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Cadillac Warranty Overview
How does Cadillac’s warranty compare to other providers, and should you consider extended coverage? See how well you’re protected and for how long.
Brogan is a Motor1.com Senior Writer based in Central Oregon. He produces in-depth auto product guides on topics spanning from auto warranties and insurance to tips on how to sell a car.
Last Updated 11/01/2023
While competition from European and Asian brands is fierce, the Cadillac warranty has some features that push the brand above notable rivals. In our review of new car warranties, we ranked Cadillac’s warranty in the top third, which puts it ahead of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, but behind Genesis, Jaguar, Infiniti, and Lincoln.
We’ll take an in-depth look at the Cadillac new vehicle limited warranty for 2020-2021 vehicles and also show options for extended Cadillac warranty coverage, either from the brand or the aftermarket.
At Motor1.com, we're dedicated to supplying car owners with the well-researched information they need to make sound decisions about auto warranties. Our editorial team consists of experienced automotive researchers, writers, and editors that follow strict guidelines to ensure that our articles are unbiased and fact checked.
To compile our product reviews and rankings, our team continuously evaluates dozens of warranty companies to compare plans, coverage, costs, customer service, and transparency. We verify each provider’s quality through our hands-on research process. More than 1,500 hours of research has gone into analyzing past customer reviews and mystery shopping top providers to gather pricing quotes for various plans. We’ve also surveyed 2,000 extended warranty customers to learn what matters most to consumers when purchasing a warranty. Lastly, to obtain first-hand product knowledge our team bought five warranty plans from separate providers to test the coverage levels and claims process of each company.
Like many luxury car brands, Cadillac’s warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for 4 years/50,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Cadillac warranty surpasses those of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in powertrain coverage, however, at 6 years/70,000 miles. For those brands, powertrain coverage ends at 4 years/50,000 miles.
The Cadillac factory warranty claims to covers the entire vehicle, except for routine maintenance. If you sell your Cadillac while it’s still under warranty, any remaining coverage automatically transfers to the new owner for free. That may seem like a small touch, but some brands charge $50 to make the transfer.
4 years/50,000 miles
6 years/70,000 miles
6 years/70,000 miles
6 years/70,000 miles
Benefits that are offered as part of the Cadillac warranty include:
Cadillac’s Roadside Assistance lasts for the same period as its powertrain coverage – 6 years/70,000 miles. Its current program provides:
Towing to the closest Cadillac dealer (from a legal roadway)
Flat tire change (using vehicle’s spare)
Vehicle unlock service (costs for a new key and the labor to create it not included)
Trip interruption assistance
Emergency fuel delivery (fuel cost extra)
Should you need warranty service on a Cadillac, any parts used will come with their own warranty. Replacement brakes, rotors, alternators, and starters are covered for 2 years/unlimited miles. A longer list of Genuine AC/Delco replacement parts comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty:
Electronic fuel pumps
Ignition wire sets
Wheel bearings/hub bearings
That “lifetime” coverage is for the parts alone. Labor to replace them is covered for 24 months. Labor costs to replace some of those parts mentioned could be high. Be aware that, if a dealer installs the less-expensive AC/Delco Advantage parts, the warranty coverage is 12 months/12,000 miles. It pays to ask which parts are being used.
You may be too young to remember a time when cars could start having rust problems within a few years, especially in areas that used salt on roads in winter. Dealers used to make a fortune selling undercoating and rustproofing products.
Fortunately, automakers today use very sophisticated and thorough corrosion protection measures in production, and corrosion warranties reflect that progress. Cadillac’s corrosion warranty has two parts covering defects in materials and workmanship:
All body and sheet metal components are warranted against rust for 4 years/50,000 miles.
Any sheet metal that rusts through, causing an actual hole in the sheet metal, is covered for up to 6 years/unlimited miles.
Cadillac says that aftermarket rustproofing products are not needed under this warranty coverage, and that using them “may create an environment which reduces the corrosion resistance built into your vehicle.” What’s more, should the use of aftermarket products lead to rust damage, the Cadillac warranty will not cover it. Bottom line: pass on the rustproofing.
