If you recently bought a new BMW, or are driving one that’s still under warranty, you may have a few lingering questions about BMW warranty and what it covers.
In this article, we answer some of the most common questions about BMW warranty.
1. Does BMW Warranty Cover Windshield Cracks?
BMW Warranty does cover windshield cracks but only if it is a manufacturing defect.
It doesn’t typically cover damage that the owner has made to the car.
Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
If the crack is a ‘stress fracture’, or if nothing has come into contact with the windshield to cause it to crack, then BMW will usually cover it.
However, do look carefully at the crack, because if there’s even the tiniest indication that you’ve done something to it or that something has hit it, they won’t replace it.
Generally, the warranty doesn’t cover damage that is your fault.
2. Does BMW Warranty Cover Speakers?
The BMW warranty does cover speaker damage, as long as you haven’t tampered with the speaker system.
If you’ve gone beyond the normal parameters of the speakers by modifying them in some way, or if you’ve installed aftermarket speakers, then damage won’t be covered and you’ll have to cover it yourself.
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3. Is BMW Warranty International?
Yes, BMW provides international warranty for a minimum of 2 years.
If your car needs to be serviced outside of your country, simply take it to any Authorised BMW center or BMW service authorized workshop.
Depending on what country you’re from, you may be covered for longer than 2 years.
However, be sure to check this with a dealer in your country and in any countries you might be travelling to.
4. Should You Keep a BMW After the Warranty?
Whether or not you should keep a BMW after the warranty expires is up to you.
The cost of changing cars may end up being higher than any repair bill you might get in the future.
If you keep on top of maintenance, you may find that all is well. However, there is always the option to extend the warranty.
5. How Do I Know if My BMW Is Under Warranty?
You have two options to find out if your BMW is under warranty: either call your dealership, or check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Your VIN can be found on the driver-side front door jamb, or the windshield’s lower-left corner.
You can also find it on your car registration, insurance card, and title.
6. What Will Void BMW Warranty?
Certain actions can void your BMW warranty, but it can be a matter of circumstance.
The modifications you can make to your vehicle without voiding the warranty can vary.
Largely, it depends on the dealership.
If you’re planning to make some changes, be aware that some dealerships are more mod-friendly than others.
Dealerships will generally provide service to one part of your car even if you’ve modified a different part of your car.
For instance, if you’ve modified the exhaust, a problem with your windshield will still be covered.
Here’s where the line gets blurry: If you have a good relationship with your dealer, you may be able to get service on any part of your vehicle even if it’s armed to the teeth with modifications.
If you don’t, then the dealer might refuse to service any part of the vehicle if he sees any slight modification anywhere.
So, use your best judgment, and it may be a good idea to remove certain mods before going into the dealership.
7. Is BMW Warranty Transferable?
Yes, BMW warranty is transferable whether the vehicle is new or CPO.
In some cases, there may be a $200 transfer fee for certified BMWs.
Extended warranty can be transferable, but you may find that this comes with certain limitations.
8. Is BMW Warranty Worth It?
Yes, it’s worth it to get the BMW warranty, even if just for the peace of mind.
Most people feel that it’s better to just get the warranty than to risk a hefty service fee.
However, you should take into account the cost and age of the car.
If you’ve had the car for a few years and the warranty expires, you might find that you trust the car (and yourself) enough to keep on top of maintenance without it.
9. Are BMW Run-Flat Tires Covered by Warranty?
Yes, BMW run-flat tires are covered by warranty.
The warranty covers everyday damage to your tires – as long as you are driving normally.
The warranty specifies that these types of damage are covered: foreign items such as metal, nails, glass or debris.
It’s worth noting that there have been cases reported of customers going into the dealership with flat tires and being quoted $330 per new tire for run-flat tires.
As it happens, Pirelli, who make BMW tires, offer a free lifetime road hazard warranty for their run flats.
You are supposed to be covered in these situations, so don’t be diddled into paying hundreds!
Be aware, though, that there are usually no warranties on the OEM tires, unless you purchase the ‘tire and wheel coverage’.
