Car Warranties for Seniors

Everything you need to know to keep your car on the open road.

Posted by The Senior Advocate on July 10, 2019

For seniors who still have a car, a warranty can be useful, especially if the car is older and the original warranty has expired. When the mileage increases, the car can experience problems due to excessive wear. Because buying a new car might not be within your budget, many seniors choose extended warranties. This guarantee can help reduce costs if a problem occurs.

An extended warranty can protect the car past the original warranty which is usually three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Many car owners will tell you that their car problems start as soon as the original warranty is over and they have to pay the bills for all repairs. An extended warranty will reduce the amount they have to pay.

When Should You Get an Extended Warranty?

If possible, you must secure the extension of your warranty before the original expires. This will reduce your costs. If you wait until the mileage increases and you are near the 100,000 mile limit, it might be more expensive and it might end up not worth it at all.

Why is an Extended Warranty Important?

An extended warranty can help with the cost of repairs because your car is getting old, especially if it is at or near the 100,000 mile mark. If you are a senior citizen who has a limited budget, unexpected car repairs can reduce the real amount in your bank account. Having an extended warranty can help minimize these costs.

Should I Invest in an Extended Warranty?

The cost of an extended warranty will depend on the brand and model of your car and the distance and conditions. When your original car guarantee has expired, think about how much longer you plan to drive and how much longer you plan to maintain your car. If you are in good health and don't see yourself needing to stop driving anytime soon, an extended warranty might be a good idea. In addition, if you plan to use your car to reach 100,000 miles or more, then you also want to invest in an extended warranty. An extended warranty might not be worth it if you plan to sell the car in the near future. You want to get the most out of what you pay for, and in that scenario, that might not be the best idea.

Things to Ask About Extended Warranties

When you decide whether an extended warranty is right for you, consider the following: Can you deduct it? The purpose of extending the warranty is to reduce your costs if repairs are needed. Find out how much you have to pay yourself to determine whether the extension of the warranty is worth it. High reductions may not be worth the cost of an extended warranty. Are there other things included in the warranty? Some companies will include roadside assistance for a limited time with an extended warranty. It is important to ask what other types of benefits might come with a warranty. Can you choose where repairs are made? If the company has a short list of places to repair your car and no one is close to you, then an extended warranty from a particular company might not be worth it. Look for one that allows you to choose where repairs are made. This is also important if you buy a car in one circumstance, but have since moved to another. Do you have to pay for repairs up front and get a replacement? If so, look for a company that will pay the repair shop directly. You don't want to have to pay for repairs first and then wait for an unspecified time to get your money back. That's not feasible. Are there any scope restrictions? Even though your car may have a lot of mileage, you want to know what type of coverage limit is included in the extended warranty. If there are too many restrictions, then an extended warranty may not be in your best interest. If you are considering an extended warranty for your vehicle, shop around and do your homework. One of the best things you can do is ask around to see if other people have had success with a particular company. This will also give you insight into which companies you want to avoid.

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