A water pump is perhaps one of the most vital parts associated with the life of your engine.

What is a Water Pump?

A water pump is so important because it helps keep coolant running through key vehicle components including the engine block, radiator, cylinder head and more, preventing your engine from overheating as it runs. Your water pump works by using the energy triggered by the vehicle’s engine power to propel coolant throughout the parts that make up the cooling system.

In most modern vehicles, your water pump will be operated by the engine’s timing belt, which is important because if your car’s serpentine belt – another vital car part – snaps, your vehicle won’t overheat.

But there are still plenty of issues that can cause your vehicle to heat up, and most are associated with your car’s water pump.

Symptoms of Water Pump Problems

When your water pump goes on the fritz, your vehicle’s temperature will run high, leaving you at risk of serious car trouble – or a blown engine.

There are many different signs that you may be experiencing problems with your water pump.

Some include:

  • Coolant leaks. You may not notice them at first, but small puddles of sweet-smelling liquid beneath your car are the first signs of a water pump issue and should be taken care of quickly, not only for the health of your car’s engine but also for the health of pets that could be attracted to the sweetness of antifreeze. Coolant leaks are also serious because they could cause timing belts to slip, which is a headache when it comes to your engine.
  • A frequent need to replace antifreeze. If your coolant is low regularly, there is most likely the beginning of a water pump issue, especially if you haven’t noticed any puddles beneath your car. As the pump begins to fail, coolant will trickle slowly, usually drying up before you notice it beneath the vehicle, but it will eventually develop into a full-blown leak.
  • Your engine overheats often. Many people associate an overheating engine with the radiator (and it could be), but in most cases, it all begins with the water pump. If your temperature gauge regularly reads hot, a faulty water pump is likely a problem, leading to the potential for serious issues. Steam coming from the radiator is a telltale sign that your engine is overheating, and you should pull over and get a tow to a mechanic before anything more serious occurs.
  • Tapping noises. This will be the first audio clue that you might be having water pump issues. The noises will become progressively worse.
  • Grinding noises from the engine. While the tapping noise might initially be quiet enough that you don’t hear it, eventually, the tapping will become a grinding noise – caused by bearings inside the pump going bad – which will be impossible to miss.

What if I Ignore Water Pump Issues?

While you might not initially notice a water pump problem, by the time you do, it’s best to take care of it as quickly as possible.

A water pump itself usually costs from $50 to $200 depending on the make and model of your vehicle, so it would make sense to replace a water pump that is giving you problems with or without warranty coverage.

Ignoring water pump issues could cause extensive engine damage, leaving you begging for rides to work, or looking at a very pricy $5,000-plus price tag to replace an engine.

Are Water Pumps Covered Under Warranty?

However, because of the importance of water pumps to the health of your car’s engine, the parts are covered under your car’s initial powertrain warranty, which is an extension of a bumper-to-bumper warranty that usually covers most of the pricier car parts that tend to fail prior to reaching a certain number of miles.

Water pumps, however, usually last longer than that powertrain warranty, suggesting that an extended warranty could help save a good amount of money after the initial warranties expire.

Do I Really Need an Extended Warranty?

Essentially, extended warranties cover items that break down due to normal use – such as water pumps – so you don’t have to worry about having to foot the bill yourself.

An extended warranty – if you purchase an appropriate plan that covers parts that are more likely to fail on your particular vehicle – can cover what might initially be considered a small out-of-pocket expense, but over time can add up to a considerable amount of money.

And while a water pump on its own may not be a huge expense – $200 plus labor is a high estimate to cover the costs – you may not initially notice the signs of that faulty water pump, triggering a host of other expensive issues and causing the need to replace the pump, perhaps the radiator, and more.

Not only do most extended warranties cover water pumps and other associated parts as part of all of their warranty packages, most include it in the plans at the lowest price point.

More to an Extended Warranty Than Parts Alone

An effective vehicle protection plan often provides plenty of perks, too, such as 24/7 roadside assistance as well as rental car and towing assistance. Many allow you to use your own dealership or your own mechanic, and some are linked to sites across the country, so if you break down on the road while on vacation, that unexpected expense won’t spoil the entire trip.

An extended warranty saves money over time as well, because the cost of both parts and labor are certainly not expected to go down as years pass, which has been made especially clear during the years of dealing with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of prices on some of our most necessary items.

