A vehicle warranty isn't just a mark of confidence in a car's quality - it also offers peace of mind for the buyer. Kia has an extensive and comprehensive vehicle warranty program that's a step above what many in the industry offer. Allow us at Team Kia of El Cajon to provide you with an overview of the warranty coverage that comes with your vehicle. We'll also answer some frequently asked questions about this added protection.

What Is the Kia 10-Year/100,000-Mile Warranty Program?

The Kia 10-Year/100,000-mile warranty program is an industry-leading warranty plan that offers extensive coverage for new Kia vehicles. It encompasses several types of coverage to give you a smooth driving experience while safeguarding you against unexpected repair costs. Here's a list of what the program covers:

Limited Basic Warranty

This bumper-to-bumper warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. It covers most parts and components of the vehicle and provides comprehensive protection against defects and breakdowns. However, it excludes items that are subject to normal wear and tear, such as brake pads, wiper blades, and tires. Also, the limited basic warranty doesn't cover any damage caused by misuse or lack of proper maintenance.

Limited Powertrain Warranty

This warranty extends for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, and covers your Kia's powertrain. This consists of essential components such as the transmission, engine, and drive axle. It safeguards you against potential issues within these vital systems and ensures your vehicle remains operational.

Limited Anti-Perforation Warranty

This coverage spans five years or 100,000 miles and protects your car from perforation and corrosion from the inside. This means that any damage to your vehicle's body due to outside elements, such as extreme weather or road debris, isn't covered. It also doesn't protect your car from accidental damage.

Roadside Assistance

Kia also provides roadside assistance for five years or 60,000 miles from the date of purchase. This service gives you 24-hour, 365-day coverage and is available anywhere in the country. Some of the services included in this program are:

  • Emergency towing: If your vehicle breaks down or is otherwise disabled, Kia will arrange for it to be towed to the nearest Kia dealership or authorized service facility.
  • Battery jump-start: If your vehicle's battery dies, Kia will send a technician to jump-start it for you.
  • Flat tire change: If you have a flat tire, Kia will send a technician to change it for your spare tire.
  • Lockout service: If you lock your keys inside your vehicle, Kia will send a technician to help you gain entry.
  • Out-of-fuel service: If you run out of gas, Kia will provide enough fuel to get you to the nearest gas station.
  • Trip interruption coverage: If your vehicle breaks down more than 150 miles from home and requires at least 24 hours to repair, Kia will reimburse you for reasonable expenses, including meals, accommodation, and transportation.

What's Excluded From the Kia Warranty?

While Kia's new car warranty is often regarded as one of the best in the industry, it's essential to be aware that some exclusions apply. Understanding what's not included in the coverage can help you avoid surprises. This will help you make informed decisions about extra protection options, such as purchasing an extended Kia warranty for added peace of mind. Below is a list of situations typically not covered by Kia's warranty:

  • Normal wear and tear: Like most warranties, Kia's warranty doesn't cover parts that wear out due to regular use, such as brake pads, wiper blades, and tires.
  • Maintenance services: The factory warranty coverage does not include routine maintenance services such as oil changes, fluid top-ups, and tire rotations.
  • Damage caused by accidents: The warranty doesn't cover repairs incurred due to accidents or collisions.
  • Environmental factors: Kia's warranty does not cover damage caused by natural events such as floods, storms, or hail.
  • Neglect or misuse: If you neglect proper maintenance or misuse your vehicle (for example, by using it for racing), the warranty will not cover the resulting damages.
  • Unauthorized modifications: Installing aftermarket parts or making unauthorized alterations to your vehicle can void your warranty coverage for related components.
  • Commercial use: Some warranty restrictions may apply if you use your vehicle for commercial purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Kia's Warranty

Here are answers to some of the most common questions that Kia owners and potential buyers ask about warranty coverage:

Is a Used Kia Covered?

If you purchased your Kia from a private party, much of the original warranty that came with the vehicle will still apply unless it has expired. But this doesn't cover the powertrain warranty. Instead of the original 10-year or 100,000-mile term, you'll get a five-year or 60,000-mile coverage period.

Are There Warranties for a Used Kia?

Yes, there are warranties designed for a used Kia. It needs to be a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle, which means it's 6 years old or less, its mileage is below 80,000 miles, and it has passed a rigorous 164-point inspection and is reconditioned to meet the automaker's standards. The coverage for CPO vehicles includes:

  • 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty.
  • One-year/12,000-mile Comprehensive Platinum Coverage that's similar to a bumper-to-bumper warranty.
  • Roadside assistance.
  • Travel breakdown, rental car, and towing coverage.

Is the Kia Warranty Transferable?

New vehicle factory warranties aren't fully transferable. As mentioned earlier, the powertrain warranty drops according to the time and distance covered when you sell or transfer the vehicle to another owner. Are you buying a used Kia from a private seller? If so, we recommend you ask them about the warranty coverage and consider purchasing an extended warranty.

Team Kia of El Cajon can help you understand the comprehensive Kia warranty program, ensuring you have peace of mind with your purchase. For more information, don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable staff. Our dealership is ready to assist you in finding the right vehicle that meets your requirements, and we can also guide you through the financing process. Trust in our team to provide you with the assistance you need throughout your entire Kia ownership experience.

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