Right To Repair?

Many owners choose to use their own mechanic, rather than the dealership, to maintain and repair their vehicles. While dealerships maintain they should be notified, for statistical reporting’s sake, when certain repairs are made, the consumer is forced to spend the extra money and time for the automaker’s convenience.

In some late-model cars, for instance, the immobilizer activates if the battery dies. Since independent shops can’t access security-system information, the car must be taken to a dealer for reprogramming. Similarly, some ignition systems use keys that contain computer chips — if there’s a problem with the key, or the ignition, only the dealer is authorized to fix it. Given how common dead batteries and damaged keys are, this can leave drivers in a serious and costly lurch — forget calling a mobile locksmith or having AAA tow you to a nearby service station. And heaven forbid you break down on a remote road, or on a Friday night when the dealer doesn’t open until Monday.

Lawmakers and citizens’ groups are attempting to remedy the situation, but unfortunatly both sides have real merit. Convenience and safety are both important, so it will be important to closely monitor the coming decisions. AutoWarranties.com will keep you abreast of any news on this issue.

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Why Should Consumers Purchase An Extended Warranty For Their Car?

Most cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles. Some have longer 4 year were 50,000 mile coverage. And even fewer have a 5 year or 60,000 mile warranty. As fate would have it, most major auto repairs occur after the manufacturer’s warranty period expires. Purchasing an extended auto warranty can save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on each repair. And as repairs at up over the life of an extended car warranty it is not uncommon to have savings equal $5,000, or even $10,000 or more.

If your car is out of warranty, or will soon be out of warranty and you don’t want to or don’t have the ability to pay these high repair bills that are imminent, purchasing an extended auto warranty is a consumers best bet.

To learn more about the different types of coverage available for your vehicle and the cost visiting a “reliable” company’s website for a quote is a great idea. A good place to start might be visiting Auto Advantage who have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are also accredited by the BBB and who have been supplying car warranties to the public since 1979.

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Extended Warranty Fraud Investigation

A Ford Dealership in Michigan is being reported as selling faulty extended warranties to its car buyers. The accusations from customers against the dealership are in terms of the business’ ability to follow through with warranty car repairpayment, leaving customers with repair bills they anticipated covered. The article also states that the car owners are getting disappointing claims from repair shops that the warranty they presented isn’t fully inundated.

A story like this is exactly the reason why an extended warranty should come with all of the guarantees, and the company providing the warranty with recommendation and solid reputation. Your automobile coverage can save you hundreds or even thousands, but only if it is recognized valid by the mechanic. When you purchase a warranty straight from the dealership, you risk the case that the business may put you in a worse situation than if you’d never purchased the warranty to begin with. Invest in a warranty from an upstanding company to ensure that there is no question about your coverage when it is needed.

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Do Your Research Before Buying An Auto Warranty

When a consumer takes purchasing an auto warranty into consideration, they usually select mainly based on the price. Consumers want to try to get the best deal that they can when buying auto warranties. Price is important to take into consideration, but it is also important to realize there are other factors that should be looked at when choosing the auto warranty to buy as the final purchase.

When conducting research about auto warranties and which one will be the best option for you, make certain that you are going to be buying one that is of a higher quality. Keep these things in mind when doing research:

1. Look at the cost of the auto warranty and be sure that it is affordable. However, make sure that this is not the only deciding factor for what will be your final purchase.

2. Look into the company that you want to buy the warranty from. Ask yourself a couple of very important questions: Is this company reputable? Is it an established company? Is the company visible online? In addition, make sure that the company is both accredited and has high ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

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3 Things To Be Aware Of About Your Auto Warranty

Any car owner can have peace of mind when taking the car to the shop for repairs and maintenance when the car is covered by an auto warranty. Auto warranties cover the cost of repairs and maintenance on the car. Here are three things to be aware of about your auto warranty:

1. Thoroughly read through the warranty so that you are completely knowledgeable about how long the coverage lasts and what parts of the car are covered by it.

2. Know where the auto warranty is coming from. Is it coming from an aftermarket auto warranty company or a manufacturer? It is important know exactly who is handling your policy.

3. Know the terms of your warranty and make sure that you perform all required maintenance on your car. Auto warranties only remain valid if you get specific work done to your car. In addition, keep a record of all repairs and maintenance performed on your car in the event that you need to take care of a claim.

Auto warranties put your mind at ease when you bring it to the shop to have work done. If you want to get the most out of your auto warranty, it is essential to be knowledgeable about all of its details.

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Be On The Lookout For Fraudulent Auto Warranties

Purchasing an auto warranty is a risk if you don’t know the rules and regulations of the warranty. It is wise for vehicle owners to think about hiring a professional car consultant who can help them through the sometimes-tricky process of buying an auto warranty. Buying an auto warranty without assistance poses a greater risk of purchasing a fraudulent warranty.

A fraudulent auto warranty is generally a warranty that offers a great variety of features and prices so well that it just too good to actually be true. However, the seller that is claiming that they provide this auto warranty won’t actually provide all of the services they are offering to the consumer. In the used car market, fraudulent warranties are common. This makes it important for consumers who are looking to buy used car warranties to be careful throughout the purchasing process.

