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Old 08-06-2008, 02:52 PM   #1
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I am looking for suggestions for extended warranty companies. We did not purchase originally thinking we would trade in 2 years. Now we plan to keep her and want this insurance. Neighbor is putting out $$$ for the coil on 3 year old fridge. Want to avoid that if possible. Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
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In some cases the best warranty is no warranty. What this means is banking the $$ you would spend on a warranty. Technically in the long run you should come out ahead. Warranty companies tend to always come out on the wining side.

If you read Trailer Life or Good Sam Highways magazines, you will find that the majority of customer complaints to their consumer help service is for extended warranties that don't pay out when needed. There always seems to be a hoop that the owner or repair facility missed in either notifying the warranty company, or a component or service that is not covered.

Personally the only warranty extension I took out was from the manufacturer themselves. For example if you purchase a trailer new, you can get an extended warranty from Dometic. That's a warranty that you can hang your hat on. Now if it comes from XYZ warranty company, you take your chances.

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Old 08-06-2008, 03:35 PM   #3
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Your right jcanavera If you can't get one from AS themselves I would just put some money away for when and if something happens...

Same goes for cars.. Are friends suburban warranty ran out, and they got a call from ayz company but when they wouldn't make a decision over the phone the guy got made for wasting his time and hung up... They went to the deal and got one from chevy.....
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Your right jcanavera If you can't get one from AS themselves I would just put some money away for when and if something happens...

Same goes for cars.. Are friends suburban warranty ran out, and they got a call from ayz company but when they wouldn't make a decision over the phone the guy got made for wasting his time and hung up... They went to the deal and got one from chevy.....
You have to be careful though because some dealers are selling aftermarket warranties. I don't believe Airstream sells an extended warranty. Now as I noted you can get extended warranties directly from the manufacturer's of some of the trailer components. Those usually are good warranties, no questions or loop holes.....but then again I found out that my air conditioner's three year warranty (2 years parts and labor, year 3 parts only)that comes from Dometic doesn't cover the shroud. As I found out that's only warranted for 6 months, and I was denied a replacement at 2 years six months into ownership.

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Gotta agree with the majority here..."no" on third-party extended warranties...we had one on the small motor home we had before selling it and getting our Bambi...it was like pulling teeth to get them to pay for anything, and then there were so many restrictions and requirements that it really soured us on everyone involved from the dealer who sold it to us to the company itself...we vowed never to purchase another one.

(By the way, if you have an extended warranty and you sell the rig before it expires, you can get a pro-rated refund on the unused portion...a handy thing to remember...we got nearly $2000 back when we sold the motor home. I believe you can also cancel them and get a refund.)
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:18 PM   #6
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In some cases the best warranty is no warranty. What this means is banking the $$ you would spend on a warranty. Technically in the long run you should come out ahead. Warranty companies tend to always come out on the wining side. Jack

Gotta agree with Jack. Consumer Reports also advise against so called "extended warranties". Best bet is to pay those "premiums" to yourself in a separate account for those rainy days...
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Your right jcanavera If you can't get one from AS themselves I would just put some money away for when and if something happens...

Same goes for cars.. Are friends suburban warranty ran out, and they got a call from ayz company but when they wouldn't make a decision over the phone the guy got made for wasting his time and hung up... They went to the deal and got one from chevy.....
Smart move...never buy a warranty over the phone. These outfits usually buy this info from your State DMV, after 30yrs in the auto field I have yet to find one worth a toot.
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Hi, after working at new car dealers since 1968, now retired, I can say that I would not recommend any non-factory extended warranty. I have personally spent many hours on the phone with after market warranty companies, [a game they play] and witnessed many claims denied.
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Hi, after working at new car dealers since 1968, now retired, I can say that I would not recommend any non-factory extended warranty. I have personally spent many hours on the phone with after market warranty companies, [a game they play] and witnessed many claims denied.


"No sir, your extended warranty does not cover corrosion, we cannot cover your leaking transmission cooler lines."
Now your the bad guy, and you had nothing to do with the decission to purchase this bogus warranty.

Happy to be semi-retired? Damn Straight

Bob,

Seems like we've talked about this before.

STICK WITH THE WARRANTY OFFERED BY THE FACTORY, for us it's GMPP.
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Search the forums on self-insure. You will expand your major purchase costs by (guessing) a quarter or more by falling into the extended warranty trap. And not a tenth of your products will fail within the coverage period. Thus comes the great profit motivation for them to offer these. Buy no extended warranties, count the premium dollars as being in your pocket and you'll be ahead of the game when the unfortunate early failure occurs.

If it's a lemon it will fail within the basic warranty period. You don't even need to send in the warranty card to be covered. Failing in years three, four or five is uncommon enough that I wish I had a piece of that investment action! How 'bout the moderators set up extended warranties to make our jobs lucrative beyond belief...
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