An extended warranty that is in place for miles to come can help erase concerns about an unexpected breakdown, keeping your car on the road for as many years of roaming around as possible.

Imagine driving down the road at a normal rate of speed and hitting a bump that was hidden from view by pavement or the angle of the sun, and then bumping your head on the roof of your ca. If you’re really lucky, you spill hot coffee on yourself at the same time.

That’s a very likely picture of every single commute to work or trip to the store without a car’s suspension system, vital to ensuring that your car not only rides down the road but also does so without being a danger to yourself and others.

What Is Your Car’s Suspension?

The car suspension system, according to one history, was invented in 1904 when William Brush was driving his brother’s Crestmobile (a touring car made from 1901 to 1904 by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Crest Manufacturing Company), which took a curve at 30 miles an hour and hit a rut that was hidden from his view. Brush wrecked his brother’s car, of course, but it led to an important invention by that brother, Alanson. Two years later, Alanson, in an effort to keep cars more stable on the road, especially curves, had come up with an innovative suspension system. It featured coil springs mounted on flexible hickory wood axles, which acted as shock absorbers when hitting potholes or bumps.

 Today’s vehicle suspension – while born from Alanson’s brother’s driving – is a much more complicated system made up of tires, springs, shock absorbers, and connectors to the vehicle’s wheels. They work to not only provide a smooth ride with good road handling but also to allow movement between the wheels and the rest of the car.

It includes, in addition to tires:

  • Springs to absorb energy.
  • Shock absorbers or struts, which combine springs and shock absorbers, depending on the vehicle make and model, to stop the energy generated by driving over the bump from continuing, like lowering the height of a bouncing ball.
  • Anti-sway/roll bars. These metal bars connect each side of the suspension together via the axles, and basically work together to take pressure off one wheel when necessary to help limit the amount of sway that occurs.
  • Control arms. These connect the front tires in two places (back tires too if you also have a rear suspension system), and are the key to the suspension system. They differ somewhat in vehicles that have struts.
  • Spindles. Spindles connect the control arms at each tire – again, all four if your vehicle has a rear suspension – with ball joints that allow the spindles and control arms to move.
  • Ball joints. Ball joints join the spindle to the control arms and not only allow smooth motion going forward but also prevent the vehicle from swaying.

Without a suspension system, riding in a car would be a game of ducking our heads during bumps. There would be few road trips, so suspension systems were an absolutely magnificent invention, beginning more than 115 years ago when a brother wasn’t careful with his brother’s car, which would have likely been priceless today. (Or maybe not. In 2017, a 1901 Crestline – the first year the car was made, sold for just under $40,000).

Signs You Have a Suspension Problem

There are, as with any vehicle problem, things to look out for to determine if there are any issues going on with your suspension that demand your attention.

Here are some that could be cause for concern:

  • There’s a bit of a tip forward when your car comes to a stop. This could be a sign of worn shocks, and could cause you to have trouble coming to a stop in an emergency, which could be deadly depending on your rate of speed.
  • Your vehicle pulls to one side while you’re driving. This might not be a suspension problem – it could be your tires requiring replacing or it’s time for an alignment – but it could mean your suspension is becoming worn out and needs attention. Seeing a mechanic is the best way to find out which of these is your real issue.
  • Your car sags on one side. If all of your tires are inflated to the proper weight, the sag could be letting you know exactly where your suspension issues are occurring.
  • Your car is difficult to control around corners. If your vehicle feels as if it is pulling around corners, your suspension system is not doing its job, which could lead to a rollover accident.
  • If there is more than one bounce when you hit a pothole, you might have a suspension issue. The suspension system is there to keep you from bouncing too much when you hit a bump in the road, so if you do, your suspension system is not stabilizing the car as it should.
  • Your ride is rough. If a once-smooth ride is now a little bumpy, getting your suspension checked out is a smart thing to do.

Is My Suspension Under Warranty?

Of course, the big concern keeping many from making an appointment with the mechanic is the cost of repairs.

If you’re concerned over whether or not your car’s suspension is covered by your vehicle’s factory warranty, the answer is both yes – if it was a factory or manufacturer’s defect it is covered – and no. Suspension problems are considered a wear-and-tear issue, and for wear and tear, we turn to an extended warranty.

