When looking for your next car, whether new or used, considering its warranty is important.
It could be to ensure that you’re covered should anything go wrong during your ownership. Or even as a selling point if you decide to part ways in the future.
Kia’s seven-year warranty was first introduced to the UK in 2006, meaning any car under seven years old will still have some of its warranty remaining.
The Kia warranty is also fully transferable, so if you buy a used model, it’ll come with the full balance of the manufacturer’s warranty. For example, if you finance a four-year-old Kia, it’ll still have three years’ warranty remaining.
However, it’s important to know the details of your warranty. With Kia, the warranty is fairly comprehensive. But you’re only covered for unlimited miles for the first 36 months. From that point, your warranty limit is 100,000 miles for the remaining 48 months.
And that’s not 100,000 miles from 36 months, it’s 100,000 miles in total. So, whichever comes sooner – the vehicle being seven years old or it covering 100,000 miles – that’ll mark the end of its warranty period.
It’s also important to note that not everything is covered for the entirety of Kia’s seven-year warranty.
For example, the battery and air conditioning are only covered for the first 24 months from registration. The paintwork for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes soonest, and the audio and navigation systems for three years or 60,000 miles, again, whichever comes sooner.
If the vehicle’s warranty is important to you, it’s essential to know the exclusions before signing up. You can find out what’s included and what isn’t with a Kia warranty on their website. (open in new window)
Which Kia cars come with a 7-year warranty?
MG is a well-known brand in the UK, but perhaps not in its current form. Gone are the days of nimble sports cars created in the Midlands. Nowadays, it’s a Chinese-manufactured marque that makes reliable, well-priced vehicles.
And as a testament to their build quality, MG offers a seven-year or 80,000-mile warranty across two vehicles in its range; the MG3 hatchback (as long as it was registered after 1 September 2018) and the ZS crossover.
If you own or are looking at an MG3 that was registered pre-September 2018, then it’ll either have a three or five-year warranty, depending on its age.
Also, the MG HS SUV isn’t covered by the company’s seven-year warranty. Instead, its cover lasts for five years or 80,000 miles, whichever comes soonest – which is still better than most.
With the MG warranty, like Kia, there are, however, other exceptions that are worth noting, and not everything is covered.
For example, an exhaust or catalytic converter is only covered for the first 12 months. It’s the same for fuses, bulbs and brake discs. And any onboard infotainment, driver aid or convenience systems are only covered for the first three years or 35,000 miles – whichever comes soonest.
You can see the full list of exclusions on the MG website. (open in new window)
Which MG cars come with a 7-year warranty?
Only two cars from the MG range come with a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty.
You may be surprised to hear that SsangYong has been here in the UK since 1994. In that time, it’s captured the hearts of many, and a seven-year or 150,000-mile warranty is one of the reasons why.
SsangYong’s chunky warranty offering is arguably the best in the UK, thanks to its 150,000-mile limit. It’s considerably more than Kia’s 100,000 miles and MG’s 80,000.
But since the extended warranty was only introduced in the summer of 2018, any vehicle registered before that point won’t come with the same benefits.
It’s also worth noting there are limitations. Like Kia and MG, the SsangYong warranty doesn’t cover all components for the full seven years. Faulty paintwork, for example, is only covered for three years or 60,000 miles, while the vehicle’s clutch and brakes can be replaced or repaired without charge only for the first year or 12,500 miles. You can see what is and isn’t covered here. (open in new window)
But the exceptions shouldn’t take away from the fact that SsangYong’s warranty is the best you’re going to find in the UK, both when buying and selling new or used.
Which SsangYong cars come with a 7-year warranty?
What is a warranty?
A warranty is defined as “a written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of an article by its manufacturer, promising to repair or replace it if necessary within a specified period of time.”
In simpler terms, a warranty is a guarantee that if something goes wrong, it’ll be repaired or replaced, usually, without cost to you.
By having a warranty, you can drive assured, knowing if there’s a problem, your warranty is there to fix it.
Why is a warranty important?
Having a warranty is important as it gives you peace of mind. It can also save you a small fortune in repair costs.
The last thing you want is for something to go wrong with your car. But it does happen from time to time. And without a warranty, not only do you have the stress and inconvenience of getting it repaired, but you also have to cover the cost.
However, with a warranty, the cost is covered. You can get your car fixed and back on the road quickly. And by having a warranty, it also means you can minimise any unexpected costs, so you can budget more accurately.
It’s important to note, though, that just because a car has a long and comprehensive warranty doesn’t mean it’s the most reliable. Often, more luxurious, but expensive cars like Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volkswagen top the reliability charts.
What does a warranty cover?
Each warranty covers different things and for different periods. Like above, MG’s cover for infotainment and audio is three years, while SsangYong’s is five. So it often depends on the manufacturer.
However, by a general rule, anything mechanical or electrical that isn’t expected to break through fair wear and tear, for example, engine components or electrical wiring, will be covered for the entirety of the warranty.
How long does a warranty last and which is best?
Similarly to the above, a warranty’s length is often dependent on the manufacturer. For example, Toyota’s warranty is five years, while Kia’s, MG’s and SsangYong’s is seven.
But you also need to take into account mileage. So, even though MG’s warranty is for seven years, it’ll also expire once you reach 80,000 miles. Whereas Toyota’s, for example, comes with a 100,000-mile mileage limit.
So, which warranty is best often depends on your needs and circumstances.
Can I extend my warranty?
If your warranty has expired, you can choose to extend it with a third-party provider.
Here at Hippo Leasing, we work with leading UK warranty supplier, Warrantywise, and all our cars come with a minimum of six months complimentary warranty as standard or the full balance of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Can I transfer my warranty?
Yes, most manufacturer’s warranties are transferable. So, if you buy an Approved Used car, then you’ll receive the full balance of the manufacturer’s warranty, although you may sometimes need to make the manufacturer aware.
It also applies if you sell your car. The warranty will usually transfer to the new owner.
Do I need to keep my car serviced?
Yes, with most manufacturer’s warranties you need to keep your car serviced and well looked after to maintain your warranty. If you don’t, you may void your warranty, meaning you won’t be able to call on it if you need it.
You can usually find your manufacturer’s warranty terms and conditions in your paperwork or on their website.
What if my car doesn’t have a warranty?
If your car doesn’t have a warranty there’s no need to panic. It’s not a legal requirement. And if you want to add a warranty to your vehicle it’s a simple process.
There are many third-party providers who’ll supply a warranty for your vehicle. However, if you’ve recently bought a car from us, speak to your account manager about extending your warranty and we’ll provide our best quote.