Powertrain vs Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

If you’re looking for new cars for sale such as the 2017 Ford Escape, we suggest that you look through our new vehicle inventory online because our Indianapolis, IN automotive group has the latest automobiles from some of the world’s most respected automakers. If you’re interested in buying a pre-owned vehicle, you should look through our pre-owned inventory because we have a generous selection of stylish, reliable previously owned automobiles for sale.

When you’re in the market for a new vehicle or one of our certified pre-owned cars, you’re going to hear about powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties. While both of these warranties are important, there are significant differences between them. Because many motorists seem to be unsure about what each warranty covers, we thought it would be a good idea to explain what these warranties cover.

Powertrain Warranty

In general, your powertrain consists of the parts of your car that propel your vehicle, including your engine, transmission, differential, constant velocity joints, and driveshaft. As its name suggests, a powertrain warranty covers the components that make up your powertrain except for wear items such as your battery or clutch. If a non-wear piece of your powertrain needs to be replaced or repaired prior to your powertrain warranty’s expiration date, your warranty will cover the costs related to the replacement or repair.

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

Bumper-to-bumper warranties are often referred to as comprehensive warranties. These warranties cover almost every part on your automobile from its front bumper to its back bumper. Ironically, your bumpers aren’t covered by your bumper-to-bumper warranty, however. Your bumper-to-bumper warranty does cover things such as your sound system, air-conditioning, and suspension. Because bumper-to-bumper warranties cover many more parts than powertrain warranties, they typically last for a shorter period of time.

What’s the Difference?

When looked at as the sum of its parts, your powertrain is the largest and most expensive component in your automobile. Your powertrain warranty covers your powertrain exclusively. Your bumper-to-bumper warranty covers just about everything on your car and it even includes coverage for your powertrain.

Even though bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire before powertrain warranties do, you can still take comfort in knowing that you have coverage for your vehicle’s largest and most expensive component through the end of your powertrain warranty. If you want to learn more about powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties, contact Tom Wood Automotive Group today.

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