Top 5 Car Warranty Pitfalls

By: Keith Barrett

Car warranty policies are a subject of concern for many car owners. For the most part, uncertainty seems to surround the issues of how to buy the cheapest policy and how to make sure that the cover is extensive.

Our list of the top five car warranty pitfalls should give you an excellent starting point.

1. Paying over the odds: Paying too much money for a policy is a common problem and one that is particularly annoying for consumers.

Car warranty policies are often described as being expensive and this is frequently because people are paying more money than they need to. The key to getting a cheaper policy is to shop around.

2. Buying a policy from a car retailer: Car retailers often charge more for warranty policies than you would expect.

You may well find that you can get a cheaper policy by buying direct from an independent car warranty company who will be able to sell you a policy online.

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Finding out that the excess is high: So many people buy a policy based on the initial price and forget to look at the detail of the policy.

Excesses can vary considerably, so make sure that you are fully aware of what your policy entails before making the purchase.

4. Inadequate cover: Since the terms of car warranty policies can vary a lot from one provider to the next, you need to be aware of exactly what is covered.

Finding out that a particular part of your vehicle is not covered when you need the warranty to assist you can be an expensive mistake.

5. Not understanding the requirements made of you: Most car warranty policies will include some requirements that you are expected to adhere to. An example might be the regular servicing of your vehicle.

If you fail to stick to the terms of the warranty agreement then you may invalidate the policy. Read the small print before signing up for the policy so that you know what is required of you.

By looking out for the above common pitfalls, you can ensure that you make an informed decision.

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