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Choosing the Right Extended Car Warranty for Your Vehicle

An extended car warranty—whether for a new or used car—can save you money on a vehicle’s expensive repair costs. Depending on your provider, different coverage plans allow you to customize your extended warranty to meet your needs.

Learn how an extended car warranty can benefit you and if it is better to buy a warranty from a dealership or a third-party company. Compare different car warranty companies to determine which brand is the best choice for you, and speak to a representative to get a free quote from CARCHEX.

What Are the Benefits of an Extended Auto Warranty?

An extended car warranty provides peace of mind to car owners. By purchasing an extended warranty, or vehicle protection plan, you safeguard yourself from the expenses of car repairs—similar to how a home warranty can save you money when appliances break down. This is especially beneficial because as vehicles age, the likelihood of needing repairs increases. Additionally, once a manufacturer’s warranty on a car expires, the average repair costs can skyrocket.

Purchasing an extended auto warranty may help reduce the cost of repairs over time. To determine if adding an extended warranty to your new or used car is the right choice for you, there are several factors to consider. Once you decide you need a warranty, then you can choose between the different types of warranties and coverage levels available.

Need guidance while shopping for a vehicle protection plan? A representative from CARCHEX can answer your questions and provide a free quote. Call 866-261-3457 today.

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Are Extended Warranties Worth it?

Many drivers may not realize the potential savings offered by an extended car warranty, but they can help you:

  • Spread car repair costs out over time—Rather than having to pay a large repair bill all at once, an extended warranty may allow you to pay for those repairs in smaller amounts over time.
  • Maintain high-mileage vehicles—If you tend to keep cars for years and years, you can benefit from an extended car warranty. Older cars with high mileage are prone to breaking down and needing expensive repairs. Adding an extended car warranty helps you afford repairs when you need them and keep the car on the road.
  • Realize a return on investment—Owners who are interested in selling their car may see a return on the purchase of an extended car warranty. Many extended warranties from companies like CARCHEX can be transferred to a new owner. This can make the car more marketable, as it shows that you care about maintenance and repairs.

Extended Warranties for New Cars

Almost every new car will come with a factory warranty from the manufacturer. Many times, this manufacturer’s warranty has fine print and limitations. While a new car is less likely to need repairs, it can still be worthwhile for a new car owner to purchase an extended warranty once the manufacturer warranty expires. Warranty companies base the cost of an extended car warranty on the vehicle’s age, mileage, make, and model. An extended warranty for a new car with fewer miles can cost less than a warranty for an older vehicle with more mileage.

Extended Warranties for Used Cars

Buying a used car comes with risks, such as prior care and repairs made to the vehicle, and often doesn’t include a manufacturer’s warranty. There may be underlying issues that will cause the car to break down within a few years of buying it. To combat the costs of their repairs, used car owners can purchase an extended car warranty. If the used car breaks down, you may save hundreds of dollars in repairs.

If you are considering purchasing a used car, consider the following to determine whether an extended warranty is right for you:

  • Known issues with your car—Some older cars suffer from issues like leaks or certain parts going out over time. These issues can be consistent in certain makes and models. Do some research and see what kind of repairs to expect in your used vehicle and whether you can fit them into your budget without the assistance of an extended warranty. Also, make sure to get the car’s history from its previous owner.
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  • Determine the reliability of your vehicle—Is your vehicle’s make and model known for its lifespan? Understanding how reliable the used car is will help you determine how much coverage you need in an extended car warranty.
  • How long you plan on driving the car—Whether you’re planning to keep or sell the car in a few years, an extended car warranty has its advantages. If you keep it, you can reap the financial benefits of a protection plan yourself. When selling the car, the warranty increases the value of the car, since you can transfer it to the new owner.

Different Types of Warranties

There are several types of warranties offered by car dealerships, manufacturers, and third-party warranty companies. Each type provides different levels of coverage and may vary across providers.

