When buying a new or used car, the promise of an extended vehicle warranty gives a customer peace of mind. But do you know what kind of warranty you are really getting?

For example, we at autopom! have many different levels of protection ranging from basic powertrain coverage, to exclusionary (often referred to as “bumper to bumper”), and a few levels in-between. All plan levels provide coverage to different parts of your vehicle, so it’s important to know what kind of plan you have, and how much coverage that plan provides you.

In this article, we’ll teach you precisely what a powertrain warranty covers, how long they typically last, and what they WON’T cover.

What’s Covered Under a Powertrain Warranty?

Designed for used or higher mileage vehicles, the powertrain coverage plans are some of our most popular options. Your vehicle’s powertrain is made of 3 key components that provide power to your wheels and set the vehicle in motion: the engine, transmission, and drive axles. A powertrain warranty’s purpose is to protect these vital pieces of your vehicle. Here are some components commonly covered in your powertrain, as well as their average repair costs*.

Engine

  • Cylinder Head Replacement – $3,030 to $3,362
  • Turbocharger Assembly Replacement – $2,363 to $2,772
  • Timing Chain Replacement – $1,297 to $1,545
  • Water Pump Replacement – $458 to $602

Transmission

  • Transfer Case Replacement – $2,724 to $2,821
  • Transmission Control Module Replacement – $867 to $933
  • Full Transmission Replacement – $5,104 to $5,281

Drive Axle

  • Axle Shaft Replacements – $845 to $926
  • U-Joint Replacements – $224 to $274
  • Constant Velocity (CV) Joint Replacement – $1,344 to $1,397

Seals & Gaskets

There are many seals and gaskets within every section of your vehicle and they can be quite expensive to replace. Seals and gaskets are either covered in conjunction with other covered parts, or covered on a stand-alone basis. Every powertrain warranty covers seals and gaskets differently, so read the fine print to know how you’re covered in this category.

At autopom! we have several powertrain and powertrain “plus” options which vary by your vehicle eligibility. To see the details of all our powertrain options, check out our vehicle protection plans, or call us at (800) 724-8141 and we’ll send you a personalized quote!

How Long does Powertrain Coverage Last?

Many manufacturers offer extended powertrain warranties that vary from 4-5 years up to the lifetime of the vehicle. While this is great for the original vehicle owner, it is important to note the factory powertrain warranty does not always transfer to the next owner, so as a used vehicle owner, you may not have that same coverage.

If you aren’t covered by the factory, there are many extended powertrain options available on the market. Varying by vehicle, a 5-year/100,000 additional mile plan is one of the longest powertrain options we have available at autopom!.

When shopping, you should consider how many years you want coverage for, and approximately how many miles you drive per year. For example, if you drive less than 12,000 miles each year, a 5-year/ 60,000-mile plan option suits your driving habits better than the 5-year /100,000-mile option.

So What’s NOT Covered Under a Powertrain Warranty?

As you read above, a Powertrain warranty focuses on the key, essential parts of your vehicle that gets you on the road. If you’re looking for additional coverage for things like your Air Conditioning or Electrical systems, you need to consider a Powertrain Plus or higher level of coverage.

Here is a list of systems that are not included in a basic powertrain warranty:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cooling
  • Steering
  • Braking
  • Suspension
  • Fuel Delivery
  • Electrical

Every plan is different and you need to read the contract to know precisely what is or isn’t covered, however a good rule-of-thumb for autopom! plans are as follows:

Powertrain includes Engine, Transmission, and Drive Axle

Powertrain Plus adds in Air Conditioning and some standard Electrical items such as power window motors/door locks.

Mid-Level adds additional Electrical components, Steering, and Braking system coverage.

High-Level is the second-most comprehensive option and provides coverage for an extensive list of items within all the major systems of your vehicle.

And finally an Exclusionary plan, commonly referred to as “bumper-to-bumper” assumes all parts of your vehicle are covered except for a short list of exclusions such as consumable parts (batteries, tires, etc.) or any required maintenance (oil changes, brake pad replacement, etc.). Please refer to our sample policies for the full exclusions lists.

Here at autopom! we strive to provide you with a coverage plan that best meets your needs. If you’re still unsure which coverage level you like the most, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Our 5-star team is ready to answer any questions you have and help you find the best plan for your vehicle, budget, and automotive peace of mind!

*Average repair costs data sourced from www.RepairPal.com/estimator