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Do you know the difference between a comprehensive warranty and a powertrain warranty? Understanding the terms of your coverage can save you—and your wallet—from taking a big hit at the repair shop. Most comprehensive warranties won't last the lifetime of your car, so how will you keep yourself protected beyond the coverage term?

Comprehensive vs. Powertrain Warranties: What's the Difference?

Knowing the difference between a comprehensive and a powertrain warranty is the first step to making sure you and your vehicle have the proper protection. Here's a brief breakdown of what's often included in each of these common warranty plans:

Comprehensive Warranty

  • Also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty, it covers almost every component, but with a short list of exclusions
  • Covered items typically include air conditioning, fuel systems, and electronics
  • Most plans last 3 years / 36,000 miles or 4 years / 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

  • Covers the major systems that give power to the car
  • Covered items typically include major parts like the engine, transmission, and driveshaft
  • Most plans last 5 years or 100,000 miles

Keep in mind that different automakers offer different coverage, but this comparison chart will give you a good starting point when you're shopping for warranties. A list of warranty coverages can give you a quick look at what you're getting into from brand to brand. 



Comprehensive Warranty

Powertrain Warranty


4 years / 50,000 miles

5 years / 100,000 miles

Chevrolet, GMC

3 years / 36,000 miles

5 years / 100,000 miles


3 years / 36,000 miles

Lifetime Limited

Ford, Honda
Nissan, Subaru, Toyota

3 years / 36,000 miles

5 years / 60,000 miles

Hyundai, Kia

5 years / 60,000 miles

10 years / 100,000 miles


4 years / 60,000 miles

6 years / 70,000 miles


4 years / 50,000 miles

5 years / 60,000 miles


4 years / 50,000 miles

4 years / 50,000 miles

Is an Extended Warranty Right for You?

After your comprehensive warranty expires, are you prepared to cover the out-of-pocket cost of vehicle repairs? A new transmission can strap you with a $3,000 bill, and a new starter can run as much as $1,000.

If you plan on making the most of your investment and keeping your car beyond the standard comprehensive warranty term, then you need to invest in an extended warranty.

Cost to Repair Your CarAn extended warranty on a used car can not only help you get the most life out of your vehicle, it can keep resell value high and ultimately put your mind at ease. When you replace the possibility of heavy repair bills with a low monthly payment plan, you eliminate the stress that often comes with untimely car repairs.

Why Choose an Extended Warranty From CARCHEX

As you saw above, the vast majority of warranties won't last the lifetime of your vehicle. After years pass and that first warranty expires, you'll be on the hook for expensive repair costs. To avoid that, consider an extended warranty from CARCHEX.  

An extended warranty can be customized to fit your needs while ensuring your car is in top mechanical shape. You'll keep your money in your pocket and have peace of mind while you're behind the wheel. Here's what you get with a CARCHEX warranty:

  • Manageable Monthly Payments—CARCHEX offers low monthly payment plans that can fit into any budget. 
  • No Waiting for Reimbursement—We pay claims directly to the repair shop so you don't have to foot the bill and wait to be reimbursed.
  • Your Choice of Repair Facility—CARCHEX works with more than 30,000 licensed repair shops across the country, so you can stay with the mechanic you trust most.
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee—If you're not completely satisfied with your warranty purchase, we'll refund your money.
  • 99.9% Customer Satisfaction Rating—Our satisfied customers have given us an A+ rating as recorded by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

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CARCHEX Makes It Easy for You to Gain Peace Of Mind

Make sure you're covered once your extended warranty expires—getting a warranty quote from CARCHEX is free, fast, and easy. Call 866-261-3457 and get the long-term protection you deserve.



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