Car Law A to Z: E for “Extended Warranty”

When you are in the process of purchasing a used vehicle you need to ensure your investment is protected.  Protection comes in the form of a warranty.  Two main points here.

First, be sure to get all important promises in writing lest they may not be worth the paper they are printed on—-marinate on that for a minute.

Second, note that an “extended warranty”  is a confusing term.  When talking about protection plans for vehicles the more accurate terminology is warranty and vehicle service contract.  The two are NOT the same and the difference can affect your rights if you have problems with your car down the road. You should take a few minutes to learn about the differences between the two.

Traditionally a warranty is provided by either the manufacturer or the seller/dealer whereas a vehicle service contract is provided by some party other than the manufacturer or seller.

Before buying that used vehicle and signing on the dotted line be sure to do your due diligence so you know whether and how you may be protected.


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