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The Pontiac brand was a well-known branch of the General Motors Corporation for years. However, after numerous shakeups in management and creative snafus, the company went defunct in 2010. Pontiac warranties all but vanished when this happened. This is why Pontiac owners should consider a Pontiac extended warranty to provide protection from breakdowns, perhaps more than any other vehicle owner.
Pontiac was envisioned as a companion brand for Chevrolet under parent company GM as the “performance” brand, but unfortunately, they went defunct in 2010. GM underwent many significant shakeups in 2009-2011, but their support for Pontiac cars is virtually nonexistent at this point.
In the eyes of many Pontiac owners, from the Solstice to the Grand Prix, their car is soon to become a collector’s classic. Only time will tell, but the fact remains that every Pontiac still driving is now completely unprotected from mechanical and electrical breakdown.
On top of that, the parts and repair service provided by GMC only grows more expensive and less available.
When you purchase extended vehicle protection from a reputable provider, like Endurance, Pontiac owners will finally have an option to help pay for repairs from significant breakdowns that can occur over time.
In the following article we will discuss the Pontiac manufacturer’s warranty and what options Pontiac owners have to extend this coverage. We will also explore the following topics, to help Pontiac drivers to make an informed decision to extend the life of their vehicle.
They may not make new Pontiac cars, but holding on to the one you still have does not have to be a burden. Save on buying a new car and paying for big-ticket repairs with an extended protection plan from Endurance. We can offer you the same piece of mind you hand when you bought your Pontiac new, and our plans have additional benefits that practically pay of the policy itself!
General Motors initially provided Pontiac vehicles their standard factory warranties with only a few minor variations. When Pontiac was still an active marquee, they followed GM’s protection plan with some variation.
The reason for these small changes was because Pontiac was the “performance” brand, meaning most of the cars in the lineup were sports cars or sports-trimmed passenger vehicles.
In 2009 when GM announced that the final model year for Pontiac was approaching, they held firm that they were contractually obligated to provide support and coverage for Pontiac vehicles. But this was only for the timeframe that the factory warranty was in place.
NEW PONTIAC FACTORY WARRANTY
|1999-2005 Pontiac Vehicles: 5-Year 50,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty|
|1999-2005 Pontiac Vehicles: 3 Year 25,000-mile Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty|
|2005-2010 Pontiac 5-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper|
|2005-2010 Pontiac 6-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with no deductible|
The last Pontiac rolled out of GM’s factory in 2010, for a 2011 model year. That means that the Pontiac powertrain warranty that was placed on the very last car ever made expired in 2017, at the very latest. While the Pontiac bumper-to-bumper warranty aimed at addressing GM Pontiac factory defects only lasted until 2015.
That means every Pontiac that is on the road today does not have comprehensive coverage or ever powertrain coverage, unless they purchased coverage from a third-party supplier or their local dealership.
The last generation of Pontiac vehicles were protected for up to 6-years and 60,000-miles, whichever came first, under the manufacturer’s warranty. These warranties are now expired, with the final ones ending as of December 2017.
If you bought your Pontiac used or pre-owned, you likely didn’t have a Pontiac warranty at all. And with Pontiac vehicles regularly lasting to 200,000-miles or more, which means that every Pontiac vehicle could potentially continue driving for more than 140,000-miles after the Pontiac warranty has expired.
If you want to be certain as to when your Pontiac powertrain warranty expired, use the following chart below. If you need a more exact date of expiration, replace the date “January 1,” with the date that you purchased your Pontiac car, crossover, or SUV.
Year Pontiac Purchased: Pontiac Warranty Expiration Date:
|January 1, 2011||January 1, 2017 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2010||January 1, 2016 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2009||January 1, 2015 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2008||January 1, 2014 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2007||January 1, 2013 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2006||January 1, 2012 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2005||January 1, 2011 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2004||January 1, 2009 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2003||January 1, 2008 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2002||January 1, 2007 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2001||January 1, 2006 or 60,000-miles|
|January 1, 2000||January 1, 2005 or 60,000-miles|
The Pontiac Grand Am wasn’t just the signature Pontiac, it was so good that when it was in danger of discontinuing early, Pontiac merely rebranded it as the G6 in 2004. The last G6 was made in 2010 and received high ratings for durability and reliability, but any sort of GM-backed support and comprehensive coverage for it has been long gone.
Vehicle breakdowns are commonly referred to as “the unexpected,” because there is no science as to when, where, or how your vehicle will break down. And for most Pontiac owners, this tends to occur after the 5-year mark and beyond.
And now that the quality assurance GM provided is no longer an obligation for them, owners are left paying out of pocket for costly repairs. Even common repairs can end up costing hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Those costs above are just an estimate, but as you can see they do add up. Because they are three of the most critical parts of your car’s powertrain that keep it moving, making any one of these repairs absolutely vital to keep your car running. Could you afford a $1,300 repair today?
