Does My Used Car Have Factory Warranty Coverage Remaining?


Your used Malibu came with a five year 100,000
mile powertrain warranty that covers the engine, transmission, and drive axle assembly, or
approximately 400 components. You also have what remains of the basic three
year or 36,000 mile limited factory warranty. It’s limited by term or mileage, whichever
occurs first. This coverage is much more comprehensive. In fact, it covers over 5000 components. What’s not covered is TIME. By that we mean,
Tires. Tires are not covered by Chevrolet. They’re covered by the manufacturer of the
tire against defects in parts and workmanship, but they’re not covered against road hazard. If
you hit a pothole or run over a piece of metal in the road and ruin a tire and damage the
wheel, that would not be covered by the tire manufacturer or by Chevrolet. It would great
if it was, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not. ‘I’ stands for inconvenience. By that I mean,
if you’re out of town and you have to stay in a hotel overnight while your car is being
repaired, they don’t pay for the hotel. ‘M’ stands for maintenance. Normal maintenance
is your responsibility. Oil changes, tire rotations, windshield wipers, that kind of
thing. And finally, ‘E’ stands for environmental damage. Acid rain, bird droppings, tree sap,
UV damage are specifically excluded by your manufacturer’s warranty. Also if you get a
door ding at the mall tomorrow, or a windshield chip on the way home, those are not covered
by your factory warranty. Now your Malibu is two years old, and has
28,000 miles on it, so this much of the factory warranty has expired. So, basically this is
the coverage you have left. This area right here.