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Service Center: Does Toyota Cover Maintenance After the Purchase of a New Vehicle?

Service Center: Does Toyota Cover Maintenance After the Purchase of a New Vehicle?

Toyota is consistent in being a top car manufacturer in terms of performance and dependability. But even with its stellar reputation, purchasing a new Toyota is a major investment so it is a must to know what’s included in your car warranty. One question you might ask in a service center, does Toyota cover maintenance after the purchase of a new vehicle?

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The answer is YES. When buying a new Toyota, the owner will also be equipped with ToyotaCare. This covers maintenance services for two years or for 25,000 miles and roadside assistance for 2 years/unlimited years. Read on to find out the answers to more commonly asked questions about the Toyota warranty. 

What warranty comes with a new Toyota?

Any new Toyota will be equipped with a factory or bumper-to-bumper warranty to cover maintenance for a preset time period, usually 3 years. The warranty will begin on the car’s in-service date, which refers to the date the car is either delivered to an ultimate purchaser, leased, or first used as a company vehicle. 

 

Toyota’s factory warranty covers repairs or replacements needed because of material or workmanship defects. You can expect to see the following coverage upon purchase of your new Toyota:

 

3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage

Basic coverage includes repairs and adjustments for the majority of problems that may occur. Wheel alignments and balancing are also included in the Basic Warranty coverage but only for a year/12,000 miles.

 

5-year/60,000-mile coverage for power components

Toyota’s limited powertrain warranty includes coverage for repairs and adjustments on main power components such as the engine, transmission, front-wheel-drive system, rear-wheel, and trans-axle.

 

5-year/60,000-mile coverage for restraint systems

The Restraint Systems Warranty includes coverage for faulty seat belts and airbag systems.

 

5-year/unlimited rust-through coverage

The Corrosion Perforation Warranty covers any perforation from rusting or corrosion on your Toyota. This coverage lasts for 5 years regardless of mileage.

 

Emission control coverage

Your vehicle is covered under Federal and California regulations that guarantee that it passes emission standards. The length of coverage will depend on the state your vehicle is registered in, so check your Toyota Warranty & Maintenance Guide for details. Terms range from two years/24,000 miles to eight years/80,000 miles.

 

Accessories coverage

Your new car will also come with the Toyota Accessory Warranty. It includes coverage for Genuine Toyota accessories that come with your car for 3 years/36,000 miles. Accessories purchased later are covered for 1 year/unlimited miles.

 

For 2020 Toyota Hybrid Vehicles 

The hybrid HV battery is covered for ten years from the original date of first use or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. Its coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Refer to your Owner’s Warranty and Maintenance Guide for details. 

Does the Toyota warranty transfer to a new owner?

The New Vehicle Limited Warranty gets automatically transferred to the subsequent vehicle owners at no cost on the condition that the vehicle is sold during the warranty period. This is based on what is stated on Toyota’s website.

Is oil change covered under warranty Toyota?

Oil change is covered under ToyotaCare which is a 2-year/25,000 miles-no cost maintenance plan that you’ll get with the lease or purchase of your new Toyota vehicle. With this plan, all necessary scheduled maintenance will be performed by Toyota trained and certified technicians.

 

What is included in Toyota maintenance service?

Aside from oil changes, ToyotaCare also includes services such as towing, tire service, winching, lockout protection, emergency fuel delivery, maintenance reminders, multi-point inspection, battery jump-starts, filter change, fluid level inspection and adjustment, and tire rotation. Toyota will shoulder all these services when necessary according to its Maintenance guide.

 

You’ll also get 24-hour road assistance on your new Toyota under the plan. The ToyotaCare service is not extended beyond the initial two years. You will have to pay out of pocket for an oil change, fluid level adjustment, tire rotation or inspection after the plan expires. 

Can I go to any Toyota dealer for warranty service?

Yes, you can. Warranty services are available at any participating Toyota dealership in the continental United States and Alaska. You do not have to go to the same dealer where you purchased or leased your car from. 

 

Are brakes covered under Toyota warranty?

Despite being called bumper-to-bumper warranty, a factory warranty just like that of Toyota, has exceptions to their coverage. Normal “wear and tear” expenses such as brake pad issues, engine tune-ups, spark plug or fuse replacements, cosmetic problems, and wiper blade repairs are not covered under basic Toyota warranty. 

 

Damage due to fire or theft as well as breakdowns from usage of fluids or fuel not specified in the owner’s manual are excluded from Toyota’s factory warranty. 

Other causes of damage that will not be covered by your Toyota factory warranty are:

  • Tree sap
  • Water Contamination
  • Airborne chemicals
  • Road Debris
  • Damage from storms such as floods, hail, lightning, or windstorms
  • Salt

 

Also note that tires are covered by the tiremarker, not by Toyota’s warranty.

Are tune ups worth it?

In the past, tune-ups used to require a lot more extensive servicing and even included replacement of a number of parts. Today tune-ups are more of a checkup and replacement of only a few key parts. They are done to improve your car’s performance and efficiency so it is worth it.

What is included in a Toyota tune up?

Today’s tune-ups include spark plug and filter replacement, inspection and testing of vehicle’s fuel, ignition and emissions systems to check if there is anything wrong with its oxygen sensors, vacuum hoses and other parts that can negatively affect the vehicle’s performance.

