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Should You Buy A Jeep Extended Warranty?

Extended Auto Warranty

By Jack Lightner | 9/11/19 1:57 PM | 0 minutes to read

You know what they say about Jeep. “It’s a Jeep thing. You wouldn’t understand.” Jeep life is booming. It’s not just a vehicle. For those who own one, it’s a lifestyle. There’s a Jeep wave to learn. Hierarchy, rules, and protocols to understand. Lots of accessories to buy. And a lifetime of adventures to experience.

If you’re already a Jeep lover or are considering buying one to join the Jeep lifestyle, a Jeep extended warranty may be on your mind. With the beating you may be about to give it, you’ll want to know the parts and workmanship on your new toys are protected.

What Does the Jeep Warranty Cover?

The basic warranty protects the vehicle for 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first). It covers the cost of parts and labor to fix any defective part on your Jeep, whether it’s a flaw of material, workmanship, or factory production. It also includes towing costs in case your Jeep can’t be driven. The warranty covers everything except tires. Your cost? Nothing, of course. 

The only exceptions to the warranty are these items, which are covered only covered for 12 months or 12,000 miles:

  • Brakes (rotors, pads, linings, and drums).
  • Wiper blades.
  • Clutch discs.

What Emissions Parts Does the Jeep Warranty Cover?

As part of federal law, emissions parts are required to be covered for 2 years or 24,000 miles. But the Jeep warranty goes a little further and covers these parts for 3 years or 36,000 miles. However, if your Jeep includes a catalytic converter and a powertrain control module, those parts are covered for 8 years or 80,000 miles. 

The following emissions parts are covered under the 3/36,000 warranty:

  • Air-system controls.
  • Distributor and components.
  • Electronic fuel-injection system, including injector.
  • Evaporative-emission canister and controls.
  • Exhaust manifold.
  • Exhaust-gas recirculation valve and control system.
  • Exhaust pipes (between exhaust manifold and catalyst).
  • Fuel cap and tank assembly, pump, and fuel lines.
  • Ignition coil and ignition module.
  • Intake manifold.
  • On-board diagnostic-system components.
  • Oxygen sensors.
  • Positive crankcase-ventilation (PCV) valve or orifice.
  • Secondary ignition wires.
  • Spark plugs.
  • Throttle body.
  • Transmission-control module.
  • Vacuum hoses, clamps, and fittings, as well as tubing used for these components.
  • Vacuum, temperature, altitude, speed, time-sensitive valves, sensors, and switches used in these components and systems.

Besides these parts, your emissions performance is also protected. If your Jeep should fail a federally approved state or local emission test (as long as your vehicle has been faithfully maintained), Jeep will cover the cost of a fine or penalty for failing or diagnose and repair the vehicle at no cost to you to ensure your Jeep passes the inspection. This part of their emissions coverage is good for 3 years or 50,000 miles. The coverage extends to the parts related to defects of your emission control system for 7 years or 70,000 miles (whichever comes first).

What OEM Parts Does the Jeep Warranty Cover?

As with any warranty, Jeep (Chrysler Motors) puts the responsibility in your hands to bring your vehicle in for a look as soon as you notice a problem but no later than 30 days. As long as the issue isn’t due to negligent improper maintenance or modifications on your part, you’re covered.

Jeep offers coverage on parts installed as original equipment for 7 years or 70,000 miles for these Jeep styles:

Wrangler

  • Catalytic converter assembly w/ pipe right/left — 4.0L.
  • Exhaust manifold.
  • Exhaust pipe assembly w/ conv — 2.5L.
  • Intake manifold assembly.
  • Powertrain control module.

Grand Cherokee

  • Catalytic converter assembly w/ pipe right/left — 4.7L/4.0L.
  • Exhaust manifold — 4.0L.
  • Fuel tank assembly — partial — 4.7L/4.0L.
  • Intake manifold — 4.7L.
  • Powertrain control module.

Cherokee

  • Catalytic converter assembly w/ pipe right/left — 4.0L.
  • Exhaust manifold.
  • Exhaust pipe assembly w/ conv — 2.5L.
  • Intake manifold assembly — 2.5L.
  • Powertrain control module.

