Auto Warranty Articles

In the business, we refer to auto warranties as Extended Vehicle Protection. In this section, you can learn everything you need to know about auto warranties, including the benefits of protection, a warranty comparison, and more.

While you’re here, check out the different options for our protection plans or get a free online auto warranty quote.

10Nov, 2016

6 Common Dashboard Lights And What They Mean

Nobody likes them, but every once in awhile these little lights appear on your dashboard display. Let’s review some common dashboard lights and learn what to do about them.

An extended car warranty will pay for unexpected costly repairs. Get a […]

7Nov, 2016

Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Vs. Extended Car Warranty

Wondering about mechanical breakdown insurance? How about an extended car warranty? What’s the difference and which is better? In both cases, you get a plan that pays for unexpected breakdowns, but there are important differences to keep in mind. Let’s […]

19Oct, 2016

Car-To-Car Communication

As automotive technology advances, vehicles are more “aware” of their surroundings than ever before. With cameras, sensors, computers and the help of GPS, today’s cars can even be self-driving. So what’s next? It only makes sense that cars will begin […]

13Sep, 2016

What’s The Risk Of Your Car Being Hacked?

It might sound far-fetched to some, but hacking your vehicle computer system from a distance is a reality. Believe it or not, a computer can be programmed to take complete control of your car. Let’s take a closer look at […]

19Jul, 2016

Takata Airbag Recall – What You Need To Know

It’s difficult to identify exactly where the problem started, but some believe it goes way back to 2003. Today, the Takata airbag recall has become the most complex car safety recall in US history. According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB) […]

23Jun, 2016

How To Prevent The Most Expensive Car Repairs

Even though there is no way to avoid all breakdowns, some car repairs are much more costly than others. How can you avoid these wallet busters that might cost $5,000 or even more? Let’s find out.

Pay for the high cost […]

6Jun, 2016

Smart Summer Car Care & Protection

Even though we usually think about how damaging winter can be to cars, the summer has its own dangers. What are the more common summer car problems? What can you do about them? Let’s find out.

Consider an extended auto warranty […]

1Jun, 2016

How Much Does A Car Warranty Cost

Your car’s in the shop. You anxiously wait for the mechanic to call. How much is it going to cost this time?

If this scenario sounds all too familiar, you might consider covering your vehicle with an extended car warranty. But […]

12May, 2016

What Are The Most Expensive Car Repairs?

Americans spend up to 1.6% of their before tax income on car maintenance and repair. And this may increase, since the average US household vehicle is getting older. So when it comes to car repair, what are some of the […]

23Apr, 2016

The Least Reliable Cars

Typically, the most reliable cars get all the attention. But there are certain models out there you should be aware of due to their low reliability rating and poor resale value. Plus, if you already own one of these, we […]

1Apr, 2016

The Internet Car – Seeing The Future Now

Flying cars may not be available to the public any time soon, but the reality of car connectivity is booming. Self-driving cars, for example, have been on the roads for years, and the technology is advancing rapidly. Let’s look at […]

14Mar, 2016

Electric Cars Vs. Cheap Gas

Falling oil prices seem to have affected electric and hybrid car sales. It should come as no surprise that the demand for ultra-fuel efficient vehicles may decline with lower gas prices. So what’s the future for the electric car? Let’s […]

26Feb, 2016

Smartphone, On-Board, Or Stand-Alone GPS – Which Is Better?

These days, nearly any latest generation GPS system will get the job done. Each type of system has its pros and cons. Factory installed systems can’t be stolen and are well integrated. With a dash mounted GPS, you don’t have […]

6Feb, 2016

The States With The Most Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

California leads the US with the most registered electric vehicles, and the state is home to nearly half of the country’s plug in cars. The State of Washington holds second place with more than 3 per 1000 vehicles registered being […]

26Jan, 2016

Are Self-Parking Cars Worth It?

When you are faced with parallel parking do you get stressed out? Or do you slide right into the spot like a pro? With today’s technology, your car can do the parking for you. So who’s better, man or machine?

Cover […]

21Jan, 2016

The Top 6 Cities With The Worst Traffic

Nobody enjoys traffic. Unfortunately, congested roads are projected to get worse. Part of the reason is an improved economy. Another reason could be that older roadways are in need of repair, which increases gridlock. Let’s find out which cities are […]

9Jan, 2016

What’s Better 4WD Or AWD?

During the winter driving season you want traction. This is one reason why nearly 30% of all vehicles sold in the US are 4-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Which one is better for your situation? Let’s find out.

