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Protecting Yourself When Buying an Extended Car Warranty

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As the name implies, an extended Car Warranty is a type of auto warranty that goes beyond the basic manufacturer warranty and protects the owner from incurring certain expenses related to the failure of covered components and systems within the car when it is subjected to no more than what is considered standard and usual wear and tear.  The extended aspect of the warranty can apply to both the term of the plan and the scope of events that are covered in the warranty provisions.  In short, an extended car warranty lasts longer and covers more potential issues than a standard car warranty.


In most cases, is it possible to buy an extended car warranty from the car dealer.  However, before assuming that this is your only option, take some time to shop around.  There are a number of providers who offer extended plans that may be more cost effective than the one offered through the dealer.  In fact, you may be able to purchase an extended car warranty that is both less expensive and provides a broader scope of coverage.


Since there are scams out there, make sure you research the background of any provider offering an extended car warranty that seems to be the right fit for you.  Look for information from business bureaus, consumer protection agencies, and even discussions about the provider on online forums.  Doing so could prevent you from getting into a relationship with a provider with a less than stellar reputation, and learning first hand why that reputation is not all that great.


Author: Michael Barclay

published: 25/03/2011 11:00:01

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