We generally don't recommend buying the extended warranty, because most products won't need repair until after the extended warranty coverage ends. But extended warranties can offer real value and additional features that might be worth it to you.
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Hey Lifehacker, Recently I had a long-running warranty dispute with an electronics manufacturer. They "repaired" the item in question a few times but I was still having issues. In arranging a replacement, I had to sign and agree to not discuss the terms of the warranty with anyone but a lawyer. The provider claimed "neither party is responsible, but we are replacing the product to avoid ongoing dispute" in the paperwork.
When you buy an Apple gadget from Apple itself (and, indeed, from many of its resellers), AppleCare is pushed pretty heavily to extend your warranty beyond a year, even though strictly speaking most of Apple's products should be warrantied for longer than that. It appears that Apple may be changing its policy, with reports that it's extending that coverage out to two years, gratis.
Dear Lifehacker, I have a portable air-conditioning unit (yes, I know the power usage is an issue, but at the time it was needed for my heavily pregnant wife to be comfortable) which I purchased in February 2011. It has a two-year manufacturer's warranty and this weekend it failed under warranty. Unfortunately, the manufacturer (Hotpoint) went into administration in April last year.
We aren't the biggest fans of extended warranties, but tech blog Unplggd shows us that even though you shouldn't buy one, the fact that they're offered can tell you whether a refurbished product is worth buying.
Apple appears to have made an internal change to its AppleCare extended warranty policies, allowing anyone with an existing AppleCare Protection Plan to transfer it to a new device.
Back in January, Vodafone agreed to ensure that customers got a decent warranty deal when they purchased phones on contract after striking a deal with the ACCC. At the time, we noted there was one glaring exception to that rule: the iPhone.
Another day, another slapdown of companies ignoring Australian consumer law by the ACCC. This time, it's Nokia Care Centres under the microscope, with the phone service organisation promising to withdraw unacceptable terms and conditions.
Most consumers are aware that they're entitled to have goods replaced if they prove faulty early in their life after purchase, but just how long does that period last? In the case of Vodafone and mobile phones, the answer now turns out to be "more than two weeks" thanks to an ACCC court ruling that should help everyone who owns a mobile phone.
It's nearly impossible to make an electronic or appliance purchase without being offered an extended warranty. Turn down those over-priced extended warranties and set up your own protection fund. Photo by pasukaru76.