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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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2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater