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Re: Warrantee for a 2003 Espace 3.0DCi - is it worth it?

Some of those viewers may be guests or google-bots.

Warranties are usually a good idea, but you must be sure what is (and probably more importantly) isn't covered.

In essence, there are 2 basic types of warranty; Inclusive (all the compnents listed are what is covered), and Exclusive (all components are covered - EXCEPT what's on the list) - ensure you compare like with like.

Some warranties cover wear & tear, others don't - again, useful to know beforehand).

Some have a mileage/age ceiling for claims, or a sliding-scale for failures occuring - depending on the car's age/mileage, again ensure this is compatible with your own car.

Some specify their own service intervals, others are happy to work with the manufacturer's recommendation - home servicing is a no-no.

Some have 'approved repairers' whilst others are flexible where the repairs are carried out - useful, bearing in mind the car might already be in bits & undriveable when the fault is diagnosed.

What is the claim limit? Some say the car's value, whilst others will have a specified maximum for major compnents.

Consequential damage - The cambelt snaps (which is covered), and the valves are bent (which aren't - for example). Warranty paying for a new belt only - won't be much comfort.

Do they give prior authority & pay the garage directly, or do you need to foot the bill, then claim it back?

Labour rate - ensure that the garage most likely used for repairs will have their hourly rate covered.



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