Volkswagen India has announced extended warranty of up to 7 years/1,25,000 kms across the Product line-up in the country. This extended warranty is offered across all models on sale including new Polo, Vento, Tiguan and Passat in India and is subject to terms of the vehicle being within 7 years from date of sale and an odometer reading of not over 1,25,000 kms. The add-on warranty covers the vehicles post its standard 2 year/unlimited km or extended warranty of 2+2 years or 2+3 years, whichever applicable but only upto 7 years.
However, if bought, the add-on warranty will be valid for the duration of one year only and will have to be renewed to continue coverage. Interestingly, all the existing VW owners can opt for the add-on warranty but the condition is to buy it within a maximum of 15 days post the expiry of the standard or extended warranty. The add-on warranty will cover the car for 1 year/20,000km only.
Though VW has not yet announced the prices of the add-on warranty for the Polo 1.0, Ameo 1.0, eighth-gen Passat, Tiguan and the Beetle 1.4 TSI yet but the prices of the 1 year add-on warranty start from Rs 12,348 for the 1.2L Polo and goes up to Rs 61,621 for the old Passat.
However, there are some terms and conditions to be kept in mind while availing the advantage. These include vehicles with an odometer reading of less than 1,25,000 km only to be covered under the add-on warranty package, the buyer should also ensure that the vehicle has undergone the scheduled services as per the carmaker's guidelines in the service schedule booklet with a proper record in the service history log, if there is a change in vehicle’s ownership- the remaining add-on warranty period / km would be effective for the new owner but the change in ownership is allowed only for two more ownerships. Apart from this, the add-on warranty will be available for privately owned vehicles only and is not applicable on taxi / commercial registration vehicles. Looking at the terms, it seems too similar to those of the standard and extended ones, but Volkswagen says that the add-on Warranty has not been taken from any of the two. Hence, the coverage under add-on warranty may differ from standard / extended warranty.
However, VW is not the only automaker in the country offering such extended warranty offer. Apart from Volkswagen, Honda is the other manufacturer offering a similar warranty option called ‘Anytime warranty’. The automaker offers an add-on warranty of 1 year/20,000km over the standard and extended warranty under the offering. Vehicles less than 7-years old (from policy start date) and the odometer reading less than 1,00,000 km can avail the benefits of the offering. Honda provides a standard warranty for a period of 2 years or 40,000kms, whichever is earlier, for the Brio, Jazz, Mobilio & CR-V and 3 years with unlimited kilometres for the Amaze, City, WR-V, BR-V and Accord Hybrid. The extended warranty of up to 5 years/1,00,000km or unlimited kilometres (depending on the model) can also be availed at an extra price.