What Does a Jeep Warranty Cost?

Your basic warranty is a guarantee from Chrysler Jeep that your new vehicle will perform and function as expected. This promise is free and provided in good faith from your car maker. For the cost of an extended warranty, you'll have to contact Jeep for an estimate based on the age and mileage of your vehicle.

How Do You Get Warranty Service?

You can take your Jeep to the dealer where you bought it or any authorized Chrysler Motors dealer. If you’re temporarily outside the U.S. (including U.S. possessions or territories), and your vehicle is registered in the U.S., you can get the same warranty service at an overseas Chrysler Motors. If the overseas dealer charges you for service, Chrysler Motors will reimburse you, as long as your repairs meet the warranty requirements.

In case of an emergency, someone other than an authorized Chrysler Motors dealer can perform the work using any brand parts, and you can be reimbursed for the costs later — see your warranty for instructions for reimbursement. But be sure to keep track of the details, because Chrysler Motors will need information on why a dealer was unavailable and what the emergency was.

What Doesn't the Jeep Warranty Cover?

If you damage your car by racing it, you’re on your own for repairs or defects. You’re also not covered for:

  • Engine tune-ups.
  • Filters, coolant, spark plugs, bulbs, or fuses (unless those costs result from a covered repair).
  • Cleaning and polishing.
  • Replacing wiper blades, brake pads and linings, or clutch linings.

Some types of corrosion aren’t covered. This includes corrosion caused by:

  • Accident, damage, abuse, or vehicle alteration.
  • Industrial fallout, sand, salt, hail, and stones.
  • Extensive or abnormal transport of caustic materials like chemicals, acids, or fertilizer.
  • Parts not equipped or made by Chrysler Motors.

And if any of these situations occur, you can kiss your warranty goodbye:

  • The vehicle is declared to be a total loss by an insurance company.
  • The vehicle is rebuilt after being declared to be a total loss by an insurance company.
  • The vehicle is issued a certificate of title indicating that it’s designated as “salvage,” “junk,” “rebuilt,” “scrap,” or something similar.

What Vehicle Years Are Covered?

If you’re driving a 2016 Jeep or newer (depending on the day you made the purchase, as long as it’s not over 36,000 miles), your vehicle is covered under the basic warranty. Some original equipment (parts) is covered for 7 years, which might make your vehicle 2012 or newer eligible (again, dependent on mileage and purchase date).

What Extra Options Does a Jeep Warranty Have?

Most Jeeps come with round-the-clock roadside assistance that comes in handy if you should find yourself stranded somewhere. The service offers flat tire change, towing, battery jump, key service, and gas delivery. Model years 2017-2019 are covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles for gas vehicles, or 5 years or 100,000 miles for diesel.

What Is the Jeep Extended Warranty?

If you’re the kind of person who appreciates extra assurance, you can always purchase an extended warranty from the Jeep Factory Warranty that covers additional components for a longer time than its main warranty. You’ll have to contact Jeep to get an estimate on the cost of their various plans. Extended warranty is available on the Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Liberty Patriot, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited. This enhanced warranty covers:

  • Engine and emissions.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Engling cooling/fuel system.
  • Electrical/expanded electrical.
  • Front/rear suspension.
  • Power group.
  • Luxury group.
  • Body mechanisms.
  • Manual interior mechanisms.
  • Safety and security.

The extended warranty does have a few limitations. It does not cover:

  • Maintenance services and items used in such services.
  • Catalytic converter and particulate filter.
  • Glass, plastic lenses and light bulbs.
  • Body and paint items.
  • Snowplows, winches, and trailer hitches.
  • Wear items (tires, manual clutch, brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, belts, and wipers).

You’ll also enjoy these added benefits:

  • Car rental allowance.
  • Towing/roadside assistance.
  • Key fob repair/replacement.
  • Trip interruption protection.
  • Transfer policy.
  • Personalized plan provisions.

Is a Jeep Extended Warranty Worth It?

