The difference between a Motor Car Warranty and a Guarantee

What’s the difference between a warranty vs guarantee? This question has probably been answered a few times, but it’s quite important to understand the definition in terms of a used car.

A Guarantee is a promise that is provided, mostly when you buy consumer goods, that the product will live up to it’s expectations or you can ask for a replacement or your money back. In the case of a used motor car, it’s obviously impossible to offer a guarantee, as a car has too many wear and tear items for this to be reasonable.

A Warranty is more like an insurance policy, where specific parts of a car can be insured (under warranty )at a set cost. If that part of the car fails, the extended car warranty usually covers the repair or replacement of that part, all depending on the allocated warranty budget. The major components of the car are usually allocated the highest share of the warranty budget.

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It’s also important to note that certain items are not covered by a warranty as they are considered “wear and tear” or service items. Parts such as brakes and brake pads, wiper blades and belts. These are service items that need to be inspected and replaced as part of a cars service plan.


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