The Honda Accord Warranty Is on Par With Its Competition
Everything you need to know about the Honda Accord warranty
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When you're car shopping, one of the best things to do is research. You may already have some makes and models in mind, or you may start from scratch. Price and performance are typically the top considerations when looking for a brand-new car, but you should also look at the warranty.
If you're thinking about buying a new Honda Accord, familiarize yourself with the warranty coverage, so you're prepared should something go wrong within the first few years of ownership. Our guide below has everything you need to know about warranty protection on a Honda Accord.
All new Honda Accords are sold with a new vehicle limited warranty that is designed to protect the consumer should a component exhibit a factory defect. The warranty includes bumper-to-bumper coverage, which provides protection for three years/36,000 miles, whichever comes first. There's also a powertrain limited warranty that lasts five years/60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Nearly anything that goes wrong with your vehicle, except powertrain-related components, is included in the scope of the bumper-to-bumper warranty. However, it only pertains to defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty covers both parts and labor, so there's no charge to the consumer. Some automakers charge a deductible, but Honda does not.
While the bumper-to-bumper warranty is fairly comprehensive, it has some limitations. It does not cover items that have been improperly installed or maintained, or damage caused by a vehicle that has been misused or abused. The warranty also excludes damage caused by acts of nature, such as flooding or hail storms; issues due to improper fueling; or problems caused by the use of fluids not equivalent to OEM fluids.
It does not cover vehicles that have been altered with parts or accessories that aren't authorized by Honda or incorrectly fit your Accord. Vehicles with modified odometers are also excluded, and tires are covered in a separate warranty.
Similar to other automaker warranties, the one for the Honda Accord does not cover maintenance items, such as oil filters and brake pads, or normal wear and tear. Broken, chipped, or scratched glass; cleaning and polishing; and cosmetic issues caused during the manufacturing or shipping process are also excluded.
The powertrain warranty, which covers the engine, transmission/transaxle, and the drivetrain, also provides repairs and replacement parts that fail due to defects in materials or workmanship. Again, the automaker pays for the parts and the labor, so you are not responsible for potentially expensive repair bills. These items can be very pricey, so it's good to have warranty protection in case they prematurely fail.
The powertrain warranty specifically covers the following components: the cylinder block and head, timing gears and gaskets, timing chain/belt and cover, flywheel, valve covers, oil pan and oil pump, intake and exhaust manifolds, engine mounts, engine/powertrain control module, water pump and fuel pump, seals, and gaskets.
It also covers the torque converter, transfer case, transmission/powertrain control module, the final drive housing and driveshafts, constant velocity joints, and front hubs and bearings.
New Honda Accords also come with a rust perforation limited warranty that lasts for five years without a mileage limit. It provides coverage if a hole rusts through a body panel. It does not cover surface body rust that's caused by improper maintenance or vehicle misuse/abuse. The one downside is that this particular coverage is not transferable to a second owner.
The warranty covers air conditioner refrigerant for two years/24,000 miles and wheel balancing and wheel alignment for one year/12,000 miles, unless they are part of a warranted repair. Remote and key fob batteries as well as wiper blade inserts are covered for six months.
Honda Accord owners also receive 24-hour roadside assistance for three years/36,000 miles. Technicians will aid with a flat tire, jump start, fuel delivery, winching, or lockout any time of the night or day. If your vehicle breaks down more than 100 miles from home, you may receive trip interruption reimbursement valued up to $300 for food, lodging, and alternative transportation, including a rental vehicle.
Other coverage provided for a Honda Accord include: federal emissions and California emissions warranties, a hybrid powertrain warranty, a high-voltage battery capacity warranty, an accessory limited warranty, a replacement/remanufactured parts limited warranty, a replacement 12-volt battery limited warranty, and a replacement exhaust components lifetime limited warranty.
What We Like
The best part about the Honda Accord warranty is how much it covers. If there's a factory defect related to anything from the seat belts to the electrical system to the engine, Honda will take care of it, and it won't cost you a cent. Since some components can be very expensive to fix, this provides some peace of mind because you won't be responsible for potentially pricey repair bills.
Another good thing about the warranty is that you can transfer it to another person or party if you decide to sell your Accord. A warranty increases a vehicle's resale value, and it's something that potential buyers take into consideration when car shopping.
In addition, whether you simply drive your Accord around town or spend a lot of time in it during your commute, you have backup if you break down. You don't have to panic if you have a tire blowout or other problem because 24/7 roadside assistance is part of the package. Plus, trip interruption benefits can save you money if you're stranded far from home.
What We Don’t Like
While Honda's warranty is pretty good, it's not the best one available, and that's largely because of its relatively short duration. Specifically, the three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty is quite low in comparison to some other vehicle warranties. Volkswagen, for example, has a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, while Kia has a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty.
Honda's bumper-to-bumper warranty is similar in length to those provided by competitors such as Nissan, Toyota, and Ford. But its powertrain warranty falls considerably short compared to Hyundai, which has 10 years/100,000 miles of protection.
Another drawback with the warranty on a Honda Accord is its exclusions. It does not cover normal wear and tear or maintenance, so you're responsible for services such as oil changes and brake pad replacements. The warranty excludes aftermarket parts that are not approved by Honda or any damage sustained in a natural disaster. But again, these exclusions are also common in other vehicle warranties.
Common Repair Costs
Some of the most common issues and repair costs with Honda vehicles:
- Honda Accord Crosstour: Air conditioning expansion valve replacement ($279-$400)
- Honda Fit: Alternator replacement ($635-$1,030)
- Honda Odyssey: Emission system diagnosis and testing ($44-$56)
Some consumers familiarize themselves with automaker warranties, while others simply scan the fine print. At the very least, you should learn the basics when it comes to what the warranty covers and what it doesn't. We answer some commonly-asked questions in our FAQs below, so you can make an informed decision while you’re shopping for a new Honda Accord.
Q. What does the Honda warranty cover?
A. Honda’s new vehicle limited warranty covers problems related to defects in materials or workmanship. It covers nearly everything inside and outside the vehicle with some limitations.
Q. What is not covered by a Honda warranty?
A. A Honda warranty does not cover maintenance services, normal wear and tear, damage caused by acts of nature, vehicle misuse or abuse, and a few other scenarios.
Is Honda’s Warranty Worth It?
The warranty on a Honda Accord sets out to do what most warranties are created to do: protect the consumer against factory-related defects. Even though it's a little short when it comes to the duration, most factory defects surface rather quickly in a vehicle's service life. As a result, you should be protected against costly repair bills, at least for a few years.
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