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Old 12-05-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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Dealer extended warranties??

Is there such an "option" as an extended warranty?? Ideas on estimated price range for this feature?? Thanks!
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Is there such an "option" as an extended warranty?? Ideas on estimated price range for this feature?? Thanks!
If you're buying new, the dealer WILL offer you an extended warranty, and probably make you sign a piece of paper saying you DON'T want it if you refuse to pony up the extra money for it, just so they have a record that they did in fact try to sell you one.

Estimated price will vary depending on the MSPR of what you're looking to buy, but for a ballpark estimate you can figure about 1% of the MSRP for each year that the warranty extends, so an extended warranty that runs 3 years past the standard warranty would be about 3% of MSRP.
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Could this be good at the selling dealer only or any AS dealer?? Seems reasonable for the cost but needs to be worth the effort.
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Extended warranties are usually third-party warranties, not factory or dealer warranties.

I personally avoid extended warranties like the plague; unless I buy a lemon, the warranty repairs are really only needed in the standard warranty period, and once I get past that, nothing breaks unless I break it, in which case the extended warranty wouldn't cover the repairs anyway.

Read the terms and conditions of any extended warranty very carefully, because there are usually all kinds of hidden exclusions. For example, on a Sprinter-based Airstream Interstate like mine, the extended warranty would have only covered Airstream products, namely the interior cabinetry, walls, and floor, the wiring, and the pipes, and a few decorative body panels on the outside. That's it. Not the air conditioner (Dometic) or the water heater (Atwood) or the microwave (Sharp) or the drivetrain (Mercedes) or the generator (Cummins/Onan) or the house batteries (Discover Energy) or the freshwater pump (Flojet), or the awning (Fiamma) or anything else that comes with its own manufacturer's warranty.
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I hear ya. I've had good and bad experiences with vehicle extended warranty claims. Sometimes they just happen to help out when you don't expect it. I think the current market drives profit outside the product. So these are just "add ons" to help make a profit somehow. Thanks for the info. It seems like something to take a pass on when offered.
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Airstream warranties the trailer and everything in it for two years. If accessories make it through this period, they usually are good for the long haul (and these aftermarket warranty providers know it). Converters and batteries, for example, may not but they don't cost near the price of the warranty, and may be excluded or reduced anyway.
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I did not purchase an extended warranty on the Airstream- nor was I offered one by the dealer. I wouldn't have bought it anyway.
I did, however, purchase the third party extended warranty on the sob trailer I had before the Airstream.
The reason for purchasing the warranty on an sob does not apply to Airstreams- the rubber roof membrane. The rubber roof membrane on an sob is roughly $200 per foot x length of the trailer- and it is not a question of if the membrane will dry and crack and rot, but when-
Had I known at the time I would only keep the trailer 2 years 4 months I would have not bought that extended warranty...
There are things that the warranty won't cover, and there is sometimes a deductible for things it will cover- in other words a waste of money for the purchaser but pure extra profit for the seller- it's the same on cars or electronics or computers-
I was offered extended warranty on 2 items at Walmart the other night- a Radio Flyer child's wagon and a Wii game- go figure-
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I can see my AS usage the first year to be some trial and error. I'd expect the second year to have more usage. I just wasn't sure with the potential for issues related to the AS construction and materials to be troublesome beyond that time line.

Secondary parts and supplies (AC, stove, microwave. etc etc) I expect a certain amount of use and failures. These don't bother me as much as a sound and dry AS.
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