As any Audi owner will tell you, Audi’s cars are works of art that are as fun to drive as they are beautiful. But if you’re facing a major repair after your Audi’s warranty expires, you could be stuck with a huge repair bill. Where’s the fun in that?
Thankfully, when your Audi factory warranty expires, this doesn’t mean you have to be left out in the cold. You can purchase an Audi extended warranty to protect your vehicle from unforeseen repairs and costs, some of which can prove to be major expenses.
We’re going to take a closer look at what you can expect from the Audi extended warranty plans so you can decide whether it’s worth it to add an extended warranty to your prized Audi.
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Audi Extended Warranty Costs
The most important thing to do when you’re deciding on extending your car’s warranty is the cost. Here’s what you can expect to pay:
Every new Audi that rolls off the lot covered by a fairly comprehensive 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty. This warranty is included in the price of your car, and there’s no additional charge.
When you purchase a new Audi, you can also add Audi Care, which provides scheduled maintenance services for your new Audi for a set fee that can be rolled into the cost of your car at the time of financing.
There’s also Audi Care Select, which provides the same scheduled maintenance services for a longer period of time than regular Audi Care. Whereas Audi Care provides scheduled maintenance for the first 45,000 miles, Audi Care Select will cover your maintenance for as many as 85,000 miles.
Both of these services are relatively cheap and worth considering when you buy your new Audi, as scheduled maintenance costs can add up over time. If you don’t plan on bringing your car in for scheduled maintenance, you can probably forgo this warranty, but most people choose to add it.
Although the base Audi warranty and the addition of Audi Care can keep you shielded from unforeseen repair bills for several years, there likely will come a time when your car will be out of warranty. Meanwhile, as your car ages, this is the time you’ll need a warranty the most.
Fortunately, premium Audi warranties are available, covering your vehicle far into the future and protecting you from unexpected repairs. The Audi extended warranty cost can vary widely, depending on the length of the warranty terms and level of coverage provided.
Most premium warranties start at about $2,000 and go up from there. Although this may seem like a serious expenditure to make, the high cost of vehicle repairs may make it worthwhile to consider adding an Audi extended warranty.
When it comes to coverage, Audi extended warranties are the best among all vehicle manufacturers, the company claims, offering the most covered repairs of any warranty available. Here’s what you can expect when you choose a vehicle protection plan for your Audi:
- Genuine Audi parts and service when repairs are necessary
- A nationwide service network comprised of many Audi dealers and additional authorized providers
- 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
- Towing reimbursement
- Rental reimbursement
- Trip interruption reimbursement
- Multiple deductible options
These premium vehicle service plans are also fully transferable should you decide to sell or transfer ownership of your Audi, and they can be canceled at any time, with a prorated refund issued for the unused portion of the warranty.
Estimated Audi Extended Warranty Values
It can be difficult to estimate the value of an extended warranty because each car is different. One thing is for sure: It’s not a question of if your car breaks down but when. No matter the car, there will come a time when costly repair bills come into play.
Let’s say you and your neighbor have the same Audi A6 coupe. Both cars were produced in the same factory on the same day. But depending on your driving habits compared with your neighbors’ and good old luck of the draw, you may find that one car has significantly higher lifetime maintenance costs.
Maybe your Audi is driving as well as the day you drove it off the lot, and you’ve had it for 10 years, but your neighbor’s Audi is perpetually in the shop for costly repairs. For this reason, it’s difficult to forecast the value of a car’s extended warranty.
Considering the high cost of auto repairs, most extended warranties pay for themselves after one or two covered repairs.
Is it Better to Pay out of Pocket?
That leads us to the question of whether an extended warranty is worth the additional cost it represents.
A quality extended warranty for your Audi can cost several thousand dollars, which is a significant expenditure. All the same, if your turbo blows or you have a cracked radiator or another costly repair, a single trip to the shop can cost as much as an extended warranty or more.
Because it’s impossible to forecast the scope of repairs your car will need while you own it, it’s certainly prudent to own an Audi extended warranty for your vehicle. Most Audi owners find that the initial warranty cost is well worth the peace of mind that comes with knowing someone has your back when your car needs to be repaired.
Of course, you can also choose to pay for all your repairs out of pocket. This way, you won’t have to worry about shelling out thousands of dollars for an extended warranty. But if you choose to go this route, you’ll need to pay for all your vehicle repairs out of pocket, and this may severely challenge you at times.
Audis are specialized automobiles that aren’t as simple to work on as domestic vehicles, and repair costs are often significantly higher when it comes to luxury vehicles such as Audis. So although you may wish to forgo an extended warranty, keep in mind that you’re rolling the dice on all the repair bills that may pop up in the future.