Kia Motors America offers its customers an extended warranty, also known as a vehicle protection plan, after the bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties on a new car end. This extended warranty covers repairs and replacement parts on hundreds or thousands of components, depending on the plan selected.
Similar to service contracts provided by other automakers, Kia’s extended warranty costs money. We go through the details to determine if the additional expense is worth the protection provided by the plan in the event of a warranty-related invalidity.
What is included
Kia owners can purchase up to 120,000 miles of coverage depending on the age and mileage of the vehicle. Dubbed the Kia Vehicle Protection Plan of Distinction, Kia’s warranty takes effect on the vehicle purchase date and is divided into five levels of coverage: Powertrain, Silver, Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum.
The least comprehensive level of coverage is Powertrain, which covers mechanical breakdowns related to the engine, transmission, and driveshaft. It also covers additional plug-in / hybrid electrical compressed natural gas components.
Next up is Silver protection, which offers the same protection as the powertrain, as well as coverage for the steering, power, brakes, air conditioning, front suspension, and additional hybrid components.
The Gold level covers both powertrain and silver protection, as well as the front suspension and additional electrical components. Gold Plus makes it better by covering the aforementioned components as well as the rear suspension, cooling components, fuel lines, injectors, and related components.
Platinum is the top tier and, according to the automaker, provides “ultimate peace of mind” protection by covering many of the vehicle’s assemblies.
Each of the five protection plans is transferable to a subsequent owner and the cost of the plan can be included in the financing of a vehicle. Warranty repairs are performed at Kia dealers or 6,000 other authorized service centers and authorized repair facilities in the United States and Canada.
When a warranty repair is performed, Kia will replace the necessary approved air conditioning fluids, oils, greases, lubricants and gases.
The five different protection plans come with towing coverage of up to $ 75 per covered mechanical breakdown. And if you need transportation while your vehicle is being serviced, the automaker offers a rebate of up to $ 35 per day for up to 10 days.
Also included is travel coverage that reimburses owners up to $ 100 per day (with a maximum of $ 500), for food and lodging in the event a vehicle breaks down more than 100 miles from home.
What is NOT included
The Platinum level of protection is exclusive, which means that it covers everything except what is listed in the exclusions section of the warranty. This includes items such as the following: brake linings, brake drums and rotors, disc brake pads, air bags, glass, lenses, moldings, wheels, light bulbs, upholstery, paint, filters, exhaust system, catalytic converter and shock absorbers.
While Kia’s extended warranty is fairly comprehensive, depending on the plan you select, it does not pay or reimburse for issues related to poor maintenance, environmental damage, improper towing, or breakdowns due to vehicle misuse / abuse / neglect.
Also, Kia will not pay for burned valves, worn or dirty carbon piston rings, or oil consumption adjustment.
One of the things we like about Kia’s extended warranty is the ability to choose from one of five levels of protection. The Platinum plan in particular is (mostly) complete with just a few exclusions. Additionally, the portability of the warranty can increase the resale value of a vehicle.
Another benefit is that repairs are done at a Kia dealer, authorized center, or authorized repair center. This gives you many options and ensures that your new vehicle is repaired by qualified service technicians.
The extended warranty also includes towing assistance, car rental expenses, and trip interruption benefits, which are particularly helpful if you travel frequently.
While Kia’s Vehicle Protection Plan of Distinction offers a wide variety of options when it comes to the type …