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Hyundai takes its warranty to the next level


WE REMEMBER, a few years back, attending the launch of a popular Korean car brand, which had just upped its warranty to a five-year/150 000km plan and we remember thinking how impressive this was; peace of mind for half a decade. However, in tough times, brands have to go the extra mile and now the same Korean brand that we referred to earlier has upped its warranty game to a seven-year/200 000km warranty.

This is a benchmark in the local car industry with a manufacturer’s warranty that lasts for seven years or 200 000km. The warranty will cover a wide array of engine and transmission components of any Hyundai passenger car and light commercial vehicle sold by Hyundai Automotive SA, with entry from today, the 1st February 2016.

“We are proud to be a leader once again in the South Africa automotive industry with a manufacturer’s warranty that really bears testimony of the trust that we place in our products. The quality and reliability of our cars have established excellent resale values over the years, and many thousands of Hyundai customers and drivers can vouch for the peace of mind that our products bring to the consumer,” said Stanley Anderson, marketing director, Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

In the engine, items such as the timing chain, cylinder block, head gasket, cylinder head and crank case, to name a few, are covered by the extended warranty. The turbo-charger, water pump, flywheel and engine mountings also fall under the warranty, while the pressure plate and the torque converter are covered in the manual and automatic gearboxes, as well.

Several other components in the transmission - front-wheel-drive as well as all-wheel-drive - are covered by the warranty, including the transfer case, universal joint, prop shaft, axle shafts, constant velocity joints and front and rear differentials. Front and rear hub bearings are on the list of parts that enjoy the warranty cover, too.

The Hyundai passenger models covered by the seven-year/200 000km warranty range from the entry model, the i10, to the range-topping Santa Fe SUV and the nine-seater H-1 Bus. The light commercial vehicles enjoying the new warranty cover are the H-1 Panel Van and H-1 Multicab, as well as the popular H100, also known as the “bakkie.”

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