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Cars are now better made than ever. If you take good care of your car with regular maintenance and good driving habits, chances are you might make it to 200,000 miles on the odometer, should you decide to keep it that long. Coverage from a vehicle service contract, commonly referred to as an “extended auto warranty,” can also help.
Even from someone like us here at Endurance, who are in the industry that helps vehicle owners keep their cars up and running, we know that not many cars were made to last to that mileage. But, of course, there are exceptions.
The key is choosing your car wisely; luckily, plenty of great car-buying resources post vehicle safety and reliability are available. So always do your research to make sure the car you are buying is a safe and reliable model, to begin with. That, combined with properly maintaining it, makes it more likely to last.
At Endurance, we cannot stress enough the importance of following the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual beyond your standard oil changes. Regular maintenance will keep your vehicle running like new and will ensure any auto warranty coverage you have is not voided due to neglecting maintenance.
Taking care of minor problems as they arise, rather than “waiting it out” for something major to fail, will lead to stress-free vehicle ownership and avoidance of any major mechanical or electrical breakdowns. As a bonus, keeping your car clean will help decrease the wear and tear on your vehicle over time.
Today, drivers from all across the country are holding onto their vehicles longer. Recent studies suggest that the average time drivers keep their vehicles has risen to around ten years. In most cases, depending on your manufacturer, your factory warranty could expire long before your new vehicle hits the 200,000-mile mark.
Standard manufacturer warranties only last between 3 years/36,000 miles to 5 years/60,000 miles, depending on whether you have a bumper-to-bumper warranty or a powertrain warranty. Most providers even offer both at the same time. Still, this means that, on average, you’d only enjoy bumper-to-bumper coverage for about a third of the time you own the vehicle. Sure, extended warranties are available through the automaker or dealership. Still, they are often limited in eligibility and coverage, like only being available when the original warranty is still active. So what options are available for used cars whose manufacturer’s warranty has expired?
There are many third-party car warranty companies, such as Carshield, CARCHEX, Protect My Car and many more. However, providers like this actually provide vehicle service contracts – commonly referred to as extended car warranties or vehicle protection plans – as only the original warranty provider can truly “extend” your coverage. And while all of them claim to be able to give you the best extended warranty coverage, none can offer the coverage options and customizable plans, additional perks and benefits, and expansive eligibility that Endurance offers.
Endurance is an award-winning provider of vehicle protection plans for almost any kind of vehicle, new or used, that can save the average driver thousands of dollars on car repairs over the lifetime of their vehicle. We also cover vehicles many other extended auto warranty companies and automakers don’t, including high-mileage cars with up to 200,000 miles (some plans even have no mileage limits) and older vehicles up to 20 years old. You can also find coverage for even more kinds of cars, including those with a salvage or rebuilt title, Canadian Grey market vehicles and even cars used for rideshare or delivery services. The Advantage plan can even help you save up to $3,500 in yearly maintenance services and give you comprehensive breakdown protection.
Best of all, whether you have basic powertrain coverage or a more comprehensive plan, every Endurance protection plan is customizable and comes with complimentary services like around-the-clock roadside assistance, trip interruption coverage and rental car reimbursement. You’ll even have access to a full year’s worth of Elite Benefits, including extra perks and savings like tire replacements or repairs, collision discounts and more.
The right extended warranty or vehicle protection plan tremendously lowers the cost of ownership by saving drivers thousands when faced with unexpected and expensive repairs. Ensuring proper maintenance paired with an extended auto warranty is a great way to ensure maximum performance and reliability from your car. Plus, not only will actively maintaining your vehicle allow you to keep your car running as long as possible, but it will also ensure that you qualify for the best level of coverage at the lowest possible price.
The cars mentioned above are some of the top-ranked in their classes by top safety officials and auto experts. These cars are not only built with the highest manufacturing standards but are also affordable options for all different demographics, making access to them relatively easy.
Below we have listed the cars known to be generally safe bets to reach 200,000 miles and beyond.
To help keep things consistent, we’ll refer to the 2022 specs below for each make/model’s lowest trim level.
The Honda’s acclaimed Accord is very likely to be able to hit 200,000 miles. This is partly because it is tight and easy to control handling. You also have a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine which delivers a combined 33 miles per gallon (mpg), saving drivers money at the pump with its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Better still, the experts at RepairPal rank the Accord as the most reliable vehicle in its class.
The thing about the Camry is that it drives so smoothly and every new model comes equipped with nearly every convenience a driver could ask for. And it’s in it for the long haul. In recent model years, the suspension changes made riding in a Camry almost as perfect as a highly advanced bullet train. The Toyota Camry has always been praised for really responsive handling. However, it’s considered so reliable because it has an inline four-cylinder that’s surprisingly powerful (203 horsepower), all while delivering a combined 32 mpg with a whopping 39 mpg highway. It’s also reliable, coming in as the third-ranked midsize car and just 2 spots below the Accord.
Of all the vans out there, the Odyssey turned out to be the most versatile and capable family car and a fairly reliable one at that. Honda always packages it rather generously with all the features and perks, which is unusual for a minivan, let alone an Asian import. What makes it stand out of the pack beyond that is a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, along with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. This allows the vehicle to put out a combined 22 mpg and 28 mpg highway, which is a lot to consider for a minivan.
The Honda Civic has always been reliable, but the ones released in recent model years came redesigned with a sportier body than ever before. It’s also just an overall improved generation for the car. It’s more substantial, refined, and handles better. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, although new Civic buyers also have the option for a 1.5-liter turbo cylinder. Either way, there’s a reason you still see Civics from the 90s on the streets, and it’s the same reason you will still see this generation far off into the future. Keeping up with the other Hondas on this list, the Civic is also one of the most reliable cars on the road, coming in third out of 36 total compact cars by RepairPal.
