VW to Shrink its Warranty Program from Six Years to Four

Volkswagen USA claims its 6-year/72,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty is the best in the industry. In spite of that, though—or perhaps because—it’s shrinking the warranty.

As of 2020, according to a report from Automotive News, VW’s bumper-to-bumper warranty will only last 4-years/50,000 miles.

To make up for the shrinking length of the warranty, though, VW is offering two years of free, factory-covered maintenance.

“The previous warranty was a valuable tool to introduce customers to the Volkswagen brand and to give them peace of mind,” a VW spokesperson told Autoblog. “Our new vehicle limited warranty builds upon those benefits by still providing robust coverage and further lowering the cost of ownership with carefree maintenance for the first two years.”

Although the warranty has been shortened, it is still competitive. Brands like Honda, Toyota, and Ford all offer 3-year warranties, while many luxury brands offer 4-year warranties.

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