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CHECKING Worthless Warranties

warranty n. a written guarantee promising to repair or replace an article if necessary within a specified period.
(Source: Oxford English Dictionary)

warranty n. a completely ambiguous document which may be a lifesaver, yet may also not even be worth the paper it is written on.
(Source: Palmdale Car Dictionary)


There is HUGE misunderstanding amongst car buyers as to what is covered by car warranties, and most of this deception is deliberately caused by car dealers.

So to set the record straight, here is Ashley's guide to car warranties:


MANUFACTURER WARRANTIES

These are issued on the car when it is new, and usually last until the car is 3 years old (5 years for Hyundais, 7 years for the Kia Ceed... and yet just 2 years for Porsches).

They cover pretty much everything on the car except for 'wear and tear' items such as tyres and brake discs/pads. They also cover you for up to the value of the car, and never have an excess to pay.

The best thing is that they are completely transferable. No matter who you buy the car from (even a private seller), the warranty stays on the car.

And, if you buy a used car through a manufacturer approved dealer, they will nearly always give you a 12 month Manufacturer Warranty regardless of how old the car is. (N.B. Some brands such as Peugeot limit the cover.)


AFTERMARKET WARRANTIES

Some are OK, but most are totally worthless. There are 3 factors you need to check:

1) What is covered. Many will have a whole list of complicated exclusions that will render the policy useless in the vast majority of situations.

2) What the claim limit is. The GOOD ONES will often limit you to just 1,000 per claim. I have seen some with a poxy 250 claim limit!

3) Whether there is an excess. (The policy above with a 250 claim limit had a 150 excess!)


So next time that local car dealer tells you that the car comes with a 3 month warranty, make sure you ask the right questions.

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Be happy, don't warranty!

ASHLEY

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)


(P.S. Our 1,650 mile trip to Poland in a 1 car was a complete success! It is still not too late to help us increase the amount of money we have raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital - www.justgiving.com/karaoke-kings.)

PALMDALE'S BARGAIN
OF THE WEEK

Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle

The brief:
"I have tried to buy one, but I cannot find any decent quality VW Caravelles for sale!"

How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = 15,195

We bought it for = 13,500!

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WHY I LOVE THE...

Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
Alfa Romeo 156 GTA

Utterly pointless and barking mad. Most performance cars put the power to the rear wheels for better traction. The 156 GTA has a whopping 250BHP fighting to get out through the front wheels. The result, nothing but wheelspin... and immense fun trying to keep the blessed thing on the road!

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At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

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  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!

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