In a rather dumb bold move, Vauxhall is introducing a lifetime warranty on all its new cars with immediate effect, providing the potential of comprehensive coverage throughout each vehicle’s life. They probably were frustrated with Korean cars’ five or seven years warranties and wanted to beat them! Mind you, although they say it’s lifetime, it will actually end when the car reached 100,000 miles, but in today’s Britain they scrap cars with less mileage than that, so it will be actually lifetime.
It’s not likely that Vauxhall’s sister company Opel announce a similar plan.
Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty will apply to the first owner of any Vauxhall car registered from August 1 2010. Warranty coverage continues throughout the life of the car until it reaches 100,000 miles.
‘With the Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty, we are making a strong statement of confidence in the quality of our products and a clear intent to provide the very best customer service in the UK,’ said Duncan Aldred, Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors.
The comprehensive new OEM warranty cover includes powertrain, steering system, brake system and electrical equipment throughout the life of the vehicle. To maintain the Lifetime Warranty, owners simply need to visit a Vauxhall retailer annually for a free vehicle inspection. Vauxhall is also set to announce details of a further programme enabling second owners to purchase the Lifetime Warranty.
Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty is the latest innovation from the UK’s oldest surviving car maker, which this year celebrates its 107thanniversary. Since 2006, the company has launched a raft of world-class products, including the latest Corsa, Agila, Meriva and Astra models, as well as the European Car of the Year-winning Insignia.
‘Great design, engineering excellence and innovative thinking come as standard with every new Vauxhall so a lifetime warranty, with its boost to the customer ownership experience, is a natural extension to the appeal of our products,’ added Duncan Aldred.