4. June 2016
When purchasing a used vehicle is important to be sure that the vehicle is in excellent working order before finalizing a deal or taking delivery. It is obvious that purchasing an auto warranty when you have a vehicle it is no longer covered by the manufacturer is an excellent idea to protect you against any unforeseen repair expenses that might arise. It is not uncommon to have repairs pop up you were not expecting that can cost $500, $1,500, or even $3,000 or more.
However, many consumers are not aware that unlike medical insurance, automobile warranty companies are not obligated to cover a vehicle’s pre-existing conditions. To prevent getting caught off guard with a pre-existing issue with a vehicle is strongly recommended that you have the vehicle inspected by a qualified used vehicle inspection service or dealership prior to finalizing a purchase. If you are purchasing the vehicle from a dealership do not automatically assume that they have fully inspected it themselves even though they might have. It is worthwhile to have a second opinion by hiring an independent inspector to check the vehicle out. If you are purchasing a vehicle privately it is even more important to have the vehicle checked out by a qualified mechanic or inspection service. This will help you avoid getting caught off guard with a repair that may not be covered by your auto warranty.
Auto Advantage not only provides the highest quality car warranties in the industry, but also has a full independent inspection service that can check out your vehicle prior to the vehicle’s purchase or warranty activation. Visit our Auto Advantage’s website to get a quote for the best coverage available for your vehicle. To get information about having your vehicle inspected call 800-419-3499.
17. December 2015
For me, not a day goes by that I do not receive some type of unsolicited telemarketing phone call or piece of mail trying to sell me something.
Unfortunately many of the companies that do direct marketing have a terrible reputation and are generally very poorly rated with the Better Business Bureau. The reason for this is most higher-quality companies do not participate in direct marketing as they generally get enough business through traditional marketing methods. And no business is this more true than in the auto warranty business. There isn’t a single company we have found that direct markets warranty plans that actually has an insurance company underwriting their business. This is the gold standard for determining whether a warranty company is reputable and upstanding. These unscrupulous marketing companies are simply sham companies set up to scam you out of your money. Unfortunately this also goes for auto warranty companies that advertise on the radio or cable television. No “reputable” auto warranty company does any type of television or radio ad.
Purchasing an auto warranty is actually one of the best financial decisions the vehicle owner can make. The way to protect yourself and make sure that you purchase an auto warranty from a company that will be there to pay claims when the need arises is to make sure that you follow certain criteria. Some of the things to make sure of are…
• Be certain that the auto warranty company is in business for 10 years or more to assure that they are successfully paying claims, not just selling warranties.
• Check to make sure that the company is not only A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau but also an accredited BBB company.
• And perhaps most importantly, you want to make sure that the warranty company is backed and insured by a United States-based insurance carrier that has at least an A rating with AMBest. This means that even if the warranty company itself goes out of business your claims will still get paid directly by an underwriter.
The bottom line is you need to do more than just get a quote and assume the plan is a quality auto warranty program. You should always do your research to make sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into. An excellent place to start is one of the most reputable companies in the industry, Auto Advantage Inc. who have been offeringautomotive warranties and roadside assistance since 1979.
23. October 2013
People have a tendency to obsess over their cars like they are their babies. They will wash and wax them daily to keep them looking shiny and new. However, though we love are cars so much, it is important to avoid paying unnecessary car costs. Here are some things that you may be wasting money on:
It is not always necessary to use premium gasoline in your car. Regular gasoline is less expensive and if it doesn’t cause your engine to knock, it is okay to fill your tank with it. The purpose of octane grades is to avoid engine knock. So, if regular gasoline does not cause engine knock in your car, it is okay for you to use it.
Generally, car manufacturers will suggest getting an oil change done every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. There are many motorists who think that it is necessary to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. This is really only necessary if you are extremely hard on your car.
In addition, motorists waste money by getting repairs done by a dealer. Independent shops will do a good job for a lower cost. Also, it is important to have an auto warranty for your car that will save you money on unnecessary car maintenance and repairs.
It is important to recognize where you are wasting money on your car so that you can make some habit changes in order to ease up on your wallet. Don’t let other people talk you into paying for car costs that are unnecessary.
3. July 2013
People usually purchase an aftermarket auto warranty or an extended auto warranty for their cars when their factory warranty is up. When you purchase an aftermarket auto warranty, you warranty provider will cover the costs of bills for replacement and repair of certain parts of your car. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning on buying an aftermarket auto warranty:
An aftermarket auto warranty generally does not cover the costs of repairs that are in relation to wear and tear. An aftermarket bumper-to-bumper warranty will cover expenses for repair and replacement of most parts on your car, but usually this warranty will not cover your brakes, tires, etc. However, there are companies out there that will provide you with a warranty that covers wear and tear parts in addition to the other parts. It is smart to purchase a warranty that covers wear and tear parts even if it is more expensive than a regular mechanical warranty. This is because approximately 80% of your car repair expenses are due to wear and tear issues. You can save a good amount of money with an auto warranty that provides coverage for wear and tear problems, especially if you have an older car.