Do you have an extended warranty or service contract that you bought from a dealership? Is the warranty/service contract company refusing to pay for a repair? If so, this article is for you. Most automotive service contract companies (aka extended warranty companies) refuse to pay claims until you make a big stink. However, the way you go about […]
Ask AAA: Can My Warranty Company Deny A Repair Claim Because I Didn’t Get Prior Approval?
A reader asks: My car had a breakdown last week, and it was towed to a reputable repair shop where I regularly service my car. They fixed the problem and emailed the invoice to my warranty company for reimbursement. However, my claim was declined because – according to the warranty company – I didn’t seek their approval before submitting a […]
Extended Warranties: Careful Who You Buy Them From
In my experience in the car business, people have a love/hate opinion of extended warranties (a.k.a. service contracts). People love them when they cover a repair, but they hate paying for them. While I have some great extended warranty buying advice, I thought I’d share a story that reinforces one of my basic rules for […]
Extended Warranty Buyer’s Guide
If you’re buying a new or used car, you’re probably going to be offered an extended warranty (aka service contract). Dealerships and banks often sell these products, and for good reason – they provide security and piece of mind. However, if you’re not careful, you could end up paying too much or getting the wrong […]
Should You Buy An Extended Warranty?
Extended warranties aren’t for everyone, but they can be a good purchase for a lot of consumers. Here’s how you can decide if an extended warranty (aka service contract) is right for you: 1) Do you have the ability to pay for a big repair? The worst-case scenario with any vehicle is that a major […]
After Market Part Warranty Concerns
If you’ve ever changed or modified your new vehicle, you might have been warned that these changes could effect your warranty coverage. For instance, some people believe that adding a simple performance part (like a custom exhaust or after market air intake) will somehow endanger your warranty. However, in my years of experience in the […]
New Car Warranty Basics
New cars come with three kinds of warranties: Bumper to bumper. Covers defects on almost everything on the car, usually for at least three years or 36,000 miles. Power-train coverage. Simply put, a power train warranty covers everything that makes the car “go”. While some manufacturers only warranty their power train for three years or […]