Honda Extended Warranty
In the market for a Honda extended warranty? Didn't opt for the extended protection when you made the original purchase? Hello, my name is Nate Waterfalls and I will try to help you answer the question "Do I need to purchase an extended warranty or mechanical breakdown protection? Here is what I will cover in this short article:
- Honda History
- Honda Warranties
- Honda Reliability
- Do I Need Honda Extended Warranty Protection?
- Options for Extended Protection
When you think of a reliable automobile, Honda is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Founded in 1948 Honda has quickly grown into one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Honda produces practical cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are safe, fuel-efficient and easy to maintain.
The Civic, Honda's centerpiece in North America, is the second-longest running vehicle line from a Japanese company on the continent. Over the course of the past decade, Honda has seen success with several other models such as the Fit, Accord, Pilot and Insight. Honda has also made a name for itself in the truck market with the Ridgeline.
Honda is based in Tokyo, Japan but has several, design, manufacturing and research facilities here in the United States. In fact, 80% of the Honda vehicles sold in the United States were manufactured in North America. Honda directly employs over 27,000 people in the US. An additional 100,000 people are employed by Honda dealerships across the country and tens of thousands more people are employed by suppliers that provide parts to Honda.
For more information see the Honda In America Virtual Tour
Before considering a Honda extended warranty, it is important to know the original manufacturer's warranty. Every new Honda comes with these standard limited warranties:
- Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
- Powertrain Limited Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
- Corrosion Limited Warranty 5 years/unlimited miles
You will want to consider the remaining time and mileage on the Honda warranty to determine your personal need for extended protection. Keep in mind, the manufacturer's warranty will expire whenever time (months) or mileage (whichever comes first) reach the thresholds described above.
For complete Honda warranty information see www.honda.com
The word Honda is as synonymous with quality as say, Toyota. The automaker usually ranks fairly high in the reliability rankings. This helps contrast the equally high number of consumer complaints. The most commonly reported problems associated with certain Honda models are:
- Honda is currently recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles for a problem referred to as "soft brakes"
- Transmission defects on the Civic SI
- Problematic odometers (2000-2007 models)
- Premature brake wear on the Accord
Before making any decision, research your specific model and year to ensure reliability. Certain cars are known to be unreliable, making the extended protection decision a no-brainer. Check out the the U.S News and World Report. for current reliability ratings.
Another easy to find out about a product's reliability in the age of the Internet is to check with a community of people that have the same product. People in these groups tend to be very outspoken. In the case of automobiles one such community is Edmunds.com.
Use the links below to research your specific model for known problems.
Here's another great resource to check the reliability record of your used vehicle.
Do I Need Honda Extended Warranty Protection?
Choosing to purchase extended protection for your Honda is ultimately a personal decision. However, here are some things to consider:
- The manufacturer's original warranties
- The age and mileage of your Honda
- The reliability record of your particular Honda model
- How many miles you drive
- How long you plan to own your Honda
- Your risk tolerance
- Your financial ability to pay for unexpected repairs
Here are two additional resources to help determine if extended protection is right for you:
Honda automobiles come with a basic 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty package. The good news about this is that Honda drivers often report their first major malfunction within the first two years.
Due to the popularity of the brand, it is relatively easy to find a knowledgeable Honda technician. Owners then have a wide selection of facilities to choose from when servicing their vehicle. This creates many options for owners who will be interested in extended protection for their car.
If you decide that extended protection is a good "bet" for you then be sure to purchase it before the original Honda warranty expires. The sooner you do it the less it will cost you. Time and mileage factor into the cost and it works against you. If the Honda warranty expires, your options may be limited. However, you don't have to purchase a Honda extended warranty – there is another option: Mechanical Breakdown Protection.
Options for Extended Protection
You have two basic options when it comes to extended protection for your Honda.
- Honda Extended Warranty
- Third Party Mechanical Breakdown Protection Plan
The extended Honda warranty is only offered by the manufacturer and is usually sold through the dealership. Mechanical breakdown protection may be purchased from a third party company. Coverage between the two options is usually comparable.
The main difference between the options is the price and the fact that the mechanical breakdown protection plan lets you have your service done at any repair facility. The Honda extended warranty requires that you service your vehicle at the dealership or other Honda authorized repair facilities. This tends to limit your options.
Third party mechanical breakdown protection plans tend to offer more value and can be found at a lower price with similar coverage. However, it is important to purchase mechanical breakdown protection from a reputable company.
For additional information on determining your need for extended protection please review the following pages:
The Honda extended warranty is a solid choice but a mechanical breakdown protection from a reputable third party my serve you best if you need the flexibility of choosing your own service location or personal mechanic.
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