Monday, September 11, 2006

Extended warranty comparisons and decisions?

What extended warranty comparisons and decisions should I be prepared to make? First, find out what kind of contract each company is willing to offer you. Generally, you will be comparing time, mileage, deductibles and price. Nevertheless, you need to compare other factors too.

For example, are you being offered "add-on" miles or "total" miles? Often, you will find the high mileage contracts are based on total miles. "Add-on" miles refer to mileage the contract will offer you in addition to your current mileage. Both are acceptable, as long as you are clear on what you are actually paying for.

Let's say that you do not plan to keep the vehicle very long. In that case, ask for a quote with fewer miles and/or less time and be sure to ask if the warranty is transferable since a warranty can be a good selling feature if you decide to sell the vehicle on your own.