Why do I need a vehicle service contract? Isn't my car covered by the original warranty?
Car warranties provided by manufacturers or dealers don't last forever.
Repairs are only covered up to a certain point, usually based on the car's mileage or age. It's often the case that after the warranty expires, your car starts to require numerous repairs. (By many accounts, that usually happens one day after the manufacturer's warranty expires.)
Vehicle service contract coverage is meant to fill the gap or take over when your existing warranty expires. In this way, purchasing a vehicle service contract can help you avoid unexpected costly repairs.
Learn About Vehicle Service Contracts
Click below to browse our Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is a vehicle service contract?
- How does a vehicle service contract work?
- Why do I need a vehicle service contract?
- What does a vehicle service contract cover?
- What is an extended warranty?
- A warranty came with my car when I bought it. Why do I need a vehicle service contract? Isn't my car covered by the original warranty?
- What happens if I sell my car? Is my vehicle service contract transferrable?
- Can I purchase extensions and upgrades to my vehicle service contract?
- What vehicle upkeep am I responsible for in order for my service contract to remain valid?
- Where can I take my vehicle for repairs?
- If I get a vehicle service contract, can I still work with my local mechanic?
- Do I have to pay for my vehicle service contract in full at the time of purchase?
- What if I want to cancel my vehicle service contract?
- Can my claim amounts exceed the amount of money I paid for my vehicle service contract?
- How are vehicle service contract claims paid?
- What happens to the money I pay for my vehicle service contract?
- What should I look for when considering purchasing a vehicle service contract?
- How does a vehicle service contract deductible work?
- Why should I buy a vehicle service contract now? Especially if I still have a manufacturer's warranty.
- Are auto manufacturers involved with the creation and sale of vehicle service contracts?
- What's the difference between a vehicle service contract and a manufacturer's warranty?
- Will purchasing a vehicle service contract subject me to telemarketers and mailings from companies that may not be reputable?
- How does the Vehicle Protection Association (VPA) ensure that I, as a consumer, am protected from fraud, false advertising, or other exploitive practices?
- Does the VPA provide a list of trusted organizations and businesses?
- Who can I contact if I have a problem with my automotive service contract or its provider?
If you believe you've been the victim of a "Used Car Warranty Scam," please report the details to us. We are working to protect consumers and maintain the integrity of the vehicle service contracts industry.