Audi Extended Warranty Options
Diving into the options for protecting your Audi vehicle.
Audi makes vehicles that inspire passionate driving. The luxury brand managed by Volkswagon, Audi brings together meticulous German craftsmanship with a spark of excitement and adrenaline. Elegant, capable and addictively drivable, Audi offers a full line of graceful, sure-handling coupes, sedans, SUVs and sportbacks featuring its legendary Quattro four-wheel-drive system.
Why Extend Protection for Your Audi?
The Audi Brand provides a luxury driving experience that quickens the pulse and soothes the soul. But Audi owners need to be aware that many models will encounter reliability issues down the road.
While late-model Audis have recently earned high marks in reliability from J. D. Power, it’s not so long ago that Consumer Reports called the carmaker “a sinkhole of service problems.” And according to the latest CarMD Vehicle Health Index Make & Model Reliability Rankings, Audis don’t make the cut of its lists of the Most Reliable Makes or the Brands with the Lowest Average Repair Costs.
Diligent car owners know this means they need to make sure they have coverage to protect them from any costly repair bills that may come their way. Read on as we break down the options to cover mechanical repairs on your Audi vehicle.
Dealer Options for Audi Extended Warranty
Audi dealers offer comparatively limited initial and extended warranty options compared to other carmakers, and this can leave Audi owners on the hook for expensive car repair bills when problems crop up.
New Audi owners receive a standard four-year, 50,000 mile limited warranty that offers basic powertrain protection. Despite the coverage being limited, carmaker-branded warranties like Audi’s come at a premium cost. You’re paying for the name, over and above the actual repair costs. This leaves Audi owners questioning the value of their service plan.
Additionally, Audi dealer extended warranties limit the number of mechanics you can visit. For coverage to apply, you must take your vehicle to an Audi factory-trained technician who uses only approved parts. Such a measure helps Audi protect its brand, but it also vastly restricts mechanic options.
Third-Party Vehicle Service Contracts
What is a Vehicle Service Contract?
Vehicle Service Contracts or VSCs is a service that offers to supplement your manufacturer’s warranty. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as extended car warranties. But this type of coverage doesn’t technically extend the coverage of your manufacturer’s warranty, however – it’s actually a new contract between the contract provider and the consumer.
This means you can buy one at any time for your eligible vehicle, not just when your audi warranty expires. As such, a more accurate label is vehicle service contract.
Why Choose a VSC for your Audi?
For many luxury car owners, third-party vehicle service contracts, like the ones offered by Toco Warranty, provide a more cost-effective alternative to dealer warranties. A vehicle service contract is the easy, affordable way to make sure you're protected when covered breakdowns occurs.
Essentially, VSCs work the exact same way as your original new car factory coverage functioned, paying for the parts, labor, and taxes for any covered repairs if your vehicle should ever break down.
VSC Benefits Include:
- Simple claims process
- Ability to choose from a broad national network of repair shops
- 24-hour roadside assistance
- Discounts on car rental and hotel stays in covered conditions
- No down payment
- Low monthly payments
- No longer own your car? Don’t get locked into a lengthy contract. Cancel any time with Toco’s flexible pay as you go plans. Cancellation fee may apply
Simple Claims Process
24-hour roadside assistance
No Down Payment
Low monthly payments
Ability to choose from a broad national network of repair shops
Ability to cancel coverage at any time
Taking a Closer Look at VSC Pricing
When you consider what a typical repair bill can look like for an aging vehicle, a Vehicle Service Contract starts to look like a pretty smart bet.
Average U. S. Repair Costs
|Vehicle Repair||Uncovered Cost||Cost with Toco VSC|
|Replace Transmission and
|Replace Hybrid Battery and
Reprogram Engine Control Module
|Replace Transmission Assembly||$3980.92||$100|
|Replace Balance Shaft Gear||$3571.38||$100|
|Cylinder Compression Test||$2819.04||$100|
|Replace Cylinder Head Assembly
and Spark Plugs
|Replace Catalytic Converter||$1190.18||$100|
|Replace Fuel Injectors||$467.01||$100|
As recently as 2015, Consumer Reports was flagging a number of common Audi problems on older models, including:
- Oil leaks.
- Faulty turn signals
- Exhaust leaks
And if you consider the costs for common Audi repairs, the picture only darkens:
- A4 owners have reported needing a head gasket replacement—a cost as high as $3,566.
- Q5 drivers have paid as much as $978 for ball joint replacement.
- Q7 drivers have reported needing to replace valve cover gaskets for as much as $1,236.
If you own an Audi vehicle that has aged out of its factory warranty, you might want to explore your vehicle service coverage options. For many drivers, a Vehicle Service Contract from Toco Warranty is the best way to ensure peace of mind when unexpected repairs occur.
While you may not be able to depend on a lifetime of trouble-free driving with your Audi, a Toco VSC can make sure that when breakdowns do happen, all your covered repairs are taken care of.
Audi is not affiliated with Toco Warranty Corp. and has not endorsed Toco Warranty