Do Hyundai Warranties Transfer With The Sale Of The Vehicle?
Anyone who is considering buying a used Hyundai may be wondering if the warranty will transfer when they purchase the car. Oftentimes, buying a used car instead of a new one can be a much better deal, but if you are looking at a Hyundai for your next used car purchase, you will want to know what is still covered under warranty before you make your final decision, since used cars often need more repairs more quickly than a new car.
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- Will a Hyundai warranty transfer?
- Transferring A Hyundai Warranty
Will a Hyundai warranty transfer?
The warranty on a Hyundai will transfer to a new owner as long as the Hyundai is sold within its original warranty period, and as long as nothing has altered on the Hyundai that would cancel the original warranty.
After you’ve done all your research and decided that a used Hyundai is going to be your next car of choice, the next dilemma will be this – will the current warranty on my used Hyundai transfer to me, even though I am not the original owner? This is an important question to have answered, as most used cars – Hyundais included – will start to have some necessary maintenance work as they age.
Knowing what, if anything, is still covered under warranty even after you buy the car will help you determine if this is indeed the right car for you.
I have always been a proponent of buying used cars. I think that they are a significantly better deal, as any new car will begin to depreciate as soon as you drive it off the Hyundai dealer’s lot. And, used cars have come a long way in recent years.
There are many Hyundai dealerships you can choose from, just be sure you find an authorized Hyundai dealer to give you the best possible service.
Most cars now will last well past 100,000 miles and can continue to perform well for those looking to get a better deal than most new cars can offer. But making sure that the used car’s warranty will transfer to you is going to be important. Let’s break down when the warranty is transferable when you buy a used Hyundai and if it makes sense for you to purchase one.
Transferring A Hyundai Warranty
It’s a dilemma that most of us will face at one point or another in our lives…should I buy new or used when purchasing a car? For those who are looking at buying a Hyundai, this can be an even more daunting decision for several reasons. Not only are Hyundais typically a good deal even when you buy them new, but with a new Hyundai, you will know exactly what you are getting.
That said, saving some money and staying within a reasonable budget may be pushing you toward buying used, especially because you’ve heard the Hyundais continue to hold their value even when they are a few years old.
But used cars, even good ones like a Hyundai, still come with potential challenges. Things begin to need to be repaired and replaced and having a bunch of maintenance bills come in will offset any money you saved by buying a used Hyundai instead of a new one. The question then becomes whether buying a used Hyundai versus a new one was really worth it in the end.
Hyundai vehicles come with a powertrain warranty that they call the Hyundai Assurance, also known as “America’s Best Warranty.”
This warranty coverage is more generous than many other car manufacturers, such as 100,000-miles drive train protection, and a roadside assistance warranty that can be up to 5 years with no limits to mileage, plus several other warranties as well.
Having a warranty such as this one is great for new car buyers and has played an instrumental role in potential car buyers looking at Hyundai vehicles as top choices when they are in the market for a new car.
But what about the person who is buying a used Hyundai? Will they be afforded the same warranty benefits as the new car purchaser?
The answer is yes, but with a few caveats. Let’s explore what those are.
1. The Hyundai Must be Sold Within Its Original Warranty Period
The biggest thing to take into consideration if you are considering buying a used Hyundai, is that the warranty will transfer to you as long as you buy the Hyundai in the period of time that the warranty is still valid.
What does this mean?
Well, as I touched on before, Hyundai is proud of the fact that they have one of the most generous warranties in car manufacturing today. They call this their Hyundai Assurance, and have nicknamed it, “America’s Best Warranty.”
And with good reason. Every new Hyundai comes with a drivetrain warranty that covers the vehicle for up to a 100,000-mile or 10-year period, whichever comes first.
A drivetrain warranty is one that is going to cover many of the more substantial parts of your vehicle, like your car’s axle, transmission, and drive shaft.
As these are some of the more expensive parts of any car to repair, having a warranty that will extend to 100,000 miles or 10 years (whichever comes first), is a sweet deal, and one that would be hard to pass up.
Hyundai also offers other warranties for other parts of the car, like 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as other ones that I mentioned above.
To see the entire list of performance warranty options, what is covered, and for how long, you can go to Hyundai’s website for the complete list.
When you buy a used Hyundai, the extended warranty will still be valid as long as you are buying it within that period of time.
So, for example, let’s say you are buying a 4-year-old Hyundai with 40,000 miles already on it. The warranty would be transferred to you and would continue to be valid for another 6 years/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, whichever comes first.
2. Nothing Can Be Altered on the Hyundai That Would Cancel Its Warranty
Regardless of the age of the Hyundai, you are buying, or how many miles it has on it, there is one big factor that will cancel your vehicle’s warranty no matter what else is at play.
If your Hyundai is still under warranty, it’s important that you make sure you don’t do anything to it that would void that warranty.
Using non-Hyundai parts for replacement could cause your warranty to be voided. Most dealerships require you to maintain the car’s integrity while still under warranty and may reject payment for something that has been repaired on your car without approved Hyundai parts.
Another factor that can cancel your warranty is if you do anything to change or modify your Hyundai from its original form. Using after-market kits to enhance your car’s performance or change its overall look is not usually something that Hyundai will look fondly at, as it could change the car’s original operations.
If you then have a problem after the kit or accessories have been installed, it’s likely that Hyundai isn’t going to cover it, regardless of how long you still have on the warranty period.
Thus, most professional mechanics or auto experts will advise against adding any sort of lift kit to your Hyundai or additional suspension components until the warranty period is officially over unless you are prepared to pay for any possible repairs out of your own pocket.