Depending on the warranty itself, an extended warranty will likely cover suspension issues for a period of time that’s quite a bit longer than your initial warranty provided, oftentimes the life of the car under current ownership.

Finding the best vehicle protection plan will help ensure that your ride is as smooth as possible by protecting your vehicle’s suspension system. An extended warranty also helps keep your financial situation equally smooth by protecting your bank account from unwelcome vehicle expenses.

Brake pads are vital to one of the most important things your car needs to do…which is stop.

The first part of the brake system to show signs of wear and tear – a term that means no traditional factory warranty will cover them – you will know when your brake pads begin to fail.

What Are Brake Pads?

Brake pads are part of disc brakes, and are composed of steel plates with a friction-triggering material surrounding the brake rotors.

The plates and the material stop the car through that friction, or the conversion of kinetic energy to thermal energy, or heat.

Disc brakes generally tend to have two brake pads per rotor, so that’s eight brake pads that could require replacing if you don’t tend to brake problems as soon as you realize you might have something negative happening.

Any issues should also show up in any routine vehicle tune-up if you have a thorough, dependable mechanic.

Symptoms of Brake Pad Problems

Unwelcome symptoms of brake pad failure – or the beginnings of brake pads problems that can lead to failure – include:

  • Taking a longer distance to brake and come to a stop.
  • Hearing a grinding or screeching noise when you press your brake pedal. That’s the metal part the pad is meant to protect impacting your rotors.
  • Your brake wear indicator light comes on.
  • Your brake pedal feels spongy when you touch the brake pedal. An unstable brake pedal could spell serious problems for your vehicle and brake system, depending on the problem, which might not be related to brake pads.
  • One side pulls hard in that direction when braking.
  • There is a burning aroma when you apply the brakes of your car.
  • For those automobile aficionados who recognize them because they pay studious attention to their precious rides if there are scratches on the brake rotor surface you probably need new brake pads.

‘They’re Only Brake Pads. They Can Wait’

Brakes are important, so it comes as a surprise that traditional warranties don’t cover any portion of the brake, including the pads.

According to experts, brake pads can last about seven years, which is perhaps one reason why an auto manufacturer warranty doesn’t cover them. The warranty would most likely run out well before the pads, meaning you would pay for them anyway. But if you think about ignoring that noise that sounds so much like your brakes that you know it’s your brakes, there are myriad reasons why you shouldn’t.

Here’s the thing about brake pads. Replacing them can cost you as little as $115 or as much as $300 – the more high-end your car, the pricier the job will be – without an automotive protection plan.

But if the pads go bad (usually rear brakes begin to deteriorate first), and you ignore it, you run the risk of having your rotors warp or break, which could cause your entire brake system to overheat, leading your brakes to fail. That’s not something you want to have to occur while road-tripping along the narrow roads that curl through the Black Hills of South Dakota, or while coming close to a mailbox, a house, or anything other than a freshly-fallen snowbank, really.

What you want is a vehicle protection plan or extended warranty, so you don’t have to choose between being safe behind the wheel by purchasing new brakes or making a house payment.

Vehicle Protection Plans Save $$$

If you don’t have an extended warranty, you are left to pay the price for car parts and labor, the cost of which never seems to land on a payday when there is extra money available to more easily cover the expense. New brakes, which could include not only brake pads but also rotors and calipers, range from $300 to $1,000 (luxury models will be more), depending on the car make and model.

Car parts are never cheap, and although you can purchase more affordable parts online, there are so many outlets offering substandard products that taking your car to the dealership or a brake specialist is the smartest option in order to ensure the best results. An extended warranty will help defray the costs associated with the brake work. Otherwise, work you trust will be expensive.

And if you’re debating the benefits of an extended warranty shortly after you purchase a vehicle and hedging in any way, it’s smart to take time to think about future automotive needs. That includes having the type of warranty that will cover those needs, which will not only help you stay on the road longer, but also more safely.

Reasons to Consider an Extended Warranty

An extended warranty – if you purchase the right plan such as a high-end bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers wear, one of the costliest of automotive issues – can better ensure coverage for parts such as brake pads and other items, so they do not end up being be an out-of-pocket expense for you, especially if your entire brake system is close to complete failure, which as we’ve said, ramps up the costs considerably more than brake pads alone.

