In recent years, the Toyota RAV4 has been updated with a sportier, sleeker exterior making it a favorite among crossover SUVs. A roomy interior and upgraded safety and convenience features continue to put the RAV4 at the top of consumer lists year over year. Features like heated front seats, Smart Key system, and Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation are among the go-to enhancements drivers enjoy.
Under the Toyota basic warranty, the RAV4 comes with 3 years or 36,000 miles of coverage, which includes all vehicle components except for normal wear and tear and maintenance items. The powertrain coverage lasts for 60 months or 60,000 miles and covers components including the engine, front-wheel drive, seatbelts, air bags, and transmission. Check with your individual sales provider for any additional exclusions or exceptions.
The lifetime of a RAV4 typically lasts well past this 3- or 5-year warranty mark. Because of this, it’s important to have an extended coverage plan in mind. Without repair coverage to protect you once your original warranty expires, you’re at risk of paying directly out of pocket for any repairs down the road. A water pump replacement part, for example, can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000* – similar to the cost of an alternator. It’s not the type of expense anyone is usually prepared to pay unexpectedly.
A vehicle service contract helps cover the costs of these repairs depending on the plan you are eligible for. Many of these types of plans cover the larger repairs, including water pump, alternator, or brakes replacement, as well as the cost of labor. To know what plan might work best, you’ll simply need to submit the make, model, year, and mileage for a free quote.
For those who wish to budget their automotive expenses, a vehicle service contract is a great option to research. It can potentially save you thousands of dollars and countless headaches down the road. With the addition of free towing, 24-hour roadside assistance, and rental care reimbursement, you may not be able to afford not to consider a vehicle service contract.
*estimates from repairpal.com
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.