Extended car warranties for Honda

Honda is among just seven car brands to be rated "Best" in Which?* magazine’s annual car reliability survey published today, 7 August. Furthermore, both the British-built Honda Accord and Japanese-built Jazz models achieved a 100% breakdown free record, a feat achieved by just five other car models. 

Other Honda models also performed exceptionally well in the survey, with the current Civic and CR-V both achieving 99% reliability, and the previous model CR-V achieving 98%. 

These results are further testimony to the quality of Honda’s Swindon-built models, since the Accord, Civic and current CR-V models featured in the survey are all built at the company’s Wiltshire plant. 

The survey looked at breakdowns (or failures to start) experienced over a 12 month period by owners of cars up to two years old. Some 33,000 Which? members took part in the survey, including 1707 owners of Honda cars less than two years old. 

Overall, Which? found that around one in 20 new cars were likely to have broken down during the last year, with the worst performing model having a breakdown rate of one in four. Asian brands predominantly occupied the "Best" category (smart was the sole European representative), while the "Poor" category was dominated by French, German, Italian, British and Swedish marques. 

Honda’s feat represents a continued improvement over the previous year’s result. In 2002 all of the Honda models were featured in the "winners" area of the survey and exceeded the industry average 94% reliability score. The Honda HR-V was among just seven cars to achieve a 100% breakdown free reliability. Other scores were Civic (new) - 99%, CR-V (old) - 98%, Accord (new) - 97% and Civic (mid) - 97%. 

Which? magazine’s new car reliability survey is published today, 7 August, with the full results on 138 different car models to be published in October’s Which Car? 2003/04 issue. 

* Which? magazine August 2003 issue, published by the Consumers’ Association. The publication is entirely independent and aims to help consumers choose the best goods and services - and avoid the worst.

When thinking about buying a warranty for your used Honda or extending your current Warranty whether you bought it privately or through a dealer consider the following..

There are a wide range of mechanical breakdown policies ( Car Warranty ) available today. All are designed to protect buyers against the costs of sudden and unforeseen failure of a specified list of components on your vehicle. The covered components may vary according to the age and mileage of the vehicle, ranging from policies that provide wide protection on newer motors or used vehicles that are only a few years old, through to more limited covers for much older or higher mileage vehicles ( 50 000 miles or 60 000 miles is a fairly common benchmark here ). It is very important that you are offered the correct policy for the vehicle you are buying. Therefore you should really understand the level of you cover need for the particular model of vehicle you are buying to ensure that you actually do buy cover for the parts that are prone to failure. Generally, with a used car warranty the more extensive the level of cover i.e. protection includes a big range of components, the more you should expect to pay. You should generally pay less for a policy with a restricted list of parts covered. Find out what the weaknesses are for the model of vehicle you are buying and get car warranties to protect yourself armed with this knowledge.

More About Extending Your Honda Warranty

When buying a new Honda you will automatically be given a manufacturer’s warranty. The Manufacturer’s warranty can be valid for a period of between one and three years. Now there is a point which can often cause confusion so here is our chance to clarify for you. Under a standard manufacturers warranty you are free to get your car serviced at any service station / garage in the UK and still benefit from the manufacturer’s new car warranty, providing the service is carried out to the car manufacturer’s recommendations and you have informed the policy provider who you will be using. A used car dealership could also offer a warranty which extends a two year warranty to three years for you. Such a dealer based warranty may have many more restrictions in the small print over the original manufacturer’s warranty, so be aware of this. Some of the restrictions could be things like limiting the mileage to a maximum of 60 000 miles or that services must be done by the same dealer who has given you the warranty. Policies May Also Have Other Limits. Warranty Policies will often have a maximum amount payable for any claim; this may range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. You are advised to check the adequacy of these limits bearing in mind the cost of breakdown for major components when deciding on the upper limits of your cover. Some extended warranties for cars have a betterment clause, in which case you would have to pay something if your vehicle was improved following repair. They may also have a maximum amount payable during the life of the policy. There may be an excess that you will need to pay yourself if you have to make a claim. Some automotive components may have specific claim limits or excesses applied to the as well.

The Old Wear and Tear Clause


The majority of Used Honda Warranty Policies or Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Policies as you may well have heard it referred to are NOT maintenance contracts and therefore do not cover breakdown costs that arise through normal wear and tear on your vehicle. "Wear and tear" is the expected reduction in performance of a part due to the cars age, mileage and/or use. 

For this reason we would like to make it abundantly clear that you should be aware that an engine failure can often be attributed to ’wear and tear’ as parts often wear down rather than break. If you do not want your Honda warranty provider to reject a claim on these grounds you should ensure that it is clearly stated in the terms and conditions that both "mechanical breakdown" and "wear and tear" are covered by your policy.