Monday, December 10, 2007

What Does Extended Warranty Wear and Tear Coverage Really Mean?

Most used car warranty policies are not maintenance contracts and that is okay. That just means that you are responsible for routine maintenance items like oil changes ¤ brake pads ¤ windshield wipers etc.

Many buyers and just as many warranty salespeople... confuse this coverage with "wear and tear" coverage. There is a clear distinction and understanding the difference can be valuable to you.

"Wear and tear" is the expected reduction in performance of a part due to the cars age ¤ mileage and/or use. This coverage should be clearly defined in any warranty contract and it should read something like this: "It is the company's responsibility to repair or replace any part that no longer meets the manufacturer's specs whether it is broken or not." Look for this simple statement and be assured that you will never face the rejection of a claim on the grounds that the failure can be attributed to "wear and tear".
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