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Warranty Myths

There is no doubt that buying an extended car warranty can feel like crossing a minefield. In order to make it a little easier, here are some common warranty myths busted so you can separate fact from fiction.

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Quentin Willson

“I have been working with Warrantywise since 2007, continually developing and improving what I believe is the UK’s Best Used Car Warranty. With this warranty, you protect yourself from the most expensive garage servicing, maintenance and repair bills, and I want to be absolutely sure that you know just what to expect from your warranty plan so that you won’t ever be disappointed.”

Quentin Willson

You can only buy a warranty from the dealer who sold you the car

Warrantywise provide the UK’s best used car warranty direct to the end user, as well as through over 1,000 dealers throughout Britain. If you’re lucky enough to be buying your vehicle from a dealership we are partnered with then they can provide you with a 3, 6, 12, 24 or 36 month plan, but if not you can buy from us direct!


All car warranties are the same, just go for the cheapest

Car warranties vary not only from company to company, but many companies have more than one level of cover too. Repairs limits, mileage restrictions and Contribution can also vary too. The only way to be completely sure that the cover level is what you want is to ask for a sample copy of the plan. Most reputable companies allow you to download the plan from their website. You can download the Warrantywise Plan Schedule at www.warrantywise.co.uk/plan


If my manufacturer’s warranty expired over a year ago, I’m not eligible for a warranty

You can take out cover with Warrantywise at anytime, as long as your Vehicle is under 12 years old and has travelled less than 120,000 miles. You could even take out cover before your manufacturer warranty expires to make sure there is a flawless transition between warranty covers.


If my car is faulty, I can take out a warranty and get it fixed under the warranty cover

No matter which warranty you decide to take out, you cannot have repairs covered for pre-existing faults on your Vehicle. If your car already has faults on it, then you will need to get it fixed before taking our warranty cover in order for your cover to be valid.


I need to have a full service history to take out warranty cover

Whilst you should be wary of any Vehicle that does not have a full service history, if your car doesn’t, you can still benefit from warranty cover. All you need to do is to make sure the car has had a full and major service within the last 12 months and 10,000 miles (or within the period as recommended by the manufacturer if earlier) and you will still be eligible for Warranty cover with Warrantywise.


Once I’ve bought an extended car warranty, it means I’ll never have to worry about my car again

Whilst having an extended car warranty on your Vehicle will give you complete peace of mind against unforeseen repair bills, you still need to keep the car serviced to the manufacturers recommendations to keep the warranty valid. If you don’t you could risk a lot of problems that may not be covered by your warranty.


I would be better off putting £30 per month to one side to cover any car repairs I might have

Modern cars are getting more and more complex every day and inevitably are getting more expensive to fix. Even run of the mill cars, which have traditionally been cheaper to fix, are now proving expensive. It is not unusual to have a repair for a Ford Gearbox to run into the thousands of pounds. On average the standard warranty repair is £831.98, which rises year on year, however should the worse happen and a major problem occur with your engine, gearbox or clutch, the Repair Cost could be much higher.