Types of Warranties

Manufacturer warranties

usually come with new car purchases. Some manufacturers also offer warranties for cars that have been through a certified pre-owned (CPO) program. The warranty from an auto manufacturer generally covers repairs in the first 3–5 years of the car’s life. These warranties also have restrictive mileage limits.

Dealership extended warranties

are usually restrictive and offer less protection over time than other warranty options. You may be required to use only the dealership repair shop, which can be inconvenient and more expensive.

Third-party warranty companies

offer the best value and most flexibility in extended car warranties. They usually include roadside assistance and other benefits. Third-party warranty companies also offer several levels of protection. Choosing to buy an extended warranty from a third-party provider like CARCHEX allows you to customize your warranty to meet your needs and doesn’t tie you down to a certain manufacturer.

Dealership vs. Third-Party Extended Car Warranties

Many car dealerships offer extended car warranties for both new and used cars. By comparing your options, you’re better positioned to make an informed decision.

Dealership Extended Warranties

Extended warranties from car dealerships are known for being restrictive. Short-term lengths and mileage limits prevent car owners from getting the most out of their protection plan.

Buying an extended warranty from a car dealership can also place major limitations on where you can have your car repaired. It is not uncommon for a dealer to require that any repairs made under their extended car warranty be completed by their service center or an approved repair facility. That means you’re limited to their locations.

Third-Party Extended Warranties

Third-party providers specialize in extended car warranties. Where a dealership is focused on selling as many cars as possible, a third-party warranty company is focused on offering you protection that makes sense for your vehicle. A CARCHEX Extended Vehicle Protection Plan, for example, allows you the freedom to repair your vehicle wherever you like.

Choosing to buy an extended auto warranty from a third-party company also gives you the option of customizing your coverage. A dealership likely only offers a couple of extended warranty options with limited miles and years. Reputable third-party warranty companies provide several coverage levels. CARCHEX even has several plans options within each coverage level.

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Questions to Ask the Warranty Provider

With 89% of cars on the road today needing some kind of repair or service, an extended car warranty can save you money on those inevitable repair expenses. As you research buying a protection plan, be sure to ask potential providers these important questions. Knowing information about the coverage, cost, and length of contract can help you make the best decision for your extended warranty.

What Coverage Options Are There?

Learning the different coverage options offered by a potential extended car warranty company is the first step in determining what type of extended warranty is right for you. Extended car warranty companies usually provide several coverage options to ensure everyone can find a warranty that meets their specific car’s needs.

For example, an extended warranty may only need to cover major repairs for a few years before the car is sold or traded. A new car owner probably feels more comfortable with a comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranty to protect their investment and most components of their vehicle.

Whether you choose a dealership or third-party extended warranty, consider the following:

  • Determine how much risk you are willing to take in the repair costs of your car and how long you plan to keep the vehicle.
  • Research the reliability of your car to estimate common repair costs for your vehicle.
  • Talk with a representative of your potential warranty provider and find out what coverage options they have available. They should be able to tell you what plan is the best fit for you. To speak with a CARCHEX representative, call 866-261-3457.

How Much Does It Cost to Extend a Car Warranty?

Car warranty providers calculate the cost of a warranty using specific data about each vehicle. Factors such as the make, model, mileage, and age of the vehicle help determine how much an extended auto warranty will cost. That’s why it’s less expensive to add an extended warranty to a car when it’s younger and has fewer miles.

The level of coverage will also affect the cost of an extended car warranty. Vehicle protection plan providers like CARCHEX take all of your vehicle’s information into account to give you the estimated price of different coverage options.

Some car dealerships or car warranty companies require you to haggle to get the best price. Be sure to ask warranty providers about their negotiation policies. A warranty company that hides the best price from you in the beginning may create headaches down the road when filing a claim. It is best to find an honest warranty provider that doesn’t waste your time with useless haggling. CARCHEX promises a No-Haggle, Low-Price Everyday Guarantee™ for our customers.

Due to the many different factors that go into determining the price of an extended car warranty, it is best to contact your warranty provider and get a quote. To get a free quote from CARCHEX, call 866-261-3457.

