What cars have the best warranty in the UK?

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When you buy a new car, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is what would happen if one of its crucial components – like the steering, engine or ignition system – stopped working.

But unfortunately, these things do happen and, in most cases, can cost a lot to repair – that is why it is important to have a car warranty.

The best warranty on new cars will not only provide cover for the vehicle’s ‘essential organs’, but will ensure that this cover extends over a number of years.

Every manufacturer offers a different approach to car warranties, some better than others, but which is best?

Find out which cars have a 5 year warranty (or more!) in these car warranty reviews.

Kia – 7-year warranty (or 100,000 miles)

Undoubtedly the standout option on this list, a Kia warranty covers all new vehicles for up to 7 years, which is more than that provided by any other manufacturer.

There is no mileage cap on the car’s first 36 months of use, with a 100,000 limit between 37 and 84 months (from the date of first registration).

There are a few exceptions to the Kia warranty, with specific components covered for less time.

These include:

  • The battery (covered for 2 years)
  • The air conditioning unit (covered for 2 years)
  • Wheel balance/steering alignment (covered for 1,000 miles or 1 month)
  • Cracks in exterior glass (covered for 1,000 miles or 3 months)
  • Audio/navigation units (covered for 60,000 miles or 36 months)
  • Paintwork (100,000 miles or 60 months)

A Kia car warranty is transferrable between owners, meaning customers are still covered by its warranty even if they buy a 6-year-old vehicle

New car warranty law

Manufacturers are not legally obliged to provide a warranty with new cars. They are, however, obliged to offer a full refund or repair a vehicle that has developed a fault within a ‘reasonable’ time frame (usually 30 days).

In fact, you are not deemed liable for any faults that occur within the first 6 months, during which time the manufacturer has one chance to repair or replace the vehicle – if this is unsuccessful, you can reject the car, ask for a replacement or request another repair.

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Hyundai – 5-year warranty (unlimited miles)

The Hyundai warranty (UK) offers comprehensive cover for 5 years with no limit on mileage, providing cover for any of the vehicle’s components deemed to form part of the original vehicle specification.

There is no mileage cap set for the most part, but some restrictions do apply.

These include:

  • Batteries (covered for 2 years)
  • Wiper blades (covered for 10,000 miles or 1 year)
  • Bulbs & fuses (covered for 10,000 miles or 1 year)
  • Clutch disk (covered for 60,000 miles or 24 months)

Customers can also benefit from Hyundai’s consumable parts warranty, which covers wear and tear items for up to 2 years. This includes spark plugs, brake pads, tyres and 12V batteries.

They also get Hyundai breakdown cover (roadside assistance) included as standard for the full period of the 5-year warranty.

Read more: A guide to car warranty insurance

Toyota – 5-year warranty (100,000 miles)

The Toyota warranty (UK) comes with a 5-year warranty on mechanical parts, with a 100,000 mile limit after the first year.

Unlike other manufacturers, Toyota offer cover for batteries in its hybrid cars for the full 5 years. The hybrid battery warranty in hybrid cars can be extended for a further 10,000 miles (or 1 year) by taking the car for a free health check at a Toyota Centre as part of a regular service – it costs £39 if it isn’t already due a service. This can be done every single year for up to 15 years.

With a Toyota warranty, customers also get 12 years’ anti-corrosion cover in the event that their vehicle is damaged by rust, while it also entitles them to a hire car for up to 5 days should their car be deemed unsafe to drive due to a failed part. Toyota will also cover hotel expenses for one night plus breakfast (up to £150) if the incident occurs more than 20 miles from your home.

Mitsubishi – 5-year warranty (62,500 miles)

Mitsubishi offers a 5-year warranty on new vehicles with a 62,500 mileage cap – the first 2 years come without any mileage restrictions. This applies for all vehicles registered from 2015 onwards.

While most components are covered by the comprehensive 5-year warranty, there are a few which are only covered for 3 years.

These include:

  • 12V batteries
  • O2 sensors
  • Diesel injectors

A Mitsubishi warranty also covers owners against corrosion for 12 years with no mileage cap.

Read more: Car warranty FAQs

BMW – 3-year warranty (unlimited mileage)

A 3-year warranty is pretty standard in the UK, but BMW’s 3-year warranty stands out from the crowd with its unlimited mileage cover – especially considering that these vehicles are typically used for business and tend to clock up high mileage.

There are a number of components included which are covered for less than 3 years, including:

  • Wheel alignment faults (6,000 miles or 6 months)
  • Tyre balancing faults (up to 1,200 miles)

There is also a paintwork warranty included, which provides cover for the discoloration or staining of paintwork as a result of faulty manufacture for the full 3 years with no mileage restriction.

At the end of the BMW 3 year warranty, customers are entitled to a free ‘end-of-warranty’ check to ensure that any issues are fixed under their existing cover.

Honourable mentions

Most manufacturers offer a warranty as standard on all new cars. Some of the best include:

  • Renault: 4-year warranty (100,000 miles)
  • Ford: 3-year warranty (60,000 miles)
  • Volkswagen: 3-year warranty (60,000 miles)
  • Vauxhall: 3-year warranty (60,000 miles)
  • Peugeot: 3-year warranty (60,000 miles)

What is the standard warranty on a new car?

As suggested above, most manufacturers offer a 3-year warranty with a mileage cap of 60,000 miles. There are usually specific exceptions, though, so be sure to check the policy documents when buying a new vehicle.

Used car warranty UK – can you get a warranty on a used car?

When buying a secondhand car that is still covered by its manufacturer’s warranty, most allow them to be transferred from the initial owner to the new one.

If the manufacturer’s warranty on the car has expired, it is possible to take out a used car warranty either from the manufacturer itself or a third party provider.

To find out where to get a cheap car warranty, what it will include and how to find the best used car warranty in the UK, check out Bobatoo’s car warranty insurance page or get a free quote by clicking the green button below.

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