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Warranties ( or rather mechanical breakdown insurance )

Something like house insurance .......reassuring to have but hopefully you will never need to make a claim !

Most garages will offer some sort of warranty,some as a lot of people have found out to their cost are just not really worth the paper they are written on therefore what you need to check is ....

1) What is covered ...... this should be listed in the warranty book itself and you should have a good look at it, some just cover very very limited parts !

2) What is the maximum payout per claim? This can be as low as £100 per claim so you need to check....

3) How long is the cover for ? IE how many months? This can be as short as 1 month so you need to check ...

4) What is the total maximum payout per warranty term (ie the most you will ever get back)

The warranty company I use and recommend is Warranty Management Services ..... Warranty House,Wycombe Road,Studley Green,Buckinghamshire

The cover I usually include for my cars for sale is their 4 star warranty which is for a 3month term, maximum total payout is the purchase price of the car, maximum payout per claim varies on age/type of car but minimum is £500 per claim (unlimited number of claims...maximum being £1000 per claim/unlimited number of claims).

Cover is extendable up to 3 years in total and having done a special deal with WMS I can offer longer cover at excellent trade prices....

12 months cover is £150
24 months cover is £250
36 months cover is £325

The warranty can be transferred to a new owner if the car is sold before the warranty expires.

NB these are trade prices not "retail" prices some garages/dealers would try to charge you to make money.

NB total max payout is the purchase price of the car ..... ie you can never get back more in any amount of claims than you ever paid for the car in the first place CHECK out other peoples warranties for this clause as some total max payout for all claims is very low !

Parts that are covered by the WMS 4 star warranty are listed below......


Rocker assembly, inlet and exhaust valves, valve guides and springs(excluding burnt valves and decokes), cylinder head (excluding cracks and overheating damage), stretched head bolts, push rods, camshaft and cam followers, timing gears, chains and tensioners, oil pump, pistons and rings, cylinder bores, gudgeon pins, con rods and bearings, crankshaft and bearings, flywheel and ring gear, distributor drive.

Timing belts

Providing there is proof that the manufacturer's replacement recommendations have been complied with and they are free from oil contamination.

Manual gearbox

Gear shafts, synchromesh hubs, selectors, bushes, bearings, speedometer drive, overdrive units (when fitted), solenoid, transfer box.

Automatic gearbox

Gears, oil pump, shafts, bushes, clutches, brake bands, bearings, governors, servos, torque converter, drive plate, valve block, governor, modulator valve, speedometer drive.


The complete unit (including wastegate,if it is an integral part of the turbo and cannot be purchased separately).

The warranty applies only :

If the turbo is fitted as part of the manufactures ordinal specifications.

Drive system ( front / rear )

Crown wheel and pinion, half shafts, bearings, planet gears, bevel gears, rear external drive shafts, constant velocity joints, 4 wheel drive units.

Excluding rubber gaiters, drive flange, together with all other parts not listed.


Master cylinder, wheel cylinders, brake calipers (excluding seizure), servo, brake pumps, brake limiter valve, ABS computer/pumps.


Rack and pinion, steering box, idler box, power steering, rack/ram and pump, pressure pipes, reservoir, steering column (excluding oil leaks).

Cooling system

Water pump, head gasket, thermostat, heater matrix, electric fan motor, viscous fan coupling, radiator, air-conditioning pump.


Propshaft, universal joints and bearings.

Fuel system - petrol/diesel

Mechanical/electrical fuel pump, air-flow meter, E.G.R valve, idle control valve (excluding injectors)

Front / rear suspension

Shock absorbers, coil springs, upper and lower wishbones, ball joints,swivel joints, McPherson struts, suspension arms, anti-roll bar, self leveling units and reservoir pump and regulator valves, displacer, hydro-pneumatic system (excluding bushes).

Wheel bearings

Front and rear wheel bearings


Centre plate covered for oil contamination, pressure plate, thrust bearing, clutch fork, master cylinder, slave cylinder.


Starter / solenoid, alternator, regulator, coil distributor, E.C.U (engine only), front and rear window / headlamp wiper motors, heater fan motor, indicator relay, electric window motor, sun roof motor, centralised locking solenoids, horn, cruise control actuator and control unit only.


In the event of a covered item causing damage to a casing then the casing will form part of the maximum claim liability.

Excluded from cover all parts not listed above

Car hire

In the event of a valid claim and provided that the repair time in accordance with Autodata schedules is in excess of 8 hours .a maximum of £20 per day inclusive of VAT (excluding petrol and insurance ) may be claimed for up to a maximum of 5 days, related to the actual repair times from the time repairs commence.

Vehicle Recovery

In the event of a valid claim,Tow-in charges up to £50 including vat will form part of the maximum claims liability.

So in all a very comprehensive warranty that applies even to cars I sell that are over 10 years old............