All new Minis delivered from November 1 2022 come with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
The move, improving on the former three-year warranty effort, comes as Mini’s owner, BMW Group, also moved to a five-year warranty in Australia.
BMW was the last of Australia’s top 20 selling brands to ditch the less-than-generous three-year warranty and align itself with rival brands.
Like the BMW warranty, new Minis delivered from November 1 come attached with the improved five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
To not enrage those who’ve had a new Mini arrive in recent weeks, the validity period has been backdated to give the same credit to Minis delivered from October 1 2022.
Those delivered before that date are lumbered with the old three years of cover. Cue a fair number of disgruntled new owners.
Some 23 years ago, Hyundai was the first brand selling in Australia to offer a five-year warranty. Sister brand Kia went two years better in 2014, introducing a factory seven-year/unlimited km warranty on new cars.
Since September 2020, Mitsubishi has offered Australia’s longest warranty at 10 years/200,000km, but there’s an asterisk.
Customers must service their Mitsubishis within the dealer network at the brand’s fixed prices services (which are quite reasonably priced, to be fair) to be eligible for the full ten years. Service elsewhere and your warranty coverage halts after five years.
So who are the warranty villains, now BMW has come to the five year party?
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