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10. Does BMW Warranty Cover Paint?
Whether or not paint is covered by the BMW warranty depends.
If paint defects are occurring because of faulty workmanship or bad manufacturing, then issues such as blistering, discolouration or staining will be covered.
This is only the case for models 2004 and later and for 3 years after the purchase is made.
However, if you’ve damaged it yourself, you won’t be covered.
There are some specific instances where paint damage is not covered.
Modern paint is resistant to most external hazards, but there are some exceptions.
Firstly, if you live in or near an area where industrial fallout is present (e.g., railway lines, various production processes, distilleries etc), then you should take care with your paintwork as damage due to this isn’t covered.
In the same way, bird lime can be very damaging to paintwork and this is not covered either.
Be advised that all paintwork repaired under warranty must be carried out by an Authorised BMW Dealer or Authorised Repairer.
11. Does BMW’s Extended Warranty Cover Oil Change?
Yes, the extended warranty covers oil changing.
However, these cars are easy to work on, and if you’re so inclined, it might be wise to save yourself a trip and change it yourself.
You won’t void the warranty by doing so, unless you reset the service indication.
If you do this, then BMW may then refuse to change the oil for free afterwards, which is worth bearing in mind.
It’s sometimes best to use discretion when divulging your personal DIY efforts to the dealership!
12. Does the BMW Warranty Cover Brake Pads?
No, the BMW warranty no longer covers brake pads.
BMW changed what is covered a few years ago, and now the only following maintenance items are included (on 2017 models and newer for three years/36,000 miles): engine oil, engine filter, brake fluid, cabin micro filter(s), spark plugs, remote control/key battery, vehicle check and diesel engine fuel filters.
However, if you have a 2015 or 2016 model (and you got it from BMW after July 1st 2014), then you get the BMW maintenance program for the first 4 years, or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
13. Can I Buy a BMW Warranty for a Used Car?
The simple answer is no, you cannot buy a BMW warranty for a used car.
However, if you buy a used BMW that is still under warranty, the warranty may still be active and can be transferable.
To do this, you may have to pay a $200 transfer fee.
Extended warranty can also be transferable, but you may find that this comes with certain limitations.
If the used car you buy still has the old warranty active, you should receive a letter offering extended warranty.
Be warned, this is normally a one-time offer with one chance to accept. If you decline this, and then decide that you want a warranty later, then you either have to get 3rd party insurance, or go back to BMW later, at which time you will have accrued a ‘warranty gap’, making the future warranty purchase more expensive…
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14. Should You Extend Your BMW Warranty?
When deciding whether or not to extend your BMW warranty, there are a few things to consider.
You’ll want to ask yourself whether you are going to keep the car past the warranty. If you aren’t, then you don’t need to extend the warranty.
You also want to ask yourself if you can afford to cover thousands in repair costs if you have a worst-case-scenario problem.
It’s very unlikely such an event will happen, but if you don’t have the money to cover it, it may be best to go with the warranty.
In the end, though, most people won’t benefit from having bought their extended warranty, so it’s your decision to make.
There’s also the matter of dealerships.
Some will honour all your claims and treat you like a valuable customer.
At other dealerships, they may try to argue that certain problems are your fault rather than a manufacturing issue.
15. Can You Negotiate a BMW Extended Warranty?
Yes, you may well find that you’re able to negotiate down the price of the extended warranty.
It depends on the finance manager you speak to at the dealership, not to mention your charisma!
There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
If you do try to negotiate, here are a few tips. Firstly, begin negotiating after you’ve agreed the price of the car.
That way, they won’t try to ‘chuck in’ the warranty as part of a deal including the car.
Secondly, figure out exactly what you want covered in your warranty, and then shop around for a warranty with those exact terms at other dealers.
See what prices they offer.
Let your BMW dealer know you’re shopping around for a better deal, and then have the BMW dealer confirm what their best price is.
They’ll be more likely to give you a better deal. You can make an informed decision based on different options.