Toyota extended warranty: cost, coverage and plans
They might be a good choice if you’re in it for the long haul
Toyotas may be some of the most reliable cars on the road, but they also come with one of the shortest factory warranties — just three years or 36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and six years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage.
That’s a big reason why you might consider protecting your Toyota with an extended warranty — maybe even one from Toyota itself.
But what are the pros and cons of Toyota’s in-house extended warranties? Keep reading to find out what your options are, what they cover, what they cost and when it might make more sense to get a warranty elsewhere.
- Toyota’s official extended warranty program is called Toyota Extra Care. It has three plan options, with coverage lasting up to eight years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- The quotes we received range from around $2,200 to $4,000, which puts them slightly above the industry average.
- While Toyota’s most comprehensive plan covers thousands of parts, it offers no extra protection from rust or hybrid/EV battery degradation.
- Third-party options may be cheaper, and they can come with terms lasting up to 10 years or 300,000 miles.
Toyota extended warranty coverage
Toyota’s official extended warranty program is called Toyota Extra Care, and it comes in three coverage levels (Platinum, Gold and Powertrain). You can purchase a Toyota Extra Care plan from any certified Toyota dealer during your vehicle’s eligibility period, but this period varies based on the type of car you have:
- For “new” vehicles, you can purchase a Toyota Extra Care plan during your basic factory warranty period (i.e., before your vehicle hits three years or 36,000 miles). That means you can technically wait until your new Toyota has 35,900 miles on it before purchasing a Toyota Extra Care warranty, but the price might increase dramatically (more on that later).
- For used vehicles, you can only purchase a Toyota Extra Care plan when you purchase your vehicle from the dealership. Plans are only available for Toyota vehicles that are fewer than nine model years old (2014 or newer as of 2023), with fewer than 125,000 miles for Platinum plans and fewer than 150,000 miles for Gold and Powertrain plans.
Warranty terms are generally written as “X years/XX,XXX miles,” with coverage ending with whichever limit you reach first.
Finally, let’s talk about coverage. Coverage terms range from 5 years/60,000 miles to 8 years/150,000 miles on new vehicles and from 1 year/12,000 miles to 5 years/60,000 miles on used vehicles.
When you consider that Toyota’s factory bumper-to-bumper warranty expires after just three years or 36,000 miles and its powertrain warranty expires at five years or 60,000 miles, being able to extend your coverage to up to 150,000 miles is pretty impressive.
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Toyota extended warranty benefits
All Toyota Extra Care plans include three benefits:
- 24/7 roadside assistance, including towing, jump-starts, fuel delivery and other services
- Rental car reimbursement covering up to $40 per day for 10 days (per occurrence)
- Travel protection, which reimburses you for up to $100 worth of meals and lodging per day if your Toyota breaks down over 100 miles from home (with a maximum of five days per occurrence)
Toyota extended warranty plans
As we mentioned earlier, Toyota Extra Care comes in three levels of coverage — Platinum, Gold and Powertrain:
- Platinum covers roughly 85% of the parts and systems in your car.
- Gold covers roughly 55% of the parts and systems in your car.
- Powertrain only covers your engine, transmission, axle assembly and a select handful of hybrid- and alternative fuel-related parts.
Each plan builds on the coverage of the plan under it. That means Platinum coverage is superior to Gold coverage, which is superior to Powertrain coverage. For an exhaustive list of every part covered (and not covered) by each Toyota Extra Care plan, check out this official Toyota brochure.
Keep in mind that almost no warranty — factory or extended — covers routine maintenance or wear-and-tear items.
Toyota Extra Care is a bit unique in that the Gold and Platinum plans are separated by part, not by system. In other words, they both cover the same basic systems (like your transmission, cooling system or electrical system), but Platinum covers more parts within those systems.
For example, both Toyota Extra Care Gold and Platinum cover your brakes, but only Platinum covers your brake pedal subassembly. And both plans cover your electrical system, but only Platinum covers your door control relay.
It’s much more common for extended warranty providers to advertise that their premium plan adds coverage for electronics without splitting hairs between plans. However, the way Toyota divides its plans provides partial coverage at lower price points.
On paper, choosing between Toyota Extra Care Gold and Platinum may seem difficult. Unless you’re a Toyota tech, you might not even know what your oil filter bracket subassembly is. Luckily, Toyota’s simple pricing structure makes the decision easier.
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Toyota extended warranty cost
We called a local Toyota dealer for some quotes and found that, on average, Toyota Extra Care costs around $2,500 for newer cars with under 36,000 miles and closer to $3,000 for used vehicles that are already out of warranty. Some quotes were significantly higher, at roughly $4,000.
For perspective, that range is slightly above the average cost of an extended auto warranty. However, considering that Toyota Extra Care warranties tend to run longer than average, they might still be relative bargains.
