VW To End Six-Year Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty In The U.S. From 2020MY Onwards

Volkswagen has apparently decided to ditch its six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty in the United States.

Automotive News reports that the German car manufacturer will offer a four-year/50,000-mile warranty instead and throw in two years of factory-covered maintenance, starting with 2020 model year vehicles.

Volkswagen North America senior vice president of sales and marketing Duncan Movassaghi says the change has been made to tackle doubts among consumers about Volkswagen’s cost of ownership. The automaker is also implementing a new advertising program that will pay dealers up to $200 per vehicle to better “develop their local markets.”

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“We felt that a combination of a strong warranty with a service and maintenance package and the co-op program for our dealers, which is where we netted out, was the best way forward,” Movassaghi said.

According to Autoblog, many believe that Volkswagen introduced its six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty to win back the trust of customers after the dieselgate. A statement issued by the automaker to the publication reiterates its belief that the four-year warranty and two years of free maintenance is the best way forward.

“Volkswagen is committed to listening and addressing the needs of its customers and dealers as we look to increase market share in the U.S. The previous warranty was a valuable tool to introduce customers to the Volkswagen brand and to give them peace of mind. Our new vehicle limited warranty builds upon those benefits by still providing robust coverage and further lowering the cost of ownership with carefree maintenance for the first two years.”

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  • Patrick

    I like how they spun a cost cutting measure as a benefit to consumers. Let’s subtract 3 years of warranty in exchange for an oil change and some wiper fluid. This will increase brand confidence.

    • imageWIS

      Pretty much.

    • willhaven

      Are we brothers?

  • 85ZingoGTR

    Costing VW too much in warranty repairs?

    • Daniela Wolf

      It’s just the end of treating NA better than other markets.

      • 85ZingoGTR

        Love your avatar. A BMW X3 eating money. Lol

  • Six_Tymes

    because they know their quality is going downwards, and they want the customer to foot the bill.

  • Alduin

    LOL that was shortlived. Remember when Dodge offered a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty? or unlimited a few years ago?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      It was unlimited mileage, and didn’t last for long because they were unreliable piece of shit products.

  • wilson

    I have two VW. Now, with that said new guarantee I am out.

  • StrangerGP

    The guy should just shut up, everyone know it’s cost cutting, period.

  • charlotteharry57

    And there goes VW right into the toidy. The ONLY reason why I would have considered one was that 6/72 warranty. And I’m SURE that’s why sales had been rising. Same would happen with Hyundai/Kia/Genesis if their warranty went bye-bye. This decision is dumber than dumb.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It would be sad if VW left the US market.

    • charlotteharry57

      And with this stupid decision, it might. Sales are about to become non-existant.

  • Daniela Wolf

    So funny to see NA cry about offering less than six years of warranty.
    In europe u won’t get more than two. 😛

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      At least we have two years with unlimited kilometers.

      • Daniela Wolf

        Way too much, should be restricted to two years with 15 000 km. Just like in europe.

  • Not a good move, however since most Muricans only lease cars for 3 years, this will be ok. Only a fool would purchase any German car, and if they did, an investment in an extended warranty is mandatory. VW sales is skyrocketing in the US due to the new SUVs and am also seeing more current year Passats as well.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    There is literally zero reason to buy ANY VW product in the US aside from the GTI.

    They make unreliable, bargain basement garbage vehicles.

  • WalthamDan

    That European Passat looks a lot better than ours

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