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How to Effectively Utilize Your Car Warranty

When buying a new or used vehicle, you should consider investing in a car warranty. Vehicle warranty programs cover expensive repairs your automobile may need over time. An important step is to make sure you get the coverage the dealer or manufacturer promised. Here are some tips to help ensure you use your vehicle service contract successfully and a discussion of the types of service contracts available for new and used cars.

Understand the Terms

An extremely important step in using your service contract is understanding the terms of the agreement. A vehicle service contract (VSC) is an agreement between you, the car owner, and the car’s manufacturer. Each type has specific conditions you need to follow.

Make sure to read the entire warranty and pay special attention to the terms (fluids, modifications, time, exclusions, services, etc.) and what actions, services, and parts are required to honor those terms. You should also find out what could result in a denial or cancellation of the contract. If there is anything in your extended service contract you aren’t sure of, ask the manufacturer for clarification.

Follow Service Schedule and Save Service Receipts

Most VSCs require you to service your car at specific intervals. Always follow this schedule, or the contract might be canceled. Saving your service receipts somewhere they can be easily found will help you stay on track. This will also save time when you need to present them to the manufacturer or dealership.

To ensure your VSC will be honored, you should bring a copy of your service contract and original copies of receipts with dates of service included. If your coverage is denied, contact the manager of the dealership or the service company. Talking about your concerns via telephone, email, letter, etc., can help clarify any discrepancies in the agreement.

New Vehicle Service Contract Options

If you’re going to buy a new vehicle, the best warranty will likely be offered by the car’s manufacturer. Most new vehicles come with a bumper to bumper manufacturer warranty that cover’s almost all parts and repairs on your car for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Some manufacturers offer warranties for a longer time period.

You might also want to consider getting a new vehicle extended warranty if you plan to keep your car for a long time or drive a significant number of miles each year. They are offered by manufacturers and aftermarket companies and often provide different coverage options for your vehicle.

Used Vehicle Service Contract Options

If the used car you’re interested in is at most three years old and has low mileage, you might want to contact the dealership or manufacturer. They can check if the vehicle is certified pre-owned or used. Certified cars are typically enrolled in manufacturer programs that promote sales of specific makes and models. These programs offer some of the best VSCs. These are given at the dealership and by mechanics and technicians.

When buying a car that isn’t covered under a manufacturer program, you’ll need to get a used vehicle extended warranty. They’re available from aftermarket contract companies. The best warranties offer repair and replacement coverage of most of your car’s parts and systems at a fair price.

If you want to learn more about how to use your vehicle service effectively, visit the website of Freedom Warranty LLC at any time. To find information on vehicle warranty companies, write to us at or call us at 844-307-7483.