Taking care of your lease car is extremely important. You don’t need us to tell you that. Of course, you have to stick to your mileage, you have to get it serviced, and you have to keep the car in a condition in line with the BVLRA Fair Wear and Tear Guide.
But, what happens if something is wrong with the car that is down to a manufacturing fault? Is the warranty included in your lease contract?
Yes, it is.
We talk about this every day at OSV so we’re going to talk you through what your warranty includes, and where you can find it in your agreement.
Is the warranty included in my lease contract?
When you lease a car, you don’t actually own it. So it’s understandable as to why you might be questioning whether you get a warranty with your car.
The warranty tends to last for three years. However, it varies between mileage terms and manufacturers. So for example, the warranty on a Nissan lasts for three years with 60,000 miles. But, a warranty on a Mercedes lasts for three years with unlimited mileage.. And let’s not forget Kia’s warranty of seven years with 100,000 miles.
You can find all the information about your warranty in your order form. So, before you sign anything you need to make sure you know how long your warranty is for. This will be found under the ‘Key Points’ aspect of the form.
It should be noted here that the order form will be replaced when the contract goes live. So, if there’s anything you’re unsure of when it comes to checking the order form, you need to speak to your broker or dealership.
What else is covered in my lease contract?
Your terms and conditions will include lots of important information. Particularly about the upkeep of your vehicle. For example, it will include;
- Your agreed mileage
- Plus, the excess mileage charges should you exceed the set mileage.
- You can read about excess mileage here.
- Customer obligations
- For example, the maintenance
- And any other responsibilities you will on the upkeep of the vehicle for the duration of your contract.
- Vehicle guidelines
- This includes what is considered fair wear and tear and what isn’t.
So your terms and conditions cover a lot of things that are important when maintaining the upkeep of your vehicle.
What is included in the warranty?
We’ve established what is covered in your contract, and that the warranty is one of them. So now what does the warranty include?
The warranty covers anything that could be considered to be a manufacturing defect. Essentially, a fault with the car that has not been caused by an external influence. This includes things such as;
- Replacement or the repair of defective parts
- Wear and tear. This includes things such as;
- Spark plugs
- Drive belts
- Oil filter, air filter etc.
What isn’t included in the warranty?
Well, pretty much anything that has been caused by an external influence. So, this includes;
- Damage caused by;
- An accident
- Or anything else deemed improper use
- Normal wear and tear
- This includes things such as tyres and brake pads. These are replaced when you get the car serviced. You can find out about servicing your lease car here.
- Failure to maintain the vehicle as per the manufacturers guidelines
This is a pretty general list. Different manufacturers will have different guidelines for what is and isn’t covered on the warranty. So, if you’re unsure, it’s best to check.
Can I extend my warranty on a lease contract?
Most manufactures offer the chance to extend your warranty. But, can you do it if you have a lease contract?
There’s no reason why you can’t. Coincidentally, the warranty on a car lasts around the same time as a lease contract. However, if you have a longer lease, an extended warranty is something you may want to consider. Some manufacturer’s let you extend your warranty via their website. Alternatively, you can get it through a third party, or your local dealership. You can set up your extended warranty to begin as soon as the manufacturer’s warranty expires. Which is handy, because it means you are always covered.
Of course, if you want an extended warranty, you’ll have to pay for it. The cost of an extended warranty can vary. This can be anything between £299 per year to around £399 for two years.
What does an extended warranty cover?
In all honesty, an extended warranty covers very little.
The main thing is that it does not cover wear and tear. And, if you’ve had it for that long and there’s a fault, it’s likely to be down to wear and tear rather than a manufacturer’s defect.
Your warranty is covered in your lease contract, yes. You can find it stated in your terms and conditions. How long your warranty is for depends on the manufacturer. What it includes is also down the manufacturer. However, it is pretty much the same across the board. This is the same as what isn’t included. You can extend your warranty if you wish.
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