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Old 07-31-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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Extended Service Contracts

Previously on this forum I posted about the 2011 Georgetown 330TS DW and I have been in the process of purchasing over the last three months, waiting for it to come in on trade at a local dealer. Well last night we finally made the plunge and signed all of the paperwork for the purchase. We take delivery on it Aug. 09 after some service work is done by our request.

My question is how many motor home owners on this forum purchased an extended service (warranty) contract from the dealer? The dealer (finance mgr. and sales mgr.) hit me hard with the "sales" pitch on why I need it. I have to the delivery date to accept their offer of $3800 for 7yrs./75,000 miles, down from $4995 initially. The GT was put in service April 11, 2011 and has 4600 miles on it. DW and I went to the "wall" with this purchase from looking at 2007 to 2010 used gas. I know its a crap shot or roll of the dice either way. What say you all?
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Shop around. What is the deductible? Even if you bought it from them, it usually has a 30 day wait period. That price with a $500 deductible isn't a good deal. $100 maybe. Look at the fine print.
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I purchased an extended warranty with for my first coach and did not use it once. When I traded, I got my money back for unused warranty period, however, it took a long time. I've not purchased the extended warranty since and have been able to handle repairs as they are needed, although, I must say, I've never had an expensive breakdown yet. However, I do believe the cheapest way to go is to carry your own insurance.....in other words pay for repairs as they come up. These companies would not be selling this type of insurance if most purchasers had claims in excess of the premiums paid. You can be insurance poor.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
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Ask the dealer why you need it. Is it in that bad a shape and if so why are they selling it and you're buying it?
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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Feel free to use the search function and you'll find tons of threads on this topic.

Bottom line IMO is that they are NOT "investments" so if one goes into it thinking they're going to come out ahead it's not at all a good deal. Of course these companies make money selling these products, or they wouldn't be in business very long. The same can be said of the coach manufacturer and the dealer who sold it.

I think that purchasing one for peace of mind is the most practical reason to buy one. We were newbies and bought a new 40DP. We bought the 7 years policy and have been very happy with the support we've received from them. It's nice not having to worry about a big diesel failure... and to be able to just take it in to the shop and have everything fixed after returning from a long time on the road without having to think about how big the repair bill will be.

I probably would not buy from the dealer... since their mark up is usually very high. Shop around via the web and phone prior to having to make a decision so you'll know how hard to negotiate if you plan to go with the dealer.

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A search of this or any other forum will reveal (2) very prevalent things about extended service plans:

1. Many who post will advise against them as they are expensive.
2. More often than not, those who did purchase them will write about the difficulty in getting anything fixed or the many unnecessary hoops that have to be jumped through for repairs.
3. Your approximate costs for the proposal from the stealer looks to be $50-60 per month for some future coverage that might be aggravating to get done. Every month I would take that amount and put it in a savings account reserved for maintenance/repairs.
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One blown engine, trans or rear end and I'll guarantee it will pay for itself. If it's been serviced right. Hydra hot? Roof top air? it all depends whats covered.
Plus if you got it you almost garrantee nothing will happen to it.

Ask how many on here has had to pay for an ISL rebuild.

Somebody start one of those polls.
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I would't even start the Motorhome, if it is in my name, until I had a service contract. After that I don't care if the crankshft fall out. I want someone to care about me other than my wife !!
I have used the Good Sam Extended Service contract that I have been happy with. Has it saved me money ? At this point I think it's a wash........... BUT, I sleep like a baby.
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Plus if you got it you almost garrantee nothing will happen to it.

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Now THAT's really the best reason to buy one!

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Bought mine ~1 year ago. 4/48 for $4500(didn't know I could dicker). On the second trip, the engine broke. A new engine, dripping AC compressor and faulty speedo put my claim over $10,000. The only loop hole was getting the CEO off the golf course to sign off on it. 3 months total down time.
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I would look for a policy that covers EVERYTHING except what is specifically excluded, and also provides coverage when an excluded part damages a covered part. These are biggies. You may want to compare coverage and prices at whoesalewarranties.net .
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We recently purchased a new coach and an extended warranty. Our old coach was with GS and many loop Holes listed. Even had my friend a very competent lawyer look the policy over. When purchasing make sure ther are no clauses that pertain to pre-existing conditions. That is a huge opening for little to no coverage. Make sure what is covered and what is not! A good policy will spell this out in black and white. I know there are many on this forum that disagree with EW but if you need an engine rebuild and only have a $500.00 deductible you will
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I purchased my new 2008 orphan HR Endeavor in August 2009, since it had no warranty, I bought an extended warranty thru Monaco Extended Care, it has more than paid for itself with the several issues I've had, such as my Dometic replacement. MEC was rated as one of the best plans, I think they were right.

I don't think I would buy another coach without one.

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When purchasing make sure there are no clauses that pertain to pre-existing conditions. That is a huge opening for little to no coverage.
Under my Phoenix American state section, AZ is the only state to delete the Pre-existing clause.
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