- New Volvo warranty touts lifetime parts and labor coverage
- Warranty costs extra and starts when the original warranty coverage ends
- Warranty only applies to original owner, allowing them to “pay once and never pay again”
If you have any concerns about long-term reliability from your next new car, a new program from Volvo might erase them entirely. The automaker recently announced a lifetime warranty, which applies to parts and labor and covers the vehicle for as long as the original owner owns the car.
The program, which Volvo says will let you “pay once and never pay again,” is offered in addition to the Volvo Service Advantage program. Volvo Service Advantage touts complementary benefits such as roadside assistance, free car washes and alternative transportation if your vehicle breaks down.
So how exactly does a lifetime warranty work? According to Volvo, the program will start at the conclusion of the original factory warranty. Much like any extended warranty, it will cost extra, but unlike other extended warranties, it will cover the vehicle for as long as the original owner owns it. This is a big deal for drivers who keep their cars for a long time, as it means their Volvo will be covered under warranty for years — and even decades — after they purchase it.
“We look forward to redefining the way manufacturers service and support their vehicles” said Scott Doering, Volvo’s North American vice president of customer service, in a statement. “The lifetime parts and labor warranty is a best-in-class offer from a luxury automaker.”
Unfortunately, Volvo hasn’t announced pricing for the lifetime warranty, though we suspect it will differ based on exactly which model you choose — and potentially even which options and extras you add to it. But unless the warranty is extremely expensive, we think it’s certainly worth a look if you plan to keep your next new car for a while.
What it means to you: While it may be expensive, the latest Volvo warranty program touts lifetime coverage, which is a big deal for drivers who plan to own their next Volvo for a long time.