Is Hyundai’s Warranty Transferable? (CPO, 5 Year, Certified)

Is Hyundai Warranty Transferable

People ask, Is Hyundai Warranty transferable to the new owner? Is Hyundai 5-year, Extended, Certified, or Bumper to Bumper warranty transferable? These are the questions our readers ask a lot. Well, we´ve got you covered.

Hyundai may as well be Kia at this point, as they now own 30% of Kia and are partnered with them in most aspects. Also, like Kia, Hyundai seemed to rise from the ashes of nothingness to become a major player in the vehicle manufacturing industry. 

When it comes to a Hyundai warranty, their warranty is transferable and, for the most part, operates in a similar fashion to that of Kia. When the second owner purchases a used Kia, the remaining warranty transfers over, however, the powertrain portion is basically half that of the original.

For all intents and purposes, your Hyundai warranty is like a Kia warranty and therefore one of the most robust and extensive warranties on the planet.

It’s another reason that both Hyundai and Kia have risen in the ranks to offer some of the most popular cars in America. 

What Does the Hyundai Warranty Entail?

Hyundai’s warranty is fairly extensive and covers a lot of ground. 

  • Powertrain: The limited powertrain warranty lasts for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. 
  • Hybrid Battery: The hybrid battery warranty for hybrid Hyundais is a lifetime warranty but only applies to the original owner and does not transfer.
  • Federal Emissions: the federal emissions section of the warranty covers defects and performance and lasts for 8 years or 80,000 miles.
  • Anti-perforation: The anti-perforation portion of the warranty has no limit on mileage and lasts for 7 years. 
  • New Vehicle: This only applies to the original owner purchasing a brand new, Hyundai. It lasts for 5 years or 60,000 miles.
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance: Probably the most popular portion of the Hyundai warranty is the 24-hour roadside assistance, which is for 5 years and has no limitations on mileage.
  • Replacement Parts and Accessories: The smallest part of the Hyundai warranty, this lasts for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

You can purchase any other kind of car from any other manufacturer in the US, excluding Kia and you won’t find a warranty that’s this extensive.

Roadside assistance is easily the most popular and includes 24-hour support.

Hyundai will provide you with transportation, put you up in a hotel, and even pay for your food while they fix your car. 

Read also: Is the Toyota Warranty Transferable? (Coverage, New Owner)

Hyundai Warranty Exclusions

As with all things, there are some exclusions. For instance, Hyundai isn’t going to pay you to bring your car in for an oil change.

Routine maintenance is entirely up to you. However, if you want to avoid voiding your Hyundai warranty, it’s best to both use Hyundai dealerships for your maintenance and do everything on time. 

If you have an oil change due in 3,000 miles, be sure to have your Hyundai at the dealership relatively close to that time frame and keep all of your receipts. 

One way to void the warranty on a Hyundai is to mess with the odometer. An altered odometer is an immediate red flag and the warranty will be voided.

Brake pads, windshield wipers, and other routine items that need to be replaced are not covered either and will come out of your own pocket.

Abuse and neglect of your Hyundai is another quick way to void the warranty and if it doesn’t happen to be enough to void it, Hyundai will probably not fix it under the warranty’s stipulations. 

Hyundai also doesn’t cover incidents that have a natural source, such as getting caught in a hail storm, getting tree sap on your car, or a seagull discoloring the paint with its unfortunately well-aimed bowel movements. 

Vandalism and theft are also not covered under the Hyundai warranty. Those are two things that should be covered under your auto insurance plan.

Speaking of which, Hyundai’s warranty coverage does not extend to damage caused in an accident and you only have liability coverage or collision insurance. 

Read also: Is Nissan’s Warranty Transferable? (Coverage, New Owner + More)

Certified Pre-Owned Hyundais

While this doesn’t technically extend to a second owner, it kind of does. Hyundai sells some of their used vehicles under the label of “certified pre-owned.” To become a certified pre-owned vehicle, a Hyundai has to undergo a 173-point inspection. 

Fortunately, for those who want to purchase a CPO Hyundai vehicle, this means that you will get a 5-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty along with the original, 100.000-mile warranty that lasts for 10 years unless you cross the 100,000 miles first. 

This 10-year warranty covers a lot of things, including:

  • The hybrid/electric battery
  • Automatic transmission
  • Traction motor
  • Hybrid starter
  • The hybrid power control unit
  • Various system components
  • Transaxle
  • Engine

That’s quite a lot of bang for your buck, especially considering the fact that you are purchasing a used vehicle and you simply won’t find that kind of warranty coverage anywhere else. 

Transferring Hyundai Warranty to a Second Owner

There is not much to do when transferring the warranty to a new owner. Just remember, the second owner of the Hyundai will get exactly half of the original, 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

However, if there are only 3 years left, the second owner will get the 3 years instead. 

Be sure to read over your warranty coverage thoroughly to determine if there are any exceptions or secondary considerations when transferring the warranty.

After that, all you need to do is contact the Hyundai dealership where you originally purchased the vehicle and they will guide you through the remaining steps of the process. 

Once the vehicle is purchased by the second owner, the remaining warranty or half of the original warranty will automatically be applied, since it is tied directly to the VIN of the Hyundai and the paperwork has been properly filled out. 

Hyundai will assist with this process as well when you call to transfer the warranty. 

All Things Considered

It’s not a bad deal if you are the second owner and inheriting the original warranty.

Even if you get the maximum, which is half of the original powertrain warranty, you’re coming out better than the vast majority of other owners who purchased from different vehicle manufacturers. 



Jeff is an automotive technician, technical writer, and Managing Editor. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in cars like the Buick Reatta. Jeff has been creating written and video content about transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used for more than 18 years. Jeff is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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