Hyundai Extended Warranty Overview
While Hyundai’s new car warranties are some of the best in the industry, they do come to an end eventually. When that happens, you may want to look into a Hyundai extended warranty – otherwise known as the Hyundai Protection Plan Vehicle Service Contract.
Hyundai refers to its repair plans as vehicle service contracts, not extended warranties. However, they’re pretty much the same thing, so don’t let that confuse you. Hyundai offers three vehicle protection plans: Powertrain, Gold, and Platinum. Here’s how they compare:
Each of these three Hyundai extended warranty plans includes:
- Service at all Hyundai dealers nationwide
- Towing to the nearest Hyundai dealership or authorized repair facility
- 24/7 roadside assistance
- Rental car reimbursement ($35 per day for up to 10 days)
- Trip interruption coverage ($200 per day for up to 5 days)
- Transferable coverage
Hyundai provides good coverage for covered repairs, but there are a few limitations. For one, you are only allowed to have your vehicle serviced at Hyundai-authorized service centers. This means if you already have a favorite local repair shop you’ve been going to for years, chances are you’ll have to find a new one. On the flip side, you’re guaranteed to receive original manufacturer parts for every repair, which is a nice benefit.
Coverage depends on which plan you choose. Of the three Hyundai Protection Plans available, the Platinum plan offers the most comprehensive coverage. However, it’s still an exclusionary plan. Contract specifics may vary by dealership, but parts and repairs that may not be covered under any of Hyundai’s vehicle service contracts include:
- Standard transmission clutch components
- Solar powered devices
- Auto glass
- Body panels or trim
- Door handles
- Lock cylinders except ignition
- Regular maintenance and wear and tear
Hyundai’s extended warranty also won’t cover any repairs for damages or mechanical issues related to:
- Accidents or collisions
- Road debris
- Aftermarket alterations
- Odometer tamperings
- Off-roading or street racing
Note that Hyundai’s extended warranties don’t really extend the original warranty. Instead, they’re a completely separate contract with different terms. Still, your Hyundai must have at least one month and 1,000 miles left on the New Vehicle Limited Warranty to be eligible for a vehicle service contract.
Can I Cancel A Hyundai Extended Warranty?
If you’re not sure if a Hyundai extended warranty is right for you, you can give it a try relatively risk-free. After purchasing a Hyundai vehicle service contract, you can cancel anytime within 60 days for a full refund. That doesn’t give you much time to determine whether the plan is working out or not, but it does give you a little time to think it over.
How Much Is A Hyundai Extended Warranty?
The cost of an extended warranty can vary greatly from provider to provider. Prices are determined by your vehicle and the plan you choose. In a recent 2023 survey we conducted, 1,000 consumers responded on their experiences getting extended warranties. Of these 1,000, about 6 percent had an extended warranty with Hyundai. Collectively, here are the price ranges that people reportedly paid:
- 30 percent paid $1,000 to $2,000
- 22 percent paid $2,000 to $3,000
- 15 percent paid under $1,000
- 11 percent paid from $3,000 to $4,000
If you want to get a price on a Hyundai extended warranty, you’ll need to contact your dealer directly. Getting a price for a third-party provider is a bit easier, as you can call or fill out an online form to get a price estimate.
We recommend getting several free quotes and comparing the prices and coverage to find the best fit for you.
Do You Need A Hyundai Extended Warranty?
Hyundai is a particularly reliable automaker, and it has seen widespread success in part because of the quality of its vehicles. RepairPal ranks Hyundai vehicles fourth among 32 vehicle brands for reliability and highlights the brand’s low chance of experiencing severe issues. Similarly, J.D. Power’s 2023 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study℠ ranked Hyundai eighth, reporting 170 recorded problems per 100 vehicles. This is lower than the industry average of 186.
Despite these positive signals, every vehicle is going to need repairs one day. Even if you’ve made it through the first 40,000 miles (or more) without any serious issues, a mechanical breakdown is bound to happen at some point, and that means you need to be prepared.
Now, if you’re still covered by the Hyundai factory warranty, there’s no need for extended warranty coverage right away. However, if your coverage is coming to an end, it may be worth considering a longer vehicle protection plan.
Hyundai Repair Costs
As cars age, the frequency of repairs increases. Because of this, vehicle owners often find that extended warranties can help them get through unexpected repair costs. Let’s take a look at the average cost of some common Hyundai repairs (all estimates provided by RepairPal):
Our Manufacturer Extended Warranty Survey
In December 2023, our research team surveyed 1,000 drivers with automaker extended warranty coverage, including Hyundai contract holders. A total of 55 respondents had Hyundai protection plans. Here’s how much they reported paying for coverage from the dealership:
- 25 percent reported paying under $1,000
- 25 percent reported paying $1,000 to $2,000
- 24 percent reported paying $2,000 to $3,000
- 7 percent reported paying $3,000 to $4,000
- 5 percent reported paying $4,000 to $5,000
- 13 percent were unsure how much they had paid
Pricing can vary widely depending on the level of coverage you choose.
