Ford Paint Warranty Policy Explained (New & Pre-Owned Vehicles)

Vehicle warranties typically cover a host of issues, sometimes including paint problems. Ford’s new vehicle warranty policy covers your paint job under certain circumstances, including factory defects, corrosion damage, damage caused by airborne material, and corrosion that results in perforation. Ford certified pre-owned vehicles come with a limited warranty — but that warranty does not include paint coverage. See the full details of Ford’s paint warranty policy below.

Ford Paint Warranty Policy Explained

New Ford vehicles come with a Bumper to Bumper warranty that guarantees against factory defects and most mechanical issues for three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first). The warranty includes complete coverage for:

  • All parts that fail through normal use due to factory defects
  • Any factory defects that affect appearance issues, including sheet metal, upholstery, trim, and paint
  • Paint corrosion that is not caused by use or environmental conditions
  • Tires that are defective or fail through factory workmanship

Warranty details can be found in the 2018 Model Year Ford Warranty Guide. We also contacted two Ford dealerships to confirm that paint damage due to factory defects or corrosion that doesn’t result from normal use or environmental conditions are covered under the Bumper to Bumper warranty.

In addition, Ford covers paint damage on new vehicles due to airborne material — outside of factory defects and warranty terms — for the first 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first). New vehicles are also covered by a five-year, unlimited mileage corrosion warranty that covers paint damage beyond the three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty period, provided the paint damage is due to corrosion that results in perforation (holes) in the vehicle body. If the corrosion has not perforated the vehicle, paint damage is not covered beyond three years or 36,000 miles.

Does Ford’s Extended Warranty Cover Paint?

Ford offers several extended warranty plans for additional fees that cover new vehicles longer and more comprehensively. These extended warranties cover repairs for both factory defects and damage to the vehicle through normal use. There are four levels available under the Ford Protect Extended Service Plan, but none of these offer additional paint warranties.

What About Used Ford Vehicles?

Ford certified pre-owned vehicles come with a limited warranty covering 12 months or 12,000 miles, which includes coverage for brakes, electrical and safety systems, steering components, and more. However, the limited warranty and extended service plans for used Ford vehicles do not cover paint. The Ford Certified Pre-Owned brochure lists the details of used vehicle warranties.

In Summary

If you purchase a new Ford vehicle, warranties will protect against factory defects and corrosion paint damage that is not due to normal use or environmental conditions for three years or 36,000 miles, paint damage due to airborne materials for 12 months or 12,000 miles, and corrosion that results in holes for five years (unlimited miles). However, extended warranties and Ford certified pre-owned vehicle warranties do not include paint coverage.

To learn more about keeping your vehicle’s paint in good condition, see our articles on places that paint cars, affordable options for professional and do-it-yourself paint jobs, and the cost of paint jobs compared to car wraps.

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