Extended warranties cover items that break down due to normal use – such as car parts that require replacement due to the wear-and-tear that are almost always excluded from traditional factory warranties – making them an important part of your money-saving arsenal.

While many a car owner has likely told you to avoid an extended warranty – with that air of expertise that suggests he or she knows much less than he or she thinks – having an effective vehicle protection plan, such as one that has connections to locations across the country so you can use them in an emergency, can save you many headaches on the road.

That might mean that while you’re enjoying the gorgeous sites the United States has to offer, the “expert” who advised you to skip the extended warranty all those years back can’t go on vacation, because his vehicle is giving him trouble and his factory warranty has expired.

Your car’s battery is one of the most important parts of your vehicle because if your battery dies, your car isn’t going anywhere. (Hopefully, the death of your battery happens in your own driveway, not at the store across town or while driving down the Interstate.)

Because your car’s battery is something you expect to rely on during the first months of your vehicle’s operation, you also expect it to be under warranty.

That’s usually not true for gas-powered vehicles – the use of the battery falls under the category of wear and tear, which is damage that naturally occurs over the life of your vehicle – but electric cars do offer initially good coverage for battery life. That coverage, however, does not, however, last forever.

How Important Is Your Battery?

Your gas-powered car’s battery works closely with your car’s electrical system, and one will not operate without the other. The battery is essentially the heart of your car. A gas-powered battery is rechargeable, as is an electric car battery, and both carry the electric current necessary to start the car, whether through the fuel of a combustion engine or through the electric battery alone, which connects to the engine that provides your vehicle with power.

The battery, working with other parts of the vehicle, provides power for the motor to operate your vehicle’s electrical systems, from the radio to the air conditioner.

An electric battery controls your car through electricity and rotating magnets, which power the rotating motor, not an engine. Both types of cars and types of batteries operate quite differently.

A gas-powered battery controls:

  • The starter, powers the engine.
  • All of your vehicle’s electrical components, such as interior lighting.
  • Your vehicle’s injector system.
  • Spark plugs.
  • Sensors.

An electric battery controls the following:

  • Cell voltage.
  • Cell voltage monitoring.

Both are obviously vital to the continued operation of your electric car, especially so on a road trip.

Clues That Your Battery Needs Replacing

Traditional car batteries give off plenty of clues that yours needs replacing, including:

  • Your headlights start dimming.
  • Your car is more than three years old.
  • Your car has been sitting idle for a length of time.
  • You notice corrosion on your battery’s terminals.
  • When battery-operated functions begin to fail.

Traditional batteries need replacing more often than electric car batteries, which can often last beyond 10 years, although one shouldn’t count on it, they should last at least five with no issues, experts say.

Electric car batteries also give off clues that they need to be replaced, including:

  • If your lithium battery is older than 12 to 15 years (according to the United States Department of Energy, which predicts electric batteries should last that long, consider replacing it. Most auto experts, however, recommend replacing your electric battery every eight to 10 years due to battery degradation.
  • If your battery has more than 100,000 miles on it – depending on make and model.
  • If your battery has the inability to hold a significant charge.
  • If you live in a climate that is not regularly between 50 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit – the ideal temps for lithium batteries – you may have to change your battery more often.

Why Should You Consider an Extended Warranty?

While traditional car batteries are rarely covered specifically under a traditional car manufacturer’s warranty, an extended warranty – especially a bumper-to-bumper warranty – from a good extended warranty company, which often covers things differently, will help protect you on the road.

Battery life is not quite as short as that of a butterfly, but it doesn’t last forever. Even the best factory batteries can die within three to five years, and it usually happens when you’re parked in a hotel or restaurant parking lot, ready to go home.

Here is when Advanced Repair Network’s roadside assistance service can be the key to getting you back on the road, and home from vacation or that great new eatery.

A dead battery doesn’t have to mean death to a great evening with 24/7 – and 365 days a year – coverage from

And What About Electric Car Batteries?

Electric car batteries are pricy, usually about $5,000, and here is where an extended warranty – not a smaller, bumper-to-bumper warranty – could be important to cover.

