Volkswagen has introduced an add-on warranty program for all its cars to be covered for up to seven years (or 1,25,000km) in an attempt to ease the ownership experience. The company offers a 3-, 4- and 5-year extended warranty over the standard warranty of two years.
The add-on warranty of 1 year/20,000km can be taken anytime from the next day of expiry of new car’s warranty or used car extended warranty. However, the car must be run for less than 1,25,000km and should be within 7 years from the vehicle's purchase date. The add-on warranty can be availed within 30 days before the expiry of the valid warranty or up to 15 days post the expiry of the warranty.
It is worth noting that Taxi/commercial registration vehicles cannot opt for the add-on warranty package. Also, only the cars that have undergone scheduled services at a Volkswagen authorized dealer and have a proper record in the service history log are eligible for the add-on warranty. In case of change of the vehicle's ownership, the remaining add-on warranty period/km would be transferred to the new owner. However, a maximum of two ownership changes are allowed to avail the warranty transfer.
The add-on warranty covers a list of components of the engine, manual or automatic gearbox, suspension and steering, braking system, fuel system, diesel-injection system, air-conditioning system, electrical systems and oil seals. Do keep in mind that the add-on warranty is a slightly curtailed version of new car / extended warranty and may not include some of the parts covered under the regular warranty.
In the Indian market, most manufacturers cover their vehicle for 7 years with extended warranty packages. Some manufacturers like Toyota and Hyundai even have extended warranty packages for up to 8 years for its cars.