Opel is the European name used for Vauxhall cars on the continent and it recently announced it would no longer offer the lifetime warranty with new Opel cars.
However, Vauxhall has released a statement saying it will continue to offer the lifetime warranty, which is available for an unlimited period of time up to 100,000 miles, on all new Vauxhall cars.
A Vauxhall statement read: “The Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty is 12 months old, and is now an established Vauxhall brand value. It is important to Vauxhall customers and has a positive bearing on their purchase decision – Vauxhall has no intention to withdraw from its lifetime warranty.”
The Vauxhall lifetime warranty will continue to be offered across the Vauxhall new car range, including the best-selling Vauxhall Astra hatchback and estate and the smaller Vauxhall Corsa.
The warranty covers most major parts of the car including brakes, steering, engine, gearbox and air conditioning. However, it does not cover routine maintenance and servicing.
The lifetime warranty is potentially the longest in the industry and can even be passed on to a second owner if the car is less than 12 months old and has driven less than 30,000 miles.
Vauxhall’s warranty was introduced as competition for the likes of Kia, which offers a seven-year, 100,000 warranty on all new cars.
Chevrolet has also recently extended its warranty to five years as manufacturers target longer warranties to highlight reliability and tempt customers away from best-selling brands such as Ford.
Vauxhall is currently one of the most popular car makers in the UK with three cars, the Corsa, Astra and Insignia, in the top ten best-sellers for 2011.
The Vauxhall range will be expanded in the next few months with the launch of the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV at the end of 2011 and the new Vauxhall Astra GTC three-door coupe, which goes on sale in the UK early in 2012.