• Understanding Used Car Warranties: What You Need to Know

Understanding Used Car Warranties: What You Need to Know

When purchasing a used car from a dealership like West Motors, it's essential to understand the various types of warranties available and what they cover. A warranty can provide peace of mind and protection against unexpected repairs, saving you money in the long run. In this article, we'll explore the different types of used car warranties and what you need to know before making a purchase.

Types of Used Car Warranties

Manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty

Many manufacturers offer CPO programs for their used vehicles. These cars undergo rigorous inspections and meet strict criteria set by the manufacturer. CPO warranties often extend the original factory warranty, providing comprehensive coverage for a specified period or mileage. These warranties are typically transferable to subsequent owners, enhancing the vehicle's resale value.

Extended Warranties

Extended warranties, also known as vehicle service contracts, are offered by dealerships or third-party providers. They extend the coverage beyond the original manufacturer's warranty. These warranties can be tailored to your specific needs and budget, offering varying levels of coverage for different components. Be sure to read the fine print and understand what is and isn't covered before purchasing an extended warranty.

Limited Warranties

Some dealerships offer limited warranties on their used vehicles. These warranties typically cover specific components, such as the engine and transmission for a shorter period compared to CPO or extended warranties. Limited warranties often have more exclusions and may not provide comprehensive coverage.

Implied Warranties

In the UK, used cars sold by dealerships are covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. This legislation provides implied warranties, stating that the vehicle must be of satisfactory quality, fit for its intended purpose and as described by the seller. If a used car fails to meet these standards, you may be entitled to a repair, replacement, or refund, depending on the circumstances and the time since the purchase.

What to Consider When Choosing a Used Car Warranty


When choosing a used car warranty, carefully review the covered components and repairs. Some warranties may exclude certain parts or types of damage, such as wear and tear. Ensure the coverage aligns with your needs and expectations before making a decision. A thorough understanding of the warranty's terms and limitations is crucial for a satisfactory used car purchase.


When selecting a used car warranty, consider the duration and whether it aligns with your ownership plans. If you intend to keep the vehicle for a longer period, a warranty with extended coverage may be more beneficial, offering protection and peace of mind for a greater portion of your ownership experience.


When choosing a used car warranty, pay attention to deductibles. Some warranties require you to pay a set amount before coverage starts. Evaluate the deductible costs and ensure they align with your budget. Higher deductibles generally mean lower premiums, but more out-of-pocket expenses when making a claim. Consider your financial situation when deciding on a deductible level.

Servicing Requirements

Many used car warranties have strict servicing requirements to maintain validity. They often stipulate following a regular maintenance schedule and having the vehicle serviced at authorised facilities. Failing to adhere to these conditions can void the warranty, leaving you without coverage when needed. Before committing to a warranty, carefully review the servicing requirements and ensure you can meet them consistently. Consider factors such as the location of authorised service centres, the frequency of required maintenance and the associated costs to determine if the warranty is a viable option for your situation.

Reputation and Customer Service

When considering a used car warranty, researching the reputation of the dealership or warranty provider is crucial. Look for customer reviews and ratings to gauge their level of service and reliability. A reputable provider will have a history of honouring claims and providing satisfactory customer support. Check online forums, review websites and social media to gather insights from previous customers. Pay attention to any patterns in complaints or praise to form a comprehensive understanding of the provider's reputation. By choosing a well-regarded dealer or warranty company, you can have greater confidence in their ability to deliver on their promises and provide a positive experience throughout your ownership journey.


If you plan on selling the vehicle in the future, consider if the warranty is transferable to the new owner. Transferable warranties can add value to your vehicle and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

At West Motors, we are committed to providing our customers with transparent information and comprehensive warranty options for our used vehicles. Our knowledgeable staff is available to guide you through our warranty selection process and answer any questions you may have.

Remember, a used car warranty can provide valuable protection and peace of mind, but it's crucial to understand the terms, coverage, and limitations before making a decision. By carefully considering your needs and budget, you can select a warranty that offers the right level of protection for your used car purchase from West Motors.

To save timely negotiation all our cars are heavily discounted upfront and offered nearer cost price, saving customers up to £2000 when compared to our competition. This ensures we are treating every customer the same. This fee is a compulsory fee and applies to all customers.

Variable admin fee is charged as listed below:

  1. Retail customers pay £199.
  2. Repeat customers purchasing a 2nd car within 12 months of the original invoice date £0
  3. Retail customers arranging finance using brokers outside of our immediate panel of lenders £499
  4. Trade customers making a purchase as the motor trade £549
  5. Export customers including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland £599