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Should I purchase the extended warranty?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by srp223, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. KB Voodoo

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    Bed Brackets, tailgate cap, side rails.
    Or you could have done the work yourself for a fraction of the cost, or even taken it to a non-dealer shop and still be ahead.
     
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    Do it...
     
  3. KB Voodoo

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    Bed Brackets, tailgate cap, side rails.
    You bought a Chrysler, and you had work done at the stealership. What the fuck did you expect.

    They took your money and laughed at you as soon as you left.
     
  4. iJonny

    iJonny TACOMA, If I wanted a HUMMER I'd call your mom.

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    Not everyone has the luxury of tools, garage, know how and time to do these things. I admit, the first two things I listed couldve been done cheaper and in a day. Not all fixes will be that easy and are better done by a shop that warrantys their work.
    In my opinion (cause that what we do here on tw) is take it if you dont have the friends, tools or know how to fix shit.
     
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  5. DoorDing

    DoorDing Thank you, Nancy Roman

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    There is no correct answer, just a range of comfort levels for the owner and risk factors for the vehicle. As was mentioned earlier, risk is at the heart of the decision. If you never leave pavement, drive conservatively, never tow, never carry a load, perform regular maintenance yourself, etc., an extended warranty makes less sense than for the owner that regularly carries a load, tows, drives aggressively, off-roads, and has all of their work performed by a shop. The price and coverage of the service contract/warranty are other important variables. I don't want an extended warranty, but I believe it can make sense for others.
     
  6. stump jumper

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    and my point too. Why buy a product if you think you need to buy a extended warranty on it?
     
  7. Swamp Donkey

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    Please buy it if you use your truck anything like I do on rough muddy roads. Your power steering pump will fail on you. What happened with mine in the last 2 weeks is both inner tie rod ends have gone on me. The little rubber covering on the inner tie rod end gets tiny holes in them, fills up with mud and water working its way into your steering rack contaminating your fluid and taking out your power steering pump. Truck would not even move or start. Toyota power steering pump was $829. Got reman for 225. Inner tie rod end was 105. Not covered under the basic warranty when I called. I am at 98,000 kms. Very unreliable truck.
     
  8. Monster Coma

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    You are worried about the suspension right? Is the suspension considered a wear and tear item? If it is then the warranty doesnt cover it anyways
     
  9. CantSitStill

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    My simple answer to this question is, "no".
     
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    OP, there is no simple answer to this question as there are many factors that go into it. Best bet, as mentioned, is to consider it insurance. That doesn't mean it's a simple "yes". Personally, I don't buy them as I consider myself "self-insured", in other words, I have enough savings and $$$ backing me up that I can handle a major issue if it comes up. But you have to decide if this insurance is worth it or not to you.

    Lots of points to consider in this thread, but you have to pull the parts that makes sense to you and add it into your assessment. Do you have the $$$ to absorb a major issue, do you have the capability and means to fix things yourself, do you want to fix issues yourself, etc., etc., etc.

    Like I said, there is no one right answer to your question. For me, the answer is no, as I have the capability, means and $$$ backing me up. For you,,,, pull the important aspects and figure out the right answer for you.
     
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    If you do get a warranty read it very carefully and make sure it covers what you want and what you expect it to cover before signing. That's my best advice for those that do get a warranty.
     
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    Well if you'd purchased the Off Road I'm sure they would have covered it. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Bobbb

    Bobbb "Rumors of Bob, but never Bob. It is Bob, right?"

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    Last week I traded in my 2011 Tacoma for a new Tundra. When I bought the Taco new I also purchased the extended 8-year/100K warranty from Toyota (plan at the time was to keep the truck long-term). As the Tundra was from a different dealer, they were unwilling to figure my warranty into the new truck deal. No biggie as I could simply request the refund from Toyota.

