Ford Factory and Extended Warranty Plans. What is Covered.

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Extended Coverage for Ford Cars and Trucks is Available Online.

Extended Coverage for Ford Cars and Trucks is Available Online.

When you are thinking of purchasing a new car or truck, it is important to consider the manufacturer warranty. Most major car manufacturers offer similar policies of the vehicle and major subsystems, though some manufacturers offer extra benefits such as roadside assistance. Of course, the manufacturer coverage will not cover everything. Ford new car warranties typically only cover problems that are due to defects in manufacturing. In addition, in order to be eligible for warranty service, you, the consumer must meet certain obligations for the proper maintenance and use of the vehicle.

Ford cars and trucks come with a manufacturer warranty that covers the car for the first 3 to 5 years. Once the new vehicle protection has expired, you may be eligible to purchase additional coverage from Ford or from a third party supplier. Here is a rundown of the policies offered by the Ford New Vehicle Limited Protection Plan.


The Bumper-To-Bumper coverage offers service to repair all problems caused by manufacture defect. This protection plan stays in effect for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition to this plan, some of the subsystems of Ford vehicles are covered by extended warranties.


The Powertrain includes the engine, transmission and axles. The parts of this system are warranted against manufacturer defect for five years or 60,000 miles.

Safety Restraint System

One of the most important systems on your car is the Safety Restraint System. This system includes your seatbelts and airbags. The plan covers the parts of the system for five years or 60,000 miles.

Corrosion Protection

If your car develops severe corrosion or rust because of a manufacture defect, manufacturer will cover the cost of repairs for the first 5 years, with unlimited mileage.

Powerstroke Diesel

If your Ford truck came with the 6.0-liter or 6.4-liter ‘Powerstroke’ diesel engine, the engine is additionally covered by a separate five year, 100,000 mile policy.

When and if repairs are necessary, you will be required to contact an authorized manufacturer service center to arrange for repairs. The service centers will only replace damaged parts with original style parts. Any upgraded, modified or aftermarket parts are ineligible for warranty service. Either new or remanufactured parts may be used, at the discretion of the service center. In certain situations, the policy provider may pay for repairs by shops that are not Ford authorized service centers. In all cases, repairs are covered by the manufacturer for the remainder of the policy period.

Roadside Service Assistance

24/7 Roadside Assistance comes with almost every vehicle service contract plan.

24/7 Roadside Assistance comes with almost every vehicle service contract plan.

Beyond the coverage for repairs, Ford also offers a roadside assistance benefit designed to assist you if you are stranded with your car. This program offers the following benefits:

  • Up to 35 miles of towing, to a nearby dealer or service center
  • Flat tire change (If your spare tire is available)
  • Refueling service (2 gallons of gasoline or 5 gallons of diesel)
  • Lock-out assistance
  • Winching service

Extended Coverage Offered by the Manufacturer

As we mentioned above, every new automobile comes with a factory protection plan. After the protection expires drivers can qualify for an extended coverage (ESP) from the manufacturer. The manufacturer offers the following types of policies:[1]

  • PremiumCARE (the most comprehensive policy)
  • ExtraCARE (covers 113 key components)
  • BaseCARE (covers 84 key components)
  • PowertrainCARE (covers 29 critical engine and transmission components)

However, the major reason why many drivers decide to buy a protection plan from a third party provider is the price. If you do some research, you will find out that it is a lot cheaper to purchase an extended warranty plan from a third party provider. The only challenge is to find a reliable company that will take care of your claims. Here is our list of the top extended policy providers.

If you purchase a used Ford car or truck, it is covered for any time that may be remaining on the new car coverage. Having your vehicle covered by an auto protection plan can be an enormous benefit. If you want to keep the assurance of having a vehicle protected beyond the original policy period, purchasing extended vehicle service contract is an option. This type of coverage is available from Ford as well as numerous third-party providers.

The auto service contract, also known as extended auto warranty, is something that you should consider seriously when you are thinking of purchasing a new car and truck. Be sure to review the vehicle service contract before you purchase your car, so you can be certain you are getting the coverage that you need and can afford.

Even though Ford was recently named one of the Top Five Most Reliable Vehicles by Claim Rate, protecting it with a vehicle service contract is a good idea.[2] Even the most reliable vehicles break and when they do you are faced with high repair bills. Remember, newer vehicle = newer technology/gadgets = more expensive repairs.