Vauxhall has scrapped its lifetime warranty after only four years. From January 2015 new cars will get the 'old' three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Owners of cars with lifetime warranties will still be covered, but must make sure they continue to get the annual inspection and activation.
The move means that Kia now offers the longest warranty, with a seven-year, 100,000-mile fully transferable warranty on all new models.
The lifetime warranty was launched in 2010 with great fanfare. It was valid for 100,000 miles but was available only to the first owner of the car. It also required that owners take their car in for an annual inspection at a Vauxhall dealership.
In 2011, when Opel decided to ditch its lifetime warranty after just one year, Vauxhall said that the lifetime warranty was 'an established Vauxhall brand value' and that it had 'no intention to withdraw from its lifetime warranty.'
In a statement, Tim Tozer, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall, said that 'it no longer makes business sense to invest in 100,000-mile warranty cover'.
News that the lifetime warranty will no longer be offered comes shortly after Vauxhall announced that it is recalling 3000 Adam and Corsa models because of a potential steering problem. If you're concerned your car is affected by this recall, find out what you need to do here.