An […]

21Dec, 2015

Top 5 Car Movie Stars

Americans love cars, and they love movies too. So it only makes sense that the auto and entertainment industries would get together. Movie product placement has grown into a multibillion dollar industry, and cars certainly play a big part. In […]

21Dec, 2015

Are Discontinued Cars Cheaper?

When car makers decide to discontinue a model, does it become a bargain? There can be many reasons for discontinuation, and some good car lines are no longer in production. Let’s find out more.

Extended vehicle protection covers repair costs when […]

8Dec, 2015

Best Minivans For Kids, Friends & Stuff

If you’re always the one with a vehicle stuffed full of people and things, then you’re in luck. Today’s minivan manufacturers have responded to your needs. Want a van with room, maneuverability, reliability, and organization? Here’s three of them to […]

8Dec, 2015

Best Car Related Gifts

For family or friends, car related gifts are always popular. Let’s take a look at some of the smarter automotive gifts available for any season.

An extended auto warranty is a great gift idea. Make sure their repairs are paid for. […]

18Nov, 2015

How Do Car Recalls Work? Takata & More

You’ve certainly seen the headlines about the dangerous Takata airbags. All kinds of safety recalls seem to be occurring more frequently these days. But how do car recalls work? Let’s find out.

An extended warranty for cars covers any breakdown, even […]

30Oct, 2015

Powertrain Warranty – What Each Brand Offers

Factory auto warranties cover repairs for nearly any breakdown that occurs beyond normal wear and tear, negligence, or abuse. These packages are always limited in terms of time and mileage. Powertrain warranties are a sub-component of the factory warranty plans. […]

29Oct, 2015

What Is Car Repair Insurance?

If you are worried about car repair after a breakdown or accident, you might be interested in “car repair insurance.” Unfortunately, this terminology is not quite accurate, and sometimes it’s used to describe completely different products. Let’s find out more.

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10Oct, 2015

Important Used Car Safety Features To Consider

Buying a used car doesn’t mean that you have to give up safety. For example, the advanced skid prevention technology, electronic stability control (ESC), has been standard on all models since 2012. And ESC appeared on many cars years before […]

8Oct, 2015

The Crossover – The New King Of The Road

What looks like a smoothed out SUV, drives like a car, and hauls stuff around like a minivan? It’s the crossover vehicle, and it’s taking over America’s roadways. In fact, many car manufactures have seen car sales decline while crossover […]

19Sep, 2015

Does Car Brand Really Matter?

Does the brand of the car you buy really make that much of a difference? That depends on how you look at it according to recent consumer satisfaction surveys. Sometimes the data can be confusing, so let’s see if we […]

10Sep, 2015

Do I Need An Extended Warranty If I Lease A Car?

Many drivers these days prefer leasing their vehicle. If the lease term stays within the factory warranty term, then extended coverage might not be needed. But many leaseholders are extending their terms longer than ever. There’s been a recent 18 […]

10Sep, 2015

Hypermiling Can Increase Fuel Efficiency Up To 35%

Want to get more miles per gallon without buying a hybrid car? Believe it or not, you can increase the fuel efficiency of your current vehicle by up to 35 percent. How? By implementing a new trend called hypermiling, and […]

27Aug, 2015

What To Do About Car Computer Hacking

Today’s cars are basically computers on wheels. A wide range of cellular, GPS, Bluetooth and other technologies connect automobiles with the Internet at all times. And when there’s a connection, there’s a risk. Let’s find out how this can affect […]

27Aug, 2015

How Often Do People Change Cars?

Americans love their cars. In the pre-recession era, people changed their cars much more frequently buying an average of 13 vehicles in their lifetime. Recently, times have been a bit tougher, so how has this affected car ownership? Let’s take […]

27Aug, 2015

Who Wants An Electric Car Anyway? It Depends

Electric cars have been around for quite a few years now, but who wants them? According to a recent study, the demand for these cars has been steady. However, some buyers are more interested than others. Let’s find out more.

Electric […]

17Aug, 2015

What Is An Aftermarket Warranty?

There’s a lot of confusing terminology out there about car warranties. For example, what’s the difference between a factory warranty and an exclusionary warranty? How about an aftermarket warranty? Let’s find out what each one means.

