A bumper-to-bumper warranty covers mechanical repairs on cars (except for wear and tear items) and powertrain warranties cover the engine, transmission and drivetrain. These terms are used to describe manufacturer warranties that normally last for the first three to five years that you own your car.
Founded in Japan in 1933, Nissan is highly rated by consumers due to its affordability and reliability. Here is some general information about a Nissan warranty and what repairs are covered when you buy one of their cars.
How long does a Nissan manufacturer warranty last for?
Every new car sold by an authorized Nissan dealer in the U.S. will have a limited car warranty:
- A three-year or 36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty
- A five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
- A five year rust warranty (regardless of mileage)
The warranty is provided to the original purchaser and any other future owners as long as the car is still within the warranty time frames above. The warranty begins as soon as you buy the car.
What’s covered in a Nissan manufacturer warranty?
A Nissan warranty will generally cover any repairs (or replacements) needed to fix factory defects on materials and workmanship of parts and components.
You may also be entitled to towing coverage if your Nissan breaks down on the side of the road, and in some cases, you could be eligible for reasonable trip interruption benefits like:
- Substitute transportation
- Costs to bring the vehicle to you after warranty repairs have been completed
What does a Nissan bumper-to-bumper warranty cover?
Nissan’s bumper-to-bumper warranty covers repairs for the first three years or 36,000 miles. The following are some examples of parts that are covered:
- Air conditioning
- Braking system
- Electrical system
- Engine cooling
- Fuel injection
- Powertrain (engine, transmission, driveshaft, differentials and axles)
- Seals and gaskets
In general, any part that Nissan supplied with the car will be covered for those first three years or 36,000 miles. Depending on the Nissan model you buy, some service adjustments not associated with the replacement of parts may be covered for a specific time regardless of mileage:
- Wheel alignment and wheel balancing (1 year coverage)
- I-Key and key fob batteries (1 year coverage)
- Original wiper blade inserts (6 month coverage)
What does a Nissan powertrain warranty cover?
Nissan offers a powertrain warranty that lasts for a total of five years or 60,000 miles. The Nissan powertrain warranty only covers repairs or replacements due to factory defects on:
- The car’s powertrain (engine, transmission, the driveshaft, differentials and axles)
- The car’s restraint system (airbags and related electronic control systems)
What does a Nissan rust warranty cover?
Like the powertrain warranty, Nissan offers a rust warranty that lasts for a total of five years but the mileage doesn’t matter. It will cover repairs or replacements of any original body panel that develops a perforation from rust-through due to corrosion in normal use.
What’s not covered under a Nissan manufacturer warranty?
The Nissan dealership will decide whether you’ll get a repair or a replacement of a part and they will make sure the problem is due to a factory defect. You are required to provide consent to give Nissan access to the data that’s stored in the car’s system so they can provide a proper evaluation.
A Nissan 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 Nissan 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)
- Water contamination
Does a Nissan warranty cover tires?
A Nissan basic limited warranty doesn’t cover your tires. You’d have to buy a separate warranty for your tires.
Does a Nissan warranty cover maintenance expenses?
A Nissan warranty doesn’t cover normal maintenance services. 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 three years of warranty are up?
After the first three years or 36,000 miles of Nissan’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 two more years or until you reach 60,000 miles.
Though the powertrain warranty may protect you for an extra 24,000 miles, it only covers factory defects, so repairs that come up due to normal use are not covered. Also, if you have long commutes, the miles will add up quickly.
After the first three years, most of the financial burden of repairs on your new car becomes your responsibility.
How does Vehicle Repair Protection extend Nissan’s manufacturer warranty?
Aftermarket warranties are available to help cover the cost of expensive repairs when your bumper-to-bumper warranty runs out. Vehicle Repair Protection, for example, provides comprehensive coverage beyond a basic manufacturer warranty. You have the option to choose coverage you’ll really need on a low-cost monthly plan and have the freedom to choose any repair shop near you to get repairs.
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