Mazda is the latest car maker in Australia to extend its warranty period from three to five years, matching the bulk of its rivals with the most common length deal in the local new car market.
From today, the new five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty will apply as standard to all new Mazda vehicles sold in Australia.
The move follows the recent decisions by other manufacturers including Holden, Ford and Honda to boost their warranties to five years, matching Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Skoda, Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Isuzu and Jeep.
“The new warranty will give customers another reason to choose Mazda, bolstering confidence in our already solid reputation for quality, hard-wearing cars,” said Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi.
Mazda’s decision comes as a bit of a surprise as it is consistently the second-most popular vehicle brand in Australia after Toyota, thanks to an established reputation for quality and reliability.
But it demonstrates how warranty periods have become an important factor for people choosing a new car. They’re also a key reason behind the continued rise of brands such as Hyundai and of course Kia, which got the ball rolling in 2014 with its celebrated seven-year warranty.
Mazda’s move leaves Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen as the only mainstream manufacturers to still only offer three year warranties.
Subaru tested the waters with five-year warranties on selected models sold during September 2017.