Every car, new or used, sold in Australia is covered by a warranty, either by the manufacturer or by the government to stop people getting scammed.
Do you know if you’re covered if something goes wrong in your car?
New cars have warranties approaching a decade,
while second-hand vehicles sold by a licensed motor dealer in
Queensland must be covered by at least a statutory warranty if the
odometer reads less than 160,000km, and was manufactured less than 10
years before the sale date.
Statutory warranties protect you financially if your car is faulty and expires after 3 months or 5000km.
For example, let’s say you buy a brand new car and then, a couple of months later, as you pull into your driveway – the engine falls out the bottom. If you’ve just been using the car to go to work, the shops and pick up the kids, you probably have a claim. If you’ve used a small hatchback to try and cross the Simpson Desert – your warranty claim may not be honored. After all, no one ever said your 3-door hatch could jump over sand dunes.
Generally, your warranty will cover major mechanical components like the engine, the transmission and major moving parts like the drive axle. Hybrid cars sometimes come with a warranty to specifically cover the hybrid power system & batteries.
Depending on the terms and conditions, you may be forced to use a particular service centre or workshops clustered around the dealership you bought your car at. This can be especially inconvenient if you bought your car interstate or several hundred kilometres from where your car is usually driving around.
It’s best to ask when you’re buying the car where the most convenient service centres are for you in case of a warranty claim. This also applies for any capped price servicing schemes that require you to bring your car in to a specific service centre.
You may have an allowance for roadside assistance so that, if your car can be fixed easily so you can safely drive it again, you can have it repaired and be on your way.
If not, some warranties will even pay for the cost of transport either back to your home or up to a certain amount of kilometres, and then you pay the difference.
If alternative transport can’t be arranged, or you are not able to negotiate a reasonable form of transport – some warranties even provide for accommodation until your car is repaired or you can negotiate alternative transport.
But there are certain things that you have to do to make sure that any warranty claim made on your car is honoured.
If you fail to properly maintain or service your car, it may be your fault that a part failed. Plus, it just makes sense to keep your car serviced for everyday running.
If you are considering modifying your car, contact your dealership and, if necessary, the manufacturer’s warranty department to see what options are available to you that won’t compromise your warranty claim. (Hint: they will all involve installation by a factory-approved technician using genuine or manufacturer-approved parts.)
Aftermarket parts and accessories will generally come with their own warranty, depending on how disposable they are.
Replaceable items aren’t covered either, like the battery, brake pads or tyres – keeping these in check will just make sure your car is in good shape.
Rather than have you shell out thousands of dollars for repairs, you may receive a goodwill repair from your dealer. If you’ve been exceptionally diligent with your servicing, and can show that you’ve treated your car well, they may be able to repair the problem regardless. This is at the discretion of the dealer, and as the name suggests, it’s really a goodwill gesture to thank you for buying your car with a dealer, or maintaining a strict service schedule.
Often available until a certain point in your original warranty, or up to a specified amount of kilometres, extended warranties not only give you the reassurance of more time, they can add to the resale value if they are transferable.
Motorama offers a 5 Star Mechanical Cover that is one of the most comprehensive plans available, covering and guarding
you against the breakdown of major mechanical components for a period 3
years. We can also provide expert advice on factory extended warranties – some of which can double the original warranty coverage. Speak with the friendly Customer Care consultants at any of our dealerships to talk about your options with warranties or anything to do with your car, and have the advice on hand if you need to make a claim on your warranty.
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