Used Car Warranties: Solutions To Stay Away From Unwanted Hassles In The Long Run
If you are about to buy a used car make sure that you get it covered with auto warranties. Used car warranties are perfect for those who are about to purchase a second hand vehicle. Getting an auto warranty will help you stay away from unwanted expenditures related to your car in the long run.
It’s important that you research the various auto warranties available. A thorough understanding of what’s available will help you find the best warranty deal that suits both your needs and your pocket.
You can easily find a used car warranty that covers all the necessary and working parts of your vehicle. But do keep in mind that such coverage is provided only for a fixed amount of time. After that you may need to extend it further. Some warranties may offer 30 days coverage while others may offer mileage terms, such as up to 1,000 miles. Know which would better serve your needs and your driving routine.
Online comparison sites will help you go through the various warranty services comprehensively. Try to secure quotes from numerous car warranty providers before deciding which product you want and from which company to buy. Once you have acquired free quotes you can compare them. This is a practical and helpful way that will help you lay your hands on the most appropriate used car warranty programs.
Used car warranties are without a doubt the perfect solution to keep you at bay from unforeseen expenditures.
Parents with teens killed in car accidents share message of safety
It’s Teen Safe Driving Week, and a group of Utah parents who lost their children to traffic accidents have teamed up to spread the word about the importance of safety behind the wheel — especially when it comes to new drivers.
The parents’ tragic accounts have been published in a book released Wednesday called “Unfinished Stories.” A new version of the book has been released annually for the past six years by UDOT and the Utah Department of Health.
Lucinda Campbell is among the parents who contributed. Campbell lost her 17-year-old son Tyler in 2010. He and his best friend were returning home from a getaway to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. They drove all night because Tyler needed to be at work the next morning. Tyler’s friend Darren was driving and apparently fell asleep.
"I don’t think they ever woke up," Campbell said. "They say he died instantly."
In 2012, 21 teenagers died in traffic accidents on Utah roads, and auto crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens in the U.S.
Campbell hopes telling her story will help decrease these sobering statistics.
"We as parents, always, every time your teenager leaves the house, it’s ‘Buckle up. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drive reckless. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t go to a party and get into the car with someone who’s been drinking. Don’t drive impaired.’ But you hardly ever say ‘Don’t drive drowsy,’ " Campbell said.
Robert and Tracy Lindley’s son, Zachery, was hit by a car while skateboarding without a helmet.
"It’s devastating," said Robert. "And I want every child and every parent that sees this to understand the devastating impact that it has to not have your child wear a helmet."
Mason Sheeran lost her twin sister Malone in a single-car rollover. Malone was not wearing a seat belt, which is common in teen vehicle fatalities.
"It’s important to me and my family to prevent other families from feeling the losses that we felt," Sheeran said.
The stories don’t have happy endings, but that’s the point. The families hope tales about young lives cut short will resonate with teens.
"It can happen so fast," Campbell said. "They don’t understand. They look away for a minute. They get distracted with their friends. They get a text. … It’s not worth it."
Used-car dealers can now offer pre-owned warranties through Cary-based program
Used-car dealers across the nation who previously could not get original manufacturers to certify their cars can get access to a warranty program through Cary-based CarMark Certified starting Jan. 1, 2014.
CarMark Certified is a warranty program that provides certified pre-owned warranties to all vehicle brands. The warranties will be administered nationally by National Auto Care (NAC) of Wasterville, Ohio, through a new partnership announced on Wednesday by both companies.
The CarMark Certified limited warranty provides either a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty from sale date, or a 72-month, 100,000-mile warranty from in-service date.
CarMark Certified is owned by POADA LLC and was launched in 2010 as a complement to manufacturer-based certified pre-owned programs.
“We are very pleased to begin a new relationship with NAC, one of the industry’s most respected vehicle service contract and warranty companies,” said POADA’s Bill Zadeits in a release. “We have been impressed with NAC’s commitment to excellence. They have a long and proud history of providing a beneficial service to the benefit of both dealers and consumers.”
Can I go off-roading and keep my Jeep’s warranty intact?
I just bought a Grand Cherokee with the off-road package. I was talking to friends about going off-roading but they said doing so would invalidate my warranty. Is this true? If so, why do manufacturers advertise features you can’t use? – Bernie, Texada Island, B.C.
New vehicle warranties are provided to protect consumers from defects in manufacturing, generally in the first three to five years of ownership.
However, if circumstances outside of normal operating conditions are the cause of failure – for example, the vehicle is submerged in a lake, smashed into a rock, or filled with the wrong fuel – warranty work will typically be denied. In these instances, the failure is clearly not due to a manufacturing defect.
When it comes to a vehicle marketed for off-road use, the warranty is not invalidated by simply driving off-road. As the advertisements show, these vehicles are designed to withstand more than city or highway driving. However, off-road conditions will undoubtedly increase the odds of a non-warrantable repair.
As confirmed by a Chrysler Canada spokesperson: “Please be advised that driving a trail rated Jeep off-road would not in itself ‘invalidate’ the warranty, however, it is important for the customer to understand that warranty coverage applies to factory defects only. Damage or failures attributed to any other source are the customer’s responsibility.”
No matter what make or model, dealers want your business. However, dealerships are typically franchises, and must ensure they’ll be reimbursed by the manufacturer for any warranty work they perform.
The Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) handles complaints from consumers about how a manufacturer is applying or administering the new vehicle warranty.
“We do see cases, where consumers come to us and the manufacturer has denied warranty usually based on the manufacturers view that you abused the vehicle and therefore they should not be responsible for it,” says Steve Moody, CAMVAP general manager. “From a CAMVAP perspective, that is something clearly eligible for the program. If a consumer came to us, an arbitrator would have to make a decision, based on the evidence put forward by the consumer and by the manufacturer as to whether the manufacturer should be responsible for the warranty repairs or not.
“Sometimes the allegations simply won’t be found, and the manufacturer will be ordered to do the repairs. The obligation is on the manufacturer to prove that you actually abused the vehicle, and that’s a fairly hard thing to do. Now saying that, we’ve had [cases] denied.”
So, when it comes to off-roading incidents, what does CAMVAP commonly see?
“The kind of thing we’ll see is that there’s been problems with something where it appears the consumer has gone through deep water and the manufacturer will allege that that’s an abuse,” says Moody. “But each case is individual. It really depends on what did the consumer do, what was the shape of the vehicle, what were the clues that made the manufacturer not do the warranty. Was the vehicle clearly in too deep, or just a bit? So, it depends on the vehicle. Some vehicles are clearly made for off-roading with the expectation they will go off-road.”
“And if the manufacturer denies auto warranty coverage then the consumer has the option of coming to CAMVAP to try and resolve that dispute,” says Moody.
Before venturing off-road, make sure you understand what your vehicle is designed to do, and its performance limitations.