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Extended Warranties

Does your extended warranty cover the items that will wear out first on your car?
What will wear out first on your car? The parts of your car most likely to wear out first have been pinpointed in a new study.
Make sure you know which parts of your car are covered under warranty

Suspension arms - -costing an average of $230 to repair each time -- top the list of the parts of your car must likely to wear out. That's according to a study compiled by Warranty Direct, which shows that around one in three repairs to vehicles aged between three and seven years old will be due to wear.

Second on the list of wear-related failures are ball joints (costing an average $223 to repair) followed by the steering rack & pinions ($377) and turbochargers ($2,000).

The study data shows that even small parts which will wear out over time -- like the bearings in a water pump -- could cost motorists an average of $209 to fix. Meanwhile, larger components such as manual gearboxes cost on average $1,300 to put right.

Sixth on the list of parts that fail due to wear were water pumps ($209), followed by wheel bearings ($150-300),
fuel pumps ($415), flywheels ($630), injectors ($400) and automatic gearboxes ($1,976).

The statistics highlight the importance of checking the small print on longer-term new-car warranties and aftermarket warranty policies. Those with 'wear and tear' exclusions mean the consumer is left to foot the bill for worn-out parts.

Motorists are advised to check the level of coverage throughout the warranty period as it may deteriorate as the car ages.
It's not reasonable to expect manufacturer warranties to cover parts that wear out, but motorists are not necessarily aware that as their car gets older and wear-related failures become more frequent, they won't necessarily be covered unless they have a policy that covers wear.


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