In the automotive industry there seems to be a term for everything. Whether it is a technical term or one for laymen, unless you are a dedicated gearhead, keeping up with all these terms can be a bit overwhelming. With so much terminology, if you’re an outsider of the automotive it can get a little confusing. But in this day and age, even experts can get confused.
In order to make things less confusing, (or more confusing, depending on your stance) the automotive industry has created a slew of ‘slang’ or laymen’s terms to better communicate with day-to-day drivers. For more information on these terms and what they mean, check out our Terminology section of the Endurance Learning Center
One term that is thrown around a lot, is the bumper to bumper warranty. We’re pretty certain that you have heard this term before, but what exactly does a bumper-to-bumper warranty cover? You hear it all the time at the car dealership and might have been referred to it at your local mechanic or repair shop. It’s featured in almost every car commercial on the air, whether it’s Chevy, BMW, or Nissan exclaiming “all models backed by our bumper to bumper warranty,” but does a true bumper to bumper warranty exist?
Generally speaking, the term can be classified as a protection plan on the vehicle you purchased that covers everything on the car from one bumper all the way to the other, with all parts and components between these two bumpers being covered for repair.
The answer: technically no. From the term alone, you would think that a bumper to bumper would cover everything on the vehicle from one bumper to the other. Unfortunately this is just a slang term. The real name of a bumper to bumper warranty is an exclusionary coverage policy. While manufacturer and extended warranties can cover a variety of things, none of them are all-inclusive. Because these warranties are put in place to protect your vehicle if anything went wrong during the manufacturing process, some basic items are not covered.
Items excluded from a bumper to bumper warranty:
- Wiper Blades
- Oil Changes
- Air and Fuel Filters
- Brake Lining (pads)
- and other maintenance items.
The good news is that these things that are not included in your bumper to bumper warranty are relatively inexpensive. But most of you already keep up with the routine changing of these exclusions yourself.
But when your manufacturer’s warranty expires, maintenance items won’t be the only thing that you have to pay for. When your car is without vehicle protection then you are liable for all of the repair costs. And believe us, those can really add up.
Instead of being faced with sky-high repair bills, extended vehicle coverage can cover the costs for you. This coverage works the same way your manufacturer’s warranty did and even includes bonuses such as roadside assistance and rental car service for when your car is in the shop for an extended period of time.
Instead of losing all of your money on costly repairs, let someone else cover the bill. Call us today to get the vehicle protection that you need, at a price anyone can afford!
*A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “extended warranty”, but is not a warranty. A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not. Endurance is an administrator of VSCs and does not sell warranties.