If you don’t fully understand the Lexus warranty coverage that comes with all new and certified pre-owned (CPO) Lexus vehicles, you’re in the right place. Getting to know your coverage could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs, and extending that protection could save you even more.
In this review, we’ll take a closer look at what’s covered under the Lexus warranty and for how long. We’ll also explain some of the pros and cons of extended car warranties so you can make an informed decision about whether you need extended coverage.
Lexus Warranty Coverage Overview
Your Lexus is covered by a number of Lexus warranty plans, the most important of which are a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper basic warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty that just covers your Lexus’ engine, transmission, drive axle and some related parts.
Lexus warranty details for 2020 and newer models are listed below:
|Lexus Warranty||Term Length||Coverage Details|
|Basic Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper coverage for repairs due|
to defects in materials or workmanship
|Powertrain Warranty||6 years/70,000 miles||Protects the engine, transmission, drive axle|
and some related parts
|Hybrid Warranty||8 years/100,000 miles||Specialized coverage for hybrid vehicles|
|Hybrid Battery Warranty||10 years/150,000 miles||Covers hybrid batteries|
|Corrosion Perforation Warranty||6 years/unlimited miles||Pays to repair rusted-through sheet metal parts|
|Parts Warranty||1 year/unlimited miles||Protects genuine Lexus replacement parts|
These are standard term limits for a new car warranty on a luxury vehicle. A nice feature of the Lexus warranty is that wheel alignments and tire balancing are also included for 1 year/ 12,000 miles.
Items that won’t be covered under your Lexus warranty include wear-and-tear items like wiper blades and air filters, maintenance services, damage from collisions or extreme weather and more.
Lexus Warranty for Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
Through the L/Certified program, certified pre-owned (CPO) Lexus vehicles come with the remainder of their new-vehicle Basic Warranty, plus an additional 2-year/unlimited-mile L/Certified Limited Warranty that acts as an extension of the original bumper-to-bumper coverage.
If your CPO Lexus vehicle’s Basic Warranty has already expired, the L/Certified Limited Warranty will cover you for 2 years/unlimited miles from the day you purchase the car.
The CPO Lexus warranty also comes with the following benefits:
- Roadside assistance
- 2 years/20,000 miles of regular maintenance services
- Complimentary loaner car
- Trip interruption service
How to Check If You Have a Lexus Warranty
If your car is more than six years old, it’s likely no longer covered by a bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranty. An easy way to check for sure is to call your dealership. Using your vehicle identification number (VIN), the dealer can see if your vehicle is still covered by a Lexus warranty.
Is an Extended Warranty Worth It for Lexus Vehicles?
After your Lexus warranty expires, extended coverage could give you continued peace of mind on the road knowing your finances are protected from expensive repairs in the event of a mechanical breakdown. However, if your car never breaks down, you could be investing in coverage you never use.
In order to determine if an extended Lexus warranty is a worthwhile investment for you, we recommend looking into Lexus reliability scores and common repair costs. To do this, our research team turns to RepairPal, a reliable car repair cost estimation service.
Lexus earned a 4.0 out of a possible 5.0 reliability rating from RepairPal. This places Lexus in seventh place out of 32 car brands tested. See how Lexus ranked compared to the average vehicle in RepairPal’s 2020 Reliability Ratings below:
|Lexus Vehicles||Industry-Wide Average|
|Average Annual Cost of Repairs||$551||$652|
|Frequency of Trips to the Repair Shop||0.5 trips per year||0.4 trips per year|
|Likelihood of Severe Repairs||8%||12%|
As you can see, Lexus has a lower-than-average repair cost per year and less of a likelihood that repairs will be severe. “Severe,” in this case, means that a repair will cost three times the average annual repair cost.
Lexus is much more reliable than most luxury brands, which is probably due to the fact that Lexus vehicles manufactured by Toyota. However, even the most dependable vehicles will break down at some point in their lives. If you purchase an extended Lexus warranty from the manufacturer or from a third-party provider, you can rest assured that you’re covered when a major repair is needed.
Lexus Extended Warranty Overview
Lexus offers three vehicle protection plans for vehicles, but in order to purchase one, your vehicle must still be covered under its original bumper-to-bumper Lexus warranty.
Here’s a breakdown of the Lexus extended warranty plans, which can cover your vehicle for up to nine years:
- Extra Care Platinum: Bumper-to-bumper exclusionary coverage for most vehicle components
- Extra Care Gold: Mid-level comprehensive coverage for the powertrain and other essential vehicle components
- Extra Care Powertrain: Basic coverage for the engine, transmission, front- and rear-wheel drive systems and more
You will also receive 24/7 roadside assistance, substitute transportation coverage and trip interruption coverage with your extended Lexus warranty coverage.
Should You Consider a Third-Party Extended Warranty?
If your vehicle is no longer covered under its original Lexus warranty or if you want more flexible warranty options, you’ll need to look into third-party alternatives for extended coverage. There are many benefits to choosing a third-party extended Lexus warranty, including:
- Cost: Third-party vehicle service agreements are not subject to dealer markups, and they’re typically negotiable.
- Financing: Warranty companies often offer flexible payment plans to make coverage even more affordable.
- Coverage: There are typically more coverage options to choose from, so you can get a plan that’s more customized to your protection needs.
- Repairs: Instead of having to take your vehicle into a Lexus dealer, you can go to any licensed repair facility, including dealerships.
If these benefits sound worthwhile to you, we recommend getting quotes from multiple reputable extended car warranty companies to see which provides the best coverage for your Lexus.
The Detroit Bureau collects data from every major car warranty provider to formulate rankings of the best warranty companies. Our in-depth rating system takes into account coverage, pricing, transparency, customer satisfaction and ratings from industry experts. Each provider is given a weighted score in five categories, as well as an overall score out of 10.0.
We recommend auto warranty companies based on these rankings, but we also encourage you to perform your own research and compare quotes to find the best coverage.