CarShield offers 6 extended warranty plans with coverage levels ranging from affordable powertrain to comprehensive bumper-to-bumper protection.
Our research shows that CarShield has some of the lowest warranty rates available.
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CarShield’s 6 coverage levels include options for high-tech, motorcycles/ATVs, and Spanish speakers. The chart below provides a closer look for CarShield coverage for each of its plans:
|CarShield Warranty Plan||Overview|
|Diamond||CarShield’s most comprehensive plan. Covers everything from engine and transmission failures to starter and fuel pump issues with only a few exclusions.|
|Platinum||Covers the engine, transmission, air conditioning, electrical system and more. Best for a high-mileage-car owner who wants the most protection.|
|Gold||Covers a variety of major and minor vehicle parts, including your water pump, alternator and starter. Best for an owner of an older or high-mileage vehicle that’s in good shape (components covered are generally related to expensive repairs).|
|Silver||CarShield’s most affordable plan is a powertrain plan covering the most important parts of your vehicle, including the drive axle, transmission and water pump. Best for an owner wanting basic coverage for expensive repairs on an older vehicle without paying a premium price|
|Aluminum||Covers most electrical and computer-related problems, including the engine control module and starter. Best for an owner primarily concerned about potential electrical and/or computer-related vehicle problems.|
|Specialty||Covers motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. Best for an owner looking to cover their motorcycle or ATV.|
If you are interested in learning more about any of CarShield’s specific plans, we’ve done individual reviews for the 5 major plans (excluding the specialty plan) offered by CarShield. Links to articles on CarShield plans are below:
What Does CarShield Cover?
CarShield extended warranty coverage ranges from covering essential components to bumper to bumper coverage. Because everyone has different needs, CarShield offers plans for every coverage level. A CarShield bumper-to-bumper warranty covers almost every part of your car, while a powertrain warranty covers all lubricated parts on your engine, transmission and water pump.
CarShield extended warranties can cover hundreds of vehicle components or just the essentials after your factory warranty expires. The list below contains some important info about CarShield warranties and what each plan covers:
CarShield Covered Repairs
|Covered Part||Silver Plan||Gold Plan||Platinum Plan||Diamond Plan||Aluminum Plan||Specialty Plan|
|Fuel Delivery System||✓||✓||✓||✓|
CarShield Coverage Benefits
CarShield is more than just an extended warranty for your car. In addition to covering repairs, CarShield comes with a number of added perks that can make your life easier. Please keep in mind that not all benefits come with every plan, and amounts of coverage do vary.
- Trip interruption coverage: CarShield will reimburse you for up to $50 per day and $150 total for trip interruption.
- Rental car reimbursement: If you need to rent a car, CarShield will reimburse you for up to $40 per day and $280 per breakdown.
- Emergency roadside assistance: 24-hour roadside assistance ($125 per breakdown and $500 total) is available if you need a tow, jump-start, tire change, locksmith service or fuel delivery.
What Does CarShield Not Cover
CarShield warranties won’t cover every auto repair, but it’s important to be aware of the most common exclusions before signing a contract. CarShield exclusions, many of which are industry standards, include:
- Repairs performed without prior authorization
- Pre-existing conditions,
- Damage from a lack of maintenance
- Theft or vandalism
- Environmental damage
- Misuse of the car (racing or off-roading)
- Vehicle alterations or modifications
- Damage from normal wear and tear
- *Diamond & Platinum plans cover oil leaks
- Oil leaks that are not a result of engine failure
- Odometer tampering.
How Does CarShield Work?
With a mileage limit of 300,000, CarShield coverage can benefit vehicles ranging from new automobiles to high-mileage used cars. Most cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers are eligible for coverage. Additional rules and restrictions regarding CarShield coverage include:
- Mileage Limit To Be Eligible For Coverage: The company will cover vehicles with up to 300,000 miles
- When Your Coverage Begins: CarShield’s waiting period for coverage is 20 days and 500 miles after purchase. This policy is designed to protect CarShield from a needed repair the customer knew about prior to purchasing coverage. CarShield representatives can even take notes of your vehicle’s problems when you sign up for coverage.
- Transferring Coverage: In addition, CarShield has a transfer policy that allows you to transfer your coverage if you sell your vehicle while it still has coverage. Those who are eligible can pay a $50 administrative fee to have it transferred.
- Coverage Network: If you find yourself in need of auto repairs while your car is under contract, you can take your vehicle to either the dealership or a repair facility certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE®) for covered repairs.
How To Use Your CarShield Coverage
If you have a CarShield plan, you may be wondering what the process is for filing a claim. Follow these steps to file a claim and use the coverage provided in your CarShield plan:
- The first step is to take your vehicle to a mechanic within CarShield’s network.
- Once at the repair facility, give them your contract and allow them to contact CarShield’s claims department.
- If your claim is approved, the administrator will pay the mechanic directly and you will be responsible for paying your deductible.
- It’s important to note that CarShield has a list of exclusions, so be sure to check those before filing a claim.
CarShield Coverage Reviews
While CarShield’s customer service is below average, the company makes up for it with flexible coverage options, which allow you to be more likely to choose the most appropriate coverage level. Also, CarShield’s loose eligibility rules and specialty coverage options means they’ll cover many vehicles the competition won’t. In our CarShield review, we rated the company 9.5 out of 10.0 for coverage (it is rated 9.0 out of 10.0 overall). Essentially, the company’s coverage rating is higher than its overall rating.
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CarShield Coverage Plans: FAQ
Does CarShield cover motorcycles?
Yes, CarShield has specialty plans that cover motorcycles.
Does CarShield cover transmission?
Yes, all CarShield plans cover the transmission.
Does CarShield cover brakes?
While CarShield cover parts in the brake system, they don’t cover shoes, rotors, or brake pads because those parts are considered wear and tear items.
What is the mileage limit on coverage from CarShield?
CarShield’s vehicle service contracts can cover your car for up to 300,000 miles.
Does CarShield cover old cars?
Yes, CarShield covers many user cars, even high mileage vehicles that are older. While the price to cover older vehicles is typically higher, CarShield offers plans that cover parts most likely to fail such as the engine, transmission, and drive axles.
Does CarShield cover body damage?
No. Generally, body damages aren’t covered in CarShield plans because this is considered cosmetic. Insurance does cover body damages in the case that an accident occurred. Instead, CarShield plans cover repairs related to mechanical breakdown.
Does CarShield cover catalytic converters?
No. American Auto Shield, the company that administers many of CarShield’s plans, does not include coverage for catalytic converters for its add-on emission coverage, even though other emission components like the oxygen sensor and EGR are covered.
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