An aftermarket warranty can cover […]

11Aug, 2015

Edmunds Price Promise Guarantees Used Car Prices

For  new or used car buyers who don’t like to haggle, Edmund’s offers an innovative solution. In 2013, the company rolled out its Price Promise Program which gives car buyers the price of the car up front and online. With […]

29Jul, 2015

Hidden Benefits Of Hybrid Cars

The typical hybrid car functions on an electric powered motor backed up by gasoline. The most obvious benefit of driving a hybrid car is improved fuel efficiency. Overall, hybrid cars are more expensive to buy, but there are other benefits […]

25Jun, 2015

Americans Are Driving Millions Of Miles More Than Ever

We’ve always have had a passion for driving. Whether it’s cruising California State Route 1 down the coast, or finding off-the-beaten-path road trip destinations, we love to explore our country by car. Is it any wonder then that 2015 might […]

10Jun, 2015

Can Traffic Noise Make You Fat?

If you live or work near a busy highway, you probably have grown accustomed to the noise of cars passing by. But is it possible that this noise makes your waistline expand? It can and it does, according to a […]

26May, 2015

Top 7 Best 2015 Car Resale Values

Not many people think about their car as an investment until it’s time to sell the vehicle. If you want to conserve your financial position in a vehicle purchase, it pays to know which ones retain their value better than […]

22May, 2015

Top 5 Uncommon Summer Road Trip Destinations

Summertime will see some of the lowest gas prices in six years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best opportunities to travel by car. We’ve handpicked five of the best […]

23Apr, 2015

Do Fuel Efficient Cars Cost More To Repair?

The BMW 528i is certainly a work of engineering genius. It’s also one of the most exotic fuel efficient cars on the market. Now even though the sedan might not get MPG numbers like a Toyota Prius, the 528i incorporates […]

27Mar, 2015

How To Make Your Car Last Longer

An automobile is one of the most important investments you can make. It pays to take good care of your vehicle so that it runs well whenever you need it. Also, if you ever decide to sell your car, you’ll […]

26Feb, 2015

Real Cost To Repair Your SUV – CARCHEX Exclusive Data [Infographic]

Car repair is part of vehicle ownership, but for some vehicles the cost to repair can be high. Here CARCHEX presents the average 5 year repair costs for a wide variety of SUVs.  As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX […]

26Feb, 2015

The Limitations Of The 10-Year / 100,000 Mile Auto Warranty

You probably have heard advertisements for these warranties. While most auto manufacturers offer something like 3 years and 36,000 miles, others offer 10 years and 100,000 miles. How do they do it? The short answer is, they don’t. The 10 […]

26Feb, 2015

Extended Car Warranty Benefits Answer The Naysayers

If you are looking for information about an extended vehicle protection plan (sometimes referred to as a “car warranty”) then you might some hear opinions advising against these plans. Unfortunately, most of these arguments don’t consider all the factors involved. […]

26Feb, 2015

CARCHEX Explains About Trip Interruption And Other Auto Warranty Perks

Imagine that halfway through an enjoyable road trip, you decide to stop for the night at a hotel. Then disaster hits as the next morning your car won’t start. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, what can you do? Well, […]

18Dec, 2014

How To Find The Most Reliable Used Cars

When it comes to purchasing a used car, everyone has personal preferences regarding vehicle features and benefits.  Some of the top thoughts on used car shopper’s minds are: gas consumption, cost to own (mechanical and parts costs), reliability factor of […]

12Nov, 2014

The More Complex And Unique The Car, The More Critical The Need For An Extended Warranty

Extended Warranties are like insurance: You pay some money to avoid an expense you might not otherwise be able to easily afford.  Consumer Reports often argues that extended warranties aren’t a good deal for electronics, because the lack of moving […]

12Nov, 2014

Your Motor Vehicle Services Warranty Will Not Cover You If…

Extended vehicle protection plans are a great way to cover car repair costs, but extended warranties don’t cover everything. If you decide to drive your car off a cliff for a Hollywood movie stunt, the crushed radiator won’t be covered. […]

12Nov, 2014

When Buying A Used Car With High Mileage Makes Sense

An Audi A8 for less than $19,000? Too good to be true? Have you always wanted a luxury car but thought you could never afford it? Well, buying a used car with high mileage might be the answer. Surprisingly, you […]

12Nov, 2014

What Type Of Driver Benefits Most From An Extended Car Warranty? CARCHEX Knows

An extended car warranty is a smart way to keep your car covered in the event of a mechanical failure. Some drivers, however, might benefit more than others when it comes to owning extended coverage. Which category do you fall […]

12Nov, 2014

The Online Car Warranty Quote Process: Know What To Expect

If you are shopping around for an extended vehicle protection plan, then it pays to know about the process. An online car warranty quote is a great place to look to get coverage for unexpected vehicle breakdowns. Let’s see how […]

12Nov, 2014

Telematics, Repairs, And Extended Auto Warranties Of The Future

Never heard of telematics? Well, if not, it won’t be long before you do The digital technologies behind GPS, smartphones, and the Internet are all combining to dramatically change the car owner experience. It will even affect how extended auto […]

12Nov, 2014

Road Trip And Extended Car Warranty Advice From CARCHEX

If you are planning to take a roadtrip make sure your vehicle is ready for any situation. One thing you might not want to overlook is repair coverage. Nobody wants to be stranded on the roadside, but with an extended […]

12Nov, 2014

Is An Extended Car Warranty Worth It?

