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Old 05-16-2001, 11:13 AM   #1
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Post Interesting twist about ext. warranty

I went to Subaru for a CEL problem. Waiting for the car, I chatted with the service manager and asked him about the extended warranty and if it was worth it. He told me that I shouldn't get it now and wait until I am close to 36k and then get it if I want to.

Reason for this is that the extended warranty starts when I buy it. So if I go and buy a 7yr/80k ext. warranty at 30k, the warranty would be good for another 7 years and now up to 110k and it is still refundable and everything if I sell your car later (prorated of course). He said that when you buy the warranty when the car is new, you waste the first 3yr/36k because the factory already give you that.
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Old 05-16-2001, 11:51 AM   #2
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<FONT face="Comic Sans MS">He's pulling your _______ (insert appendage). Warranties are written as x miles/x months... whichever comes first. They aren't cumulative, and it won't add up to 110k, it will only last until 80k or 10 years. Extended warranties are craaaap anyway, but I wouldn't trust a service manager who's blantantly lying to you (or is HORRIBLY misinformed...).

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Old 05-16-2001, 02:56 PM   #3
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It's probably still a good idea to wait until the end of the standard warranty period to decide whether or not you want/need the extended warranty. I don't see any advantage to buying the extra warranty up front. You may not even want to keep the car at the end of 36K miles. I think you're right though, North Ursalia about the coverage details.
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:05 PM   #4
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Yeah he doesn't know what he's saying.
But, you WILL get a better deal on the warranty if you buy it with the car. I used to work a a Nissan/Jeep dealership and the finance managers are MUCH more willing to deal on the ext. warr. if you're buying the car at the same time.

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Old 05-16-2001, 08:37 PM   #5
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RacerinLSL, I am with you on that one. It is very true indeed. The time you buy your band new car is the cheapest time to buy your ext. warranty. I ask and found out that if I want to buy ext warranty after the 3 years... boy.... it is very expensive. I know buying the ext warranty early is a big waste but it can save you a lot of money in the long run if you wish to buy the warranty up to 100k miles.
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Old 05-16-2001, 09:58 PM   #6
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ask him to give that 110k warranty to you in writing, with the general manager's signature on it too
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Old 05-16-2001, 10:09 PM   #7
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When you get the externded warrenty with the car, you might get free scheduled service or at least a major discount on it. This was why I decide to get an extended warrenty. I'm covered for 15,000 30,000 and 36,000 services now.
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