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What’s included in a Kia manufacturer warranty

A car manufacturer’s warranty usually includes a bumper-to-bumper warranty and a powertrain warranty. The former includes coverage for all major components of a car and the latter includes only parts like the engine and transmission.

Founded in South Korea in 1944, Kia was initially a steel tubing and bicycle part manufacturer. After many years manufacturing other brands’ car models, they released their first branded car in 1992. Here is some general information about a Kia warranty and what repairs are covered when you buy one of their cars.

How long does a Kia manufacturer warranty last for?

Every new car sold by an authorized Kia dealer in the U.S. will have a limited car warranty:

  • A five-year or 60,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • A ten-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
  • A five-year or or 100,000-mile rust warranty

Except for the powertrain warranty which is just provided to the original purchaser of the car, the warranty can be transferred to future owners if the car still remains under warranty.

What’s covered in a Kia manufacturer warranty?

A Kia warranty will generally cover any repairs (or replacements) needed to fix factory defects on materials and workmanship of parts and components.

Through their roadside assistance program included with every new car, you may also be entitled to services like:

  • Towing to nearest Kia dealership
  • Jump start assistance
  • Flat tire assistance
  • Trip interruption benefits

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

Kia’s bumper-to-bumper warranty covers repairs for the first five years or 60,000 miles. The following are some examples of parts that are covered:

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

In general, all Kia components and parts are covered for repairs for those first five years or 60,000 miles, excluding wear and tear. 

What does a Kia powertrain warranty cover?

Kia offers a powertrain warranty that lasts for a total of ten years or 100,000 miles. The Kia powertrain warranty only covers repairs or replacements due to factory defects on the car’s powertrain (engine, transmission, the driveshaft, differentials and axles). 

What does a Kia rust warranty cover?

Kia offers a rust warranty that lasts for a total of five years or 100,000 miles. It will cover repairs or replacements of body sheet metal that develops a perforation due to corrosion.

What’s not covered under a Kia manufacturer warranty?

The Kia dealership will ensure your car’s problems are due to factory defects. They will then decide whether you’ll get a repair or a replacement of a part.

A Kia 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 Kia parts
  • Lack of recommended maintenance guidelines
  • 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 Kia warranty cover tires?

A Kia basic limited warranty doesn’t cover repairs on your tires, but the tire manufacturer itself may be able to cover your tire for any damages.

Does a Kia warranty cover maintenance expenses?

A Kia warranty requires car owners to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule of the car: for example, engine tune-ups, oil changes and replacements of brake pads. 

Kia doesn’t provide coverage for maintenance.

However, as a condition of the warranty, you are required to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule of the car: For example, engine tune-ups, oil changes and replacements of brake pads.

What happens after the first five years of warranty are up?

After the first five years or 60,000 miles of Kia’s limited bumper-to-bumper coverage, which covers most of the major parts of your car, you will have the powertrain warranty to cover you for five more years or until you reach 100,000 miles. Kia’s warranty provides time periods that are longer than most car brands.

Though the powertrain warranty may protect you for an extra 100,000 miles, miles add up quickly, and the warranty only covers factory defects.y. 

After the first five years, most of the financial burden of repairs on your new car becomes your responsibility. 

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