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Dissecting Your Ram Warranty

Upon purchase of your new Ram, the manufacturer gives you a limited warranty that protects your car for the first few years of its life. But this factory warranty really only protects against defective components and materials, and it expires before any major repairs should arise.

An extended warranty with CARCHEX can provide coverage for up to 10 more years. To learn more about your options, fill out the online form or call us at 866-261-3457.

Ram’s Factory Warranty

Ram’s manufacturer warranty can be broken down into four parts: basic limited, powertrain limited, corrosion, and federal emission warranties.

Basic Limited Warranty

Ram’s basic limited warranty, otherwise known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty, covers the cost of repair parts and labor due to defectiveness in material, workmanship, or factory preparation. This warranty gets its bumper-to-bumper name because it covers almost all of your vehicle’s parts. The only exclusions to this warranty are tires and unwired headphones.

This warranty has two lengths depending on the parts it is covering. Almost all parts are covered for three years/36,000 miles. The following parts are covered for less time at one year/12,000 miles:

  • Brakes
  • Clutch discs/modular disc assembly
  • Wheel alignment and balancing
  • Windshield and rear window
  • Wiper blades
  • Bulbs

If one of the protected parts were to need repair, and you couldn’t get your car to a dealership, Ram offers complimentary towing for up to 10 miles away to a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram dealer.

Powertrain Limited Warranty

Ram’s powertrain warranty lasts five years/60,000 miles and covers the cost of parts and labor for powertrain components, which are the parts that power your vehicle. Ram’s protected parts include:

  • Gasoline engine
  • Transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel drive
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel drive

This part of the warranty has the same towing services as the basic limited warranty, providing complimentary towing to a dealership within 10 miles of the breakdown.

Corrosion Warranty

This warranty protects the sheet metal panels on your car that develop holes or rust from corrosion. However, certain types of surface or cosmetic corrosion are not covered. For example, if corrosion were to occur from driving through ocean spray, that will not be covered because it didn’t cause structural damage to the vehicle.

For outer-body sheet metal panels, you have protection for 60 months with no mileage limit. For the rest of the sheet metal panels, you are protected for 36 months.

Federal Emission Warranty

Federal law requires Ram to offer protection to certain emission parts. These parts are listed in detail in the Ram factory warranty booklet, but depending on the part, it will be covered for either two years/24,000 miles or eight years/80,000 miles.

What Is Not Covered

Just like any factory warranty, Ram has a list of exclusions that aren’t protected under any portion of the warranty.

Major Ram warranty exclusions:

  • Any part that was not on your vehicle when it left the manufacturing plant or is not certified for use in your vehicle
  • Damage caused by environmental factors, such as floods, hailstorms, and road hazards
  • Your vehicle’s regular maintenance or damage from not getting regular maintenance
  • After your vehicle is declared a total loss
  • Damage caused by racing
  • Other damage caused by abuse or neglect of your vehicle

Why Should You Get an Extended Warranty for Your Ram?

The Ram factory warranty only protects your car for the first few years of its life when it’s in its best condition. Your vehicle is more likely to need a repair the older it gets, and by that point, your factory warranty will have expired.

This is where an extended warranty comes in. Depending on how much coverage you select, an extended warranty can provide similar coverage to your factory warranty. It protects your vehicle for a longer length of time, which helps you avoid having to pay out of pocket for repairs to your Ram.

Common Ram Repairs

To give you an idea of the types of repairs you would face as your Ram gets older, see these common issues with Ram’s most popular model, the Ram 1500 truck.

Problem Repair Repair Cost
Vehicle drifts/pulls to one side Wheel alignment $132–$167
Check engine light due to failed thermostat Thermostat replacement $134–$159
Break of exhaust manifold bolts Exhaust manifold gasket replacement $140–$172
Increased oil consumption due to manifold gasket leak Intake manifold gasket replacement $365–$509

Data from RepairPal

Ram’s Reliability

While these repairs can add up, it’s important to consider how likely it is that they will even occur. Every year, RepairPal ranks car makes and models based on reliability. Three factors go into the reliability score: the cost of repairs, the frequency of repairs, and the severity of repairs. The Ram 1500 had average costs and severity of repairs and a below average frequency of repairs. This puts the truck at a little above average for reliability at 3.5 out of 5 stars.