With each new Prius, Toyota has made its signature hybrid vehicle longer, lower, wider, and better looking than the last without sacrificing its performance and reliability marks. And while Toyota gave the Prius an upgrade not too long ago with an independent rear suspension that gives you responsive handling and a steadier ride than ever, the 2022 model year doesn’t have many new features from years before. Still, when it comes to racking up those miles, the Prius is one of the best, reaching a combined 56 mpg on an inline four-cylinder capable of putting out 121 horsepower.
Are you noticing a pattern here? Toyota and Honda are head-to-head when it comes to delivering reliable and possibly long-lasting cars. The Sienna is another option if you’re not quite sold on the Honda Odyssey. It’s not as “fun” a drive, but the inline four-cylinder engine cranks out 245 horsepower at the base trim while delivering 36 mpg across the board (city/highway/combined).
The Honda CR-V is, without a doubt, one of the roomiest, most functional small SUVs out there. You may scoff at the meager 190 hp, but the four-cylinder and CVT also give you a combined 30 mpg. Did we mention it’s also extremely reliable? It comes in as the second most reliable compact SUV by RepairPal. You can expect to pay just $407 annually in repair costs, which is $114 less than the average vehicle.
Sometimes, they refer to the Corolla as the “vanilla” car because it is the four-wheel equivalent of a pair of khakis. However, when it comes to all-around reliability year after year, sometimes going with simple is the best bet, so that’s not completely an insult. Along with being the number one most reliable compact car by RepairPal, the Corolla can also hit 33 mpg and give you 38 mpg at highway speeds. It’s also one of the cheapest cars to own, costing you just $362 annually in repair costs.
Can Toyota be beaten when it comes to reliability? Apparently not, as we just noticed how much they seem to dominate this list. What sets the 4Runner apart is that it’s one tough cookie regarding off-roading adventures. The 4Runner’s 4.0 liter V6 has enough muscle (270 horsepower’s worth) that it is almost shocking. It’s also fairly fuel-efficient, though it does fail to crack 20 mpg combined. The knock against this car is that it has some clumsy handling. However, it is built strong to last long.
Arguably one of the most cars on the road, the F-150 manages to live up to that old ad tagline of “built Ford tough.” At its base, the F-150 comes with a V6, which can crank out 290 horsepower, 265 lb-ft of torque and max towing and payload capacities of 14,000 lbs and 1,785 lbs, making this truck ready for whatever job you have lined up. And while the mileage may only be 21 miles per gallon, that’s high for a truck of that size and power.
Far too many vehicle owners and buyers tend to assume that the vehicle will last until they plan to buy a new car. The problem with that line of thinking is that it’s not always applicable. Every car is different and goes through different things during the period of ownership. That is why every driver should at least consider their extended warranty options to safeguard them from the high cost of auto repairs. This holds especially true for vehicles that were purchased pre-owned.
Proper maintenance can only go so far, and eventually, every car will break down or require some repair. Your vehicle protection plan from Endurance Warranty is the money-saving safety net that can help your car keep driving to 200,000 miles or more.
You bought that car because it suited you and you needed it to last. And whether it’s one of the ones we listed here or not, Endurance can help keep it running for as long as possible.
Above, we have featured a long list of various vehicles that have proven to last to the 200,000-mile mark. But this is not at all a concise list. In fact, you may be driving a car today that is not on this list that has MORE than 200,000 miles.
If you find yourself one of these drivers, or one with a higher-mileage, older car, Endurance has a protection plan for you. We have specific protection plans tailor-made for vehicles and drivers just like you!
Endurance can go beyond the scope of the manufacturer warranties that came with your vehicle. When it comes to providing all new and used car drivers with coverage, Endurance cannot be beaten. All of our plans include:
Any protection plan you purchase from Endurance is also fully transferable if you choose not to keep your car to that 200,000-mile mark. Whoever the next driver is that inherits your pre-owned vehicle will have the same protection you did, so you can use your award-winning Endurance coverage to help you upsell it and get an even better price back in return.
Endurance offers a variety of coverage plans, ranging from comprehensive coverage with near bumper-to-bumper coverage with the Supreme plan to basic powertrain coverage starting at just $79 a month.
Other plans, like the Select Premier plan, can help cover high-mileage vehicles and includes coverage on power items like brakes, gaskets, and steering and other vital components of your car’s electrical, cooling, air conditioning and other systems. Everybody looks for something different in their protection plans, so whether you’re looking for exclusionary coverage for hundreds of components or a budget-friendly plan, we recognize that and work to provide an option that is suitable for everyone.
Many factors go into the cost of an extended warranty, such as the age of the vehicle, mileage, driving habits, and more. The level of coverage you’re looking for will also play a major role. For example, if you’re looking for basic powertrain coverage for your vehicle’s vital (and most expensive) components, you can find a plan with monthly payments as low as just $79 with Endurance. It’ll cost more if you’re looking for nearly complete coverage for hundreds of components and just a small list of exclusions. You may also have some deductibles to pay, so always check your policy’s fine print. Our representatives do a great job at figuring out the best plan for you and your vehicle, so call them at (800) 253-8203 and get a free quote.
The cost of an extended warranty from your automaker or dealership can be higher than that of a third-party extended warranty provider just because they often serve as a middleman; therefore, they are looking to profit somehow off your purchase. Endurance is a direct provider and develops its own plans. Therefore we find a price that is best for you while still getting you the protection you need for unexpected and costly auto repair bills.
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