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Unread 03-26-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
Paratrewpr
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Extended Warranty...

So my dealer has located a new Jeep and hopefully I'll be driving it this weekend or early next week. In drafting up the paperwork for my last failed attempt (dealer couldn't get the vehicle they located), I was informed of the extended warranty options as you always get the pitch for when buying a new vehicle. I got one on the wife's car and ended up using it a few times actually so that one paid for itself. Normally though, I'm not a fan of them. But... Toward the end of the sales pitch the finance lady says "...and we have a Lifetime version..."

Seeing as how I kept my last jeep for 19 years (still have it) and have performed countless fixes here and there on it including having a new trans put in it, I'm thinking, this might not be a bad deal if I kee[ the new one even half as long. But the little voice in my head warning me that if it sounds like a good deal from the dealer, something is probably wrong with it.

So, my first question is, has anyone else seen this when buying a new Jeep?

Second, if so, did ya get it?

Assuming for a moment that this is relatively free of underhanded fine print, wouldn't this be a no brainer? The price by the way is about 10% of the Jeep.

Just curious what your thoughts are.

Thanks!

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Unread 06-19-2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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Did you end up getting the lifetime -- or any extended?

I'm in same boat now -- trying to decide. Thanks!
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Unread 06-20-2010, 08:07 AM   #3
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small print, lifetime is average years of ownership, about four years. not 50 years. extended warrenty are rip offs even if you do use them.
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Unread 06-20-2010, 10:36 AM   #4
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You should ask what they offer and the price difference when you buy your extended warranty colser to when the factory warranty runs out. I would hate to be paying for a warranty on a car that already had a warranty. I was a service manager for a car lot for 5-6 years and I saw warranties that saved people a lot of money..... if they were decent ones. Usually one use and the warranty paid for itself and then some. I never understood buying it when the car was new? But I also never got into if that was the best time to get it, or if it was cheaper when it was new??
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Unread 06-20-2010, 11:09 PM   #5
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Find out how long exactly the warranty is good for (if used how long is left) If you can get them into hard bargaining you can usually get some of the price taken off the warranty. Just try to make it a condition of the sale. I would get one mostly for piece of mind. Keep in mind also that the newer jeeps probably have a lot more electrical stuff that can go haywire than your old one did. It may not be just a matter of wrenchtime. I've always tried to get a good warranty on any vehicle just to offset the price I may have if something goes wrong with oem pieces of the vehicle. Then if something breaks you can ask for upgraded Mopar stuff to be installed minus the cost of the original equipment.
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Unread 06-21-2010, 12:24 PM   #6
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small print, lifetime is average years of ownership, about four years. not 50 years. extended warrenty are rip offs even if you do use them.
Are you sure about the 'Lifetime Maximum Care' extended warranties only covering 4 years? I didnt read all the fine print but it wasn't described to me in that manner.
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Unread 06-22-2010, 08:58 AM   #7
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No it was told to me that it's for however long the original owner owns it with a caveat that there is a reasonableness factor that remains vague to me. I'm guessing that means they won't replace part xyz after 50 years. But if they say lifetime, they ought to be more specific. They have warranties for more than 4 years (5, 6, 7 years etc) that all cost way less than the lifetime so the 4 years theory doesn't make sense. I ended up not getting due to all the mods I'm doing. From lift to gears to chip... It would be too easy for them to say, "no that problem is caused by this mod or that".
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Unread 06-22-2010, 09:06 AM   #8
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small print, lifetime is average years of ownership, about four years. not 50 years. extended warrenty are rip offs even if you do use them.
I agree.. the only time the warranty is worth buying is when you buy a used vehicle and pay $50 to transfer the warranty to you. Otherwise, open window, toss money out.

Ask for a copy of the contract.... reading the contract is the _ONLY_ way you will ever have an idea of what is covered. BTW, I suspect wheel-n the vehicle will make warranty null & void.

People seem to think that the sale is complete by time they hit the Finance Manager's office.... the fact is, this is where the Dealership really makes its money.
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