Subaru has become the latest car manufacturer to extend its standard warranty on new cars to five years.
The longer five-year/100,000-mile warranty replaces the previous three-year/60,000-mile one. Subaru’s anti-corrosion warranty remains unchanged at 12 years.
Five-year warranty ‘more valuable’
The new five-year warranty applies from 1 January 2013 to all new Subaru cars except the WRX STi.
Subaru’s ETCo (Everything Taken Care of) package – launched in 2011 – has now been axed.
The move comes in response to feedback from dealers and customers. Haydn Davies, Marketing Director at Subaru UK, said: ‘The ETCo package, though designed to be a ground-breaking and industry-leading offer, was less attractive to the majority of prospective buyers than a longer warranty.
‘Research also showed that customers were not using the services offered by the ETCo package. However, longer warranties are considered as more valuable.’
Any customer who bought a new Subaru before 31 December 2012 will remain entitled to the benefits offered by the ETCo programme.
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Longer warranties becoming more common
Subaru joins a growing number of manufacturers to offer factory warranties that are longer than the industry standard of three years. Renault now provides a four-year warranty, while Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Toyota all have five-year warranties on new cars.
Some other brands offer warranty upgrades at extra cost, such as newcomer Dacia, which charges £395 to extend from three to five years.
Two brands have gone even further. Kia offers a seven-year warranty as standard, while Vauxhall offers a ‘lifetime’ warranty, but for the first owner only and limited to 100,000 miles.