When you purchase a new Nissan from AutoNation Nissan Arapahoe, it will come with a manufacturer factory warranty. However, the factory warranty is restricted to specific mileage and time limitations.
If you buy a used car, it may not come with a factory warranty. A vehicle service contract, often times referred to as a Nissan Extended Service Contract, affords you the ability to extend coverage past the original factory warranty of the vehicle. Often times an extended auto warranty can also compliment a factory warranty by providing additional features and benefits like trip interruption and roadside assistance during the original warranty. While an extended warranty has a fee and is never free like a standard factory warranty, it can provide the assurance similar to the warranty the vehicle had when it was new.
When you are shopping for a Nissan extended warranty, or vehicle service contract, there are two types of warranties that you may come across; factory backed extended warranty and aftermarket warranty.
For many consumers, they may think they are getting a factory-backed warranty, but instead get an aftermarket warranty. They are similar in many ways, but differ in certain aspects as well. We have listed two comparisons below that provide detailed information on the difference between the two.
Factory Backed Extended Warranty
A factory backed warranty is exactly what it sounds like; it is an extended warranty that is backed by the manufacturer. These warranties can cover a variety of components. They also offer options for how little or how much coverage you need. You can get a basic powertrain warranty that covers the engine, drive system and transmission, or you can get a comprehensive warranty, which covers most components of your vehicle.
The range in coverage varies depending upon the manufacturer, the company selling the warranty and the coverage levels. Plus, many factory backed extended service contracts offer benefits such as roadside assistance, alternate transportation and trip interruption.
After Market Warranty
An aftermarket warranty can offer the sam coverage as a factory backed warranty. They can even offer the same added benefits that those of a factory backed plan can, but we advise you be cautious when reviewing the vehicle service contract for the specific coverages the plan offers.
Since aftermarket warranties are offered by warranty administrators and not the manufacturer, be sure to ask our Finance and Warranty experts to review the key differences in plans before you make a purchase.
What is Not Covered
While every extended auto warranty is different, they vary in similar items that are not covered by the terms and conditions of the agreement. Here are a few of the items that are not covered:
- Environmental: damages, failures or corrosion from stone chipping chemical fallout (acid rain0, magnesium chloride (road deicer), tree sap, salt, hail, windstorms, lightning, flood, road hazards or any other environmental conditions.
- Maintenance: damages or failures caused by improper maintenance of the vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle. Maintenance, such as oil changes and tire rotations, is not covered.
- Wear & Tear: normal or excessive wear and tear to include dings, dents, rock chips, scratches, cracking or splitting is not covered. However, some extended warranties do cover wear and tear, just ensure you check your service agreement prior to purchase if this is an item you wish to cover.
- Alterations: damages, failures or corrosion from tampering, improper replacement parts, alterations to original manufacturer specifications and improper repair.
- Negligence: damages, failures or corrosion from an accident, theft, fire, driving through water, objects striking the vehicle, glass breakage (unless from defect or subpar workmanship), misuse, racing and improper or contaminated fuels or lubricants.
Please understand that this is NOT a complete listing of all the items that could be excluded from an extended warranty. Make sure you look at your service agreement that accompanied your extended warranty. Either way, please ensure to read all the fine print to garner full comprehension of what is and what is not covered by the warranty.
For more information regarding extended warranties, feel to contact our Finance Director
and he will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have.