An extended warranty is basically car insurance that protects you against expensive unanticipated repairs within a specified period and mileage range. In contrast with true warranties, which are part of the vehicle price, extended warranties are purchased independently.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket are the two mind types of extended warranties available today. Examples of OEMs are Chevrolet and Ford. Warranty or insurance companies are considered third parties when they have no direct business relations with an automobile brand. One example of a company that provides third-party service warranty is Cars Protection Plus.
Powertrain and bumper to bumper are two kinds of OEM-provided warranties. A powertrain warranty covers your engine and transmission against workmanship-related problems, while a bumper to bumper warranty takes care of most other issues, including those involving electronic systems in the car (power seats, onboard computers, etc.).
In most cases, an extended OEM warranty’s features are similar to those that are provided with a new vehicle purchases, plus additional services like roadside assistance. Know what these other services are with different providers in your area. One of your best options – if not your best – in Murrysville, Pennsylvania is Cars Protection Plus.
When choosing the right warranty, you may have to decide if you want a plan that comes with or without a deductible. Like any other type of insurance out there, a bigger deductible will automatically reduce the policy’s total price. What’s great is that OEM warranty deductibles are generally minimal (usually under $200).
A lot of third-party or aftermarket warranties, including those provided by Cars Protection Plus, provide similar coverage as those offered by OEMs. But of course, you’re still talking about two different products, and even third-party warranties can be unique, depending on the provider. Policies and deductibles, for one, are usually different as well.
How coverage is administered constitutes another significant difference between OEM and third-party warranties. For instance, a third-party warranty may require you to pay out-of-pocket for a repair, and them file a claim to be reimbursed later. The process won’t be always be quick, but if you choose a reputable provider such as Cars Protection Plus, this will rarely be a problem. In any case, always know the payment expectations up front.
What might be the biggest advantage of third-party warranties is that they are substantially cheaper compared to OEM warranties. Sometimes, you will even have no other option but a third-party warranty. If you buy a used Toyota at a Ford dealership , for instance, it’s unlikely that you will be given a Toyota OEM warranty.
If you’re planning to buy an extended warranty, make sure you read the fine print. Most of all, pick a good provider like Cars Protection Plus.