On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:50:18 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Generally even the manufacturer backed program is a crap-shoot.
In some cases you can decide on the extended warranty any time during
the original warranty period. If this is the case, I'd see how the
vehicle pans out for the first 50-75% of the warranty and if it looks
like it might be a problem, decide whether to buy the extended or
trade it before the warranty expires. Just because you have a warranty
that is supposed to cover the COST of repairs if the vehicle fails
doesn't make a lemon any more palatable as far as I'm concerned.
In MY experience, problems that ARE problems crop up within the first
year or 12000 miles, in one way or another -or are so widespread as to
be common knowlege.
Whatever you do, DO NOT buy it from the selling dealer unless you have
extra money to throw their way.
When I bought my 2008 GC, I had to visit the dealers finance
department despite having everything set up with my credit union. The
finance department made a hard sell for the extended factory warranty
and a simlarly hard sell for the paint sealant, and interior
protection. In reality, all vehicles get the paint sealant and
interior protection. The dealer's lot guy does the protection sealers
on every vehicle shortly after it rolls off the auto-transporter. What
your money buys is the warranty, and that's not much considering that
to maintain those paint and interior coverages, you have to let them
annually re-treat the vehicle at a parts and labor $$ cost to you.
Wax your car regularly, keep the interior clean and use good quality
products, like Pinnacle, Wolfgang, Blackfire, or Meguiars, to name a
few, and you will be fine. Order online from somewhere like
www.autogeek.net to save. There are others. As an aside, the giant
microfiber drying towels they sell are fantastic. I can dry the entire
van with only two or three squeezes of the towel. That compared to
every few strokes when using a sheepskin chamois. There is a world of
difference between the microfiber towels sold at discount chains,
WalMart, and auto parts chains. Absorbency, construction, and life
cycle. They are not cheap, but you get what you pay for. I am still
using the orginal ones after 4 years of weekly car washes.
As to the warranty, do some research online, google:
"genuine chrysler factory warranty".
There are several CJD dealers out there, generally, but not all,
in smaller rural markets, who are selling the warranties to make a few
extra bucks for the dealership's bottom line. These dealers will
sell you a GENUINE CHRYSLER CORP FACTORY WARRANTY for 40+% less than
the selling dealer you are working with. With the warranty purchase,
you provide the online dealer with the VIN and your personal
information, and they do the same thing the finance department at the
selling dealer does; enter and process it into the computer. When I
purchased the car, I tried to negotiate with the finance guy, telling
him I could get the same product for less online. He wanted no part.
His attitude was that no sale at all was more acceptable than taking a
cut in his normal commission on these items.
Anyway, what you will get, based on my experience, is the exact same
warranty down to the product number. It comes in the mail from
Chrysler, within a week or two of purchase. You get a choice of
coverages, and deductibles. Since I keep my cars for 10+ years, I
opted for an lifetime upgrade. Basically, as long as I own the car (it
is non-transferrable though). I paid less for that coverage than what
the local dealer was offering for considerably less coverage. I bought
mine through Wittrock CJD in Iowa (URL below).
I have had my car serviced at several different Dodge dealers. When
they pull up my VIN in the computer, it shows my Chrysler Corp
warranty and all the pertinent information about it. All I have ever
done is pay my deductible. I don't think the service department's
computer even shows who I bought the policy from, as all they say is,
"I see you have a service policy in effect" when they write up the
When I researched the seller of my warranty, I thoroughly vetted them.
They typically will not have the name of the actual dealership
prominently displayed in their online ad, just the online web name
they have chosen. I backtraced their phone number to the city and
state, got the address, and verified, using google street view, that
it was a CJD dealership. I got the name of the person handling the
online warranty sale from an email I got from him, and then called the
dealership and verified that he was an employee and that they do sell
online, and that he was authorized to make such sales. FWIW, many
dealerships also have an online parts department selling genuine CJD
parts at well under dealer retail.
You do have to be very careful, as many of the independent warranty
companies are making their ads look a lot like they are selling an
authorized extended factory warranty. The independent warranties,
leave a lot to be desired. There was recently a news report about an
auto warranty company that went bankrupt, leaving many folks up the
creek without a paddle.
Do you research and you can save at least a thousand dollars.
Here are a few that a quick search turned up.
http://www.chryslerwarrantys.com Eau Claire CJD, Eau Claire WI
http://www.chryslerfactoryplans.com Harold Zeigler CJD, Plainwell MI
http://www.eservicecontracts.com Wittrock CJD Motors, Carroll IA
http://www.chryslerfactorywarranty.net Sudbay CJD, Gloucester MA
http://www.extended-warranty-pro.com Siemans CJD, Bridgman MI
etc, etc, etc.
On Tue, 04 Sep 2012 23:58:21 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Not tue. Not at all. The product is expensive enough, and the labour
as well, that the dealers do NOT do it on all vehicles. Perhaps on
vehicles on the show-room floor - but not lot stock. I know. For
certain. I was a dealership service manager for 10 years
If you are lucky. Some of the "trade suppliers" sell overpriced crap
Again, that depends on your dealer. Some ARE smart enough to know
that 5% of something is a lot more than 15% of nothing.
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