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What’s included in a Chevrolet manufacturer warranty?

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Car repair coverage that’s included with the sale of a car, such as a bumper-to-bumper warranty and powertrain warranty, only last for a limited time. These plans are designed to cover factory defects for the first few years of ownership. After that, unless you have a vehicle service contract (also known as an extended car warranty), you will have to pay for repairs out of pocket.

In 1911, the Chevrolet Motor Company of Michigan became a part of General Motors. Chevy is known for its popular and affordable models as well as iconic American sports cars like the Corvette. When you buy a new Chevy today, here is what is offered through the Chevrolet warranty.

How long does a Chevrolet manufacturer warranty last for?

If you buy your Chevy from an authorized Chevrolet dealer in the U.S., you will have a limited car warranty. It is included with the price of the car and you don’t have to sign up for it.

Though there are some variations that occur depending on the model, here are some of the general guidelines applied to the Chevy manufacturer’s warranty:

  • A limited bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • Three years or 36,000 miles
  • A limited powertrain warranty
    • Five years or 60,000 miles
  • A rust warranty
    • Six years or 100,000 miles

These warranties cover the original purchaser of the car and anyone else who owns the car after that as long as it’s still under the warranty timeframe. This means that if you buy your car used with just a few miles, you’ll still be covered.

What’s covered in a Chevrolet manufacturer warranty?

A Chevrolet warranty will generally cover the cost of any repairs (or replacements) due to factory defects on materials, parts and components that happen during the warranty timeframe. The repairs (including towing, parts, and labor) will be done at no cost to the owner as long as it’s determined the cause of the repairs are due to:

  • Defect related to factory materials 
  • Defect related to factory workmanship

Wear and tear are generally not covered under a manufacturer’s warranty.

What does a Chevrolet bumper-to-bumper warranty cover?

Chevrolet’s bumper-to-bumper warranty will cover repairs and replacements on major Chevrolet-supplied parts for 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Examples of the major components covered are:

  • Air conditioning
  • Braking system
  • Electrical system
  • Electronics
  • Engine cooling
  • Fuel injection
  • Powertrain (engine, transmission, driveshaft, differentials and axles)
  • Seals and gaskets
  • Steering
  • Suspension

What does a Chevrolet powertrain warranty cover?

In general, Chevrolet offers a powertrain warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles and only covers repairs or replacements due to factory defects on the car’s powertrain:

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Driveshaft
  • Differentials
  • Axles

What does a Chevrolet rust warranty cover?

Chevrolet offers a rust warranty for 6 years or 100,000 miles that covers rust-through on the car’s sheet metal.

What’s not covered under a Chevrolet manufacturer warranty?

The Chevrolet dealer facility will determine if the repairs are due to a factory defect and begin working on them. 

In general, a Chevrolet warranty will not cover any damages due to:

  • Abuse or negligence
  • Accidental damage
  • Airborne chemicals, road debri, hail and any other environmental condition that can affect the car
  • Alteration or tampering of original parts
  • Improper repairs
  • Installation of non-genuine Chevrolet parts
  • Lack of recommended maintenance
  • Misuse of the car, like racing or driving it recklessly
  • Normal wear and tear (including dings, dents, chips or scratches)
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Water contamination

Does a Chevrolet warranty cover tires?

A Chevrolet basic limited warranty may cover tire problems due to factory defects but not due to wear and tear.

Does a Chevrolet warranty cover maintenance expenses?

A Chevrolet warranty does not cover the cost of regular maintenance. That is the car owner’s responsibility and it’s actually a requirement. Remember, your manufacturer’s warranty claim may be denied if the dealership determines that you haven’t kept up with regular maintenance.

Read our recent blog where we debunk 6 common vehicle maintenance myths.

What happens after the specific time frame of the Chevrolet warranty ends?

Chevrolet’s limited bumper-to-bumper covers most of the major parts of your car. After 3 years pass, the powertrain warranty covers the engine, transmission, the driveshaft, differentials and axles for two more years. This coverage is designed to cover factory defects and not wear and tear. This means that any wear and tear that causes your vehicle to break down will result in a repair that you’ll have to pay on your own.

Consider buying coverage that can help you pay for repairs. Checking reviews on extended car warranties will help you make a more informed decision.

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