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Volkswagen Extended Warranty

When you bought your Volkswagen, you did your research and went to the VW dealership armed with the necessary knowledge to secure a car. The search for a Volkswagen extended warranty should be no different. You should fully understand what your options are from the dealership as well as from third-party warranty providers.

The car warranty experts at CARCHEX can help you understand what’s covered in a VW extended warranty and find the best coverage plan for you.

What Is Covered by My Volkswagen Factory Warranty?

When you drive your new Volkswagen off the lot, you’re covered by a basic manufacturer’s warranty, which the dealership calls the Volkswagen Drive Easy Program.

Here’s what your Volkswagen new car warranty covers at a glance:

  • 1-year / 12,000-mile part limited warranty—Warranty replacement and customer-purchased parts are covered by this plan.
  • 6-year / 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty (basic coverage)—This warranty provides limited coverage of your battery, brake pads, wheel alignment, paint, wiper blades, and mechanical adjustments (parts must be supplied by Volkswagen). However, maintenance services, tire issues, and mechanical adjustments are not covered.

There are additional warranties for specific Volkswagen vehicles, including:

  • 3-year / 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty
  • 5-year / 60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty
  • 12-year / 120,000-mile anti-perforation warranty

Volkswagen Warranties 2018

Most 2018 models are covered by what Volkswagen calls The People First Warranty, or a New Vehicle Limited Warranty. This is a bumper-to-bumper transferable warranty lasting six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. This Volkswagen warranty’s coverage is similar to what’s offered for pre-2018 models.

Volkswagen Warranties 2020

While a 6-year, 72,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty is longer than most manufacturer warranties, the 2020 VW warranty will drop to four year or 50,000 miles. Instead of the extra two years of warranty coverage, the manufacturer will provide two free years of maintenance.

VW Extended Warranty Coverage

The Volkswagen dealership offers extended warranties called Vehicle Service Protection Plans. For up to 10 years or 150,000 miles, these plans cover the mechanical repairs, including parts and labor.

The options for coverage are:

  • Powertrain—Engine, transmission, drive axle, hybrid/electric
  • Gold—Powertrain coverage plus climate control, shocks, front and rear suspensions, fuel system, and electrical system
  • Platinum—Gold coverage plus steering, brakes, CV boots, navigation, audio, and high-tech

The plans also include additional benefits like roadside assistance, but there are limits for each perk. For example, you’ll only be reimbursed $100 for towing to the nearest Volkswagen-approved repair shop.

The Volkswagen extended warranty doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions and mechanical breakdowns caused by lack of maintenance, accidents, weather-related issues, or vandalism.

While VW extended warranties are transferable, there is a transfer fee of $50.

A Volkswagen extended warranty on used car (Certified Pre-Owned Service Protection) provides similar coverage.

What Does a VW Extended Warranty Cost?

If you decide to purchase extended coverage from the Volkswagen dealership, you select one of the coverage levels above and pay a deductible instead of repair costs. The options for deductibles are $0, $100 disappearing (waived if the repairs are made at the selling dealership), $100, or $250 per visit. If you are part of the CPO Service Protection program, your deductible is $50 per visit.

When shopping, keep in mind that the average cost per month for a CARCHEX Vehicle Protection Plan for a 2007–2014 Volkswagen is only $68.* The dealership’s VW extended warranty prices may be higher, and your options may be limited. With CARCHEX, you don’t have to pay a deductible per visit, either—just an affordable monthly payment.

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Is a Volkswagen Extended Warranty Worth It?

When your factory warranty ends, how will you cover the cost of repairs? Like most Volkswagen drivers, you want to ensure the reliability and longevity of your vehicle. You also want the peace of mind that you won’t have to shell out for an unexpected expensive repair.

Damaged company transparency has not done much to boost the confidence of VW drivers—and the terms of the company’s warranty plans have been difficult to decipher among consumers. Additionally, most Volkswagens are expected to experience problems with their transmissions, power windows, and headlights.

To make matters worse, VW owners are expected to pay nearly $8,000 for repairs over the first 10 years of the car’s life.

Can You Afford to Repair Your Volkswagen?

The longer you have your Volkswagen, the more likely it is that you will have to pay for an expensive repair.

  • The cost to replace the clutch on an average Volkswagen can range between $573 and $2,239.
  • Replacing the alternator can cost between $577 and $800.
  • The annual maintenance cost of a Volkswagen vehicle is $694.

Keep in mind that VW factory warranties cover the cost of repairs only if you have your car serviced at a specific licensed Volkswagen dealership and only if the part that needs repairs is the original VW part. If you’re not close to a dealership, you may not be able to ensure you get the service you need.

An extended Volkswagen warranty will help cover your vehicle and save you time and money on repairs. Don’t pay for repairs out of pocket—protect yourself with an extended warranty.

Can You Afford To Pay These Repair Costs?

How Do I Get the Best Deal on a Volkswagen Extended Warranty?

