Information on a vehicle's extended warranty can be found by reading the service contract or the warranty section of the vehicle's owner's manual. The vehicle owner can also contact the dealership or the warranty company with questions about the extended warranty. Warranty information may also be found by obtaining a CARFAX report using the automobile's VIN number.
Extended warranties are service contracts that provide coverage for select vehicle repairs and services after the manufacturer's warranty has expired, although it is possible for extended-coverage warranties and manufacturer warranties to overlap. Extended warranties are offered by manufacturers, third parties and auto dealers.
A car owner may purchase an extended warranty with a new vehicle or at a later time. Types of services covered under an extended warranty include full, bumper to bumper, components, powertrain, roadside assistance, battery, hybrid components, rust or corrosion and emissions. Some extended warranties also cover towing and rental coverage.
Some extended warranties require a deductible at the time of repair, and others require the vehicle owner to pay for repairs and services completely and later receive reimbursement. It is important to keep up with routine maintenance services as recommended by the vehicle's owner's manual, as failing to do so may invalidate the warranty.