The MINI Cooper is spunky and fun to drive, and comes with a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty that covers repair costs for the first few years of ownership. But what happens after the standard warranty expires? Read on to find out how you can prevent expensive repairs from burning through your budget by buying an extended warranty for your MINI Cooper from CARCHEX.
How Long Do MINI Cooper Warranties Last?
If you recently purchased a MINI Cooper, you may not be fully aware of what’s included in the warranty and how long the terms last. A 2019 Model vehicle distributed by MINI USA will come with the following MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranties:
- New Vehicle Warranty—4 years/50,000 miles, whichever comes first
- Rust Perforation Warranty—Covers damage to the body of the car due to rust or corrosion for 12 years/unlimited miles
- Federal Emission Warranty—All emission-related parts for 2 years/24,000 miles and specific control devices for 8 years/80,000 miles, whichever comes first
- California Emission Control Warranty—All emission-related parts for 3 years/50,000 miles and specific control devices for 7 years/70,000 miles
- Safety Belt Warranty—10 years/unlimited miles (Kansas only)
- High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Battery Limited Warranty—8 years/80,000 miles for MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4
- Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance—3 years/36,000 miles, whichever comes first, for engine oil, inspection, brake fluid, engine air filter, and cabin air microfilter services
- 24/7 Roadside Assistance—4 years/unlimited miles for towing services, locked-out services, and on-site assistance
See your warranty document for a full list.
How Do You Use the MINI Cooper Warranty?
If you notice a defect in material or workmanship during the MINI Cooper warranty period, you can bring in your car to an authorized MINI dealer workshop. All covered repairs, including parts, labor, and diagnosis, will be performed by the dealer for no charge and using new or remanufactured MINI parts.
However, it is up to the dealer to decide if a part has to be replaced or simply repaired. If you decide to use non-genuine MINI parts for repairs, the dealer will not be responsible for paying for repairs of those parts or for any repairs that may arise as a result of using those parts.
The MINI warranty is voided under the following conditions:
- If the odometer has been replaced or altered and the correct mileage cannot be determined
- If the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) cannot be determined or is altered
- If the vehicle is declared a loss or sold for salvage or is used in a competitive event
- Using parts that were previously replaced with used or salvaged parts, including repairs arising from the use of these parts
Are MINI Coopers Reliable?
According to RepairPal, the MINI scores above average in reliability ratings with a 3 out of 5 based on the cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance. On average, a MINI Cooper owner makes 0.6 repair visits every year (with a 13% chance of that repair being severe) and spends around $854 on repairs, which is above the averages of $456 for subcompact cars and $652 for all vehicle models.
Most commonly reported MINI Cooper repairs with costs:
- Automatic transmission failure or transmission fluid change ($223–$268)
- Electric power steering pump failure ($827–$1,017)
- Premature clutch wear on cars with manual transmission ($1,577–$1,834)
Why Do You Need an Extended Warranty?
The standard MINI Cooper warranty is valid only for the first four years after you buy your vehicle. While all new cars perform comparatively better than used cars, even a single costly and unexpected repair bill can wreak havoc on your budget after your warranty expires.
If you love your MINI and plan to keep driving it, an extended auto warranty that will protect your car and your wallet from potentially expensive repairs for a longer period of time is a great choice. Having a transferable extended warranty could also improve your MINI’s resale value if you plan to sell it soon.
Ask yourself these questions to help you decide whether you need an extended warranty for your MINI.
- Will your budget allow you to shell out money for a costly repair or replacement if your MINI Cooper warranty expires?
- Do you want the confidence and comfort that comes with knowing that you are protected from expensive car repairs if something unexpected happens?
- What is your average annual mileage? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Transportation, people in America drive 13,476 miles per year on average. If you fall into this group or have a higher annual mileage, your new car warranty for the MINI will expire before four years.