To make sure you find the best warranty plan for your vehicle, there are some key factors to consider:

  • Buy from Third-Party Warranty Providers
    • Car dealerships often markup the price of an extended warranty or will roll it into your car payment, causing you to pay interest on the price of the warranty.
    • Third-party warranty providers generally offer the most affordable warranty coverage because they work independently of vehicle manufacturers.
    • Most third-party providers don’t require that you visit a certain repair shop, so you can use your trusted local mechanic.
    • Remember that you don’t have to buy a dealership warranty on the spot.
  • Purchase an Extended Warranty Before Your Factory Warranty Expires
    • One solid method of lowering the cost of your protection plan is to buy an extended warranty before your current factory warranty expires.
  • Do Your Research
    • Performing research on different warranty provider options can help you save on your protection plan. Look for companies that offer competitive warranty pricing with affordable and flexible payment plans. Several third-party review sites have conducted reviews of the best auto warranty providers to help with your search. We’ve done our research, too, and this is what we’ve found.
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8 Tips for Buying an Extended Warranty for Your VW

With so many companies offering vehicle service contracts, the trick is to find a company that is reputable and offers the VW extended warranty coverage you want.

Here are the top eight features to look for in the terms and conditions (and fine print) of your vehicle service contract:

  1. Your plan should cover both mechanical failures as well as “wear and tear” repairs.
  2. Make sure the contract takes effect when you buy the warranty, not when you bought the car.
  3. Your extended warranty should come with a 100% money-back guarantee effective for 30 or 60 days.
  4. Look for plans with no deductible or at least deductibles charged only per eligible repair visit.
  5. A good extended warranty will cover the costs of towing, a rental car, meals, and lodging if your car breaks down far from home.
  6. Avoid plans that only cover eligible repairs done at the dealer of purchase or at the same brand dealership.
  7. Your warranty should pay the repair shop directly. Don’t agree to pay up front and wait for reimbursement.
  8. The best extended warranty companies are backed up by reputable industry leaders.

Vehicle Protection Plans from CARCHEX

When you choose extended warranty coverage from CARCHEX, you can rest assured that you’ll be protected in the event of an expensive repair.

The chart below explains our five levels of coverage—Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze—with a variety of protection plans within each. Our Extended Vehicle Protection Plans are more customizable and flexible than Volkswagen extended warranty options from the dealership. Your term can last up to 10 years and provide comprehensive, bumper-to-bumper coverage.

CARCHEX Vehicle Protection Plans

Benefits of Vehicle Coverage with CARCHEX

Here are a few things you can expect when you get coverage with CARCHEX:

  • Affordable Payment Options—We offer flexible, low monthly payment plans (and no down payment) so you can avoid those $2,500 out-of-pocket repairs that aren’t so budget friendly. In fact, the average monthly coverage cost of a CARCHEX Vehicle Protection Plan for a 2007–2014 Volkswagen is just $68.*
  • Your Choice of Repair Shop—We partner with over 30,000 repair facilities, so you won’t have to switch from your favorite neighborhood mechanic. This also gives you flexibility when deciding where to take your car for a repair, especially if you’re not close to home.
  • Claims Paid Directly to the Repair Facility—We make it easy, so you don’t have to foot the bill and wait for reimbursement.
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee—CARCHEX is proud to stand behind our products and services. If you’re not completely satisfied, you’ll get a refund.
  • Exceptional Customer Service—We have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a 99.9% satisfaction rating from the people who matter most—our customers. In fact, our brand promise is Customer Experience Above All.
  • Trusted Industry Partners—CARCHEX is endorsed by the Vehicle Protection Association, Edmunds.com, and other industry leaders.
  • No-Haggle, Low-Price, Everyday Guarantee™—Not interested in arguing over the phone for the best price? That’s not a problem with CARCHEX. Our car warranty and insurance experts can give you a low price up front.
  • Included Benefits—All our vehicle protection plans come with roadside assistance, gas delivery, trip interruption services, and more.
  • Free, Customized Quote—When you call us for a quote, we tailor it to your budget, vehicle details, preferences, and more.

Call CARCHEX Today for Your Free Warranty Quote

Getting a quote on an extended warranty for your Volkswagen is free, fast, and easy. Just call the warranty experts at CARCHEX at 866-261-3457 and we’ll help you determine which vehicle protection plan is right for you.

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Sources:

Volkswagen: https://www.vw.com/warranty/

Volkswagen: https://www.vw.com/financial-services/vehicle-protection/

YourMechanic: https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/the-most-and-least-expensive-cars-to-maintain-by-maddy-martin?PID=7105398&as=cj&mktg_channel=AFL_CJN&publisher=Skimlinks

Consumer Reports: http://www.consumerreports.org/extended-warranties/extended-car-warranties-an-expensive-gamble/

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34324772

Auto Guide: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/05/should-you-buy-an-extended-warranty-for-your-car.html

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

Repair Pal: http://repairpal.com/volkswagen

Repair Pal: https://repairpal.com/problems/volkswagen

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

*Figure accurate as of May 2017. Average monthly coverage cost is based on the average total price of the Vehicle Protection Plan over a four year coverage period. Actual monthly payments will vary per plan’s payment policy. Individual pricing is subject to change based on the combination of make, model, year, and mileage as well as coverage level and term length.

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