Due to the circulation of fraudulent auto warranties, the US administration made a law that protects consumers that is called the used car warranty law. This law is also well known as the lemon law.

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Gas Prices Rise, So Do SUV Sales.

The so called experts have been expecting hybrids and smaller cars to knock SUVs off the throne ever since gas hit $3.00 a gallon. However, it is going to take more than that to dethrone the current rulers of the rode. After all, they are very big.

The SUV is alive and well today. In fact, it seems to be thriving. For example, Escalade sales were up 127% last month. These statistics do not show a nation of drivers fleeing from big vehicles into the arms of the hybrids.

This is a very different situation from 25 years ago. During the late 70’s early 80’s gas prices rose dramatically and there were shortages. This propelled people towards more fuel efficient cars. Apparently, today’s motorists aren’t as easily scared.

This can be attributed to a couple of reasons. First, the average household spends about half as much on gas, based on percentage of income, than in 1981. Basically, there are plenty of people out there with the means to pay for a lot of gas. Second, we have become a nation of SUV and truck drivers. It is going to take more than $3.00 a gallon to change this. Now, the experts are saying it will take $4.00 a gallon for a prolonged period of time to bring change, but as we are finding out, they have been wrong before.

The reign of the hybrids might have to wait a little while longer. For now, it is still long live the SUV.

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Four Wheels Are Better Than Two

The Ford Motor Company lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter of this year but they don’t plan on staying down for long. They have big plans to make a splash in the AWD market. Right now Subaru is king of the hill when it comes to all-wheel-drive cars but Ford could challenge them for dominance.

Ford’s goal is to sell half a million by next year. This would definitely make them a major player in this area because the total sold for this year was only 1.5 million. Ford’s aim will be to capture the middle market. BMW and Audi, among others, offer AWD luxury models while Subaru has catered to the other end of the market.


The plan will bring all-wheel-drive to the company’s Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ mid-sized sedans in August and to the new Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers this fall. Ford already offers it as an option in other vehicles, such as the Freestyle crossover and the Five Hundred full-sized sedan.

Many drivers value AWD vehicles for their stability in harsh conditions and off-road terrain. Currently, most AWD vehicles are trucks or SUVs. Ford is hoping to attract these SUV buyers as some are turning to crossover SUVs based on car designs.

Ford is not the only automaker getting into this field. GM and Chrysler will offer new AWD options soon, although on a smaller scale than Ford. You might expect Subaru to feel some pressure now, but they seem to welcome the help to convert the masses to all-wheel-drive passenger cars.

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Diesel In America?

Last week I discussed the possibility of diesel engines becoming more popular in America, this is something that has already happened in Europe. I mentioned one setback was the fact that diesels emit nitrogen oxides and emission standards in this country are continuing to crack down on those.

Some of these new standards will soon be taking effect and will most likely hurt Volkswagen, who is a leader in the area of diesel passenger cars. They will not be able to offer diesel versions of several popular models in 2007. However, they hope to be up to the standards by 2008.

In last weeks blog, I mentioned a few options for automakers to use when lowering nitrogen oxide emissions. Honda has just announced a patent for new technology to do just that.


In Honda’s treatment system, exhaust flows through a plasma reactor, or gaseous layer of electrically charged atoms, according to a U.S. patent obtained by Bloomberg News. That separates out harmful nitrogen oxides and forms nitrogen dioxide that’s then reduced or absorbed by alkali metals and silver.

It looks like the diesel models will have to stick to the other side of the Atlantic for now. However, in time they might make the jump to our shores in full force.

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Will Diesel Passenger Cars Cross The Atlantic?

Right now, 35% of the passenger automobiles sold in Europe have diesel engines. This number could grow to as much as 50%, during the next ten years. In contrast to these numbers, there is currently only one diesel passenger car available in the U.S. This would be the Volkswagen Golf TDI.

Diesels have flourished in Europe because of expensive gasoline and tax breaks for diesel. Many European governments promote diesel because it emits less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. On top of lower fuel prices, diesel drivers experience increased fuel efficiency. The diesel engine is a more efficient design than the gasoline powered engine.

So, what’s stopping diesel engines from invading our cars here in America? It may still happen but there are a couple of obstacles.

First, diesel fuel is not cheaper than gas here in the States. We enjoy lower gas prices than our European friends, and our government does not offer the nice tax breaks on diesel like most European governments. Therefore, diesel is harder to come by and more expensive in the U.S.

The main reason for the tax breaks in Europe and lack of them here is a difference in the way we set up environmental standards for our vehicles. This is the second obstacle. In Europe the focus is on low carbon dioxide emissions but here in the States the EPA wants low levels of nitrogen oxides and particulates. This is because nitrogen oxides may be carcinogenic and particulates help form smog.

There are solutions to these environmental questions, but these as well as the diesel engine add to the cost of the automobile. This may keep buyers away. Tax breaks, like those in Europe, may be needed to entice buyers.

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