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Old 12-09-2009, 02:25 PM   #1
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Question Easy Care Extended Warranty

Just bought a 2009 Flying Cloud 27FB. Fell under the pressure from sales exec to buy an expensive extended warranty. Trying to cancel, but sales is pushing hard for me to keep it. I almost never buy these things, but I'm curious about this company. I can't seem to find much info about them other than somehow affiliated with Ford. Seems the most expensive items are the refer, a/c, inverter, water heater, and furnance. From reading old posts, the vast majority seem to be against buying one and I'm mostly in that camp. Anybody with experience of information about this company would be appreciated. Thanks, Hal & Terri.
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Just bought a 2009 Flying Cloud 27FB. Fell under the pressure from sales exec to buy an expensive extended warranty. Trying to cancel, but sales is pushing hard for me to keep it. I almost never buy these things, but I'm curious about this company. I can't seem to find much info about them other than somehow affiliated with Ford. Seems the most expensive items are the refer, a/c, inverter, water heater, and furnance. From reading old posts, the vast majority seem to be against buying one and I'm mostly in that camp. Anybody with experience of information about this company would be appreciated. Thanks, Hal & Terri.
We refuse to have anything to do with RV entended warranty companies.

When they are called for approvals, they say OK. BUT, when they receive the final bill, they chop it to pieces. That of course, hurts the repairing dealer.

Lastly, Airstream covers your trailer and it's various components. If they last longer than the Airstream warranty, then most likely they will last a long long time.

Extended warranties offered by RV dealers, are a HUGE profit center, often times more than they made on the sale.

Several posts have been made on this issue, on this Forums, over the past few years.

Almost without exception, the answers were the same.

Don't go for it.

And you can, make the dealer cancel that policy. They won't like it, but your bank account will, and it will be much happier, too.

Save the money, now.

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Ditto to the previous post. You've seen me posting about 'self insuring' if you've read enough extended warranty threads.

I was buying some minimal part at Best Buy. Cashier asked if I wanted an extended warranty for... it wasn't even $5.00. Would have been all profit for them! They gotta ask I guess.

Your new Airstream warranty will cover you for 48 months from the time of sale. That should cover any fridge or A/C that has a problem. You'll eliminate lemons once they make it past 48 months and then you can expect almost all of these items to last as long as another durable good purchase (washing machine, dishwasher, etc) -- 10 years? More? Less? We'd be disappointed with less but most of the time they'll last longer. And the extended warranty lasts what? 5 years? Two of which are already covered!
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...Your new Airstream warranty will cover you for 48 months from the time of sale...
did they recently extend the normal 2 year (24 month warranty) or is this the metric system???

i agree CANCEL the extended warranty.

many of the appliances have LONGER than 2 year warranties already.

and IF YOU REALLY want more coverage on the fridge or furnace or some of the other appliances...

the APPLIANCE maker will over extended coverage, you can buy PER appliance...
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there are a FEW times when extended warranties make sense and cents...

an a/s purchase isn't one of those times.

DITCH IT, don't let the dealer bully you.

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did they recently extend the normal 2 year (24 month warranty) or is this the metric system???
= metric. furlongs per fortnight and all.

Or part of my campaign to put green and red decorations in the hardware store only every other year.

24 months. Yep. 24 months.
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As a rule extrended warranty coverage plays to the dealer/underwriters favor. It's a gamble for you, but you do gain a level of comfort knowing you're covered for some value reported to be above and beyond the normal coverage period.

If it were me I'd skip the extended warranty and take the money I'd spend on the coverage and bank it in account that pays interest.

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If it were me I'd skip the extended warranty and take the money I'd spend on the coverage and bank it in account that pays interest.

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Hi Kevin,

At today's great interest rates, I think you are better off to spend it as fast as possible. I spend most of mine on beer and wild parties. The rest I just waste.

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...It's a gamble for you, but you do gain a level of comfort knowing you're covered for some value reported to be above and beyond the normal coverage period...
this is certainly true...

sometimes.

but really depends on...

-the details IN the warranty (copay, how to file a claim, who will honor it and so on...)

-the coverage/exclusions, which PARTS and how 'normal wear' is factored in/out.

-the financial strength of the company offering the plan.

-how easy and costly is it to transfer to the NEXT buyer...
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the notion that an extended warranty is similar to paying of 'insurance' peace of mind is reasonable IF anything is actually insured.
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apple care is an EXCELLENT extended plan for macs...

and i have ONE extended car warranty that essentially DUPLICATES the original new warranty for 6 added years (only tires/brake pads/fluids not covered)

and this vehicle has very expensive parts, labor and diagnostics so to 'self insure' i'd need to set aside 3x the plan fee.

but ALWAYS the details matter...

and the best plans can be purchased AFTER the initial sale (with apple up to 364 days later) when the hype has settled.

the auto coverage was purchased 3 years into a 4 year factory plan.
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the last issue is what dealer is this ? do they have a good service department ? would you WANT them fixing stuff ?

if it's the oregon shop, that is ONE MORE reason to CANCEL THE PLAN NOW...

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this is certainly true...

apple care is an EXCELLENT extended plan for macs...

if it's the oregon shop, that is ONE MORE reason to CANCEL THE PLAN NOW...

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I agree about the Mac apple care. As far as the Oregon shop, if we are talking about the same one in the south end of the state, that is good to know. I tried to buy the identical AS from them but they wouldn't deal. I saved about $2K by buying from a dealer in southern California, including shipping to the Oregon border.
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Thanks for all your advice. I kind of knew where this was going to go. I have asked for a full refund and looking at buying individual warranties. I knew I was had when they asked about $4k for the warranty and they leaped on it when I countered with $2.2K. Anyway the dealer has been great in all other aspects and said they would refund 100%. I can't blame them for trying to squeeze out some extra profit in these times.
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hal...

the factory manual/packet of manuals for EACH major appliance,

used to INCLUDE cards/contacts for extending some of the manufacturers warranties...

fridge, ac, furnace and so on. as i recall the buyer had 30-90 days to get this rolling.

you might find the info ONLINE if not in the packet.
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even then it's useful to consider replacement costs for the specific appliance and how likely an issue is to develop after the first year or so...

the fridges do pretty well for years IF they don't have problems early in life, same with the furnace.

the a/c is not as predictable in that regard. so price a new/replacement and compare that to the extend coverage costs...

one nice feature of warranty cover by the appliance maker,

is that the unit can be taken to ANY authorized service center, without regard to the 'stream dealer network.

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2air, thanks. I did register and bought extended manufacturer warranties for the refer and a/c-heat pump from Dometic. They were having a 30% off sale on 3 year additional warranties. Not something I usually do, but it was a decent price for 6 years of coverage and I had a refer go bad on a Lance camper. Also it gives my wife a little comfort.
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