HONDA has announced a new five-year unlimited kilometre warranty across its car range from this month.
The five-year new vehicle warranty, up from the current three years/100,000km, means Honda now matches those offered by Hyundai, Skoda and Renault. Kia still offers Australia's longest warranty at seven years with unlimited kilometres, while Citroen gives six years/100,000km.
The five-year warranty cover the entire Honda range - from the Jazz city car through to the hot Civic Type R - with the only exclusion being for vehicles used for commercial purposes such as taxi, hire car, delivery or ride sharing. These cars will come with a five-year warranty too, but with a 140,000km limit.
Brands backing their products enough to offer longer warranties have paid dividends for the Korean brands in particular. The growth of Kia and Hyundai into major players on the Australian scene are in part down to competition-beating warranties.
If you're undecided between two car brands a longer warranty is a huge dangling carrot for the consumer. Well established brands such as Holden, Ford, Volkswagen and premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer only three-year warranties.
"In the competitive Australia market, customers expect brands to be innovative and Honda Australia is aiming to do this right across the business," said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins. "Through our network of 107 dealers, we're continually focused on improving how we interact with our customers.
"Given the quality of Honda vehicles they can sometimes be perceived as more expensive, when this is simply not the case. We encourage new car buyers to take a look at our pricing, our ownership costs and our new 5-year warranty against the competition. Honda is very competitive."