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Originally Posted by VelSatisfied View Post
A company that I've used in the past and would recommend (I'll be using them for the Vel Satis once the year's warranty is up) is :: Warranty Works we supply Car Warranties at trade prices :: . Try them online for a quote, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!


I am interested in this warranty company you mention and they have got fantastic rates

In your opinion using them in the past, would you say they seem to be genuine or are they the sorts who would cover a load of things that you wouldnt need or have so many clauses that they arent worth the paper they are writen on?

I suppose I am asking because I have no idea given the things they say they cover

so I wondered what you thought?


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Well put Vel - the other point to consider is will the warranty ensure new parts will be used and if so will they be renault approved. No point in having a cheap warranty if it gives poor results if needed. One other aspect to consider "is the warranty transferable" - would be a good asset if trying to sell your car.
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We've gone for the Harmony warranty again. Though as we'd let it lapse by a couple of days, I think they've done it as a "Renault to Go" warranty instead. I hope the cover is the same - I'm still waiting for the paperwork. My advice to anyone considering taking this up: Make your decision before the car goes in for its first MOT.

Extended warranties are a real minefield. According to one of the companies (though the guy was trying to sell me his policy) some wriggle out on a 'wear and tear' clause, which basically makes it useless on covering non-consumable items that might just fail with age or use - i.e. most of the bits on the car. Of course his company didn't, so I asked him to send me the bumf.

On reading the small-print, I discovered that they refused to cover things like switches and wiring looms - i.e. precisely the sorts of things that are likely to go on a Renault. What's more, it was going to cost 240 for the year and nearly double that for two, when Harmony was only 300 for 12 months, or 500 for the two years cover.

The Harmony warranty claims to provide the same level of cover as the factory one, and if I take my car in with a faulty switch under the factory warranty, I know they'll replace it free of charge. One of the things we had fixed on the last Clio was a faulty wiper stalk, and the Harmony warranty covered parts and labour without hesitation. Looking at the items covered (and not covered) in the third-party warranty I was considering, I doubt this item would have been included. Prior to discovering we had the warranty, the dealer was quoting us a bill of over 200 quid for parts and labour. In the end, it cost nothing.
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Sarah, I take it your car is out of warranty. Its not really playing with a straight bat, trying to get a company to remedy things that are already playing up surely. This must come close to fraud.
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Originally Posted by telboy1949 View Post
Sarah, I take it your car is out of warranty. Its not really playing with a straight bat, trying to get a company to remedy things that are already playing up surely. This must come close to fraud.
Well, I don't know if I would necessarily agree with that - faults can appear at any time, and I'm sure if the company was inundated with a claim on the day the warranty commenced, then they may be suspicious (but what can they do?). They don't insist on a full inspection of the car prior to the application's approval, and since (most) of us aren't mechanics, how can we be held liable for knowing a fault existed?

I wouldn't say it was fraudulent - bordering on the unethical, perhaps. But I would do it!

Noel, the warranty is transferrable to the next owner (a real asset for a private sale).

Sarah, from what I gather, no warranty will pay for diagnostic checks (otherwise, this could be open to abuse from paranoid owners, and over-zealous garages), but if a fault exists that is covered, then they are good at pre-approving repairs. I have no connection with the company, other than being a satisfied customer who will put my car on their books once its own warranty expires.

Hope it helps.


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