Most car companies offer longer warranties for electric car batteries under their own extended warranty coverage, such as:

  • Nisan Leaf – 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV – 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E – 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Ford F-150 Lightning – 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Tesla Model 3 – 8 years/150,000 miles
  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range and Performance and Tesla Model Ys – 8 years/120,000 miles
  • Tesla Model S and Model X– 8 years/150,000 miles
  • Jaguar I-Pace – 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Volvo C40 Recharge – 8 years, 100,000 miles
  • Toyota 4VXZ – 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Hyundai Kona Electric – 10 years/100,000 miles
  • Kia EV6 – 10 years/100,000,000 miles
  • Kia Niro EV – 10 years/100,000 miles

Still, those years go by quickly, and that’s why Advanced Repair Network can be such an important part of your money-saving arsenal.

In the early days of electric vehicles, some electric vehicle manufacturers – including Tesla, for example – did not include battery degradation in their vehicle warranties, making it all the more important for consumers to purchase vehicle protection plans that worked for them.

Today is no exception. A car is a large investment, and protecting yourself with the right protection plan, especially one that includes a longer electric car battery protection policy – means you could save thousands in auto repairs during the life of your automobile.

A program such as Advanced Repair Network, which helps pick up insurance coverage where auto manufacturers leave off, helps ensure that you’ll be back on the road in no time, in most cases, no matter what’s going on under the hood.

When you buy a new car, you will probably have been told you have a Powertrain warranty for a certain number of years or a specified number of miles. Most of you will only be concerned with the details of how long your Powertrain warranty lasts for. An engine warranty is one of two available with a new vehicle. A bumper-to-bumper warranty covers more items on your new car but is limited in time. 

What is a Powertrain?

Your Powertrain is the part of your vehicle that provides forward momentum. Most manufacturers describe the Powertrain as:

  • engine
  • transmission
  • cylinder block
  • driveshaft
  • turbo and superchargers

Your Powertrain includes many of the moving parts of your engine and transmission. A Powertrain warranty usually includes these parts of your engine:

  • Crankshaft
  • Pistons
  • Timing belts
  • Gears
  • Gaskets
  • Exhaust
  • Oil pump

When you look at the details of your warranty, you will find most manufacturers provide similar coverage. Among the moving parts covered under the engine warranty are the differentials. The differentials are parts of your vehicle that help you turn easily. The axles of your vehicle are usually covered by the Powertrain. Most vehicles have two axles, which are rods passing through the center of your wheels.

Powertrain Vs Bumper-to-Bumper

When you purchase a new vehicle you can feel bombarded with warranties and options to consider. Bumper-to-bumper warranties will provide you with a substantial amount of coverage for your vehicle. Your engine warranty should be looked upon as coverage to keep your vehicle moving forward. The bumper-to-bumper warranty for your vehicle would be classed as covering you for any problems that ideally would be identified before your vehicle leaves the manufacturer’s factory.

What is not Covered by Your Warranty?

When you discuss your warranty options at your local dealership you may feel a warranty is your best option. Your Powertrain warranty should be addressed before you sign on for any extended period. A Powertrain warranty will include many of the moving parts of your engine and transmission. You need to be aware of what is not covered by your engine warranty. Among the parts of your vehicle not covered by your Powertrain are:

  • Engine sensors
  • Cooling hoses
  • Radiator
  • Electrical connectors
  • Wheel bearings
  • Hub bearings

Certain situations can nullify a Powertrain warranty. Each warranty is different but it is safe to think you will not be covered if:

  • You are involved in a collision
  • Fail to complete proper maintenance
  • Use contaminated fuel
  • Corrosion occurs due to rust
  • Air conditioning and heating issues occur
  • You make alterations warned about in the manufacturer’s warranty

Not all Powertrain Warranties are Created Equal

Different manufacturers offer different options for investing in an engine warranty. Some vehicle manufacturers offer a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Those offering the longest warranties include Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, and Mitsubishi. Tesla’s warranty usually lasts for eight years but the number of miles covered differs for each model. In the past, the majority of vehicle manufacturers offered five-year, 60,000-mile warranties. The changing face of the auto industry is being reflected in the expansion of Powertrain warranties for longer periods. Among the auto manufacturers extending their warranties to six years or 70,000 miles are:

  • Acura
  • Cadillac
  • Lexus
  • Infiniti
  • Lincoln

There are plenty of auto manufacturers offering the traditional five-year, 60,000-mile warranties, including Dodge, Ford, and Honda. Subaru and Chevrolet also offer five-year Powertrain warranties.

