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Manufacturing notable vehicles such as the Tiguan crossover and the Jetta sedan, Volkswagen is one of the most popular automotive companies in the world. 

Are you considering purchasing an extended warranty for your Volkswagen? In this review, we examine Volkswagen’s extended warranty plans and how these plans compare to other leading warranty providers.

Volkswagen Extended Warranty:

A Volkswagen extended warranty exceeds the 4 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper factory warranty, which comes with every new Volkswagen. The extended warranty offers added protection for up to 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

In This Article:

  • What Is A Volkswagen Factory Warranty?
  • Volkswagen Extended Warranty Plans
  • What Does A Volkswagen Extended Warranty Cost?
  • Should I Purchase A Volkswagen Extended Warranty?
  • Dealership Or Third-Party Extended Warranty
  • Our Recommendations For Extended Car Warranties

What Is A Volkswagen Factory Warranty?

A factory warranty covers your vehicle from costly repairs for a limited amount of time or miles. Volkswagen’s bumper-to-bumper factory warranty for vehicles manufactured before 2020 is 6 years/72,000 miles. Starting with its 2020 models, Volkswagen’s factory warranty will only be 4 years/50,000 miles.

As compensation to new Volkswagen owners for its relatively worse factory warranty, Volkswagen is including two years of factory-covered maintenance for regularly scheduled services.

While Volkwagen’s factory warranty is helpful for new owners, it will expire fairly quickly. For Volkswagen owners who find peace of mind in longer-term warranty protection, they will need to consider an extended warranty plan for their vehicle.

Volkswagen Extended Warranty Plans

Volkswagen offers three different extended warranty plans: Powertrain, Gold, and Platinum Exclusionary, compared in the table below. 

 

Plan Coverage
Powertrain
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Transaxle or transfer case
  • Drive axle(s)
  • Certain hybrid/electric components
Gold Includes everything in Powertrain plan plus: 

  • Front and rear suspension
  • Climate control fuel
  • Electrical
  • Certain additional hybrid/electric components
Platinum Exclusionary  All mechanical parts of your vehicle unless they are specifically listed as “not covered” in the plan. 

“Not covered” items include:

  • Spark plugs
  • Wiper blades
  • Trim pieces
  • Upholstery
  • Body panels

 

What Does A Volkswagen Extended Warranty Cost?

The cost of a Volkswagen extended warranty depends on several factors, including your vehicle’s mileage, age, and model.

In general, the more miles your car has and the older it is, the more expensive your extended warranty will be.

For example, an extended warranty for a 2000 Volkswagen Golf with over 100,000 miles will cost much more than a 2020 Volkswagen Jetta with 10,000 miles.

Based on online forums we reviewed, the cost of a Volkswagen extended warranty might be somewhere between $1,800 to $3,500.

Should I Purchase A Volkswagen Extended Warranty?

It depends on your individual situation and personal goals. For example, if you can afford a very costly repair, then it is probably not worth it. If you cannot afford a costly repair, purchasing an extended warranty could be a smart decision.

We recommend that you read our article on whether extended car warranties are worth it to help make your decision.

Dealership Or Third-Party Extended Warranty

While Volkswagen’s extended warranty plans are comprehensive, our review team believes that third-party warranties are a better choice for our readers.

Third-party extended warranties are generally more affordable while providing similar benefits to a dealership warranty. Dealership warranties cost more money than third-party extended warranties because they have greater name recognition than third-party extended warranty providers. One advantage of purchasing an extended warranty directly from Volkswagen is that you get Volkswagen replacement parts whenever your vehicle needs a repair.

However, when comparing Volkswagen’s extended warranty directly to reputable extended warranty companies such as CARCHEX and Endurance, it is not worth the additional cost. 

CARCHEX and Endurance tie or beat Volkswagen on four extended warranty comparison categories:

  1. Maximum length of coverage
  2. Number of coverage plans
  3. Repair network
  4. Accessibility of free quote

 

Provider Name Maximum Length of Coverage Number of Coverage Plans Repair Network  Accessibility of Free Quote
Volkswagen 10 years/150,000 miles 3 Only Volkswagen dealerships Have to call dealership for quote
CARCHEX 10 years/150,000 miles 5 Any licensed repair facility Free, customized quote online
Endurance 20 years/200,000 miles  5 ASE-Certified® repair facilities Free, customized quote online

 

Our Recommended Providers

Our review team has examined several warranty providers, and we found that CARCHEX and Endurance lead the pack.

Here are a few reasons that CARCHEX and Endurance are the leading providers in the extended warranty industry.

 

  • Reputation: CARCHEX holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and was awarded the Top Workplaces Award by the Baltimore Sun for seven consecutive years. Endurance earned a 2019 Stevie Award as a “Great Employer” for its impressive employee benefits. It also landed on Inc. Magazine’s 2019 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.
  • Partnerships: CARCHEX holds partnerships with several automotive industry leaders such as CARFAX, Edmunds.com, and Kelley Blue Book. Endurance holds a proud partnership with Andretti Autosport, one of the most successful auto racing companies in the world. These impressive partnerships lend further credibility to the extended warranty plans offered by these two providers.
  • Free online quotes and sample contracts: Both CARCHEX and Endurance demonstrate confidence in their plan offerings and prices by allowing customers to receive free quotes and sample contracts online. This allows prospective consumers to make an educated decision on an extended warranty plan before making a purchase.

 

Deciding Between CARCHEX and Endurance

If you’ve decided that a CARCHEX or Endurance extended warranty might be a good fit for you, we recommend that you receive a free quote from each provider and review their sample contracts and plan offerings against each other.

While our review team named CARCHEX our Best Overall Provider, we also think that Endurance is an excellent choice for our readers as a Direct Provider.

To help you decide between these two leading providers, you can also read our article comparing CARCHEX and Endurance’s extended warranties.

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