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Old 01-15-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Extended warranty

Purchased a 2012 Wrangler Sport in July, only 1,300 miles (in storage over winter). Should I be looking for an extended warranty in April 2013 or maybe it is not worth it?

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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You might check with the dealer or on the jeep web site, but if I recall right, you can get the extended warranty up to the time the original warranty runs out. As far as getting one, well there are arguments both ways. I got the Maxcare Lifetime Warranty, since I Plan on keeping the jeep for a long time.

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The way I see it, its like AAA or Road Hazard, I would rather HAVE it and NOT need it than NEED it and NOT have it. Many will tell you to take the cost of the warranty and put it in savings, problem is, many would spend that money on other things or mods instead, and in the off chance of actually needing that money, will it be enough to cover the repair? Maybe, Maybe not, but then your 1 repair could wipe out the full amount and have no coverage for anything else that may happen. I have a warranty on mine and a $100 deductible for when something goes wrong, not just 1 time. Just my .02
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A few months ago, I called the number on the Jeep website (under the tab marked "owner", "jeep warranty"), and the price they were offering over the phone for an extended warranty seemed cheaper than the price listed on the website, and I think cheaper than the extended warranty being offered by a local dealer. It might have been a special they were running at the time, but might be worth checking.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #5
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I purchased one from here: Chrysler extended warranty, Factory backed extended warranties for Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles

Got the MAX.

Enter in your info get a quote. Wait a week or so and they will send an email offering a couple hundred off.

From what I understand if you have the extended MAX then Jeep gives you a little better care than just everyone else.
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Enter in your info get a quote. Wait a week or so and they will send an email offering a couple hundred off.
I just did this (thanks for the link). Within an hour they emailed me back with a $180 discount offer, good through 01/21.

I've been debating getting a max care lifetime warranty but initially opted against it when the finance manager tried to sell it to us two weeks ago and insisted that I could only buy it on a new Jeep and that it would be considered used as soon as I drove it off their lot. He also quoted me a price of $3,000.

With this $180 discount the cost of a lifetime warranty, with $100 ded, right now is $2,276. That's very tempting. I'd played around with the various deductibles and if I went with a $50 or $100 to increased cost for the warranty means that I'd have to visit the service department at least 16 times after my initial 36 month warranty ran out to come out ahead. That's a lot of things gone wrong.
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Or, you could think of it this way...at 37,000 miles, the engine or transmission fails. That repair alone will more than cover the cost of the warranty, and you still have it covered for the remaining life of the Jeep.

I got my lifetime warranty for $1,900. at the dealership when I bought my Jeep new. I went back and forth with them, but got them down to that price. Their cost is $1,700.00, so they still made about $200.00. They're happy, I'm happy.

There are several on here that will tell you to forgo the warranty, that it's money in the dealership's pocket. I like to think that it's not money out of my pocket when I need to use said warranty. BTW, my warranty was financed with the Jeep, at 0% financing. How can that be wrong?

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how do these extended warranties do with all the mods we do especially lifts. do they usually fight any drivetrain problems stating the lifts caused them and so not covered under warranty?? i also bought an extended warranty and was just wondering.
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Or, you could think of it this way...at 37,000 miles, the engine or transmission fails. That repair alone will more than cover the cost of the warranty, and you still have it covered for the remaining life of the Jeep.
I wasn't questioning the merits of the warranty itself. I was just wondering if the higher initial cost of having a $50 or $0 deductible was worth it versus the $2,276 package with $100 ded.

Right now the lifetime warranty with $0 deductible is $3,862. The difference in cost between that one and the same lifetime coverage with a $100 ded is $1,586, or 16 service trips over $100 each before you recoup the difference.
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I wasn't questioning the merits of the warranty itself. I was just wondering if the higher initial cost of having a $50 or $0 deductible was worth it versus the $2,276 package with $100 ded.

Right now the lifetime warranty with $0 deductible is $3,862. The difference in cost between that one and the same lifetime coverage with a $100 ded is $1,586, or 16 service trips over $100 each before you recoup the difference.
I'd go with the $100 deductible. Normally shop supplies and fluids etc aren't covered so there would always be something out of pocket.
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No matter what you decide to do, never ever pay the first asking price at the dealership. An interesting read is Confessions of an Auto Finance Manager
at edmund.com. Confessions of an Auto Finance Manager - Edmunds.com

Notable quote: "the markup (the profit made by the dealer that contributed to my commission) was nearly double the actual cost of the warranty. "
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:48 PM   #13
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Even with the bumper to bumper warranty I have to fight tooth and nail with my dealer to cover anything. It's clearly written in black and white on my warranty what is covered and what isn't. They will ALWAYS say "not covered" no matter what it is.

They'll make up some BS about "off roading" must have caused the rear wiper motor to burn out. Huh??? I don't do 8 feet deep water crossings so WTF guys!
Count on them breaking something else while working on your Jeep too.
Fix wiper, snap defrost cable. Replace clutch, cut driveline boot. Replace brake pads, snap off lug nut. Change oil, dent hood. replace roll bar speakers wipe grease on drivers seat and on and on. It's retarded how much damage they do performing the simplest of tasks. A normal 30 minute job takes them 3 hours after they "broke" something in the process.

I usually have to go to the regional rep for warranty approval, make another appointment often at another Jeep dealer and start all over again every single time. Not worth the hassle at all if you ask me.
Royal pain in the backside to get any warranty work done with Chrysler period.

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