Are you considering an extended warranty for your Toyota? Whether you are keeping your car or buying a used vehicle, having a mechanical protection plan in place could save you thousands in repair bills down the road. Extended warranties are often available via the manufacturer as well as third-party providers. Either option offering you peace of mind and stress-free driving.
What are the Toyota extended car warranty options?
As mentioned above, Toyota offers a manufacturer warranty with new vehicles that can be extended or purchased for used cars. Third-party providers are able to offer you an extended car warranty (Vehicle Service Contract) as you come to the end of your manufacturer warranty or for a recently used car purchase.
Toyota Manufacturer Warranty
Toyota offers fairly standard warranty plans which are separated into three tiers; Powertrain, Gold, and Platinum. All of which cover the essential parts that make up your powertrain; engine, transmission, axles, and hybrid/alternative fuels.
The Powertrain coverage has no flexible terms and runs for 6 years or 100,000 miles, depending on which is reached first. This basic plan will only cover the essential parts of your car. The engine, transmission, and axles will be covered in case of a mechanical breakdown as per the terms and conditions.
If you are looking for more coverage with a bit of flexibility in its terms, then the Gold plan is likely your best option. Terms may vary between 3 years or 50,000 miles up to 8 years or 125,000 miles. The parts covered are those under the powertrain warranty as well as limited coverage of the following:
- Fuel system
- Cooling system
Last on the tiers is the Platinum plan. The most comprehensive plan that Toyota offers. All the components listed under the Powertrain and Gold plans are covered with minimal exclusions. While also offering the most flexibility in terms, ranging from 3 years or 50,000 miles to 10 years or 125,000 miles.
Toyota Manufacturer Extended Warranty
Toyota supplies extended warranty plans (vehicle service contracts) for used vehicles. They cover the above-mentioned parts and are available under the same tiers. The biggest difference is the terms of each plan.
- Platinum: 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Gold: 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain: 2 years or 24,000 miles
Toyota Third-Party Extended Warranty
Third-party warranty providers typically offer plans that range over a number of tiers. Many come with added benefits that are excluded from the Toyota manufacturer’s extended warranty. Benefits include 24/7 roadside assistance, towing services, and fuel delivery services. Parts covered by third-party providers include the parts listed under the manufacturer warranties and so much more. The flexibility in terms ranges up to 10 years or 200,000 miles.
Is a Toyota Extended Warranty Worth it?
There are two reasons to have an extended car warranty. One, to have the peace of mind that your car is protected in the event of a mechanical breakdown. Two, if you are a frequent driver or regular long-distance driver as the wear and tear of the vehicle will inevitably lead to repairs. Though Toyota vehicles are touted as very reliable vehicles, they are still machines that have wear and tear on the engine, overall drivetrain, and the electrical system.
Repair bills for a Toyota can range between $200 and $4,500 depending on the damage. There are some instances a full part replacement may be in order or a whole system replacement. Mechanical issues tend to happen sporadically. So unless you have the option to keep upwards of $1000 for unforeseen auto repairs, then yes, an extended car warranty is worth it.