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What Does a Chevy Warranty Cover?

Standard Chevy warranties only provide a few years of coverage, but is that really enough? Many Chevy drivers don’t think so, according to Consumer Affairs.. Whether your warranty from Chevy is expired or still active, you can likely find a way to get better coverage and save thousands if your car breaks down.

Through an extended warranty, you can protect your car or truck for years after your Chevy limited warranty expires. Learn more about the affordable Extended Vehicle Protection Plans available from CARCHEX.

Chevy Warranty Basics

Here is a breakdown of the limited warranties you get when you buy from Chevy.

Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Chevy’s bumper-to-bumper limited warranty is three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Chevy covers repairs caused by material or workmanship defect. Towing, parts, and labor are provided at no charge. Unlike many other factory limited warranties, tires are included in Chevy’s warranty on a prorated basis.

Keep in mind that no plan covers everything on a car, and there will be some items excluded in this plan, but bumper-to-bumper coverage is as comprehensive as it gets.

Powertrain Limited Warranty

The Limited Powertrain Warranty for Chevy vehicles is 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. It covers the parts that make up the powertrain and related components, including the engine, transfer case, drive systems, and transmission/transaxle.

Chevy also offers a powertrain warranty specifically for truck engine coverage. 2500 and 3500 Series Heavy Duty Pickups with 6.6L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel Engine have a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Corrosion Warranty

Chevy’s corrosion warranty provides sheet metal protection for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Rust-through coverage runs six years or 100,000 miles.

Note that cosmetic or surface corrosion, such as from stone chips or scratches in the paint, isn’t covered in this warranty.

Accessory Warranty

Most GM accessories are covered under the bumper-to-bumper or powertrain Chevy warranty, but those that aren’t have a 12-month, unlimited mile warranty.

If the accessory is purchased separately or doesn’t require installation, then the warranty is 12 months from the purchase date.

Emissions Control System Warranty

Chevy offers both Federal and California Emissions Control System Warranties. For cars and light duty trucks, the warranty is two years or 24,000 miles and eight years or 80,000 miles for the catalytic converter and other parts.

Vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) greater than 8,500 lb. are covered for five years or 50,000 miles.

Additional Coverage for the Chevrolet Volt, Bolt EV, and Malibu Hybrid

In addition to the bumper-to-bumper Chevrolet warranty, certain components on these hybrid and electric vehicles are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What’s Not Covered in the Chevy Warranty

There are many exclusions and events that can void your warranty, so be sure to read your contract and understand what’s covered before making your claim. Some examples include:

  • Normal tire and wheel damage or wear
  • Maintenance, including oil changes, brake pads, clutch linings, coolants, tire rotations, wipers, etc.
  • Damage from truck bedliners
  • Damage from accidents, misuse, or alterations, including collision, theft, fire, driving over curbs, racing, etc.
  • Damage from altering or tampering with the vehicle
  • Altered odometer (results in loss of coverage)
  • Damage from environmental conditions, such as hail, flood, or lightening
  • Damage or corrosion from the environment, chemical treatments, or aftermarket products, such as tree sap, salt, or sealants
  • Damage from improper maintenance
  • Damage from improper, contaminated, or poor-quality fuel
  • Third-party externally connected electrical products
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Chevy Extended Limited Warranty

In October 2018, General Motors released a new type of warranty called the Extended Limited Warranty. Through this option, you can select to extend your 3-year, 36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty to five years or 60,000 miles.

You can roll the expense into the overall car payment, but keep in mind that you’ll then be paying interest on your extended protection.

Is the Chevy Warranty Transferable?

Some Chevy warranties are transferable to subsequent owners, which can help your car maintain its resale value.

  • The Powertrain Limited Warranty is fully transferable with no fees or deductibles.
  • The Chevrolet Volt, Bolt EV, and Malibu Hybrid warranty is transferable at no cost for subsequent owners within eight years or 100,000 miles.
  • The Extended Limited Warranty is fully transferable.

Does the Chevy Warranty Cover Rental Cars?

If your Chevy truck or car needs repairs covered under the limited warranty, you may be eligible for rental car reimbursement. This is offered through the Courtesy Transportation Program, not your limited warranty.

Save Big When You Protect Your Chevy

The Chevrolet Suburban and the GMC Yukon XL were recently named the least reliable cars in the large SUV class by Consumer Reports. As a brand, Chevy was also toward the bottom in 2019 Consumer Reports reliability rankings. Not a glaring red flag, but not exactly a selling point.

Let’s suppose you want to get more than a few years out of your car. Three years or 36,000 miles—or even the 5-year, 60,000-mile Chevy powertrain warranty—won’t cover you for the long haul. Once those plans expire, you’ll be on the hook for expensive repairs.

Here’s what that will look like for your bank account without an extended warranty:

Model Repair Cost
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 A/C stopped working $900
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Power steering repair (locks up at low speeds) $1,500
Chevrolet Camaro Water pump replacement $284–$424
Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel filter or pump replacement $78–$119
2010 Chevrolet Malibu Replace or rebuild transmission $3,250
Chevrolet Cruze Shock absorber replacement $284.75–$646.47
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Extended Warranty Advantages

Most people know about the manufacturer’s warranty. However, not everyone knows you can also buy an extended warranty. Both of these serve the same purpose, taking the guesswork out of unexpected repairs. One big advantage of an extended warranty is that they can help people on a fixed budget. Could you afford a $3,000 repair if your engine breaks down? Additionally, with third-party warranty companies, you’ll be able to tailor the warranty to your specific needs and budget.

