Thanks, Kia. This is really nice.
As social distancing rules keep people around the world locked inside their homes, most non-essential businesses have ground to a halt. Car dealerships remain open to service vehicles and the sales departments are chugging along with many offering zero-percent financing to attract customers. Automakers are attempting to help consumers in any way they can, whether that be building ventilators and masks or giving people leeway on their car payments.
Hyundai recently announced it would extend its warranty policy through June 30, 2020, giving owners more time to have their vehicles serviced under warranty. Now, Hyundai's subsidiary Kia Motors is offering its version of the program, extending warranties for vehicles in the United States. New models like the 2020 Kia Telluride are all still under service but if you have a slightly older model, this is great news.
Kia wants its customers to know they won't have to incur any additional costs if their service was delayed due to Covid-19. Any warranty set to expire between March through May will be extended until June 30, 2020. This is the latest piece of Kia's Accelerate the Good program, which also includes the aforementioned zero-percent interest rate financing.
"These are uncertain times and the Kia Promise warranty extension program will help bring peace of mind to customers affected by this pandemic by giving them one less thing to worry about," said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America. "The health and safety of our customers and employees are our top priority and this warranty extension program is yet another way Kia and local Kia dealerships are working to support our customers' individual needs."
Kia didn't specify which of its warranties are covered by this program but over on the Hyundai side, both the five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty will be extended until June 30. If the coronavirus situation goes on beyond June, which is a distinct possibility, we could see Kia and Hyundai extending this program even further.