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Evaluating Warranties for Used Luxury Cars

Aug 17, 2007
Because today's luxury cars are engineered so well and built to last, buying used luxury cars has become an increasingly popular option among car buyers. For up to 30% less, shoppers can buy used luxury cars that look, handle, and even smell brand new. For many, buying used luxury cars means being able to afford thousands of dollars in luxury options like televisions, surround sound stereos, and GPS systems. Today's used car warranties can even rival that of a new car warranty if you do your homework before purchasing. Here you'll find some used car warranty points to consider when choosing among used luxury cars.

Dealer warranties speak volumes:
Ultimately, the reason you are buying a warranty for your used luxury car is because you want to enjoy a problem-free ownership experience, and this begins at the dealership. You can tell a lot about how much a dealership believes in the quality of it's vehicles by the standard warranty it offers. A dealership that offers a 90 day warranty is telling it's customers that it trusts the quality of the used luxury cars it sells exponentially more than a dealership offering a 30 day warranty. When buying used luxury cars, first choose your dealership then shop for your car.

Wear and tear or mechanical breakdown?
Some warranties only cover routine wear and tear on your vehicle and not the mechanical breakdown of the vehicle. Read the language in the warranty contract and ask questions to make sure that the warranty covers both. Although used luxury cars are built for longevity, if you're not protecting against both mechanical breakdown and wear and tear, you may as well not buy a warranty at all.

Look beyond price:
You'll want to comparison shop when evaluating car warranties, but you probably don't want to choose among the warranties with bottom of the barrel pricing. Many car warranties on the market with prices that seem too good to be true generally are. By shopping for car warranties of a higher value and therefore higher price, you will likely pay much less over the course of ownership than if you chose a cheap warranty with very little benefit.

Evaluate the warranty company's reputation:
There are plenty of fly-by-night car warranty companies that will take your money but won't be there to back up the claim. Reputation is essential when it comes to choosing a car warranty for your used luxury car. Be wary of any bulk mailed advertisements that offer lots of promises but don't offer complete details about contract terms. Look for longevity in a company, a positive rating from the BBB, or a referral from a reputable used luxury car dealership.

Dealership extended warranties:
Many warranty sales companies bash the idea of buying a car warranty from a used car dealership. It makes sense that many warranty companies would try to dissuade potential buyers from the warranties offered by dealerships; Dealerships who sell used quality luxury cars know what to look for in a quality auto warranty company and offer only the best to their customers. Because of this, most warranty companies don't stand a chance of being recommended. After all, dealerships of used luxury cars aren't selling their own warranties; they're recommending a warranty from their choice warranty company.

There are literally thousands of extended warranty companies out there and it can be difficult and time consuming to sift through them all. Finding a high quality warranty really boils down to working with a high-quality, reputable dealership that offers quality used luxury cars and quality warranties. Ask them why they choose to work with the warranty company's that they do.

A used luxury car dealership with a long history of satisfied customers will have a laundry list of reasons why they recommend the warranties they do unlike a newer or substandard dealership that may only be interested in offering the warranties with the highest profit potential. Buying used luxury cars is a great way to enjoy high quality at an incredible value. Finding the right extended warranty is what seals the deal on the overall value of ownership.
About the Author
Author is a freelance writer for A&G Select Imports which specializes in used
luxury cars and SUV's
. For more information you can visit http://www.AGSelectImports.com.
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