How Long Does a VW Warranty Last? (2021)

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If you’re looking to buy a new or used Volkswagen car, you want the peace of mind a warranty brings. It covers the cost of unexpected bills and repair costs in the first few years of owning the car. So, how many years does a VW warranty last?

By the end of this article, you will understand:

  • What a VW warranty does and doesn’t cover
  • How long it lasts
  • How you can extend this

 

How long does a new VW warranty last?

New Volkswagen cars come with a 2-year warranty as standard.

When you buy a brand new Volkswagen from an authorised UK dealership, you get a comprehensive warranty that covers you against all repairs and defects for at least 2 years. During this period, you get unlimited mileage on your manufacturer warranty. After that, you get an extra year of cover if your car hasn’t covered 60,000 miles.

You can also buy a Volkswagen Extended Warranty and enjoy a fourth year’s cover for your VW. There are a range of packages so you can choose the right amount of cover for you.*

 

There are some exceptions, even with the most comprehensive policy. See below for what is and isn’t covered by your Volkswagen warranty.

 

What does a Volkswagen warranty cover?

An All Component Warranty is the most comprehensive level of cover. It covers the cost of repairs for all factory-fitted mechanical and electrical parts of your vehicle that fail during this period.

A Named Component Warranty pays for the cost of repairs to certain factory-fitted parts should they fail. Details on which parts are and aren’t covered are provided when you take out the policy.

Both warranties cover you up to the maximum claim limit and for extreme water damage to your vehicle, as well as sudden failure.

When you buy a brand new VW, you receive an All Component Warranty. What’s more, a valid warranty will transfer across owners.

 

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When you buy a brand new VW, you don’t want an expensive repair straightaway. That’s why a warranty is so important.

 

What does a VW warranty not cover?

There are some parts that gain wear and tear naturally. As such, they are only covered under warranty for the first 6 months or 6,500 miles. Any issues with these parts after that are not covered unless you can prove a manufacturing defect is to blame. These parts are:

  • Brake linings & disc pads
  • Clutch release bearings, pressure plates and centre plates
  • Tyres
  • Wiper blades
  • Seat and backrest covers
  • Floor coverings
  • Spark plugs
  • Batteries for key fobs and alarms
  • Light bulbs
  • Shock Absorbers

Other parts not covered by any form of VW warranty include:

  • Anything fitted to the vehicle after you bought it
  • Fluids, oils and coolants (unless part of a valid repair)
  • Bodywork (unless covered by an additional policy)

Routine maintenance and servicing are not covered in the cost of a VW warranty. However, you must follow servicing guidelines to keep your car in top condition and maintain your cover.

 

How do I maintain my warranty?

Regular servicing throughout the period of cover is the only way to maintain your warranty. You must take proper care of your car. If you neglect your Volkswagen, you can invalidate the terms of your agreement as you can’t prove that your lack of servicing hasn’t caused the fault.

While you no longer have to service your in-warranty vehicle at an official Volkswagen dealership, this is still the best way to protect your warranty. Franchised dealerships (main dealers) can provide the highest level of care because they are the experts who know your vehicle best.

Thanks to SecretService, you can get your service at an official Volkswagen dealership, for less than booking direct, even if your car is no longer under warranty. The offer is aimed at 4+-year-old vehicles and covers interim, full and major service schedules. Have your Volkswagen serviced by manufacturer-trained technicians (the experts who know your car best) for less.

 

Book a SecretService at your local official Volkswagen dealership today!

 

Can I get a VW warranty on a used car?

When you buy an approved used car from Volkswagen, you automatically receive a minimum 2-year warranty for your peace of mind. This is an All Component Warranty.

These terms cover the cost of repairs for any parts which suffer sudden electrical or mechanical failure or extreme water damage within the first 100,000 miles of the car’s registration.

If you buy a used VW from any other car dealership, (i.e. not an official Volkswagen franchise dealer) you may also receive a warranty as standard or get the option to pay extra for one. These terms vary and are unlikely to be as comprehensive as the official Volkswagen cover.

 

How can I extend my Volkswagen warranty?

If your Volkswagen warranty is about to expire, you might still want the extra peace of mind that it provides. While an Extended Warranty would be a great option, this only lasts a year. What should you do when this expires?

Introducing All-in from Volkswagen.

Designed for 3-6-year-old vehicles with an engine smaller than 2.0 litres and less than 100,000 miles on the clock, All-in gives you total peace of mind with 2 years of protection for your VW. For just £33.45 a month, or £802.80 upfront, you get:

  • 2 years’ VW warranty
  • 2 years’ Roadside Assistance
  • 2 Services (1x Minor, 1x Major)
  • 2 MOTs

An authorised VW repairer delivers all the work. What’s more, going All-in helps you save £833 over the two years!

 

black estate car parked in front of glass fronted VW dealership building
Authorised Volkswagen dealerships, like the one pictured above, are the experts who know your vehicle best. To find your nearest one, check out the interactive map on Volkswagen’s website! Photo by Martin Katler on Unsplash

 

How to check your eligibility for All-in

If you think going All-in would work for you, book a no-obligation Eligibility Check at your nearest Volkswagen dealership today. You can book this individually or alongside any MOT or service, as this initial service and Eligibility Check are not included in the All-in plan.

The Eligibility Check is completely free of charge and involves a quick check of your vehicle. Volkswagen’s trained technicians will ensure that you have maintained your vehicle properly and that it meets the warranty criteria. You can then choose to activate your All-in cover or decide not to accept the offer.

Enter your reg and postcode into our online booking tool to find your nearest official Volkswagen dealership and book an Eligibility Check to go All-in today!

 

Recap

All new Volkswagen cars come with a warranty, which covers sudden failure of all factory-fitted components for up to 3 years. This is made up of 2 years’ cover with unlimited mileage, and then a 3rd year if you’ve covered less than 60,000 miles.

You can extend yours for a 4th year with an Extended Warranty or by going All-in. All-in is Volkswagen’s new cover, which gives you 2 years’ warranty as well as full maintenance and roadside assistance. To qualify for All-in, your Volkswagen must be 3-6 years old, under 2.0l and have less than 100,000 miles on the clock. You also need to have a no-obligation Eligibility Check, which you can book at an official Volkswagen repairer.

Mandy Weston

Mandy is an ex-mechanic, with 22 years’ experience in the motor industry. As an in-house motoring expert, Mandy is the go-to woman for any relevant questions that our customers have; both garages and drivers. From specific problems with your car to general maintenance, Mandy is a reliable source of information and advice. Her passion for motoring is a huge factor to her success and the huge wealth of knowledge that she has. She now uses her remarkable grasp of the industry to write regular content for our readers to help drivers understand their car better, avoid being ripped off by garages and save money on their motoring requirements.

2 Replies to “How Long Does a VW Warranty Last? (2021)”

  1. Aaron Crain says: Reply

    This was a very detailed blog on the warranty of Volkswagen, and quite a helpful one as well. Can you please write one on the maintenance and basic or frequent repair of a Volkswagen

    1. Mandy Weston says: Reply

      Hi Aaron,

      Thanks for the kind words 🙂

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