With any important personal asset, you want to make sure you are covered if things go wrong. Your car is one of your biggest assets. So is an extended car warranty worth it? The answer might surprise you.

New Car Extended […]

12Nov, 2014

Is An Extended Auto Warranty As Good As A Factory Warranty?

When you buy a new car it comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. This factory warranty covers specific problems that arise under the agreed terms. An extended auto warranty covers repairs when the original factory warranty expires. Extended plans for used […]

12Nov, 2014

I Live In The City And Other Good Reasons For An Extended Auto Warranty

There are special circumstances when an extended auto warranty makes a lot of sense. Warranties help cover unexpected car repair costs. Let’s look at where this kind of coverage really pays off.

City Driving

If you live in the city, your car […]

12Nov, 2014

How To Spot Extended Auto Warranty Scams

An extended auto warranty can be a big help to cover the cost of unexpected repairs. However, there are scam artists out there that just want to take your money. Here are some indicators that you are dealing with a […]

12Nov, 2014

How Do Car Warranties Compare To Actual Repair Costs?

If your car’s factory warranty is about to expire or if you are buying used, then you should think about an extended car warranty. These plans cover repair costs when the original warranty has expired. But are car warranties really […]

12Nov, 2014

Facts About Factory, Bumper-To-Bumper And Powertrain Warranties

Sometimes there’s confusion about auto warranties. For example, brake pad change is unlikely to be covered under the warranty – but there are exceptions. Also powertrain warranties apply only to certain car parts. So what is covered and when? Let’s […]

12Nov, 2014

Extended Auto Warranty Protects You From Rising Repair Costs

In the old days, your car might have started to run poorly before it completely broke down. Cars were simpler machines back then, but today’s computerized models have changed the world of car repair completely. Modern auto repair costs are […]

12Nov, 2014

Exclusionary Extended Warranty? CARCHEX Reveals The Details

An exclusionary extended warranty – commonly referred to as ”bumper-to-bumper” coverage by consumers – is essentially the best vehicle protection coverage money can buy. This type of warranty covers practically anything that can go wrong with your car excluding a […]

12Nov, 2014

CARCHEX Shows You How Car Warranties Work

When you buy a new car, it comes with a factory warranty. So if anything goes wrong with the vehicle the repairs are covered. But factory warranties expire. If you want to retain the same kind of coverage that a […]

12Nov, 2014

CARCHEX Reveals The Hidden Benefits Of Extended Car Warranties

An extended vehicle protection plan is a good thing to have. These plans can cover the cost of repairs for as long as you own your car. But there are a lot of hidden benefits that extended car warranties offer […]

12Nov, 2014

Avoid Auto Repair Overcharge – Extended Car Warranties And Other Solutions

Nobody likes having to get their car repaired. Maybe the worst part is waiting for the phone call telling you how much it costs. You are at the mercy of the mechanic or dealership – but it doesn’t have to […]

12Nov, 2014

Ask Used Car Warranty Providers These Questions Before You Buy

There are many extended vehicle protection plan providers out there. On paper, the plans might look similar, so how do you choose? One of the best ways is to look at the business that is providing the used car warranty. […]

12Nov, 2014

Are Car Warranties Transferable? CARCHEX Evaluates Every Scenario

Maybe a used car you are looking at offers an extended warranty. Or perhaps you are shopping for an extended vehicle protection plan. So the question is:  “Are car warranties transferable?” This is important not only if you are buying […]

12Nov, 2014

Advantages Of Auto Warranties For Older Cars

If you have a used or older car, you can still get extended vehicle protection (sometimes referred to as an “extended warranty”). In fact, it might be more important to have extended coverage for older cars than it is for […]

12Nov, 2014

6 Questions To Ask Before Buying An Extended Vehicle Warranty

Unexpected vehicle breakdowns are a reality for every car owner. If your factory warranty has expired you might be considering an extended vehicle warranty. Before you buy, ask these questions first.

What Is Covered?

Make sure you get all the details about […]