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New Car Warranties

Buying a new car can be a relatively painless and straightforward process,because you are well protected if your car turns out to be faulty when you drive it out of the showroom. All new cars come with comprehensive warranties that cover you if your new car develops any unexpected faults or breakdowns that are not due to normal wear and tear.

There is no standard period for a new car warranty but it generally ranges from one to five years, with three years being the most common. It's always worth finding out exactly what is covered and for how long. Ask about extended warranty options if you want further peace of mind.

Used Car Warranties

You can get a warranty when you buy a used car, but only if you buy from a licensed dealer or trader. However, they can be less watertight than new car warranties, as used cars, by their nature, are not 'perfect'. This means that there is still an onus on the consumer to check out the car as thoroughly as you can before purchase. If you are offered an extended warranty on a used car think about the cost of the warranty versus the cost of repairs that the car is likely to need.

However with or without a warranty, you still have the same consumer rights in buying a used car from a dealer or trader as you do when buying any product.

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