Avoid the Expense of Powertrain Parts and Labor

One of the main reasons drivers purchase an extended Powertrain warranty is the high cost of parts associated with your Powertrain. Your Powertrain includes some of the most expensive parts in your vehicle. Among those that can push the cost of repairs up are your transfer case. A transfer case replacement in a four-wheel-drive vehicle can cost between $2,400 and $3,000. The high price of many parts associated with your Powertrain can be seen in some of the lower-priced options, including a transmission mount costing up to $267. 

The rising cost of parts and the precious metals used to manufacture them is driving up the cost of repairs. An engine warranty for an extended period will help you to avoid the rising costs of repairing your vehicle. A warranty will cover the cost of some of the most expensive parts you will need to buy to keep your vehicle on the road. As your car ages it will become susceptible to maintenance problems and general wear and tear. Purchasing an extended warranty will continue to cover you against this form of damage for the long-term.

Why Should You Consider an Extended Warranty?

No matter what kind of vehicle you own, the chances are your repair bills will be rising each year. You will want to have peace of mind that you will be able to keep your vehicle on the road when you are affected by maintenance problems. A repair to the engine or transmission of any vehicle is expensive and time-consuming. Knowing that your repair bill will be lowered by an extended engine warranty gives you confidence to drive your vehicle as much as possible. 

There are some benefits to p[urchasing an extended warranty that you may not see at first glance. Some warranties provide you with roadside assistance, towing, and rental car reimbursement. Extended warranties can be more flexible than those provided by a manufacturer. A manufacturer’s warranty will usually require you to return your vehicle to the dealership to complete repairs. Most extended warranties are more flexible in their approach to repairs and allow you the opportunity to choose who completes your repairs.

Keeping your car running smoothly is essential. The transmission is one of the most critical components of a car because it helps your engine perform its primary function: moving the car forward. Each transmission is a little different but generally serves the same function. A transmission takes torque from the engine and transfers it to the drive wheels.

It does this by using gears that are in constant motion. Transmission is often referred to as either manual or automatic, depending on how it works. A manual transmission requires the driver to shift gears using a lever or pedal. An automatic transmission does this automatically, based on certain conditions being met.

Depending on your vehicle and age, a transmission may come with various warranties. These can include a powertrain warranty, transmission warranty, or both. These warranties are in place to protect you as the car’s owner if there is an issue with the transmission. 

Whether you’re buying a new car, used car, or certified pre-owned car, you should understand how these warranties work and if they apply to your vehicle. Therefore, it is important to know what that warranty covers and how to activate it. This article will explain everything you need to know about transmissions and their warranties.

What Is a Powertrain Warranty?

A powertrain warranty is a type of warranty that covers the engine, transmission, and other major components of your car. This type of warranty is often included with new vehicles and is also available for some used cars. It’s important to understand what this warranty covers and how to activate it.

A powertrain warranty protects you if something goes wrong with the engine or transmission when the warranty covers it. This means that if the engine breaks down or the transmission fails, you’ll be protected under the terms of your powertrain warranty.

This type of warranty is also known as a “drivetrain” warranty. It protects you if there are any issues with the transmission, drive shafts, engine mounts, or other major components. Since it covers so many parts of your car, this is the most important type of warranty that you should have on your vehicle.

What does a transmission warranty cover?

The transmission warranty is a general warranty that covers many different parts of your vehicle. This warranty protects you from having to pay for repairs if something goes wrong with the transmission. However, it doesn’t cover all of the transmission components. It only covers certain parts of it.

How to Get a Transmission Warranty

Our agents will ensure the correct coverage is prepared for you. Coverage is sculpted to fit your driving habits and your budget.

There are multiple options, but the only option that counts is, what’s best for you. Through fact-finding and relationship building in a timely manner, agents are able to adequately recommend a policy that will protect your investment long-term, and provide a peace of mind, money can’t buy. 

All coverage is Nationwide, offers additional benefits and is flexible to meet your driving coverage needs. One obvious goal is to protect your vehicle. Another is to establish the joy you had when the vehicle was new to you. Eliminate the worry and financial strain that accompanies a breakdown, and learn to love your car again.  

