If you’ve recently bought a new vehicle, it’s probably covered by a bumper-to-bumper warranty, a powertrain warranty, or both. Even many pre-owned vehicles today are still protected by some form of warranty coverage. We here at Autoline in Chantilly, VA want local vehicle owners to be fully informed about what their warranties cover, and we’re happy to offer the following facts on powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties.

To understand the differences between these types of warranties, it’s important to know what a powertrain is. Most automobile manufacturers include the engine, transmission, and drivetrain under a vehicle’s powertrain warranty. These parts are among the most expensive automotive components to repair or replace.

As the name implies, a bumper-to-bumper warranty protects against the failure of a much wider range of components. Because a bumper-to-bumper warranty covers far more parts than the powertrain warranty, the coverage term for a bumper-to-bumper warranty is often shorter than for a powertrain warranty.