Understanding "Bumper-to-Bumper" and Exclusionary Warranties

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What is an exclusionary warranty?

Understanding "Bumper-to-Bumper" and Exclusionary Warranties

When you shop around for an extended warranty, make sure you are comparing true bumper-to-bumper exclusionary coverage. Exclusionary policies cover everything—and that means everything—on the car (excluding certain items that are specifically listed in the warranty). Common exclusions include things such as:

• Moldings
• Weather-stripping
• Maintenance

In other words, the types of things you wouldn't really expect to be covered anyway. Unfortunately, many of the less reputable warranty companies sell so-called "bumper-to-bumper" warranties that exclude major components and systems. Make sure you read the fine print on your warranty or you may end up being skimped on your coverage.



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