As Subaru’s mid-size car option, the Legacy has been manufactured since 1989 with a SUV option becoming available in the mid-90s, the Legacy Outback, which now has become its own model as of 2000 and renamed the Subaru Outback. The benefits of the Subaru Legacy are its roomy interior and high fuel economy, receiving 20-25 mpg in the city and 28-35 mpg on the highway.
The Legacy also comes standard with all-wheel drive (the only one in its class) and has been given top safety rankings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s also been named as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The warranty comes standard with coverage of 3 years or 36,000 miles for the basic policy option and 5 years or 60,000 miles for the powertrain warranty option.
Each option differs with regards to what is included in the coverage and will last for only for the set time or maximum miles, whichever comes first, as defined by the warranty. For example, if you drive quite a bit and exceed 36,000 miles in under 3 years, your warranty will still be considered expired. At that time, it’s up to you find coverage for your vehicle, so you aren’t left paying out of pocket for inevitable vehicle repairs.
As you put more miles on your car and your vehicle ages, so will major parts, such as the engine, transmission, and water pump, to name a few. Since cars are lasting beyond the 3- or 5-year warranty period, a vehicle service contract can provide you repair coverage to make it easier to set a budget.
Also, with a vehicle service contract, you get additional benefits including 24-hour roadside assistance and free towing service if your car breaks down. Rather than having to worry about these costs adding up before you even take your car in for repair, you can have it all covered under one policy. A vehicle service contract does differ than your original manufacturer warranty, but still provide repair protection should you need it down the road.
Consider your options before your current warranty expires to make sure you’re not paying out of pocket for repair expenses that might pop up in the future. Find out which plan – Platinum, Comprehensive, Powertrain – best covers your vehicle needs.
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A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “extended warranty,” but it is not a warranty. A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not.