A turbo – or turbocharged engine – uses recycled gas to improve power. A turbo allows a car to accelerate faster and it provides greater fuel efficiency, and this is why turbos are so popular. However, if you have a problem with one of these systems, it can be costly to fix, so you may be wondering - does a warranty cover turbo?
Whether you are covered by your warranty or not will depend on the type of warranty you are relying on and how you have looked after your car.
If your turbo problems emerge in the first 30 days of purchase, then whether you bought a new car or a used car from a dealer, the terms of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 state that you can simply reject the car and return it to the dealer. If the problem presents itself within the first six months of you owning the car but after the first 30 days, the dealer has a chance to put the problem right. If they do not manage to do this, you are entitled to a partial refund of the cost of the car.
Other warranty protection
In reality, new cars are sold with manufacturers’ warranties that last typically a few years and are intended to protect a buyer from expensive repair costs for parts like turbocharged engines if they fail. People buying used cars from a dealer may be offered a warranty to extend the protection of their legal rights. As a purchaser, you can also choose to buy an additional warranty if you want to be covered in the event of an expensive fault with your car.
Does your car warranty cover turbo?
Depending on the type of fault, a repair to a turbo engine would usually be covered by a warranty if the warranty is still valid and the car has been serviced and maintained within the terms of the agreement. When buying a warranty, check the small print of inclusions and exclusions carefully.
Some warranties stipulate that they will only pay out if the car has been serviced at specific garages and at specific points; usually after one year or 12,000 miles have elapsed. If you are late getting the car serviced, this can pose problems for the validity of the warranty. Some warranties insist on having a car inspected by an authorised independent assessor. Without this, a claim under warranty can also fail.
Most warranties will not cover wear and tear, so whether your turbo is covered by your warranty will also depend on the reason for the fault. This is why an independent valuator’s assessment is so important.
Make sure you know what to expect
To help ensure you’re prepared in case your turbo needs repairing or replacing, it’s essential that you read the terms of your warranty carefully so that you know what it includes and excludes. As part of this, pay close attention to the servicing obligations.
This will help you to avoid any unwelcome financial surprises and give you greater peace of mind when using your car.
If you decide to buy an additional warranty and you want to be sure that it covers turbo, make sure to select a warranty that is as comprehensive as possible. Different warranties will suit different budgets, but it pays to shop around. Here at Car.co.uk, we offer warranties that are clear and explicit about what is and isn’t covered, ensuring there is no confusion over this issue.
If you have any questions at all about this topic or would like further information or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.