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Honda Odyssey, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Element, Honda Pilot, Honda S2000, Car Warranties
#3758 of 3848 Re: "Pack" [sandman_6472]
Mar 22, 2013 (2:04 pm)
Hi, I personally think it was good for Honda to cover 50% of your repair and think it should be a reason for you to stick with them. I had a similar issue on our 2003 Civic, when the front passenger strut went soon after the warranty expired. Honda covered 75% of the cost. I was thankful, because they did not have to cover any cost. It could be a mistake to assume that a different manufacture would have treated you better. It is possible that they would pay nothing. Anyway, I appreciated Honda's attempt to make things right and I just purchased a new Accord last month. I will stick with Honda.
Mar 22, 2013 (6:27 pm)
Unfortunately, Honda has no products i would purchase now. the Accord is stellar but too large for me alone, the Insight has terrible outward vision and the seats/headrest are awful and the Fit just doesn't! So nothing they produce is calling to me. I'm leaning towards a small ute next go round now or a CPO'd Lexus RX330, a vehicle I'd kill for. But I do like the Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tuscon and even the Ford Escape. I need a vehicle that I can slide into easily, no more small vehicles I fall into and need help climbing out, my spine is just getting worse. So a small ute seems to be the best fit for me and hoping that with $20k cash and my '06 Civic LX, I'll be able to get a nice vehicle come 2016 or 2017 which are my target dates. I'd like to get to 60k on the Civic which by then it might be there. But the thought process now, is no more low vehicles but one's which I can slide into and want a 2.0 engine next time.
#3760 of 3848 Get Honda Care now or later?
May 12, 2013 (4:48 pm)
I just purchased a 2011 Honda Civic with 23,000 miles on it. I am probably going to purchase a 5 year/100,0000 mile Honda Care extended warranty from one of the dealerships recommended on this forum. My question is should I get it now or wait until closer to the end of the original 3 year/36,000 mile warranty? Since the clock on the 5 years starts ticking when I buy the warranty it seems like I should wait. Will the price go up as I get closer to 36,000 miles?
#3761 of 3848 Re: Get Honda Care now or later? [texas_tony_d]
May 12, 2013 (5:40 pm)
As I recall, the pricing doesn't stay the same the more miles that you get on the car. And I think the choices decrease as you get more miles as well. For example, they might not offer a 5 year, 100,000 for a 35,000 mile car anymore. It might just be a 5yr/60K or 5yr/75K.
What you should do is get a quote on a vehicle at let's say 23K, 28K, and 34K miles and compare the quotes and what is offered. Then it should make your decision easier.
#3762 of 3848 Re: Get Honda Care now or later? [jet10000]
May 15, 2013 (2:57 am)
Buying an extended service contract, warranty, is a gamble.
Just like in Las Vegas the odds are stacked in the house's favor. In this gamble, the buyer is betting the cost of covered repairs over the life of the contract will exceed the cost of the contract. The house, the provider, is betting the cost of the contract will exceed the cost of the covered repairs.
The house sets the price so as to assure it wins the bet.
Two additional things to consider which make the bet even worse.
First, if the house sets the prices of its contracts low, the house goes out of business or worse. Think Rusty Wallace and US Fidelis. Even worse think of Saab.
Second, if the house begins to lose money, the house starts to think of ways not to honor customer claims.
An extended service contract is a bad bet.
#3763 of 3848 Re: Get Honda Care now or later? [ken117]
May 15, 2013 (6:26 am)
Las Vegas does indeed stack the deck in their favor. But so does every type of insurance coverage. And an EW is nothing more than an insurance policy.
Our '03 CR-V's AC compressor self destructed after the 3/36. The service writer said an estimate of the repair cost would be near $3000 because all components would have to be replaced, due to particles in the system that could damage the new compressor. The EW paid it all including the Rental car.
Later, that same car developed an electrical problem. End result required a new computer and a couple of other expensive electrical components. The near week at the dealer, all parts and the rental were paid by Honda Care EW. They suspected a NEAR lightening strike, but were unable to substantiate it, as we had not had any electrical storms in the area lately.
My '03 Pilot developed a violent shutter when the TC was attempting to lock up. The car had 20k on the clock but the time was approaching 5 years. The dealer had it for several days finding the problem which turned out to be an electrical/mechanical device that signals the TC to lock. The EW paid for it all including a rental car.
A couple weeks ago, My son purchased a used '08 Civic (88K miles) from a Honda dealer. There was the usual "AS IS" label on the window. 5 days after purchase the radio did some weird stuff and the headlights went off and back on. It took the better part of a day for the dealer to isolate the problem. The charges would be nearly $900 to replace some kind of amplifier that is buried under the dash. This is a quality dealer and are fixing the problem at their expense. Point is that even if he had purchased the car new, back in '08, "Stuff" happens.
I would no more consider having a late model car without an EW than I would consider not having various other insurances.
People just don't understand the outrageous expenses that can be incurred with a modern automobile.
#3764 of 3848 Where to Buy
May 15, 2013 (7:51 am)
Just purchased a new leftover 2012 Base Fit.
The finance man asked if I wanted an EW. I said I did, and he said it would be $1800 for 8/100k.
Told him I thought I could get a better price than that. He said, "Maybe so"! and the conversation ended.
So I need the Dealers and phone numbers of where you guys have found the best service and prices.
#3765 of 3848 Re: Where to Buy [kipk]
May 15, 2013 (8:50 am)
Kip - google hondacare pricing - saccucci and bernardi come up - they are two good ones - there may be more. I personally used saccucci on mine and got a great deal.
Hope this helps,
#3767 of 3848 Re: Get Honda Care now or later? [kipk]
May 15, 2013 (8:23 pm)
The service advisor will usually lie and exaggerate the cost of items they are replacing. The reason for that is just what you are doing here now repeating the dollar amounts he quoted. You tell your fiends how smart it is to buy an extended warranty, plus you buy another on the next car. They have nothing to lose since you can't verify anything and don't really care to shop around since you are not paying.
It is really unlikely Hondacare reimbursed them $3000 or anywhere near that to replace an a/c compressor regardless of what he told you.
If I had that bad experience of $3000 to fix items failing shortly after the 3 year warranty expired, I would not reward the car company with buying both a second car made by them and an extended warranty. I would move on to another brand.
You can come out ahead in the short term if you happen to be one of the small percentage of people who do have significant work done that is covered by the extended warranty on one particular vehicle. However, if you were to buy an extended warranty on every single Honda or other car you buy over many years and add up the total cost you spend on the service contracts minus what is really covered, there is not much chance that you will not spent way more than you get back.
If you buy 10 cars and average $1500 per car for the extended warranties, you have spent $15,000. Not too likely you will get a high percentage of that money back in covered repairs. If you spend $1500 on coverage for one car, there is a chance you might come out ahead on that one particular car. Same as if you go to Vegas once and win big. If you go back 10 times and keep betting, you will not come out ahead.