Re: Extended warranty question
Personally, I think warranties are overrated.
The thing with warranties, especially aftermarket is that if it says things like "limited", and it's more than a few hundred dollars, walk away. Dealers, new or used, have different aftermarket warranties available. I purchased my Durango R/T at auction and it came with a Lubrico 3 year warranty already bought by the previous owner. It was for powertrain (engine, trans, diff, transfer case) only and I ended up using it for the plenum leak. I bought aftermarket parts for the shop to install so I saved myself $400 in labour, and bought the parts for $110 so the intake won't cause me problems down the road.
A new vehicle is warranted in two areas. Comprehensive, and powertrain. Powertrain really isn't anything to write home about and is how manufacturers market their vehicles if they're not selling well (like GM's 100K powertrain warranty for instance). Chances are good that nothing will happen in that time period so it costs GM nothing, and ultimately you pay for that piece of mind.
Comprehensive warranty includes the vehicle as a whole. Seat belt not going back after you get out of the vehicle? No problem. Plastic trim pieces loose? Again, no problem. Ball joint out of spec? No problem! Dealer will be happy to replace.
Comprehensive warranty is generally always lower than the power train warranty as it costs the manufacturer more. Aftermarket warranties might specify what their comprehensive warranty includes. It could just say "radio" for instance. Speakers blow? Too bad. A/C has a leak somewhere? Too bad. Previous owner installed a wrong fuse for the headlight circuit and after a year it finally blew causing electrical woes? Too bad.
I try to do as much maintenance as I can on my vehicles to save labour costs at a shop. In most cases, I've had my vehicles so long that I know them well enough to diagnose and get a problem fixed before it breaks down somewhere.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!