RepairPal’s information on the Ram 1500 truck demonstrates that Rams aren’t immune from repair problems. For this reason, it’s best to consider an extended warranty to protect your vehicle for more of its life. While Mopar®, Ram’s manufacturer, offers its own extended warranty plans, a plan through CARCHEX would allow for more flexibility and affordability.

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CARCHEX Extended Vehicle Protection Plans

CARCHEX offers a wide variety of vehicle service contract options that range from comprehensive, bumper-to-bumper coverage to powertrain coverage. There is a plan for every circumstance, as new, used, or certified pre-owned vehicles can all get coverage. The five levels of coverage are outlined below:

  • Titanium: This is our bumper-to-bumper extended warranty plan that protects all parts of your vehicle except for a short list of exclusions. This plan is available for up to 10 years.
  • Platinum: This plan is the most extensive stated-component coverage, meaning the contract lists the covered items instead of the excluded ones. This plan protects hundreds of components for up to 10 years.
  • Gold: This level still provides comprehensive coverage to all of your Ram’s major systems. It is ideal for middle-aged cars with more than 60,000 miles with protection terms of up to 10 years.
  • Silver: This provides a little more coverage than a basic powertrain plan. It is another good option for high-mileage vehicles and can protect you for up to seven years.
  • Bronze: This is our powertrain plan that covers essential components, such as the engine and transmission. It is available for up to six years.

Benefits of a CARCHEX Extended Warranty

CARCHEX offers unmatched service to any dealership or other third-party companies. Here are just a few of the benefits of choosing CARCHEX as your extended warranty provider:

  • Low deductibles: You would pay a deductible as low as $0.
  • Your choice of repair shop: Your vehicle usually has to be taken to a dealership if you purchase an extended warranty through the manufacturer. With us, you get to choose the repair shop you know and trust.
  • Easy claims process: We work directly with the repair shop so that you don’t have to handle the paperwork or pay out of pocket and wait for a reimbursement from us.
  • Affordable coverage: CARCHEX plans come in the form of small monthly payments.
  • Flexible terms: You can choose the specific components of your car you want protected instead of choosing from the dealership’s limited coverage options.
  • Additional services: Every CARCHEX plan comes with roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement, towing, and trip interruption services.
  • Endorsements: Industry leaders, such as CARFAX, RepairPal, and Edmunds, have endorsed our services. Other CARCHEX reviews also rate us highly.
  • Transferable plan: If you sell your car, you can transfer your extended warranty with us to the new owner.
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you’re unhappy with our services, you can contact us within 30 days for a refund.
  • A+ rating: The Better Business Bureau has given us an A+ rating for customer service.

Get a Quote For Your Ram Now

Owning a Ram vehicle can be expensive with both the initial purchase and the repair costs needed throughout its lifetime. We want to help you feel at ease with additional coverage for your vehicle. Call us at 866-261-3457 to speak to a CARCHEX vehicle protection specialist about your options.

Ram Warranty: Quick Facts

  • Basic Limited Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain Limited Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Corrosion Warranty: 3 years or 5 years
  • Federal Emission Warranty: 2 years/24,000 miles or 8 years/80,000 miles
  • Towing:Up to 10 miles from breakdown
  • Popular Models: 1500, 2500, 3500, C/V, Dakota, Promaster, Promaster City

Sources:

Ram: https://msmownerassets.z13.web.core.windows.net/assets/publications/en-us/Ram/2020/1500_DT/P112169_20_DT_G_GW_EN_US_t_DIGITAL.pdf

RepairPal: https://repairpal.com/problems/dodge/ram+1500/2

RepairPal: https://repairpal.com/reliability/ram/1500

Better Business Bureau: https://www.bbb.org/us/md/hunt-valley/profile/extended-warranty-contract-service-companies/carchex-0011-23015869

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