    This morning I called Toyota's warranty folks and learned that I would be receiving a refund of $1714. That's all well and good except that I paid $2495 for the warranty and my truck only had 30,120 miles on it when traded. By my figuring, since I hadn't reached the end of the factory bumper-to-bumper yet, I was due a full refund minus perhaps some sort of reasonable handling fee.

    Their explanation was that I was indeed being covered by the extended warranty concurrently with the factory warranty. That, plus the extended covered things like rental car coverage during warranty repairs which the factory doesn't. By figuring it this way, they said I've used up over 30% of my 100,000 miles so am only going to be pro-rated back 69~% of my original purchase price. Wonderful.

    Long story short, I just got cocked out of nearly $800 for rental car coverage that I'm already paying for via my car insurance policy. As such, as soon as everything's set up with my new rig, I'll be contacting Toyota's warranty folks again and cancelling the $3200 extended warranty I just purchased with the Tundra. And since it'll be within the 30-day window of purchase, I won't lose a dime and get screwed again.

    This new truck is my 26th vehicle and I've purchased many extended warranties over the years. I've only had occasion to use one once and it immediately paid for itself with that one incident. Blah, blah, blah...

    Anyhoo, my stance is this: if buying a used, but still high-cost vehicle then yes--buy the warranty. Buying new?--ABSOLUTELY NOT. Not after the sweet deal I just got from Toyota. Particularly when I'll be getting inundated with extended warranty offers when I get close to the factory plan petering out.
     
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    Thoughts on this? I was recently contacted by a second party regarding the extended warranty on my Tundra. 08 with very low miles. The guy I talked to was an asshole! His sales pitch was, everything is computerized why do you think they only offer a three year warranty? It will break and you will need it! Said he worked for Toyota... After a few choice words and such I slammed the phone down. Not going to happen. I had one on my 99 taco and never needed it. Bought a new 13 TRD sport DCSB and said no. I am brand loyal for a reason and spend enough on my trucks. I will take the chance...
     
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    I'm with you all the way man...... Warranties make money for the dealers...ONLY....
     
  16. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Always outnumbered, never outgunned

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    I'll bet anyone who's ever bought the extended warranty, undercoating, and paint/interior protection could hear an audible "bump" from the business manager's desk as he pops a boner for reeling a sucker in. Not only no, but fuck no.
     
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    majorhavok Rabid Conservative

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    Insurance isnt a scam its the law. not really a choice?

    As for the warranty its like life insurance. its a statistical probability of how likely you are to have problems, nothing more. you cannot reasonably think that it ever favors the buyer right? if you took the policy duration and cost and said that 50% of buyers will need repairs cost more, and the other half will need less. Thats total crap, the company would be out of business in a day. Those warranties are hugely profitable for a reason, you are incredibly unlikely to need it during the time/mileage specified especially when you get to write exclusions that you wont have to pay for, and if you DO need it it will probably be much cheaper than the policy (especially when they arent charging themselves normal service and parts prices!) plus they get to at least collect a deductible.

    Now if you do have MAJOR problems and it wasn't caused by something they can blame then you will be happy you had it. It is EXACTLY like Vegas though, you play their game by their rules with your money except you have no chance of winning. By buying the warranty you are guaranteeing you lose that money, and in reward you are gaining the shaky peace of mind that you probably won't lose more for that time period. Sure it could work out great for you if your car is falling apart, but they know the stats and will take that money to the bank far more often.
     
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    Perfectly said.....

    But some people can't sleep at night without the security blanket of a warranty.

    In other words, they can't sleep unless their money is in the pocket of someone else.
     
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    Geico offers MBI (mechanical breakdown insurance) as part of their regular coverage. You have to add it to a vehicle before you hit 15k, but its 7 year 100,000 coverage. I think it adds $60 every 6 months to my bill and a $250 deductible. I've never had to use it, but cost wise seems less than the factory warranty.
     
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    First I have heard of that. They don't advertise it. Yeah, that would be cheaper at that price. I still wouldn't get it though but that's just me.
     
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