Overall, drivers seem satisfied with Hyundai coverage. However, some drivers would consider other options too. Here’s what some of our survey respondents had to say:
- “I want to have a warranty because [if] anything goes wrong I have coverage on different parts. I had a claim on my engine, and it was covered and I didn’t pay any money.”
- “I am very satisfied with my warranty coverage… I completed all the necessary steps and waited for my claim to be acknowledged and it was.”
- “I am very satisfied with my warranty coverage. However, I don’t mind shopping around for a better deal.”
What Hyundai Coverage Do You Already Have?
The first thing you need to figure out if you’re deciding whether to buy a Hyundai extended warranty is what coverage you already have. If you bought a Hyundai recently, you can rest assured knowing you’re covered by what Hyundai proclaims is “America’s Best Warranty.”
While its status as the best warranty in America may be debatable, there’s no question that the manufacturer’s warranty is very solid. Hyundai offers the longest limited powertrain warranty in the industry at 10 years/100,000 miles. Here’s exactly what this warranty includes:
It’s important to note that most of these warranties are transferable with the exception of the powertrain and hybrid/electric battery warranty. The powertrain warranty gets cut short to 5 years/60,000 miles and the lifetime hybrid battery warranty is limited to 10 years/100,000 miles for secondary owners. So if you purchased a used Hyundai, you may need to extend your powertrain coverage sooner.
The two most important parts of this warranty are the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty.
The powertrain warranty covers the repair or replacement of any powertrain component that is defective and breaks under normal use. Similarly, the new vehicle warranty offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for any component in the vehicle that’s defective under normal use.
Like other manufacturers, Hyundai sells Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. These cars have been thoroughly inspected by factory-trained technicians, and they’re all within a certain age limit. This means Hyundai can add a bit of warranty coverage to these vehicles.
When you buy a certified pre-owned (CPO) Hyundai, you receive the remainder of Hyundai’s 5-year/60,000-mile warranty, plus:
- A 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting on the in-service date
- 10 years/unlimited miles of roadside assistance starting on the in-service date
- Rental car reimbursement for up to $100 per day and up to $500 per occurrence, or $35 per day for up to 10 days
Benefits Of A Third-Party Extended Warranty
Although Hyundai provides its own warranties in-house, there are several other third-party companies that cover Hyundais. Many drivers find that purchasing a third-party vehicle service contract ends up working out better for them, as it provides a greater level of flexibility and customization.
In general, benefits of opting for a third-party used car warranty include:
- Choice of repair facility and mechanic
- Choice of automotive part brands used in repairs
- Flexible purchase window
- Coverage available for high-mileage vehicles
- More coverage options
When you purchase a third-party extended vehicle warranty, you also make it impossible for your payments to end up getting rolled into your vehicle financing, which means you won’t pay interest on the cost of your plan.
Of course, third-party contracts bring some problems with them as well. For one, vehicles may not always be repaired with genuine manufacturer parts, and they won’t be repaired by Hyundai technicians unless you visit a dealership. For some, this is fine, but others prefer knowing their vehicle is being serviced by the manufacturer and a service person who is specifically trained to service Hyundais.
In the chart below, you can see an overview of the differences between a manufacturer extended warranty and a third-party vehicle service contract offered through Endurance, our top overall rated provider.
Hyundai Extended Warranties vs. Endurance
Here’s a quick comparison of the Hyundai Extended Warranty compared to our top-rated third-party extended warranty provider, Endurance:
You can get factory-level coverage from a variety of other highly rated providers, including Carchex and CarShield.
Hyundai Extended Warranty: Bottom Line
The Hyundai extended warranty comes with three plan levels that range from full-scale bumper-to-bumper coverage to powertrain protection – all of which can go to 10 years/120,000 miles.
Hyundais are reliable vehicles that are well protected by long factory warranties up to 60,000 miles (100,000 for powertrain), but are still susceptible to mechanical malfunction. An extended warranty can be worth it for those unwilling to pay for repair costs out of pocket.
You can get an extended warranty from Hyundai, or find more versatile coverage options from a third-party vehicle service contract company like Endurance, Carchex, or CarShield. It’s important to compare quotes from several providers before choosing one.
Hyundai Extended Car Warranty: FAQ
Below are some frequently asked questions about Hyundai extended warranties:
In an effort to provide accurate and unbiased information to consumers, our expert review team collects data from dozens of extended auto warranty companies to formulate rankings of the best providers. Companies receive a score in each of the following categories, as well as an overall weighted score out of 5.0 stars.
- Industry Standing: Warranty providers with a history of strong business practices and endorsements from experts receive the highest scores in this category.
- Coverage: This rating is based on the types of extended warranty plans available, coverage terms, and added benefits like roadside assistance.
- Cost: Our research team reviews sample quotes for a variety of plans and vehicles. Companies with lower prices per year of coverage receive the best scores.
- Transparency: This score takes into account contract transparency and the availability of a money-back guarantee.
- Customer Service: We comb through customer reviews and perform our own shopper analysis to get a sense of the responsiveness and helpfulness of each warranty company.
*Data accurate at time of publication.