of the following are true for you:
- You drive a vehicle with below-average reliability.
- You can’t afford a surprise repair bill, but you can budget for a warranty payment.
- The cost of the extended auto warranty is less than you would otherwise expect to spend on vehicle repairs.
- You don’t mind paying for additional peace of mind, even if you never submit a claim.
Mazdas are pretty reliable, so you may not have as many repairs to worry about as most people. J.D. Power ranked Mazda 13th out of 32 carmakers in its 2023 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Consumer Reports, which draws from a wider range of model years, ranked Mazda fourth out of 24 brands, right behind Toyota, Lexus and BMW.
You also might not have to spend much on the maintenance and repairs your Mazda does need. According to RepairPal, Mazdas cost their owners an average of $462 per year in maintenance and repair services, considerably less than the industry average of $652.
This all points to a simple conclusion: Mazdas rarely need to go into the shop, and when they do, the repair costs are relatively inexpensive.
This is also reflected in many consumer reviews. Mazda owners often report satisfaction with their vehicles but not their dealership experience.
John, a ConsumerAffairs reviewer from South Carolina, arguably summarized this sentiment best: “While we love our CX-5, we are disappointed with the service we received.”
The takeaway, then, is that you may want to purchase your MPP VSA from a dealer you trust, since you’ll have to go there for warranty work to take advantage of your disappearing deductible.
As for whether the warranty is worth it in the first place — when both the cost of a warranty and the cost of repairs are below average, it really comes down to personal preference.
- Would you prefer to roll the dice and pay out of pocket for repairs, potentially saving money in the process?
- Or would you rather have peace of mind that any repairs will likely be covered by your warranty?
Given Mazda’s reputation for build quality, you’re unlikely to encounter enough unplanned repairs in your coverage term for a $1,800 warranty to pay for itself (though one major repair can cost that much if it is needed). $1,800 may also be worth it for the peace of mind alone, and if you could get a better deal on your coverage, that might tip the scales in favor of a warranty being worth it.
Mazda extended warranty alternatives
We got more price quotes to see if third-party warranty companies can offer similar coverage for less.
|2023 Mazda CX-5||$1,750||$912||$3,302|
|2019 Mazda MX-5||$1,650||$1,353||$3,360|
The price quotes above are all for roughly equivalent bumper-to-bumper warranty plans with $100 deductibles and do not include tax.
Like with auto insurance, rates for extended warranties can be all over the place, and the additional quotes we received illustrate why it’s almost always a good idea to shop around. One company, olive, offered much better deals than MPP VSAs on our sample Mazdas (albeit without the disappearing deductible), but Endurance, another third-party warranty company, nearly doubled Mazda’s quoted prices.
The bottom line is that if you’re interested in buying an extended warranty for your Mazda, you should do your research, shop around at multiple companies and read reviews to find the right coverage before you put down your hard-earned money.
If you want to learn more, check out our hub for extended car warranty articles.
- Article 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. Specific sources for this article include:
- Consumer Reports, “Who Makes the Most Reliable New Cars?” Accessed March 15, 2023.
- J.D. Power, “Vehicle Dependability Improves Despite Continued Problems with Technology, J.D. Power Finds.” Accessed March 15, 2023.
- RepairPal, “Mazda Repair & Maintenance Costs.” Accessed March 15, 2023.
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