Car buyers are often confused about the difference between the different types of warranties offered. The two most commonly confused warranties involve those for powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties. These two offer drastically different coverage that involves a new vehicle purchase.

The power train warranty covers the parts of your vehicle that make it move, namely the engine, differential, transmission and other related parts. This type of warranty also covers components such as constant velocity joints and the driveshaft. Parts that wear out, such as the battery, drive belts and items such as fluids, are not covered.

Bumper-to-bumper warranties cover many different systems in your vehicle outside of the powertrain. Examples include air conditioning, suspension, electronics and the like. Most bumper-to-bumper warranties are shorter than powertrain warranties because they cover so many components. Dealers typically offer both warranty types for new and brand-certified vehicles under six years old.

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