It's so great to have an extended warranty. It eases the mind.
Extended warranties cover your vehicle after the 36 month, 36,000 mile limits of your new Dodge Durango warranty expire.
An extended warranty can protect your investment. Purchasing this type of protection is a service contract that guarantees that the warranty company will pay for expensive repairs, not you.
You can choose from basically three different types of extended warranties: bumper-to-bumper, stated component and drive train.
Basically, the auto industry goes by mileage. Any vehicle with over 50,000 miles is considered a used car and is therefore cannot be covered by a bumper-to-bumper policy, although any car that still has the original manufacturer's warranty is also new in the eyes of extended warranty companies.
Similar to the original Dodge warranty, a bumper-to-bumper warranty will cover everything on your Durango except emission control systems and tires (although there are exceptions and it is wise to read the warranty policy to find out what those exceptions are). Many bumper-to-bumper policies also have, or offer as an option, added benefits and coverage. These may include car rental reimbursement, 24-hour roadside assistance, travel interruption protection, towing, wear and tear coverage, seal and gasket coverage, and electronic equipment coverage.
Tip: extended warranty companies sell bumper-to-bumper coverage only on new cars. The auto industry considers a new car as any vehicle that is still under part of the manufacturer's warranty. Because vehicles today are covered for as many as 100,000 miles and 10 years, it is best to check whether or not your vehicle is still under the manufacturer's warranty. If it is, it is eligible for a new car extended warranty, and therefore much can be covered.
Vehicles with more than 50,000 miles are eligible for a stated component extended warranty. This type of warranty covers most major Durango components, including your engine, transmission, and radiator. Stated component warranties may also protect your alternator, water pump, various gaskets and seals, and some of the hi-tech equipment that you have on your Durango. In other words, whatever components are stated in the extended warranty policy. Generally, stated component warranties are for Durangos with 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
A powertrain extended warranty is a basic warranty and covers only your Durango's powertrain, including the engine, transmission, drive axles and drive shaft. Some powertrain warranties, with plus or enhanced coverage, extend protection to a few additional parts and components. While a powertrain warranty covers the most expensive repair bills, they are the least expensive all extended warranties. A powertrain warranty is most appropriate for a high or mid-mileage vehicle if you are only concerned with big-ticket repairs.