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Hyundai is aiming to become the undisputed peace-of-mind leader in the South African motor industry with its new seven-year, 200 000km manufacturer's warranty.

The warranty covers “a wide array” of engine and transmission components and applies to all new Hyundai passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in SA from 1 February onwards.

WHAT PARTS DOES IT COVER?

Hyundai has released a document detailing what parts are covered by the new warranty and you can download it here.

In a nutshell, though, it appears to cover all internal engine, transmission and gearbox parts, as well as all drive lines and drive couplings, including prop shafts, differentials, axle shafts and suspension hub bearings.

WHAT'S NOT COVERED?

Better go easy on that clutch as the clutch disc and plate are only covered for one year or 20 000km, whichever comes first, although the pressure plate does get the full extended warranty.

Furthermore, the 7-year/200 000km warranty does not apply to most of the steering components, including the power steering pump, as well as most suspension parts, all braking components, the exhaust system and electrical parts like alternators and starter motors. These aforementioned items are, however, still covered by the 'basic' five-year/150 000km warranty, which is albeit still more than generous in its own right.

This does not apply to the vehicle's sound system, however, which Hyundai covers for 3-years/60 000km, while vehicle batteries are covered for 2-years/40 000km.

GOOD FOR RESALE VALUE

Hyundai is confident that this new aftersales offering will bolster the resale value of its products and, in the words of Hyundai SA marketing director Stanley Anderson, the warranty bears testimony to the trust that the company places in its products.

Hyundai is no stranger to lengthy warranties, with the previous five-year/150 000km warranty having taken the industry by surprise back in 2007.

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