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Old 07-24-2014, 01:54 AM   #1
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Chrysler Maximum Care and Added Care Warranty - Difference?

I'm looking at extending my warranty and considering both Maximum Care (Bumper to Bumper) and Care +. Any Jeep guys out there want to way in on the value of either? I wonder if I'm just over-insuring with Maximum or is it better to be safe than sorry? It's my first Jeep so some warranty extension makes sense (I plan on keeping it a while) but wonder if I should go overboard.....?

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Do you plan on modifying your Jeep?

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Old 07-25-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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No -keep it pretty much as original
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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I bought the lifetime warranty, they call it a service plan. I have already utilized it several times. I use the Jeep as my daily vehicle and drive about 30,000 miles a year so it made sense for me. I have a 2012 Rubicon with 80,000 miles on it and I had 279,000 miles on my last vehicle before I traded it in. If you plan on keeping the Jeep, it is worth the $2,000 in my opinion.
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I have similar questions about the extended warranty. I understand that it is a gamble, much like insurance. I am just worried that dealers are gonna fight you on coverage, but does the Max Care plan ensure that your problem is covered and that dealers cannot deny you?
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As a former dealership guy… Just make sure all warranties are serviceable at any location, just in case you move and are transferable to a new owner if possible. Also negotiate they price. Just because your in the finance office doesn’t mean you stop negotiating. Personally larger name companies are worth paying a little more for because they tend to stick around for years and not go belly up.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:28 PM   #7
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I bought the plan when I got the Jeep. It is a Chrysler plan. There are two things worth noting, first, there is a $100.00 deductible whenever you take it in for any warranty work. Does not matter if the cost of the repair is $200.00 or $1,200.00. You still pay your $100.00 deductible. Second, if at some point in the future, say 10 years from now and your transmission goes out and it is going to cost $4,000.00 to fix it and the Blue Book value of your Jeep is $3,500.00 they will write you a check for $3,400.00. $3,500.00 minus your $100.00 deductible. Normal wear and tear items are not covered, breaks, tires, windshield wipers and so on. Outside of that, it pretty much covers everything else. I don't have any experience with any extended warranties outside of ones that are from the manufacturer.
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Do you plan on modifying your Jeep?
This is also noteworthy. Some dealers can be butt-holes and deny coverage because of installed mods. Even if the mod has nothing to do with the failure. There are horror stories all over this board and the 'net.

Having said that, there are dealers who are more accommodating in this regard. The dealer I use is one of them. They sponsor a Jeep club, and the service manager (who is also a regular trail leader) has a fairly heavily modified jeep. Most of the staff, including the mechanics are Jeepers. They also market and install lifts, bumpers, etc, calling themselves (dealer name) Custom Jeeps. Bottom line is this particular dealership isn't one of the above butt-holes.

We bought the lifetime Max care and have used it once so far without issue (fuel tank replacement due to fuel vomit issue). I don't trust aftermarket warranties, but this one is from Chrysler.

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Old 07-26-2014, 01:46 PM   #9
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Let me give a word of advice on the Chrysler warranty. This applies to most 3rd party extended warranties, but I won't say all.

If you have to pay a deductible, say $100, then the deductible applies per visit, NOT per repair. So, whether you visit the dealership to have them repair one thing, or repair ten things, you'll only pay $100 --- $100 for the visit, as opposed to $1000 ($100x10) for ten repairs. So, if something breaks, and it's not essential to drive the vehicle, you may want to wait until something else breaks. Or, if you take it in for one thing, make sure you get anything and everything else repaired that requires repair and that is covered under the warranty. That way you won't have to return to repair the other things and pay another $100 for the deductible.

Long story short, your deductible encompasses a visit and every repair you request during that one visit.

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As for the original question, Added Care Plus is the better deal to me, and it's what I'll be getting. Specifically, Added Care Plus, $100 deductible, Lifetime coverage.

Here is Max Care:
Maximum Care New Vehicle Coverage

Here is Added Care Plus:
Added Care Plus New Vehicles Coverage

Max Care includes the components listed under Added Care Plus but also includes:



"Body"
  • Adjustable Cup Holder Mechanisms
  • Center Console Door, Hinge And Lock
  • Convertible Top Cylinders, Lines And Hinges
  • Convertible Top Frame, Bows And Rails
  • Door Check Straps
  • Door Glass Tracks And Channels
  • Door, Hood And Trunklid Hinges
  • Hood Latch Release Cable
  • Hood Props
  • Liftgate Props
  • Spare Tire Hanger / Carrier
  • Spare Tire Jack
  • Washer Hoses & Nozzles
  • Wiper Arm Linkage
"Safety and Security"
  • Air Bag Clock spring
  • Air Bag Sensors
  • Door Lock Cylinders
  • Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Seat Belt Assemblies
  • Trunk Emergency Release Cable And Mechanism
"Manual Interior Mechanisms"
  • Front Seat Manual Height Adjuster
  • Front Seat Manual Track Adjuster
  • Seat Base Riser
  • Seat Belt Shoulder Height Adjuster/Knob
  • Seat Lumbar Adjuster
  • Seat Recliner Assembly
  • Stow'n Go Seat Mechanisms
  • Swivel'n Go Seat Mechanisms
The thing in those lists that I can see needing repair on being somewhat expensive are these under "Body":

Convertible Top Cylinders, Lines And Hinges
Convertible Top Frame, Bows And Rails

But, I'm not even sure if that covers the soft top itself. Anyway, I'd recommend Added Care Plus, but you'll need to ask yourself if you can repair those things not covered by Max Care and whether they're bound to need repair in the first place.
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[QUOTE=ron88;12171177]I'm looking at extending my warranty and considering both Maximum Care (Bumper to Bumper)......QUOTE]

Man that makes me cringe when people are told this term.


There is no bumper to bumper warranty. That's a term GM used when they introduced the 3/36 basic warranty in the late 80s.

Added care is more of a major component coverage where the Max care covers most all mechanical and electrical parts. It doesn't cover trim.

As was mentioned, if you modify your Jeep, you might catch some flack. Especially if you go to another dealership besides where you bought it at.

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