How Long Do Extended Car Warranties Last?

Extended car warranties range in length of contract, lasting from just two years up to seven years. Here’s what to consider when determining the length of your coverage:

  • The length of time you plan to own the car—Owners who want to keep their car for many years should recognize the risks associated with an older car. As cars age and are more expensive to repair, it can be beneficial to choose a warranty with the longest term available. Even if you plan on keeping the car for only a few more years, an extended warranty of five or more years that can be transferred may help raise its value when you to go sell.
  • The costs of coverage options—Generally, a longer extended warranty will be more expensive than a shorter one, depending on how much coverage is offered. To get the best price on a longer, comprehensive warranty, consider buying your warranty as soon as possible. That’s because a younger car’s extended warranty will be less expensive upfront and will still cover the car as it ages.

Compare Extended Car Warranty Companies

When looking for the best extended car warranty, a trusted provider can make all the difference. You will want to find a company with a great BBB rating and endorsements from other reputable businesses in the industry. They should also offer plans that are backed by reliable insurance companies.

The chart below compares some of the nation’s leading car warranty companies.

CARCHEX Competitor Comparison Chart - June 2019

While companies like Delta Auto Protect, AutoAssure, and AA Auto Protection provide extended car warranties, they are not BBB accredited. Additionally, Delta Auto Protect and AutoAssure have been in business less than 10 years. Companies like CARCHEX, for example, have been providing extended car warranties for almost 20 years.

Why Choose CARCHEX for Your Extended Car Warranty?

There are many reasons to purchase an Extended Vehicle Protection Plan from CARCHEX:

  • Comprehensive, flexible coverage—Select from a variety of coverage levels and several plans within each level.
  • Affordability—Ask us about our financing options.
  • Customer Experience Above All—Serving you is our top priority.
  • Excellent customer service—Our representatives are knowledgeable and professional, and we have an A+ Better Business Bureau customer service rating.
  • Trusted partnerships and endorsements—Brands like Edmunds, The Motoring Club, CARFAX, and more all recognize CARCHEX as a reputable provider.
  • No-Haggle, Low-Price Everyday Guarantee™—By offering our best price up front, we show the honesty and great customer service that keeps our customers happy.
  • Work with your repair shop of choice—No dealership or chain requirements.
  • Claims made directly to repair shops—You don’t have to wait to be reimbursed.
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee—Not satisfied? You can get your money back.
  • Extra benefits—Roadside assistance, gas delivery, trip interruption services, car rentals, and other perks are included in every plan.
  • A free, customized quote—Call today for a quote that’s tailored to your specific vehicle.

With five levels of coverage, CARCHEX has an extended auto warranty for every budget and vehicle. Plans range from Titanium—which provides up to seven years of bumper-to-bumper protection for your car—to Bronze, which protects your powertrain and offers up to five years of coverage for major repairs.

CARCHEX Vehicle Protection Plans

Find the Best Extended Car Warranty for You

An Extended Vehicle Protection Plan from CARCHEX helps protect your car—and your wallet— for years to come. By comparing our great customer service, A+ BBB rating, and industry endorsements with other warranty companies, it’s easy to see why CARCHEX is a top choice for extended car warranties. We offer five levels of coverage to meet the needs of every vehicle owner.

Find the best extended car warranty for your car by calling 866-261-3457 for a free quote.

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Sources:

Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/the-cost-of-car-ownership/

Phys.org: https://phys.org/news/2018-04-car-warranties.html

Retirement Living: https://www.retirementliving.com/extended-car-warranties-for-cars-over-100000-miles

Car Care Council: http://www.carcare.org/car-care-service-schedules/general-service-schedule/

J.D. Power & Associates: https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/jd-power-2018-us-vehicle-dependability-study

Better Business Bureau: https://www.bbb.org/us/md/hunt-valley/profile/extended-warranty-contract-service-companies/carchex-0011-23015869

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