In 2018 certified pre-owned vehicle sales topped 2.7 million. This means approximately 2.1 percent more people purchased certified, pre-owned vehicles than the previous year. 

More people are buying other people’s cars.

When you purchase a used car, you purchase an unknown history. So when a car breaks down, you have one major question on your mind: how much will this cost me? 

As a close followup, you may wonder if the car still has a valid warranty. Before your ride leaves you stranded, conduct a car warranty check so you can plan for the worst. 

Types of Warranties

Typical Warranties

New cars come off the lot with a basic warranty that covers problems from bumper to bumper. A basic warranty comes with the cost of a new car and will pay for repairs for either 36 months or 30,000 miles, depending on which happens first. 

New vehicles also usually have a clause in the warranty that covers emission elements and powertrain problems for longer, usually around six years or 70,000 miles. 

Typically, the longer warranty on the powertrain comes with the purchase of a new vehicle as well. The powertrain would include the engine and transmission, and any parts that give your vehicle power. The warranty would cover any manufacturing defects in these parts of the vehicle. 

Extended Warranties

The cost of a new vehicle includes a basic warranty. Often, when you purchase a new vehicle, you will have the one-time opportunity to purchase an extended warranty.

Extended warranties come from third parties or the dealer themselves. They do not come from Chevrolet.

You can incorporate the cost of the warranty into your vehicle loan or pay for it all up-front.

Extended warranties typically cover what the bumper-to-bumper warranty that originally comes with the vehicle would cover. However, the extended warranty lasts longer. It extends the initial basic warranty.

If you purchased a certified pre-owned vehicle, you may have an extended warranty on it. 

Extended warranties vary but typically extend the basic warranty for an additional one to three years. 

Car Warranty Check

If you have no idea if your car has any kind of warranty left, you can find out with a few basic steps.

1) Locate Your Vin

Your VIN is the Vehicle Identification Number.

You can find your VIN  in a couple of places.

Start by standing outside of your vehicle on the driver’s side. Look through the windshield at the spot where the windshield meets the dash, and you should find the VIN on the corner of the dashboard.

If you cannot see the VIN there, then open the driver’s side door and look for it at the spot where the door latches when the door is closed. 

The VIN is a helpful tool for researching your warranty and just the general history of your car. Several websites will research your car history for you if you have the VIN and are willing to pay for a car report.

2) Find Your Mileage

Once you’ve located and written down your VIN, you need to find your mileage. Go to your odometer and either write down the number of miles on your car or take a picture. 

Keep both the VIN and the mileage handy for when you call your dealer. 

3) Call the Dealer

If you purchased the car new or know where the original owner purchased the car from, then call the dealer next. 

If you don’t know where the car came from, call a Chevy dealer in your neighborhood. Any certified Chevrolet dealer should able to answer your question. 

Make sure you contact a certified Chevrolet dealer and not just a car salesman that sells Chevy. Not everyone who sells a Chevrolet is a certified dealer. Look for a dealer with the word “Chevrolet” in its name or the Chevrolet symbol on their building or website. 

4) Ask for the Service Department

Once you call the dealer, ask for the service department. The individuals in this department should be able to help you figure out if you have a current warranty once you give them the VIN and mileage of your vehicle.

5) Seek a Vehicle Report

You always have the option of paying for a vehicle report. Several businesses exist to provide such a report. The report will cost you money, but it will also answer questions about the history of your vehicle and provide you with helpful information. 

Maintain Your Car 

Regardless of if you have a current warranty or not, maintaining your vehicle works to your advantage. Some companies will void the warranty if you do not have your vehicle regularly maintained, so keep it clean and take it in for regularly scheduled maintenance. 

You can do simple car care to keep your car running, in addition, to have mechanics service it regularly, like keeping it cool in hot weather or warming it up before you drive it in extremely cold weather. 

Keep a small notebook in the glove box of your car, and then write down whenever you have the vehicle maintained. Keep a detailed log of oil and filter changes, radiator flushes, air conditioner recharge, brake changes, and regular tune-ups. 

Logging maintenance takes time, but in the end, the maintenance will keep your vehicle running longer, and the log will protect you should you need a warranty to kick in. 

If something would go wrong with your vehicle while it’s still under warranty, you will have a record that you did your due diligence to maintain the vehicle and keep it in working order. 

Do Your Research

A car warranty check does not take much time, but it can save you thousands of dollars when you discover that your car still has a current warranty. If you’re not sure of your Chevrolet’s warranty status, take the steps to do the research. 

For certified Chevy service in Omaha, Nebraska, contact the Chevrolet service department at Huber Chevrolet.

Looking for a new or used vehicle? Call our sales department at: (402) 206-2117.

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