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Which Automaker Has the Best Warranty?

US News & World Report - Cars Logo By Nate Parsons and Eric C. Evarts of US News & World Report - Cars | Slide 1 of 8: A brand-new car can cost 30 to 50 percent more than a gently used car. For some, it’s worth it to pay more for a new car because, with that new car comes a new car warranty. If you’re going to spend that much to get a comprehensive new-car warranty, it’s worth finding the best.Warranties are a great tool to help you budget exactly how much it will cost to own your new car. Most new-car warranties today last three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. A few last four years or 50,000 miles. Usually, they come with an additional powertrain warranty on the expensive engine, transmission, and axle systems, which also include a lot of expensive computer control systems these days.New cars that come with free maintenance are even better. Several automakers have begun including free scheduled service with their new cars to ensure that leased models get returned in top-notch condition. We think these programs are valuable, so we gave them extra credit in our list.To find the best factory warranty, we scoured industry websites and downloaded car warranty booklets for every automotive brand sold in America. We ranked them according to the length of the bumper-to-bumper warranty, but we also favored those with long powertrain warranties, since powertrain problems are likely to cost much more to repair than most other problems.We also checked out the fine print, as you should too. A couple of the longest warranties in the business come with fine print that limits the value of the car when you go to resell it. Our rankings duly penalized them.After all that research, we feel confident in naming these top 10 new car warranties.This article covers new car warranties. If you want to learn more about the best certified pre-owned warranties, click here.

Which Company Covers You the Longest?

A brand-new car can cost 30 to 50 percent more than a gently used car. For some, it’s worth it to pay more for a new car because, with that new car comes a new car warranty. If you’re going to spend that much to get a comprehensive new-car warranty, it’s worth finding the best.

Warranties are a great tool to help you budget exactly how much it will cost to own your new car. Most new-car warranties today last three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. A few last four years or 50,000 miles. Usually, they come with an additional powertrain warranty on the expensive engine, transmission, and axle systems, which also include a lot of expensive computer control systems these days.

New cars that come with free maintenance are even better. Several automakers have begun including free scheduled service with their new cars to ensure that leased models get returned in top-notch condition. We think these programs are valuable, so we gave them extra credit in our list.

To find the best factory warranty, we scoured industry websites and downloaded car warranty booklets for every automotive brand sold in America. We ranked them according to the length of the bumper-to-bumper warranty, but we also favored those with long powertrain warranties, since powertrain problems are likely to cost much more to repair than most other problems.

We also checked out the fine print, as you should too. A couple of the longest warranties in the business come with fine print that limits the value of the car when you go to resell it. Our rankings duly penalized them.

After all that research, we feel confident in naming these top 10 new car warranties.

This article covers new car warranties. If you want to learn more about the best certified pre-owned warranties, click here.

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