 

To be sure what is needed in your car for its tune-up, check your owner’s manual to see what is being recommended. 

 

Is it worth getting Toyota extended warranty?

You’re usually offered the option to purchase an extended warranty once your warranty expires. Extended warranties continue the coverage for any car replacements and repairs caused by mechanical breakdown. An extended warranty functions more like a factory warranty but it has longer terms. It doesn’t cover damages due to accidents.

 

Based on studies people tend to hold on their Toyota vehicles. This Japanese car manufacturer made 10 of the 15 vehicles that people keep longest. People keep their Toyota for 10 years on average. That is long after the factory warranty expires. If you plan to keep your Toyota in the long run, then it is worth getting extended warranty to protect after the expiration of the initial plan. 

 

Even if you don’t keep your vehicle, extended warranty plans can be transferred easily to the new owner. The average cost of maintaining and repairing a new car per year is $1,186. Expect the cost to get higher as the car gets older. Aside from covering repair and maintenance costs, they also provide rental reimbursements and road assistance. Ultimately, an extended warranty gives you peace of mind. 

 

A Toyota extended warranty is called Toyota Vehicle Service Agreements (VSA). It is still likely to cost at least $1,000, and it’s possible that a major repair won’t be needed every year. But you should also consider the fact that one expensive repair can also cost you a lot so the cost that comes with your Toyota VSA could be worth it.

 

Toyota Extended Warranties/ Toyota VSAs

Powertrain Protection

The Powertrain VSA is the basic extended warranty plan of Toyota. It’s available for new vehicles–those less than 3 years old and under 36,000 miles. Used Toyotas within the current plus 12 model years old and up to 150,000 miles are also eligible for this plan.

 

The plan’s coverage is 6 years and 100,000 miles. It includes coverage for any repairs or replacements of your car’s transmission, engine and other components. In case of major mechanical breakdowns, you will get reimbursement for car rentals at $35 per day, and if you are more than 150 miles from home for a maximum of 4 days, you will also get reimbursements for meals and lodging at 50 per day.

 

Gold Protection

If you want a more robust extended warranty coverage than the basic one, opt for this extended warranty plan. It has the same eligibility rules for new cars as the basic plan. Used cars within the current plus 9 model years old and up to 150,000 miles are also eligible. 

 

Gold Protection offers more flexible terms. You have the option to have extended warranty up to 8 years and 125,000 miles for new vehicles or 5 years and 60,000 miles for used vehicles. 

 

The plan has extensive coverage. It covers more than 100 more components than the basic plan. If a mechanical failure prevents you from using your Toyota, you’re also entitled to reimbursements for rental cars up to $35 per day and $50 per day for meals and lodging, if you are more than 150 miles from home (for a maximum of four days).  

 

Platinum Protection

This is Toyota’s highest level of service agreement protection. This is a strong option for the question of “Does Toyota cover maintenance after the purchase of a new vehicle?” you may have had. It comes with the same eligibility rules as the Gold Protection plan, but it can extend as long as 10 years and 125,000 miles for new cars. 

 

Almost all parts of your vehicles are included in the coverage, from the power seat computer to the brakes. You do not have to worry about submitting claims since Toyota will pay the authorized dealer directly.

 

If you have this premium plan, you also get higher reimbursements for rental cars at 50 per day, and meals and lodging at $100 per day (under the same conditions as previously mentioned in the other plans).

 

All Toyota plans have 24/7 roadside assistance, free towing to the closest authorized dealer and coverage across continental U.S. and Canada. 

Should you buy the extra warranty on a new car?

Before you can arrive at an answer to this question, you’d need to ask yourself certain questions. First, ask yourself how long you are going to keep the car and how many miles you drive each year. The next thing to do is compare them to the powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties included with the cars you are considering to purchase. 

 

For instance, if you typically keep your cars for about 3 years, and you’re looking at a 2020 Toyota Avalon with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 3-year/36,000-mile, then you should not buy extended coverage for it. But if you plan to keep your car for 8 years and it only comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, then you should probably get an extended warranty coverage for peace of mind for the first couple of years after the expiration of your new car warranty.

 

Another thing you should consider is looking at the predicted reliability of the cars you are considering. If they score low in reliability, it’s a sign that you’ll most likely need an extended warranty. Cars with high scores are less likely to need expensive repairs. 

 

How much is a car extended warranty?

On average, an extended car warranty cost ranges from $350 to $700 per year. Keep in mind though that every person and policy is different. For a good quality package and after-sales service, the range would be higher at around $1,800. Toyota does not publish the cost of their extended warranty plans, but the estimated cost is between $1,000 and $1,500 when bought from the dealer. 

 

Conclusion

Does Toyota cover maintenance after the purchase of a new vehicle? Toyota prides itself in producing dependable and high-performing vehicles. This carmaker also ensures their customers that new cars bought from them come with adequate coverage. Aside from offering the usual factory warranty, it also offers a no-cost maintenance plan called ToyotaCare to new vehicles purchased or leased. So yes, you can go to a service center and Toyota will cover maintenance after the purchase of your new vehicle for the first two years.