New cars and even some used cars come with a variety of warranties. Two of the most common are a powertrain warranty and a bumper-to-bumper warranty. These warranties are both important, but they cover different parts of your vehicle. We here at Capitol Toyota have put together this simple explanation of the differences.

A powertrain warranty covers the major components of the engine, transmission and drivetrain against manufacturing defects. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear or damage that's due to regular use. This warranty usually has a long period before it expires. Common coverage periods are seven years or 70,000 miles, or 10 years or 100,000 miles.

The bumper-to-bumper warranty covers other major components of your vehicle not covered by the powertrain warranty. Again, this is coverage against defects. Normal wear of your brakes, for example, is not covered. Typical coverage periods range from three years or 36,000 miles to five years or 60,000 miles.

 

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