The knowledge that a car is covered by a comprehensive warranty provides a sense of security. Owners don’t anticipate anything going wrong, but contemporary vehicles and their thousands of connected parts and pieces are bound to be too expensive to pay for out of pocket unless they have insurance coverage.
Furthermore, vehicle repairs are becoming increasingly electrical and less mechanical. The substance of warranties may become increasingly significant as more and more long-range electric vehicles are put through their paces in real-world situations (including those manufactured by Tesla, Rivian, and Lordstown). And, thus far, Rivian is just narrowly edging out HP in the warranty competition.
Lordstown vs. Tesla vs. Rivian: A Comparison of the Basic Warranties
Lordstown claims that their Endurance EV truck is covered by a three-year bumper-to-bumper guarantee, albeit specifics on the warranty are lacking at this time. Meanwhile, Tesla’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the vehicle for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, under certain conditions. Rivian? The comprehensive warranty for the Rivian is even more extensive, covering the vehicle for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Even though Rivian’s basic guarantee is good, the mileage still falls short of Nissan’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty on the Leaf electric vehicle (just to drop in some perspective). A Supplemental Restraint System Limited Warranty, which covers seat belts or airbag systems, is available from Tesla and is valid for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
What about that all-important battery warranty, do you have it?
The battery warranty from Lordstown is for eight years and does not include a mileage limit at this time. In the case of Tesla vehicles, the battery and drive unit warranty provides coverage for eight years (provided that a minimum of 70% of battery capacity is retained) or 100,000 miles (Model 3 Standard Range); 120,000 miles (Model 3 Long Range, Performance; Model Y Long Range, Performance); or 150,000 miles (Model 3 Long Range, Performance) (Model S, X). Rivian’s battery pack and drivetrain components warranty are identical to Tesla’s eight-year guarantee and 70-percent battery capacity, however, the company’s R1S SUV and R1T truck have a higher mileage limit of 175,000 miles.
Additionally, all of these vehicles are or are supposed to be protected against rust perforation, which is a fancy way of saying that a vehicle will not be driven back to the ground as a result of a manufacturer defect or bad craftsmanship. Unlike Tesla, whose Body Rust Limited Warranty is good for 12 years and unlimited miles, Rivian’s warranty is good for 8 years and unlimited miles. Because this information was not accessible for Lordstown at the time of writing, consider Tesla’s rust advantage for the time being.
Is it important to have a warranty? It’s never fun to learn the hard way, but as the years go by and the mileage accumulates, the likelihood of discovering the truth grows. The companies Rivian and Lordstown do not have vehicles on the road in the same way as Tesla does (but Rivian is much closer than Lordstown). Warranty coverage isn’t really important yet because there haven’t been any claims.
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