You can see the quotes we received below, but expect your results to vary.
|Vehicle||Term||Platinum cost||Gold cost|
|2023 Camry with 500 miles||6 years/100,000 miles||$2,362||$2,262|
|2023 Camry with 500 miles||8 years/100,000 miles||$2,406||$2,306|
|2023 Camry with 500 miles||10 years/150,000 miles||$2,812||$2,712|
|2022 Prius with 10,000 miles||6 years/100,000 miles||$2,274||$2,174|
|2022 Prius with 10,000 miles||8 years/100,000 miles||$2,338||$2,238|
|2022 Prius with 10,000 miles||10 years/150,000 miles||$2,662||$2,562|
|2021 Supra with 35,000 miles||4 years/48,000 miles||$2,560||$2,460|
|2021 Supra with 35,000 miles||6 years/60,000 miles||$2,822||$2,722|
|2015 Tacoma with 100,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles||$3,398||$3,298|
|2015 Tacoma with 100,000 miles||4 years/48,000 miles||$4,056||$3,956|
The finance manager we spoke with also confirmed that Platinum plans are always $100 more than Gold plans, regardless of vehicle or mileage. Considering the wealth of additional parts covered by a Platinum plan, upgrading could be worth it for most people.
That finance manager also warned us that prices tend to change every six months, and even though Toyota Extra Care won’t kick in until the factory warranty expires, your quote at 500 miles and 35,500 miles will be very different. So if you’re considering purchasing a Toyota Extra Care warranty, sooner means cheaper.
Toyota extended warranty terms and conditions
For the most part, Toyota Extra Care’s terms and conditions are pretty standard for an extended warranty. While we recommend carefully reading any warranty contract before signing, here are some of the highlights we saw:
- Maintenance: To keep your coverage, you must follow the vehicle maintenance schedule in your Toyota owners manual and keep a record of receipts.
- Preexisting conditions: Any preexisting conditions won’t be covered by your warranty, which is why we strongly recommend getting a pre-purchase inspection before purchasing any used vehicle. You may need the paperwork to prove what was — and wasn’t — an issue when you bought the car.
- Transferability: You can transfer your Toyota Extra Care warranty to a new owner within 30 days of the sale by contacting the dealer where you purchased the warranty, filing some paperwork and paying a $40 fee.
- Exclusions: Standard exclusions apply. Toyota Extra Care doesn’t cover weather- or accident-related damage, abuse, neglect or damage resulting from aftermarket parts or racetrack use (in most cases). Some exceptions are made for track-ready models like the GR86 and GR Supra, but we strongly recommend you get the details in writing from a Toyota Extra Care representative before hitting the track.
Is a Toyota extended warranty worth it?
First, let’s address whether it’s worth getting an extended warranty on your car at all. Broadly speaking, purchasing an extended warranty can be a smart move if you can’t afford a surprise repair out of pocket and you drive an unreliable car.
As for whether Toyota Extra Care is worth it, let’s cover the pros and cons.
On the plus side, Toyota Extra Care plans tend to go longer than your average extended warranty, often stretching to 100,000 or even 150,000 miles.
Also, Toyota Extra Care plans really do help make up for Toyota’s lacking factory warranty period of just three years or 36,000 miles. If you purchase an 8-year/150,000-mile Platinum warranty, you’ll be extending your factory warranty by a generous five years and a whopping 114,000 miles.
That said, Toyota Extra Care leaves a few uncomfortable gaps, depending on what vehicle you drive. For one, it doesn’t cover rust or corrosion past the factory warranty period of five years. That may be an important consideration if you plan to drive an older Toyota over salty roads.
Toyota Extra Care also doesn’t cover battery packs or many hybrid- or electric vehicle (EV)-related systems beyond their factory warranty of 8 years/100,000 miles. If these parts fail on your Prius or RAV4 Prime after 100,000 miles, you could be on the hook for an expensive repair.
Anand, a ConsumerAffairs reviewer from Florida, discovered firsthand the pitfalls of owning a hybrid out of warranty: “I just got the ‘check hybrid’ system light. … They are charging about $5,000.”
All that being said, unless you’re specifically looking for thorough hybrid or EV coverage, a Toyota Extra Care warranty could be worth it. Toyota remains one of the most reliable car brands on the market, so we wouldn’t consider an extended warranty to be a must-buy — but it could still provide peace of mind. If you’re on the fence and cost is an issue, just be aware that a third-party warranty could be a better fit.
Toyota extended warranty alternatives
As we mentioned above, Toyota Extra Care’s chief drawbacks are its cost and lack of coverage for rust and hybrid/EV components. Also, even though eight years or 150,000 miles of coverage sounds like a lot, some Toyotas are known to last up to 250,000 miles without major issues, so this is a case where you might want a warranty that can last even longer.
If you’re concerned about these issues, an extended warranty from a third-party warranty company might be a better fit. Some of these warranty companies offer flexible terms and coverage that lasts for up to 10 years or 300,000 miles.
We recommend checking out both Toyota and third-party warranty companies to find the right warranty for your needs. Read reviews, get quotes, and compare costs, coverages and contracts to ensure you’re making an educated decision based on your unique circumstances.
- 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:
- J.D. Power, “Vehicle Dependability Improves Despite Continued Problems with Technology, J.D. Power Finds.” Accessed Feb. 20, 2023.
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