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Powertrain Service Contracts

Powertrain coverage refers to a vehicle service contract that covers a car's primary powertrain components, typically including the engine, transmission, drive axles and drive shaft.

Before making a powertrain service contract purchase, read the paperwork carefully to understand what is covered and what is not covered, as many powertrain parts and components may or may not be covered, depending on the specifics of your contract terms. Some Powertrain parts that you should ask about include the engine cylinder block, cylinder heads, turbocharger, supercharger, harmonic balancer, timing gear, chain and belt, water pump, transmission case, torque converter, flywheel/flex plate, vacuum modulator, transfer case, drive axle housing, locking hubs, drive shafts, and universal joints.

Like any vehicle service contract, a powertrain vehicle service contract can offer consumers protection against expensive repair bills. The powertrain is the most important part of a vehicle, and, as such, it can be argued that a powertrain service contract is the most important coverage to get.

When purchasing a powertrain service contract, be aware that some people refer to vehicle service contracts as "extended warranties" but it is not a warranty or an extended warranty. A vehicle service contract provides repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer's warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not. Any company that says they sell extended car warranties is not adhering to the VPA Standards of Conduct.

If you are interested in buying powertrain coverage after your manufacturer's warranty expires, we strongly recommend that you talk with VPA Certified Companies, each of which has gone through an extensive certification process.

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