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Question DetailsAsked on 5/27/2015

Is it better to buy an appliance warranty when you make a purchase or wait until the manufacturer's warranty runs o

Buying a Kenmore Elite Refrigerator and dish washer. Being pressured to buy expensive warranties. Not sure what to do.

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The price could go up if you wait. If you decide you want them, I'd do it now. It's like buying insurance on anything else, if you need it ,it's great, sometimes you don't have any failures. I've had homeowners for over 40 years, never had a claim.


Answered 5 years ago by BayAreaAC


Depends on whether they are pushing warranties or not - some manufacturers are very strict on warranty purchase dates and registration deadlines and do not offer to extend it even if offerred (especially auto manufacturers), others make every effort to get you to renew so give you a deal at renewal time.

My personal experience - for higher-priced appliances like washer and ranges and autos get the extended warranty up front with the purchase (as long as it does not unduly overlap with the basic warranty), then near expiration time they commonly give a good deal on renewal to keep you enrolled.

My recommendation - unless a pricey dishwasher consider it disposable if has a significant problem - only cost $250-300 - (if you install yourself) to replace. Ditto for dryers and microwaves. Reefers cost a lot more but I have never had one fail in less than 30 years so warranties are not worth it on them, in my opinion. IF electronic or has icemaker, may be a different issue.

Best "warranty" you can get - avoid the electronic units, get ones with only mechanical timers - last far longer and cost a LOT less to repair.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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