October 13, 2014 - by
When you’re purchasing a car, there’s a lot of paperwork and fine print involved. Some things may get lost or overlooked when you’re reading through everything the dealer provides you. It’s best to know beforehand what kind of information to look for and make an informed decision even before you set foot on the dealership lot. Among the most important things to consider before purchasing a vehicle, is certainly the manufacturers warranty.
The Chrysler 3 year/36,000 mile Basic Limited Warranty
At bare minimum, Chrysler will cover your vehicle for 3 years or 36,000 miles for any damage to the vehicle caused by manufacturers defects. This warranty does not cover tires or non wired headphones. It also excludes any changes and customizations that were made to the vehicle after it left the manufacturing plant. Other specific warranties may cover these types of items instead. This limited warranty also covers towing under certain circumstances, if the vehicle is inoperable due to mechanical breakdown. You may want to take note that this does not cover towing if your vehicle is involved in an accident.
Chrysler is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry with a 5 year/100,000 mile Powertrain limited warranty.
What this means is, for the first five years after you purchase your Chrysler vehicle, your cars engine, transmission and axles will be covered against any damage incurred from manufacturing defects. This type of warranty does not include everyday wear and tear you receive from driving. Most Chrysler vehicles also come with a roadside assistance plan. There are additional warranties you can purchase that will cover you further and in some cases you can get up to 7 years of coverage.
What is covered by a Chrysler Powertrain Warranty?
- Engine – This covers the engine block and the cylinders, as well as any internal parts. It also covers the exhaust manifolds, oil pumps, water pumps and superchargers.
- Transmission – The transmission case and all internal parts are covered, as well as the torque converter, transmission range switch and all internal sensors.
- Drive System – Every part of the drive system not included in the other two points.
The Chrysler Roadside Assistance plan offers peace of mind when you’re between destinations. It is quite extensive to help you in those situations where you might be stranded on the road. For 5 years or 100,000 miles, you won’t have to worry about being left out alone with a broken down vehicle.
What is covered under a Chrysler Roadside Assistance plan?
- Flat Tire Service – Anytime you find yourself with a flat tire, simply call the toll free number and help will be on the way. The service provider will equip your emergency tire, which comes with your vehicle. Permanent tire replacement is not covered under this policy.
- Fuel Delivery – If you run out of gas on the side of the road, a call to the toll free number will dispatch a service provider with a small amount of fuel, enough to help you reach a nearby gas station. The policy states the maximum amount of fuel will be 2 gallons.
- Battery Jump Assistance – With this plan you will never be stranded with a dead battery. A simple call to the toll free number will bring a service provider with jump capability to your side.
- Lockout Service – This handy service allows your access to your car’s passenger area. It doesn’t cover key replacement though.
- Towing Service – If your vehicle ever becomes inoperable due to mechanical failure, you can count on the towing service covered under this plan to safely get you and your vehicle to the nearest Chrysler dealership.
Once these manufacturers warranties expire, you might be eligible to extend them through the Mopar Vehicle Protection program. In many cases, you’re able to extend the time by one full year or the mileage by 15,000 miles respectively. This extension fluidly continues your current coverage without changes being applied to the original policy.
Many driver opt for a third party extended warranty though. In most cases this option is more comprehensive and costs less than manufacturer extensions. Often such additional benefits as roadside assistance and car rental fees will be included in these types of warranty plans. It’s always a good idea to shop around for the best benefit package available in a certain price range.
An extended warranty is definitely something you should strongly consider when you are purchasing your new Chrysler vehicle even if the manufacturer warranty seems to cover all the important items. Finding a reliable provider can be challenging, especially since there are so many choices. Here is our list of quality providers and we are happy to help you explore all of your options.
Chrysler, like other automobile manufacturers, sell an extended warranty for their vehicles. For Chrysler, it is the Mopar Vehicle Protection plan and there are different terms and conditions depending on the specific package purchased. There are different packages that are offered with the maximum protection for non mechanical conditions being seven years or 100,000 miles. Original owners can purchase a lifetime plan that will cover mechanical aspects such as engine failures and the like but the features such as first time rentals and roadside assistance expire at the seven year or mileage limit. Although, there is another option.
Third Party Warranties
Over the last several decades, there has been an increase in the number of quality, third party, warranty providers for those who purchase automobiles. Interestingly, part of the success of these types of warranties is due to the potential to be less expensive than the manufacturer warranties and warranty add on’s. Naturally, every new car and some used cars come with a basic warranty but for many, the cost of the added manufacturer feature warranties or extended warranties do not justify the expense. Third party warranties can be tailored or come in a variety of different feature sets that allows the car owner to better adjust their coverage depending on their individual circumstances. In effect, taking the control over the terms and conditions away from the more generic manufacturer warranties and putting it back in the hands of the owners. Of course, this means that the new car buyer has to do more research to find the right third party warranty to chose but having more choice means more savings for the car owner.
When you are finished test driving that new Chrysler 300 or figuring out how much camping gear you can get into the Town and Country, give the warranty some serious consideration. Take a little extra time before signing on the dotted line and see if taking a third party warranty on top of the basic warranty, might be better for your circumstances. Do a cost comparison and see if it would be more affordable to go with a third party or stick with the manufacturer warranties. The more you put into finding the right warranty at the start of enjoying your new auto purchase, means more peace of mind later down the road.