Peeling Paint Covered Under Car Warranty

Is Peeling Paint Covered Under Car Warranty?

If your car’s finish is starting to look a little worse for wear and the paint seems to be peeling off in places, you may be wondering if this is covered under your car warranty. Yes, your car’s paintwork is covered by the manufacturers warranty for peeling paint. This only applies if the problem is caused by a manufacturing defect. However, if the paint damage is proven to be caused by the effects of the environment, general wear and tear, or neglect to maintain the finish, it will not be covered.

But the answer can be a little complicated depending on the type of elements the car has been exposed to. For example, long-term exposure to sunlight and acid rain can damage your car’s paint or make it age quicker. Most car warranties cover the vehicles paint for 3 years or 36,000 miles. But ultimately, it will be up to you to prove that the paint is defective and no external or environmental factors contributed to the paint failure.

Auto manufacturers go to great lengths to provide a finish that will easily outlast the typical car warranty. Because the paint is made from urethane, it is excellent at reflecting UV rays. In fact, the paint on your vehicle should last 10–15 years if it’s properly cared for.

Peeling paint can often lead people to feel frustrated and helpless. Let’s dive into the most common causes of peeling paint and what actions you should take.

What Causes Car Paint To Peel?

The paint on a modern car has a total of 4 layers. Those layers consist of e-coat, the primer, the basecoat, and finally, the clear coat. The clear coat is what protects your car’s finish from the effects of the environment–such as the sun’s UV rays or acid rain. It takes considerable wear or damage for it to peel.

Most often, peeling paint is caused by air bubbles trapped in paint during manufacture or application resulting in tiny bubbles, pinholes, and even crater-like defects in the cured film. This weakens the bond to the surface which leads to peeling and flaking.

How Long is Paint Covered Under Warranty?

Most auto manufacturers paint is covered under the new vehicle warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

What Should I do if I Notice Paint Starting to Peel?

If you notice paint starting to peel from your car finish, first take photos of the damage and then contact your local dealership. The dealership will determine if the peeling is due to an impact to the surface or a manufacturing defect.

What Type of Paint Damage is Not Covered Under Warranty?

The new car warranty does not cover routine wear and tear, which are normal parts of using your car or truck. This includes things like scratches, dings or dents, surface rust due or deterioration of the paint due to exposure to harsh conditions.

Can a Dealer Legally Refuse to Fix Peeling Paint Under Warranty?

Short answer here is yes, the dealer can legally refuse to fix peeling paint under warranty. The burden is on you the vehicle owner to prove the peeling is due to a defect and not damage or neglect.

Do Extended Warranties Cover Paint?

No, extended warranty coverage doesn’t typically cover paint defects. While it’s nice to have warranty coverage for your car, most extended warranties only cover electrical and mechanical parts.

Final Thoughts

If you’re experiencing paint peeling on your car, it’s important to know what the warranty covers. Many people assume that any kind of paint damage is automatically covered by the manufacturer, but this isn’t always the case. In order for the problem to be considered a manufacturing defect, it needs to meet certain criteria. If it doesn’t, then you may have to foot the bill yourself.

We hope this article has been helpful in clarifying some of the details around car paint and warranties. Have you had problems with peeling paint? Let us know in the comments below!

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Loves anything with a motor and wheels. Christopher is an internet technology and automotive expert. When he's not at the local autocross event, he can often be found working on one of his cars. He loves nothing more than taking something apart and putting it back together again–better than before.

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