6-year/72,000-mile VW People First new car warranty
Here in America, Volkswagen has often been seen as a brand that offers a unique European pedigree, so the brand’s roots may not be as obvious. The name, “Volkswagen,” is translated to mean, “the people’s car.” Where “volks” means people and “wagen” means car. The new VW People First warranty gets its name from the concept that the people, owners, come before the car. What better way to put the people first than by offering a 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty?
How does the VW warranty compare?
We’re happy to say that the new warranty coverage, which was first announced for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, now extends to cover most other vehicles within the VW lineup. Unfortunately, it does not retroactively apply to older model years, but the 2018 Beetle, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Golf Alltrack, Jetta and Passat will all be covered under the Volkswagen People First Warranty.
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Wait, but what is normal coverage, anyway? For those unfamiliar with standard warranty coverage, most automakers (including VW up until this year) offer 3 years or 36,000 miles of basic warranty coverage, and then a separate 5 years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage. There are exceptions to this, but this is true for the majority. Volkswagen’s People First Warranty is a bumper-to-bumper warranty, which means it is the same warranty for basic defects as well as your powertrain components – the engine, transmission and drivetrain. The warranty is also transferrable, which helps retain resale value as you pass the remaining coverage to the next owner if you decide to sell your vehicle within the first six years or 72,000 miles.
Volkswagen has changed its warranty to show people that it fully believes in the lineup, and build confidence that you will too. Plus, it is meant to reduce cost of ownership. All you have to do is keep up with standard scheduled maintenance.
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