When you buy a used car, it’s possible the original factory warranty will have already expired. If this is the case and you’re worried about having to pay unexpected maintenance and repair costs out-of-pocket, an extended vehicle protection plan can give you peace of mind.
We’ll walk you through choosing an extended warranty, questions to ask, and what the top companies offer used car owners in terms of extended coverage. We’ll also point you toward a few helpful resources that will make finding the best extended warranty company for your used car easier.
Because there are so many auto warranty providers in the marketplace, shopping for an extended warranty can be overwhelming, especially for a used car owner. Follow these guidelines to ensure you get quality coverage at the best price possible.
As you’re thinking about purchasing a protection plan for your used car, ask yourself these questions to better understand you, your car, and your goals:
Now that you have a handle on the kind of coverage you need, you can evaluate who to get the coverage from—either a car dealership or a third-party company.
Though your particular make and model will dictate what your dealer contract looks like, many car companies have separate finance websites with sample contracts and plan descriptions that can get you started on your research.
Your car’s dealership isn’t the only place to find good extended warranty coverage—and it’s a good idea to research your options before committing to one or the other. Third-party companies, such as CARCHEX, offer a variety of plans that are usually more affordable and flexible than the dealership.
Curious about your third-party provider extended warranty options? Compare these highly reviewed companies against your dealer’s ratings to help you make the best decision.
|Company||BBB Rating, Number of Reviews on Consumer Affairs||Plan Options||Included Benefits|
2,548+ reviews and 4.5 stars
|Service contract broker that compiles competing vehicle protection plans from different companies for you, resulting in competitive prices.
Choose from 5 coverage levels with several plans under each.
|Endurance Auto Warranty||B+ (Not accredited)
3,550+ reviews and 4.5 stars
|Third-party auto warranty company that provides more affordable options than those bought through auto dealers.
Choose from 4 different plans.
|Protect My Car||A (Not accredited)
2,286+ reviews and 4 stars
|Select from 3 plan options that cover vehicles for up to 5 years or 125,000 miles.||
|Delta Auto Protect||Not rated (Not accredited)
1,579+ reviews and 4 stars
|3 protection plans backed by a top-rated AM Best insurance company.
Coverage lasts up to 8 years.
|AA Auto Protection||A- (Not accredited)
617+ reviews and 4.5 stars
|Choose from 5 coverage choices that include full coverage, premium, stated component and powertrain options (coverage length varies).||
|America Auto Care||A- (Accredited)
452+ reviews and 4 stars
|Get a customized warranty based on desired coverage and vehicle type, year and mileage of vehicle.||
|Trustmark Warranty||A+ (Accredited)
154+ reviews and 4.5 stars
|Provides 4 coverage options that range from 12–48 months/12,000–48,000 miles. All plans include engine group, transmission and brakes.||
Updated June 2019
CARCHEX has provided used car owners with extended protection for almost 20 years. In that time, we’ve learned a lot about the auto industry and our competitors, and we have organized our business practices around that knowledge. We think it’s only fair that we share our experience and knowledge base with our customers to set them up for success throughout the buying process.
That’s why we’ve shopped and researched the market for you to find the best and highest-rated extended warranty providers, while creating a marketplace where they compete for your business. Our goal is to find customers the highest level of coverage at the lowest possible price, in a manner that is helpful and convenient.
We offer five coverage levels—Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze—with a variety of plans available within each level.
With CARCHEX, shopping for an extended used car warranty is easy. To get started, visit us online and get your free quote today or call us toll-free at 866-261-3457.
Our knowledgeable representatives can answer your questions and help you select the right plan. Our motto is “Customer Experience Above All,” and we do everything we can to make sure you’re completely satisfied with us as an extended warranty company for used cars. Ask us about our No-Haggle, Low Price Everyday Guarantee™ and 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.
Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/dealers-guide-used-car-rule
Consumer Affairs: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/auto_warranty
JD Power: https://www.jdpower.com/Cars/Ratings/Dependability
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