The industry standard warranty used to be three years, 100,000km. And that’s what many manufacturers still offer, for example Toyota and Nissan.
However, slowly but surely, some of the lesser-known brands in particular have increased warranty lengths in order to demonstrate their reliability; this has been followed by certain bigger brands.
For example, Ford just introduced a five-year warranty from May 2018, and Kia has had a seven-year unlimited kilometre warranty for some time. Other brands have the three-year standard, but offer a two-year extension for which you have to pay. This is all factory warranty, as distinct from the dealer-only or third-party warranties which are much more limited in scope and much harder to claim from.
And now Haval is offering a seven-year unlimited kilometre warranty on all cars from October 1 to December 31, which is important for a couple of reasons – firstly, the Australian public has a deep and mostly unwarranted (hah) distrust of Chinese cars, and secondly it demonstrates Haval intends to be in Australia for the long-term. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Haval H9s and they’re pretty decent cars that offer great value, so this is a good move from Haval. Hopefully the warranty extension will become permanent.