Whether you’ve already purchased an ebike or you’re in the market to buy one, you know that they're as much fun to ride as they are expensive. This is why investing in an extended warranty for your ebike is one of the best moves you can make to ensure you get your money’s worth out of your purchase.
What do extended warranties cover for ebikes, and are they really worth it? We think so, especially based on the limited manufacturer warranty coverage. Here’s everything you need to know about ebike warranties so you can make the most informed decision.
How does an extended warranty compare to a standard manufacturer's warranty?
First, it’s important to understand the difference between an extended warranty and a standard manufacturer's warranty. A manufacturer's warranty is product coverage from the manufacturer that typically comes with your product purchase. Manufacturer warranty coverage generally ranges from 30 days to one year.
Manufacturer warranties are very limited in scope, covering only damage and defects that stem from the manufacturing process. The terms contain a lot of fine print, significant exclusions, and special conditions that, if they aren't followed exactly, can void your warranty. Some examples of coverage that is frequently excluded in the standard ebike warranty include damage from normal wear and tear, accidents, corrosion, or failure to properly service your bike.
Extended warranties are designed to increase the breadth of your coverage and extend the length of your coverage terms beyond that initial limited warranty from the manufacturer. While extended warranties are an additional cost consideration, the peace of mind and extra protection are more than worth it for most people.
What does the manufacturer's warranty cover for your ebike?
Before you can determine what extended warranty coverage you need, it's good to be aware of what coverage is already provided. Let’s take a look at the manufacturer warranty options that are available for some of the most popular ebike brands on the market today.
Aventon Bike Warranty
An Aventon ebike warranty includes one year of coverage against manufacturing defects, provided you can prove that the damage was not incurred by negligence or normal wear and tear. Parts of the Aventon ebike that fall under warranty protection include the bike frame, battery, display, motor, and other components.
Sur Ron Bike Warranty
Sur Ron ebikes are also covered by a standard manufacturer warranty, and the length of coverage varies based on the part of the bike. To maintain the warranty, customers are required to regularly service the ebike. Parts such as the bike’s swing arm, motor, and controller are covered for 18 months after the time of purchase, given that the ebike is properly serviced. Components of the bike that don’t require service are covered by the manufacturer's warranty for 12 months.
Trek Bike Warranty
All of Trek’s bikes, including ebikes, are covered by a standard Trek bike warranty. The warranty includes lifetime coverage for the bike’s frame, bontrager wheels with carbon rims, and suspension swing arms. It also includes two years of coverage for paint, hardware, and other components. The manufacturer warranty excludes normal wear and tear, damage from poor maintenance, corrosion, and other accidents caused by the user.
Schwinn Bike Warranty
Schwinn’s warranty plan varies based on the type of ebike you have, but generally includes two years of coverage for pedal assist components, such as the head module, motor, and battery. Schwinn also offers warranty coverage for the frame of the ebike for the duration of the useful life of the product. The warranty includes coverage for manufacturer’s defects, but excludes coverage for normal wear and tear, accidents, and damage caused by negligence or improper maintenance.
Why you need an extended warranty for your ebike
Although many ebike companies offer standard warranty plans, for the most complete coverage, it’s smart to invest in an extended warranty plan. An extended warranty will not only extend the duration of your product coverage, but also offer additional protection that likely isn’t included with your ebike purchase.
While extended warranties add an additional cost on top of what's already an expensive purchase, it will save you money in the long run if your ebike breaks unexpectedly, malfunctions after the standard warranty ends, or is damaged in an accident.
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