What is a Limited Powertrain Warranty?

Giulia Nigrini
Giulia Nigrini
Vehicle Service Contract Specialist, Traveler, Car Enthusiast
December 13, 2021
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A limited powertrain warranty is a coverage plan that covers limited parts of your car’s powertrain in the event of a mechanical breakdown. What this means is that when you have a failure in your engine or transmission, for example, the parts and labor will be covered less the deductible. Taking away the stress of potential breakdowns hanging on your shoulders. Read on as we explore more about powertrain warranties and what powertrain warranties cover.

What do Limited Powertrain Warranties Cover?

The limited powertrain warranties are designed to protect the most critical parts of your vehicle. These parts make up the powertrain of the car and are responsible for getting power from your engine to the wheel propelling the car. The following parts are typically covered under most powertrain warranty plans:

All of these parts are essential to keep your car working properly and provide for a safe drive. If you have recently bought a new vehicle you probably have a powertrain warranty in place already as new car purchases come with a warranty plan. In many cases, they are referred to as factory warranties. These factory warranties can sometimes be extended or you can get an extended car warranty through a third-party provider.

What are Powertrain Warranty Terms?

Powertrain warranty plans are available in a wide range of terms and conditions. Depending on your car make, the terms usually last 3 to 5 years or 36,000 to 80,000 miles, whichever comes first, for factory warranties. However, Kia offers a powertrain warranty that lasts for up to 10 years. Rather radical and serving them well. They do not offer an extended warranty option on the other hand.

Third-party warranty providers mostly offer similar terms but do have some plans that can reach 5 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Many of these plans also include added benefits such as towing services, fuel delivery services, and payment for food and lodging if you get stuck 100 miles or more away from home. Something to keep in mind when making a decision on which plan suits your driving needs the best.

What are the Third-Party Powertrain Warranty Options?

Third-party warranty provider plans are flexible in nature and transferable if needed. Here on the Chaiz site, we offer only the best plans that come with the best benefits through the USA. The two main options for powertrain warranties are the basic powertrain warranty and the powertrain plus warranty.

Basic Powertrain warranties cover the parts listed above and have some of the added benefits available. These are a fantastic option for a student, entry-level worker, or someone who doesn’t do very frequent miles. The Powertrain Plus plans include all the basic powertrain parts as well as a few adjacent systems such as the fuel and electrical systems.

What are the Added Benefits with Third-Party Providers?

Jump-start service

There is a chance that your battery could run flat and require a jump start to get it going again. In the case of a flat battery, you will know that there is a service available.

Towing service

There are times when there is an engine or transmission fault which causes the engine to stop running. Often getting to the nearest shop or at least home is what you need to comfortably sort the situation out. This service will tow your vehicle to the nearest mechanic to your breakdown site.

Locksmith/Lockout service

Sometimes keys get locked inside the vehicle or stop working correctly. In this case, a lockout service provider will be sent through to try and open a car door. If unsuccessful then a locksmith will be called to get into the vehicle and assist with replacing the locks and keys.

Fuel-delivery service

Should you unexpectedly run out of gas while out driving then the roadside assistance will send through a service provider that will deliver fuel. It will be a conservative amount but enough to get you to the nearest station to top up.

Flat tire service

If you have changed a tire on your own before then you know just how frustrating it can be. Especially if you are not familiar with that particular vehicle. The roadside assistance will send through a tire service provider to give a hand with changing that tire and getting you back on the road.

Winching service

Getting stuck in the mud or the snow is fun if you are out on an adventure weekend, not so much when you are on the way to work. Should this happen you can rely on a winching service sent to you to get you out of there and back on your way.

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