Cadillac Has Reduced Free Routine Service
Back in 2011, Cadillac introduced “Cadillac Shield,” which it billed as “the most comprehensive suite of owner benefits by any luxury automotive brand in the world.” This package included the Premium Care Maintenance program for 4 years/50,000 miles. The Cadillac warranty coverage was reduced to 3 years/36,000 miles in 2017, and then to 1 year/12,000 miles in 2019.
That basically means your vehicle’s first oil change, plus a tire rotation, and a multi-point vehicle inspection. Cadillac included less powertrain warranty coverage under the old program, at 4 years/50,000 miles. So, while you lose most of the free maintenance, you gain 2 years/20,000 miles in powertrain coverage at a critical stage in the vehicle’s service life. That’s probably a better deal for most customers.
The Cadillac warranty offers prepaid maintenance plans that cover the oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid top-offs. Terms run from 24 months/30,000 miles to 180 months/150,000 miles. We think your money would be better spent on an extended warranty, for reasons we’ll show.
Should You Consider A Cadillac Extended Warranty?
Cadillac once billed itself as “The Standard of the World.” Unfortunately, Cadillac reliability tells a different story today. Looking at the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study from 2019, which surveyed owners of three-year-old vehicles, Cadillac ranked in the bottom 10 of 31 brands.
Consumer Reports put Cadillac last among 30 brands it studied for reliability. Its survey covered Cadillac model years 2000-2019, plus some 2020-2021 models.
Cadillac offers a choice of the Cadillac Extended Limited Warranty or the Cadillac Platinum Protection Plan. These are two very different programs, with different benefits and costs, so it pays to understand them before you visit the dealership to buy a new car.
Is A Third-Party Extended Warranty A Better Value?
Cadillac’s choice of purchasing an extended warranty when you buy your vehicle or a Platinum Protection Plan service contract at some point afterward seems appealing. However, it’s also worth exploring third-party warranty options.
While the aftermarket does not offer a true extension of the Cadillac factory warranty, it does offer a multitude of plans that are competitive with Cadillac’s Platinum Protection Plans. Using Cadillac’s online pricing tool, it’s easy to get a price that you could then compare to an aftermarket plan.
Based on a survey our team conducted in 2021, 1,000 respondents cited a multitude of reasons for purchasing an extended warranty for their vehicle. Although it may not be in everyone’s best interest to purchase an extended warranty, here are some of the top reasons others decided to purchase one:
When shopping for extended warranties, the best thing to do is call around and get quotes customized to your specific vehicle. That way, you can compare each company’s prices and get a feel for customer service. Get a free quote from our top three providers below:
Cadillac even lets you download a sample contract, which you could compare to a sample contract from one of our recommended providers. One advantage of the aftermarket plans is that you could buy a powertrain-only option, which could cost less than Cadillac’s service contracts. Also, our top picks among aftermarket extended car warranty companies can offer more comprehensive coverage plans, as well as higher mileage limits.
Final Thoughts On Cadillac’s Warranty
With about 920 dealers across the U.S., Cadillac offers more service points than other luxury car brands. However, an aftermarket warranty enables access to more than 30,000 repair shops, including independent shops, franchises, and national chains.
You’ll also find that top aftermarket warranties easily match Cadillac’s additional benefits, such as roadside assistance, towing, rental car allowance, and trip interruption coverage. The latter reimburses you for lodging and meal costs if you’re more than 100 miles from home while you wait for a covered repair.
Contact one of our top warranty providers, and start comparison shopping before you buy a Cadillac.
Cadillac Car Warranty: FAQ
Below are some frequently asked questions about Cadillac car warranties:
Cadillac’s courtesy transportation program provides “alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses” if your vehicle requires warranty repairs during the 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain coverage period. The company says several transportation options are available. Ask the dealer for details when you are buying your new Cadillac.
It is stated by the company that Cadillac warranty repairs must be performed by an Authorized Cadillac dealership, but also says that in an emergency situation, such as when a covered part or Cadillac dealer is not reasonably available, you can take your car to another GM-brand dealer.
Cadillac has about 920 Authorized Dealers in the U.S., which is more than any other luxury brand. That can make getting warranty repairs more convenient than for some import luxury brands, which typically have less than half that number of U.S. dealers.
If your Cadillac is part of a recall, you should receive a written notice within 60 days of the recall announcement. If you hear about a recall in the news, for example, you can visit the U.S. Department of Transportation or Cadillac Owner Center and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) to check its status.