The warranty that comes standard with your new outboard motor is a lot more than just a piece of paper. It has written a proof that the engine manufacturer stands behind all the research, engineering, workmanship and testing that went into making that engine. A recreational outboard typically has a limited warranty covering all its components against failures resulting from defects in material or workmanship for the specified time period. As with any warranty coverage, however, failures due to abuse, neglect, lack of maintenance, etc., are not covered and are the responsibility of the owner – which is why the warranty is “limited”.
Don’t forget that the warranty will not do you any good if it is not registered with the manufacturer! When you purchase a new outboard over 30 hp from a factory-authorized dealer, the dealer usually will process the warranty registration and give you a copy. However, if you buy a smaller outboard from a retailer or online from an internet vendor, you will need to fill out the warranty card found in the box with the engine and send it to the manufacturer within the period listed on the card – which may be only a few weeks.