How to Keep Your New Car in Tip-Top Shape Before You Leave the Dealership Buying a vehicle is often the second biggest purchase, other than a home, that a person will make. But before you drive out of the showroom, it's important to ensure your investment will be covered for the long haul. While new cars often come with a three year, 36 thousand mile manufacturer warranty, mechanics often recommend a "vehicle service contract." This contract can cover repairs to the engine, transmission and clutch when the traditional warranty expires, often saving owners thousands in repairs. In addition, some companies also offer protection plans that cover routine wear and tear items such as window and seat motors that are not always covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Like choosing the color of your car's interior, service contracts are also highly customizable to meet individual needs-from 12 to 84 months and from 12 to 100 thousand miles. And they're available for new and used vehicles.