Powertrain vs. Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: Are You Covered?

The two best known warranty plans for vehicles are the powertrain warranty and the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Do you need both warranties? Let’s look at the differences between the two.

The powertrain warranty, like its name, covers the vehicle’s powertrain. The powertrain is the part of the car that make it have power and move, such as the engine, drivetrain, and transmission. This is typically the most expensive parts of the car. Powertrain warranties are limited based on a timeframe and mileage accrued—whichever occurs first—but they can be longer than bumper-to-bumper warranties. A bumper-to-bumper warranty covers aspects like the vehicle’s electronics and a few other systems excluded from a powertrain warranty, such as the audio system, suspension, air-conditioning, etc. However, the bumpers themselves are not included, nor are wear and rear items like tires, glass, and cabin upholstery. Given that bumper-to-bumper warranties cover more parts than do powertrain warranties, the coverage timeframe is shorter.

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