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Vauxhall has withdrawn its lifetime warranty cover for new cars, citing changing buyer patterns for the warranty package downgrade.<div style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px; : rgb251, 251, 253;">

From January 2015, buyers of new Vauxhalls will receive a three year, 60,000 mile warranty pack in place of the current lifetime/100,000 mile scheme.


Vauxhall Chairman and MD Tim Tozer said the firm's made the switch because so many retail customers are choosing to buy on PCP. “In today's market, 65% of retail sales are supported by a finance package and within that, over 60% are PCPs.


“This has dramatically changed ownership patterns resulting in fewer customers retaining their cars beyond three years.”


According to Tozer, it thus “no longer makes business sense to invest in 100,000 mile warranty cover.” Instead, Vauxhall will offer cost-effective extension for four and five years.


Vauxhall launched the lifetime warranty scheme in August 2010, with then-MD Duncan Aldred saying: “We have confidence in the quality of our products and we want our customers to benefit from that confidence too.”


At the time, the 100,000-mile restriction did raise eyebrows as to how ‘lifetime' it actually was. The warranty also wasn't transferrable – subsequent owners received a three year, 60,000 mile equivalent – and it also required owners to stick with Vauxhall main dealers for routine maintenance.


Vauxhalls downgrade means Kia once again claims the honour of having the longest new car warranty in the UK, with its seven year/100,000 mile package.
 

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What's wrong with that?
Everyone knows if you take away a lifetime 100000 mile warranty, replace it with a 3 year/60000 mile warranty and then charge to add extra years to the 3 year warranty, it is being done to give buyers a better deal.

 

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It was still a good selling point because not everyone buys on a pcp and some people do keep their cars longer.

Saying that I'm sure the warranty is not worth the paper it's written on when the car is older. A good example is my 18month old Corsa it's now done 61k miles and the warranty is now void.
 

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Or is it the fact that as it was launched in 2010 Vauxhall are now seeing the cost impact of offering a lifetime warranty, previously those 2010 cars would have finished the standard 3 years now, with the life time warranty they continue to be eligible for warranty work and now Vauxhall can predict this growing cost and are running for the hills, after all if they were so confident in the quality the only cost would be administration of the scheme and as this would have to continue for those who have cars already covered with lifetime warranty the saving has to be on parts and labour ?
 

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Vauxhall seemed to be a sound investment as we kept our last car for eight years and it had 50,000 miles on. The lifetime deal was the deal breaker,as was 5yr interest free finance and a 500 pound fuel card. Saying that it may be difficult to get work carried out if we keep the car for nine years. I wonder how many exceptions there are!!
 
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