In an unprecedented move, Kia has announced that from April it will offer up to seven years’ warranty on used cars.
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Available on approved-used Kias up to 18 months or 18,000 miles old, the scheme works by ‘topping up’ the warranty back to the level the car came with when brand new. So buyers of used can get seven years’ cover – extending the official manufacturer warranty for this model to an astonishing maximum of eight and a half years.
Which? is even more surprised to discover that, according to the Kia press office, this comes at no extra cost to the customer.
No other carmaker offers anything like this in the UK. And with now dropping below £10,000, cost-conscious motorists may struggle to find a better used deal.
Every approved-used Kia includes full service history, 88-point check, 60-day exchange programme and two years’ European breakdown cover. The warranty is ‘bumper-to-bumper’, meaning the whole car is covered, not just the drivetrain components.
‘This new approved used car programme has come about as a result of listening to what Kia customers want,’ says Andrew Sellars, Kia’s UK head of fleet and remarketing. ‘Why should used customers miss out on all the benefits that come with a new car?’
Why indeed. What’s the incentive for buying brand new now, when you can get a pre-owned vehicle with the same level of warranty cover for less money?
Read the Which? guide to used car warranties for more.
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