Re: Dealer Warranties
I don't like extended warranties. They are usually "offered" by a dealer to a buyer when they purchase a car, along with other extras like rust treatment, upholstery protection etc. etc. Fairly clearly, it is the dealer's interest to promote these services hand in hand with the company they have sided with to sell the products. Plenty in it for them!
For me, I'll take any statutory (Govt) warranty and I'll pass on the rest thanks. I don't want to have to have my car serviced where YOU (the dealer) says, if you want to do it yourself. If you did service your own car and something went wrong, the insurers would immediately wash their hands of you, beacuse you did not comply with the terms of the insurance. And some of the agreements run for three years, which is a long time not to be able to fix your own car.
I've heard of cases where automatic trans's have failed and because of the expense involved the insurers have become very, very slippery and hard to claim on. That said, my lad did jag a trans rebuild on his Dunnydore, but he was a bit lucky.
Watch out also for the "free" roadside assist schemes. It's free, sure, but if you call on it your car will most probably be towed to a workshop of THEIR choice, not yours. It's just a sweep net they cast to generate business for their partners. An auto club (eg NRMA, RACV) will take your car where YOU want it to go.