Most extended warranties might feel the same to the shopper. They are not. Look at the exclusions — i.e. things the warranty does not cover (tires, brakes, shocks, etc.). Decide which ones you need based on the make and model of your car. The warranty will be transferable and companies like CARCHEX also offer a risk-free, 30-day Money Back Guarantee with all of our extended warranties.

Chevrolet Extended Warranty: Dealership Options

When you’re at the dealership, you better believe they will try to sell you an extended warranty for your Chevy. The Extended Limited Warranty explained above the primary option for this. In the past, they have had two plan options: Silver and Platinum. The Silver Protection Plan is comparable to a powertrain warranty, and the Platinum Protection Plan is more comprehensive. Like most extended warranties, roadside assistance is included in your plan.

These aren’t included in an extended Chevy protection plan:

  • Maintenance services
  • Battery and battery cable or harness
  • Key fobs and tire pressure sensors
  • Lenses, sealed beams, and lightbulbs
  • All exhaust components
  • Trim items
  • Tires and wheels or rims
  • Several emission components

Chevy Coverage With CARCHEX

CARCHEX offers great warranty protection for your Chevy. Unlike with the dealer, you can tailor your extended warranty to your specific vehicle and needs, choosing how long you’ll have coverage and what will be covered.

We have five levels of Extended Vehicle Protection Plans: Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Under each level, there are several flexible plans, which are backed by trusted industry leaders competing for your business. That’s why CARCHEX can get you the lowest price available. Here is a breakdown of our affordable and flexible vehicle protection plans:

CARCHEX Vehicle Protection Plans

More coverage, made to fit your needs and budget. It’s that flexibility that has helped CARCHEX achieve an A+ customer service rating from the Better Business Bureau and a top score from Thoroughly Reviewed.

With CARCHEX, you’ll also find the following benefits:

  • Engine replacement
  • Suspension repair
  • Air conditioning repair
  • Transmission replacement
  • Diagnostic fee coverage
  • 24/7 roadside assistance, fuel delivery, towing, rental car coverage, and trip interruption service
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • No-Haggle, Low-Price Everyday Guarantee™
  • Affordable monthly payment plans
  • Plans are fully transferable to subsequent owners
  • Your choice of auto repair shop, instead of being limited to the Chevrolet dealership
  • Claims paid directly to the repair shop, so no waiting for reimbursement
  • Customer Experience Above All, our commitment to you

CARCHEX is proud to have accreditation from the Better Business Bureau since 2009 and be trusted throughout the industry. We’re backed by Kelley Blue Book, CARFAX, AMAC, the Vehicle Protection Association, and more. Whether your Chevy warranty has just expired or you’ve just purchased a used Chevy, you can trust us with extended vehicle protection and keep your vehicle running for years to come.

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Get a Customized Quote from CARCHEX

Getting a Chevy car warranty quote is free, fast, and easy with CARCHEX. We’ll customize your quote to your vehicle, driving habits, future plans, and budget. Get a quote online or call CARCHEX at 866-261-3457 to speak to a vehicle protection specialist and cover your Chevy today.

Chevy Warranty Quick Facts

  • Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles, including tires
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles (5 years/100,000 miles for some models)
  • Federal Emissions Warranty: Ranges from 2 years/24,000 miles to 8 years/80,000 miles
  • California Emissions Warranty: Ranges from 3 years/50,000 miles to 7 years/ 70,000 miles
  • Electric and Hybrid Components: 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Maintenance: One maintenance visit (2019 and 2020 models) or two visits (2018 models)
  • Transferable to subsequent owners: Yes
  • Popular models: Cruze, Spark, Volt, Tahoe, Corvette, Camaro, Equinox
  • Provided by: General Motors (GM)
  • Included: Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation Programs
  • Extended Limited Warranty from Chevrolet: Adds 2 years/24,000 miles to Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty


Consumer Affairs: www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/gm-warranty.html

Chevrolet: https://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam/chevrolet/na/us/english/index/owners/warranty/02-pdfs/19_CHEV_WM_.pdf

Chevrolet: https://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam/chevrolet/na/us/english/index/owners/warranty/02-pdfs/2020_Chevrolet_LimitedWarranty_OwnerAssistance.pdf

Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability/the-most-and-least-reliable-cars-by-class/

Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars/

CarComplaints.com: https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Silverado_1500/

CarComplaints.com: https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Silverado_2500/

RepairPal: https://repairpal.com/leaking-water-pump-may-cause-coolant-loss-and-overheating-080#

RepairPal: https://repairpal.com/replace-fuel-filter-every-30000-to-prevent-fuel-pump-failure-187

CarComplaints.com: https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Malibu/2010/transmission/transmission_stopped_working.shtml

YourMechanic: https://www.yourmechanic.com/estimates/chevrolet/cruze/shock-absorber-replacement

Chevrolet: https://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam/chevrolet/na/us/english/index/owners/warranty/02-pdfs/GMQD18CL510_Chevy_Protection%20Plan%20Brochure.pdf

Thoroughly Reviewed: https://thoroughlyreviewed.com/car-warranty/carchex-reviews/

Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org/greater-maryland/business-reviews/extended-warranty-contract-service-companies/carchex-in-hunt-valley-md-23015869

Chevrolet: https://www.chevrolet.com/owners/warranty

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