Best Extended Auto Warranty Companies in Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.
With Milwaukee’s rough roads and tough winters, it’s a good idea to buy an extended auto warranty to offset costs of repairs. The many different features of these service plans can be confusing. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best extended auto warranty in Milwaukee to help you make sense of the options.
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How to choose an extended auto warranty in Milwaukee
An extended auto warranty is a service protection plan. It can be purchased when you buy your vehicle or after the sale. The extended warranty will cover certain repairs for either a designated number of years or miles. Extended auto warranties can be purchased at the dealership or online through a third-party provider, sometimes known as an aftermarket warranty. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance outlines helpful tips to guide your understanding of extended auto warranties in Wisconsin.
All new vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but only some used cars have a warranty of any kind. The used car window sticker, known as the Wisconsin buyers guide, will tell you if the used vehicle comes with a “dealer limited warranty” or if the manufacturer’s warranty is still in effect. If there’s still a warranty, consult the seller to find out how to transfer the warranty to your name. Many vehicles come without a warranty and are advertised “as is.”
Impacts of winter weather and potholes on your car
Milwaukeeans are likely to run into car trouble due to our intense winters. Extreme cold can freeze your battery and thicken fluids, including oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake and transmission fluids.
Moisture on the roads constantly melts and refreezes, breaking pavement and creating potholes. Milwaukee has an extensive number of potholes. In fact, 48 percent of our streets are rated “poor.” Hitting a pothole can puncture your tire or crack the wheel. In extreme cases, potholes can damage your struts, shocks or put dents in the body. An auto warranty can help pay for the costs of repair.
Each extended auto warranty has its own features, so be sure to read the contract carefully. Find out if your service contract provides bumper-to-bumper coverage (covering the whole vehicle) or only a portion, such as repairs to the engine. Many of these contracts have restrictions where your vehicle can be repaired, so if you have a preferred repair shop, make sure it is in-network for your service protection plan.
Endurance is a warranty provider backed by an A.M. Best “A” rated insurance company. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee, roadside assistance and choose-your-own-coverage options. Unlike many other protection plan vendors, Endurance is the direct administrator of most of its plans, so there’s no middleman.
As one of the largest extended auto warranty providers in the country, CARCHEX has been in business for more than a decade. They’re an accredited A+ business with the Better Business Bureau and work with administrators from all over to find you the highest level of coverage for the lowest possible price.
Infinite Auto Protection offers three extended auto warranty plans. Each comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Customers like being able to take their vehicles to any dealership or certified repair shop and say Infinite Auto Protection has an efficient claims process and low deductible.
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