Buick Protection Plans are also known as vehicle service contracts (VSCs). VSCs are almost identical to extended warranties in that they provide the same services for autos, but they’re not technically not the same thing.
The main difference is that VSCs are often created by separated companies (though offered and sold through dealerships) – and have their own regulations. However, VSCs can be considered as extended warranties when offered by auto manufacturers.
Buick Protection Plan Benefits
All three protection plans also come with a standard set of benefits found with most VSCs:
- Roadside assistance: This 24-hour service includes towings, tire replacements, fluid and fuel deliveries, jump-starts, and lockout assistance.
- Trip interruption: If you break down 100 miles or more from home, you’ll get reimbursed $200 a day for up to five days for food and lodging.
- Rental car coverage: If your car is in the shop, Buick can secure rental car coverage for up to $40 a day at a maximum of 10 days.
- Cancellation: You can cancel your Buick Protection Plan within 30 days of coverage for a full refund. After that, you can still cancel for a prorated refund.
- Transferability: You can transfer your Buick Protection Plan to a subsequent owner within 30 days of a resale – but for a $50 transfer fee.
To know more about exclusions, benefits, and purchase periods, consult our Buick extended warranty review.
Does Buick Offer The Extended Limited Warranty Anymore?
Buick used to feature an Extended Limited Warranty (ELW) on its site, which would initially just stretch the time and mileage limits for the factory warranty up to 5 years/60,000 miles. The ELW had all the same benefits, exclusions, and coverages as the factory warranty.
However, Buick no longer features this warranty option on its site – primarily pushing its Protection Plan program as its main source of extended coverage. Despite this, there is evidence that the ELW may still be offered at some dealerships. To know if the ELW is available to you, contact your nearest local Buick or other GM-brand dealership.
Our Manufacturer Extended Warranty Survey
In December 2023, our research team polled 1,000 drivers with automaker extended warranties to better understand consumer satisfaction with vehicle protection plans. Out of 1,000 people surveyed, only 4 had coverage with Buick. All were satisfied with the coverage, and drivers reported paying between $1,000 and $3,000 for their plans. However, it’s hard to know if this is representative of most consumers’ experiences with such a small sample size.
One driver with a Buick Envision that was new upon purchasing the warranty said, “I am very satisfied with the warranty we purchased. It’s a great plan that can help once the vehicle [factory] warranty is over.”