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What’s included in a Toyota manufacturer warranty

New cars come with bumper-to-bumper warranties and powertrain warranties that offer buyers coverage for major repairs for the first few years of ownership.

Founded in 1937, Toyota is the largest automaker in Japan and often sits at #1 or #2 among the top automakers worldwide. We’ve gathered here some general information about a Toyota warranty and what it offers when you buy one of their cars.

How long does a Toyota manufacturer warranty last for?

Every one of Toyota’s new cars sold by an authorized dealer in the U.S. will have:

  • 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 Toyota manufacturer warranty begins at the time of sale and can be automatically transferred at no cost to another owner as long as the car is still within the timeframes of the warranty.

What’s covered in a Toyota manufacturer warranty?

A Toyota warranty will generally cover the cost of repairs and/or replacement of new or remanufactured parts plus labor. The warranty does not pay for accidental damages that happen while your car is being repaired, like the cost of transportation or lodging.

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

Toyota’s bumper-to-bumper warranty covers repairs for the first three years or 36 months. Some examples of the parts that are covered are major ones like:

  • 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, any part that Toyota supplied with the car will be covered for those first three years or 36,000 miles. However, depending on the Toyota you buy, there may be a specific exception on wheel alignment and wheel balancing, which would only be covered for the first year or 12,000 miles.

What does a Toyota powertrain warranty cover?

Toyota offers a powertrain warranty that lasts for a total of five years or 60,000 miles. The Toyota 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 systems (seatbelts or airbags)

What does a Toyota rust warranty cover?

Like the powertrain warranty, Toyota offers a rust warranty that lasts for a total of five years but there are no mileage limits. It will cover repairs or replacements of any original body panel that develops a perforation from rust-through.

What’s not covered under a Toyota manufacturer warranty?

The Toyota dealership will decide whether you get a repair or a replacement of a part and will make sure the problem is due to a factory defect.

A Toyota 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 Toyota parts
  • Lack of recommended maintenance guidelines
  • Misuse of the car, like driving it recklessly
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Water contamination

Does a Toyota warranty cover tires?

A Toyota warranty doesn’t cover your tires under their manufacturer warranty. You’d have to buy a separate warranty for your tires.

Does a Toyota warranty cover maintenance expenses?

A Toyota warranty doesn’t cover normal maintenance services. For example, it doesn’t cover 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 bumper-to-bumper coverage, which covers most of the major parts of your car, you’re left with just a powertrain warranty. 

Though it may protect you for an extra 24,000 miles or two years, it only covers factory defects and not repairs that happen from normal use. Also, if you drive a lot, those miles will add up quickly. After those first three years of ownership, the financial burden of repairs on your car gets placed solely on you. 

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