Not Unless You Have Money to BurnApr 16, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Air ConditionersThe Bottom Line Only buy an extended warranty if you enjoy feeding the coffers of the chain store or insurance company offering the warranty.
A friend of mine used to sell extended warranties for a large national chain. He said that the warranties were pure profit for the company.
It makes sense. Most appliances break down either during the first few weeks you have them or stay together until long after the extended warranties end. Therefore, few people ever cash in on their warranties that the salespeople are so happy to sell them.
Appliance warranties go against the purpose of insurance. Contrary to what some people believe, the purpose of insurance is to protect you against a catastophic expense that will wipe you out, not to help you with daily budgeting.
Insuring a $30,000 car makes sense because if your car is totaled, you would be out a lot of money. If your boom box needs a repair, however, the cost won't wipe you out even if you have to buy a new one.
Some people point to a time when they did benefit from an extended warranty. Even most people who have made a claim, however, would be ahead if instead of buying the warranty they they put the cost of the policy into a special fund. If they did this every time they were offered an extended warranty, they would soon have enough money to finance any breakdown that is likely to occur.
As with any other general statement, there are exceptions. Sometimes an extended warranty is offered at a very low price. If you plan to really make heavy use of an appliance (for example, if you are washing for a family of ten people), a warranty may make sense.
Most of the time, however, when you buy an extended warranty, you are merely adding to the coffers of the chain store or insurance company that is selling the warranty according to people I know who have sold those warranties.
So, if you think that the appliance salespersons are acting in your best interest when they offer these warranties, then I have a bridge to sell you and for just a few extra dollars, I have a great extended warranty on it.
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