Multiple parts failures tend to happen the longer you wait, and the cost to fix them only grows with time. Take the following example in the chart below. For our research, we will use the Pontiac G6, since it was Pontiac’s best seller and was not discontinued until the brand went defunct:
|Water Pump Replacement||from $711 to $1018|
|Head Gasket Replacement||from $509 to $1843|
|Oil Pump Replacement||from $834 to $1401|
|Alternator Replacement||from $351 to $498|
|Door Window Motor Replacement||from $186 to $435|
|Starter Replacement||from $235 to $555|
All GM-backed Pontiac warranties have been expired as of 2016. Don’t risk having your vehicle fail without proper protection. Every Pontiac owner deserves to safeguard their cars from the high cost of repair bills. Vehicle protection is not a luxury anymore, and it’s a money-saving option to consider when owning a vehicle.
It is true that some GM dealerships will try to sell you on some sort of protection plan that isn’t quite a factory warranty. The catch is that they aren’t coming from GM or Pontiac, they are from a third-party provider and they mark up the price to maximize profits for the dealership.
A Pontiac protection plan from a reputable third-party provider can potentially go beyond the scope of what General Motors used to offer for Pontiac vehicles. And with fully-customizable plans, they are a better fit for Pontiac drivers’ unique driving habits and coverage needs.
Endurance’s business is solely vehicle protection in the form of vehicle service contracts.
A Pontiac protection plan can not only cover the same repairs that the Pontiac manufacturer’s warranty was once paid for, but they can also cover more, depending on what your Pontiac car, SUV, or Crossover qualifies for.
Endurance proudly offers discontinued or defunct cars like Pontiac options for vehicle protection when the manufacturer’s warranty no longer provides the support they need.
If you are looking to pass-down or sell you Pontiac vehicle in the future, Endurance makes it so that every plan is fully transferable. The very protection that is no longer provided by or honored by GM is now available to the next Pontiac owner.
|Grand Am/G6||G8||Grand Prix|
Drivers who purchased new vehicles from active automakers shouldn’t be the only ones to have protection for their cars. And Pontiac vehicles often received high-marks for durability and reliability.
It would not be surprising to see many Pontiac vehicles making it 200,000-miles or more with proper maintenance and care.
While Pontiac cars were made to last, every car eventually breaks down. And the fact that the most recent Pontiac is now eight model years old, every Pontiac still driving on the road is left unprotected from the expired Pontiac warranty.
Pontiac owners will not be able to rewind the clock to get back the warranty that GM once provided. And GM isn’t exactly introducing products in the marketplace to address this. They would prefer that Pontiac drivers trade-in or sell their Pontiac vehicle, and move to another branch in the family of brands that GMC owns.
This is where an independent company like Endurance step in to offer coverage options for Pontiac drivers in the form of vehicle service contracts, commonly referred to as an extended auto warranties, This coverage can help support Pontiac owners in ways the General Motors and Pontiac warranties used to.
After 2011, Pontiac owners were left without a means to protect themselves from future breakdowns. Now with the optional extended vehicle coverage from Endurance, Pontiac owners can finally have the peace of mind they had when they purchased their new vehicle.
Since the last Pontiac to roll off the lot was in 2010, the longer you wait to protect your Pontiac, the less likely you will be able to save on repairs and vehicle protection options.
Vehicle service contracts, commonly referred to as extended auto warranties, are a means to save thousands on car repairs. Endurance has been in business for over a decade and has paid millions of dollars in claims to customers.
This a hugely beneficial service for all vehicle owners, as the price of car repairs only continues to skyrocket. And we have fewer restrictions and more options than your local dealership.
Beyond the Endurance coverage itself, members also have access to the following perks:
Pontiac struggled with sales, but they worked hard at quality control. Sadly, all great things must come to an end.
With Pontiac and GM no longer making vehicles, it means that GM Pontiac parts are also no longer in production. And as such most Pontiac owners will pay a premium price as opposed to similar make/model vehicles. Pontiac drivers need the benefits that extended vehicle protection brings.
Coverage from Endurance can cover repairs (including parts, labor, and taxes) for the following components:
One of the most iconic muscle cars ever made was the Pontiac GTO, and the Trans Am became an icon thanks to the hit series Knight Rider. However, Pontiac is so much more than those cars. Learn more by visiting any of the sites we listed below. Also be sure to take notes on any Pontiac urgent repair and recall notices. Every Pontiac driver needs to be able to save on keeping their cars up and running instead of paying directly out of pocket for all too common repairs. That’s why you should check out all the information and buy with knowing that Endurance will continue to protect your Pontiac for the road ahead.
Pontiac Customer Service Phone Number: 1-( 800)-762-2737
Pontiac Company Website: GM Owner Center
New/Used Pontiac Auto Recalls (through GM’s website): GM RECALL CENTER
General Recalls, Problems, and Defects: NHTSA.gov/Recalls
Pontiac Owner Reviews: ConsumerReports.com/Pontiac
*A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “extended auto 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 an administrator that states what’s a covered repair and what’s not. Endurance is an administrator of VSCs and does not sell warranties.*
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