What is a Lifetime Warranty Really Worth?

The term “lifetime warranty” is thrown around often, especially in the world of cars. Sometimes a lifetime warranty is offered by the car’s manufacturer, and other times by the car dealership. The term is certainly tempting to buy into, as it’s easy to assume the warranty applies to the entirety of your ownership of the vehicle. However, this may not always be the case.

What is a lifetime warranty?

Many companies and products offer a so-called “lifetime warranty.” However, there is no official definition of “lifetime.” This term can be different things to different companies, and there is no exact definition or obligation required to use the term. A company’s idea of what the “lifetime” of a product is could be very different from yours and can lead to confusion over the duration of a lifetime warranty. The duration as well as when the warranty applies is all in the hands of the company, which could result in less coverage than you were looking for.

How does a lifetime warranty apply to purchasing a car?

Many dealerships offer lifetime warranties with their new vehicles. If you’re offered a lifetime warranty on a vehicle, make sure to pay close attention to the details in the contract so you do not end up with less than your expectations for coverage. Lifetime warranties can leave many components uncovered or include different rules that may benefit the dealer more than the customer or prevent you from ever actually using the warranty you paid for.

What is the “lifetime” of a car?

The lifetime of a vehicle usually begins after the original manufacturer warranty has expired. So while you may think it begins when you receive or purchase the car, this may not be the case.

The “lifetime” of the car likely does not begin until the car is 5 years old or has about 60,000 miles on it. These technicalities are not always clear when you are buying a warranty.

Lifetime warranty with Auto Glass of America

At Auto Glass of America, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest standard of quality service and we mean it when we guarantee a lifetime warranty on all makes and models when we service your vehicle.

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