Several years ago, GM, and their major US brands like Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC, upped their Powertrain Warranty coverage to 5 years/100,000 miles. This was a big selling point for these vehicles because at the time there weren’t many other automakers offering this type of coverage. However, it was just made known that they would be reducing that number to 5 years/60,000 miles on their 2016 models. Nearly a 50% reduction is crazy and owners are reacting negatively.
Now there’s a couple things to know. First of all, you may be saying to yourself ‘who even drives an average of 20,000 miles/year?’ Well for those that live in a more rural area such as the Eastern Shore peninsula of Maryland and Delaware, driving 20k miles/year can be very common. In more urbanized places like Baltimore and DC it is obviously less common to rack up that kind of yearly mileage. Secondly, for those that aren’t sure exactly what a Powertrain Warranty covers, think of it as basically covering all the “Go Parts.” Specifically it would be the engine, transmission, and drivetrain parts, which are all the parts that get the power from the engine to the wheels then to the ground including the transfer case and axle assemblies. All of these parts are not supposed to fail or go bad generally within the first 5-6 years of a vehicles life and that is why most Powertrain Warranties fall within those amount of years as you can see in the chart below.
However, one automaker that blows everyone else out of the water with their Powertrain Warranty is Hyundai. Hyundai is somewhat famous for their 10 year/100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty on all new vehicles. You can see it written in big letters on the side of our Hyundai building at the Preston Autoplex in Hurlock, MD. As a matter of fact, pre-owned Hyundai’s come with a Powertrain Warranty equal to that of what new GM’s will have – 5 years/60,000 miles. And if you find a Certified Pre-Owned Hyundai, it will actually come with a 10 year/100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty, same as new Hyundai’s.
So, Hyundai’s warranty still protects you well after GM’s brands (and most others for that matter) stop protecting you. We love that Hyundai is a part of the Preston Automotive Group and right now we have over 230 new Hyundai’s on our lot! So, we have a great selection, and each of those come with their own 10 year/100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty. As proved in the list above, you can’t beat Hyundai’s warranty coverage.