What Kind of Warranty is Best for New Drivers?
There are certain milestones in life that are impossible to forget, and one of the most memorable is passing your driver’s license test. The eagerness and excitement you feel as you get ready to hit the open road in a vehicle without having an instructor or guardian in the car next to you for the first time.
The feeling is made even more exhilarating true during the first summer after you get your license, as the warm air and sunshine are ideal for a quick road trip or a scenic drive to show off your newfound freedom. However, there is a large amount of responsibility that comes with the excitement of driving a vehicle, such as being a safe and cautious driver, especially when pedestrians are present.
Another responsibility you’ll have to account for is the actual cost of owning a vehicle. From filling up your tank with gas to keeping it clean, the expenses can add up, and having an unexpected breakdown occurs is the last thing any car owner wants to experience. Whether you just received your license or are a seasoned driver, having an extended car warranty or a vehicle service contract can give you peace of mind when it comes to expensive repair costs.
The Importance of Warranty for New and Old Drivers
With the back-to-school season on the horizon, the road is bound to be full of new drivers who are eager to start driving themselves around. However, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged 16 to 19 years old compared to any other age group.
A cited leading cause for this troubling statistic is new driver inexperience. While a general lack of time behind the wheel is a significant cause for the inexperience, an inadequate understanding of underneath the hood is also partially to blame. A vehicle is a complex piece of machinery that relies on numerous parts working as intended to function properly.
As with any machine, use over time will eventually lead to wear and tear. If preventative maintenance isn’t done, you could be left facing an unexpected breakdown and the costly repair bills that come with it. And unless your vehicle is damaged in an accident, during a theft, or due to severe weather, chances are your auto insurance company won’t cover those repairs.
With the help of a vehicle service contract from Endurance, you can ensure that the new or seasoned drivers in your family are covered from those unexpected repair bills. You can also upgrade to any level of EnduranceAdvantage™ receive comprehensive vehicle coverage and up to $3,500 in regular maintenance costs – helping you extend the life of your vehicle. Included are essential services such as tire rotations, brake pad replacements, alignment checks, and more are all covered at no cost to you.
What Does an Extended Auto Warranty Cover?
While most vehicles come with the coverage of a factory warranty once they are purchased from a dealership, that type of initial coverage is limited. Typically, a standard factory warranty lasts 3-years/36,000 miles. So when your vehicle is close to or has already passed its factory coverage, getting an extended warranty is your best option.
However, choosing an extended auto warranty can be confusing as there are countless options available. Each offers different levels of protection, whether you are considering a bumper-to-bumper warranty to a powertrain warranty, an exclusionary warranty, or any of the countless other types of levels. While any type of service contract or extended auto warranty exists to protect your vehicle from unexpected repairs caused by defects with parts under the hood, in some cases, these repairs can be pretty expensive. Investing in a warranty can reduce the cost dramatically.
It’s important to also remember that different warranties offer different levels of coverage, with some even being specialized. For example, Endurance Secure has coverage that extends to the most vital components of your vehicle, including the water pump, transmission, and certain parts within the engine, which can help make it an ideal choice for any first-time driver or new car owner.
Endurance also offers the Supreme package that is as close to manufacturer-level coverage as possible. On the other hand, the Select Premier service contract is specifically designed for high mileage vehicles that may need uncommon repairs due to the vehicle’s age. Along with these varying levels of protection, each Endurance plan also comes with up to 1 year of FREE Endurance Elite Benefits. With your benefits, you’ll receive perks like 24/7 roadside assistance, key fob replacements, and two tire repairs or replacements per year.
Most car warranties provide you with coverage of the most critical components under the vehicle. Depending on the warranty provider and specific service contract, the number of covered components can vary. That’s why choosing the best extended auto warranty coverage for your situation is so important.
How to Choose the Best Warranty for You
Several different factors should be taken into consideration when choosing a vehicle warranty. Some factors to consider most are the driver’s age, the type of vehicle, the mileage of your vehicle, or if you will be using it for work or leisure, along with others.
For inexperienced drivers with an average vehicle, affordable service contracts, such as Endurance Secure, that cover only the most vital parts under the hood could be a good option. Those who rely heavily on the car daily, whether for work or other needs, may find more comprehensive packages such as EnduranceAdvantage to be the better choice for what they’re looking for.
If you’ve been in the process of wondering whether or not to buy a new vehicle, investing in a specialized warranty plan for high mileage vehicles that offers targeted maintenance and specialized repairs could be a great way to save money.
Ask yourself some of the following questions to help determine the level of coverage you’re looking for:
- Do I rely on my car heavily?
- Does my car have high mileage?
- How much am I looking to spend?
- What do I hope to get covered from the service contract?
Answering these questions can help you be on your way to the perfect warranty in no time. Additionally, feel free to reach out at any point during your decision process, and we can help assist in finding the perfect warranty for your situation.
How Endurance Can Help Protect Your Vehicle
No matter if you are a new or experienced driver, having the protection of a vehicle service contract or extended auto warranty in the event of unexpected breakdowns and expensive repairs bills is crucial. Along with an auto protection plan, preventative maintenance is also one of the most important ways to keep your vehicle running safely.
With an EnduranceAdvantage plan, you could have the most comprehensive component protection available. Additionally, each of our protection plans come with a year of free Endurance Elite Benefits, with extra perks such as 24/7 roadside assistance, collision discounts, and more.
Request a free, no-obligation quote today or visit our Learning Center to find more informative and insightful articles to help you hit the open road with confidence.
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After more than 16 years as a technician and service advisor, Adam Karner transitioned to the auto protection industry in 2009. As a Product Manager for Endurance Dealer Services, he brings valuable hands-on experience. Read more about Adam.