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If you’re considering purchasing an extended car warranty, you may wonder if it’s worth the money. After all, automobile repairs might be pricey, and having a long warranty gives you peace of mind that you won’t have to pay for any covered repairs out of pocket. Below are some of the things you should know.

Is a car alternator Extended Warranty Worth It?

As your car ages, it becomes increasingly important to protect its components with an extended warranty. This is especially true for the alternator, responsible for charging the battery and powering the electrical system. Without a working alternator, your car won’t be able to run properly.

An extended warranty is an insurance policy on your vehicle and acts as a safeguard against expensive, unforeseen repairs. If something goes wrong with a covered part, the warranty will pay to have it repaired or replaced. This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. Most extended warranties cover components like the engine, transmission, and drivetrain. Some also cover the electrical system, air conditioning, and navigation system.

In general, the more comprehensive the coverage, the higher the warranty price. Before you purchase an extended warranty, read the fine print and understand precisely what is and is not covered. Otherwise, you could pay for repairs not covered by the policy.

Before you purchase an extended warranty, read the fine print. Some extended warranties cover specific types of alternator problems. Others have deductibles you will have to pay before the warranty starts. Make sure you understand the extended warranty terms before buying it.

Does my warranty cover the car’s alternator?

Yes, most car warranties will cover the cost of repairs to your alternator. However, there may be some exceptions. For example, if your car is over a few years old, the warranty may not cover the cost of a new alternator. In addition, some warranties only cover repairs if the alternator is damaged due to a manufacturing defect.

If you’re unsure whether your warranty covers alternator repairs, contact your car dealer or the manufacturer. They should be able to tell you whether the extended warranty will cover the cost of repairs to your alternator.

How Much Do People Spend on Car Alternators?

People spend between $200 and $400 on car alternator repairs. However, the cost of repairs varies depending on the problem type and the car’s make and model. For example, a simple alternator repair may only cost a few hundred dollars, while a more complex repair could cost several thousand dollars.

If you’re considering purchasing an extended warranty, compare the cost of the warranty with the cost of repairs. It may be cheaper to cater for the repairs than to purchase an extended warranty.

Common problems associated with a car alternator

Alternators can fail for several reasons. Some of the most common problems include:

A loose or damaged belt: The alternator is powered by a belt that turns when the engine is running. If the belt is loose or damaged, it can cause the alternator to stop working.

A faulty diode: Alternators have diodes that convert the alternator’s output from AC to DC. If one of these diodes is faulty, it can cause the alternator to stop working.

A bad bearing: The alternator has bearings that help it spin smoothly. If one of these bearings is damaged, it can cause the alternator to stop working.

What is the cost of fixing an alternator?

The cost of alternator repairs varies based on the problem. For example, a simple repair such as replacing a damaged belt may only cost a few hundred dollars. However, a more complex repair, such as replacing a faulty diode, could cost several thousand dollars.

Why Buy a car alternator Extended Warranty?

An extended warranty can give you peace of mind by protecting your car against unexpected repairs. If your vehicle needs repairs, the extended warranty will cover the cost. This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs.

Before you purchase an extended warranty, read the fine print. Some extended warranties only address specific types of problems. Others have deductibles you will have to pay before the warranty starts. Make sure you understand the extended warranty terms before buying it.

What is typically included in an auto warranty with car alternator coverage?

Most auto warranties will cover the cost of repairs to your alternator. However, there may be some exceptions. For example, if your car is over a few years old, the warranty may not cover the cost of a new alternator. In addition, some warranties only cover repairs if the alternator is damaged due to a manufacturing defect.

Where to Buy a car alternator Extended Warranty?

Our agents will ensure the correct coverage is prepared for you. Coverage is sculpted to fit your driving habits and your budget.

There are multiple options, but the only option that counts is, what’s best for you. Through fact-finding and relationship-building in a timely manner, agents are able to adequately recommend a policy that will protect your investment long-term, and provide peace of mind, money can’t buy. 

All coverage is Nationwide, offers additional benefits, and is flexible to meet your driving coverage needs. One obvious goal is to protect your vehicle. Another is to establish the joy you had when the vehicle was new to you. Eliminate the worry and financial strain that accompanies a breakdown, and learn to love your car again.  

It’s more cost-effective to keep what you have. Let us help you keep it protected, and running when you need it most!