No one can answer this question but you. How much is your peace of mind worth? What price would you place on sleeping well at night? Driving your Jeep after your basic warranty has expired is like rolling the dice. In the same vein as accidents, mishaps, and hazards also happen, and they can’t be predicted. You'll never truly know when you need it. Protecting your investment is playing it safe. There's no gamble involved.

What Happens When Your Jeep Warranty Expires?

If your warranty is about to expire, you’re on your own. Jeep won’t guarantee parts, labor, or performance in any manner. Your Jeep warranty is great for factory production flaws and faulty parts, but since most major repairs don’t occur in the first five years, big bills will be on your shoulders. After this point, what do you do? Try an extended warranty from Protect My Car, which could save you thousands in repair costs.

What if There Are Warranty Problems?

Sometimes things go wrong. People have misunderstandings. It happens. But your dealer’s sales or service department or the service or sales manager are available to help resolve those problems. If you’re not satisfied with their response, you can contact the Chrysler Motors Customer Center. Your situation will be reviewed. If you still can’t come to a reasonable solution, Chrysler has an arbitration process, or check the laws in your state.

Is Your Jeep Warranty Transferable?

If you’re buying a used Jeep (which isn’t a bad investment considering the endurance and durability associated with the brand), unfortunately, the warranty doesn’t stay with the vehicle. But you can have the existing warranty transferred to you for a service fee of $150. The fee goes to the dealer, and you have 30 days from date of purchased to apply for a coverage transfer.

What Will Void My Jeep Warranty?

Like most warranties, if you make modifications or install parts or equipment that aren’t made by Chrysler Motors, you will void your warranty and lose all coverage. They also don’t cover the cost of repairs required due to installing non-Chrysler Motors components, equipment, or additives.

There’s another way to void your warranty. If you mess with, disconnect, or replace your odometer, your warranty is invalid.

Your warranty may also be voided due to some certain circumstances:

  • Airborne fallout.
  • Tree sap.
  • Ocean spray.
  • Acid rain.
  • Road hazards.

Lack of maintenance is another good way to invalidate your warranty, as well as using contaminated fuel, oil, lubricant, or other fluid not recommended for your Jeep as per your Owner’s Manual. Keeping your Jeep properly maintained will keep your warranty in good standing.

How Does a Jeep Warranty Compare to a Policy From Protect My Car?

An extended warranty from Protect My Car is very similar to the Jeep extended warranty, with 100% coverage for repairs and free 24/7 roadside assistance to cover you when life’s little emergencies make things inconvenient. The Protect My Car warranty covers:

  • Transfer case.
  • Drive axle.
  • Differential assembly.
  • Front/rear suspension (Select and Supreme plans).
  • Cooling system.
  • Air conditioning and heating.
  • Some brake components (Select and Supreme plans).
  • Timing chain.
  • Turbocharger (Supreme plan).
  • Navigation (Supreme plan).

Plus, you’ll also enjoy rental car coverage.

Protect My Car’s Supreme extended warranty is its most comprehensive and will keep you covered for an additional 5 years and up to 100,000 miles. If you’re driving a Jeep, you know it has the potential to go the distance, so coverage during its prime years is practically a necessity — especially when you're taking it off road. Rocks, sand, mud, loose gravel, and other natural elements can wreak havoc on your Jeep.

How Much Does an Extended Warranty Cost?

Compare the Jeep extended warranty to the Protect My Car extended warranty and make the decisions for yourself. Because costs vary by vehicle and year, contact Protect My Car to see the actual costs for the best plan that meets your needs.

Know What’s Covered

You never know when you’ll need to take advantage of your extended warranty. If you don’t have one, it’s Murphy’s Law that you’ll need it. An extended warranty from Protect My Car offers a level of protection that will give you the confidence to know any unforeseen repairs will be covered. With the high cost of auto repairs, the warranty can make budgeting a lot easier. You’ll never have to suffer sticker shock when the mechanic hands you the final repair bill.

Since a Jeep is at its best when it's pushed to its limit, you can hardly treat it with kid gloves. It was made for mud and shines when it's filthy dirty. In the meantime, be sure to make the most of your Jeep and happy off-roading adventures for years to come.

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