Dodge Warranties: Recommended Coverage Options Based on Model Type

January 27, 2012

If you are considering Dodge warranties for an older or late model vehicle, there are many options that might appeal to you. When researching the possibilities, you'll find that Dodge itself offers a new car warranty and also an extended warranty. Rules and limitations apply for each of these. Several other companies specialize in car warranties for older vehicles as well. When selecting appropriate warranty coverage, consider your Dodge model, your driving habits and any information on parts and mechanisms that have a tendency to wear or malfunction.

Dodge Manufacturer's Warranty

Most late model vehicles are sold with Dodge warranties that are considered to be basic and limited. This usually covers 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is a Dodge bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers all parts of the vehicle that may malfunction as a result of faulty workmanship, materials or factory preparation. There are no exclusions except the tires, which should be covered by a warranty from that manufacturer. In some cases, towing to the nearest Chrysler dealership will be covered if the vehicle cannot be driven due to malfunction of a part covered under the basic limited warranty. Dodge offers a search feature on their website where you can enter the year and model of your vehicle to discover what type of warranty coverage you currently have.

Dodge Lifetime Powertrain Warranty

Dodge warranties that include lifetime coverage on the powertrain have been implemented since 2006. The Lifetime Powertrain Warranty is available on most vehicles after model year 2006 that were purchased on or after July 26, 2007. This warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor for malfunctions in the engine, transmission and drive system. You must be the original owner of the vehicle to be covered. There are some exceptions to this warranty coverage. SRT models, diesel vehicles, Sprinter, Ram Chassis Club, some fleet vehicles and Hybrid System components are not covered under this plan. In these cases, you may wish to seek out warranty coverage that extends beyond what is provided by the manufacturer.

Dodge Extended Warranty

Dodge warranties which extend beyond the initial basic limited warranty coverage term are referred to by Dodge as the Added Care Plus plan. This warranty covers more than 800 components of your vehicle, is transferable between owners and includes several other benefits. More specific information can be found on their Added Care Plus Coverage page. A Certified Pre-Owned Dodge vehicle may be sold with this package as a means to provide you with that extra coverage.

Non-Dodge Extended Warranties

Dodge warranties can be purchased through other companies who specialize in warranty policies and repair work. This coverage will not be issued by Dodge, so it's very important that you carefully research any offers for aftermarket warranties. It's possible to check with consumer reporting agencies and research auto warranty reviews to help you make the best decision on which warranty to purchase for coverage of your Dodge vehicle.

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