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Buying Peace of Mind: Used Cars With Long Warranties

Written by James Mills

Buying Peace of Mind: Used Cars With Long Warranties

A car’s warranty can make a big difference. After all, who wants to be hit with bills for repairs or replacement parts at short notice and at a time when many household budgets are stretched? If that rings true, then the following car makers will be of interest the next time you come to change your car.

When you buy a used car from a dealer, in the short term you’re protected by consumer law and have certain rights. But over the long term and next few years of motoring, many drivers value greater peace of mind.  These are the manufacturers that offer the longest warranty on a car when it was new. So if you want a good deal and as much protection as possible included in the price, here are the brands to consider when buying a three-year old car. And remember, the warranty is still included when you buy the car privately.

Remaining warranty: 4 years

Silver Used Kia parked within a field

Anyone buying a used car must always do their homework and scrutinise the warranty just as they would the deal on a car’s price or the monthly repayment figure if signing up to car finance. Kia offers the longest new car warranty lasting for seven years, or 100,000 miles. But bear in mind that some components, such as the audio system, are only protected for the first three of those years.

Remaining warranty: 2 years

Used Hyundai Car driving around a corner on a road

Hyundai is sister company to Kia, and like its Korean sibling it views having a long warranty as a unique selling point when compared with competitors including Ford, Vauxhall or Volkswagen. The car maker offers a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty from new, so a three-year old used car would still have two years of peace of mind. Certain items that suffer from wear and tear, such as the clutch and suspension bushings aren’t protected for the full five years.

Remaining warranty: 2 years

Used black Toyota car driving down countryside road

You almost don’t have to ask a driver why they bought a Toyota, as you already know the answer will be: “Because it’s reliable.” Even so, things can go wrong and if they do, a three-year old Toyota will still have two years of warranty (up to the limit of 100,000 miles) in place to take care of problems.

Remaining warranty: 2 years

Used silver Mitsubishi driving down countryside road

Think of Mitsubishi and the hulking great Shogun 4x4 or low emissions Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle probably spring to mind. They couldn’t be more different, and like all Mitsubishis they’re covered by a five-year, 62,500- mile warranty from new, giving two years of cover to a three-year old used example.

Remaining warranty: 2 years

Used Blue Subaru parked besides the Sea

The Japanese company trades on its cars’ hard-working reputation, and backs that impression up with a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty on new cars, meaning a used car buyer picking up a three-year old model should have two worry-free years of motoring ahead of them.

Remaining warranty: 2 years

Used Red Ssang driving on a countryside road

You could be forgiven for thinking, ‘SsangWho?’ But the Korean car maker has slowly but steadily earned a small but dedicated band of followers who like its affordable but practical cars. Doubtless they’re also attracted by the five-year warranty from new.

Remaining warranty: 1 year

Used Red Renault driving on countryside road

Renault says it puts the Va Va Voom into driving, and its warranty on new cars certainly outperforms those of many competitors. It includes a four-year, 100,000-mile policy with all new cars. Admittedly, that means a three-year old model has only a year to run. But for private buyers, it’s better than an equivalent Citroen, Ford, Peugeot, Vauxhall and even Volkswagen – so why not make the most of it?


Written by James Mills

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James Mills is a former editor of BBC Top Gear and Auto Express magazines. He now contributes to The Sunday Times Driving. His favourite car is the Caterham Seven.

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