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Considering an Extended Car Warranty? Try These 4 Tips to Get the Best Deals

Dec 10, 2019
Michael Robinson

Are you getting stuck with car repair bills? If you have an older car, you may need an extended car warranty.

The majority of new cars today come with a manufacturer’s warranty which typically lasts for about 3 years / 36,000 miles (though some now have special deals up to 5 years / 50,000 miles). However, if you’re planning to keep your car for longer, what will you do when the manufacturer’s warranty runs out?

It doesn’t help that many expensive repairs probably won’t be needed until after your car passes the manufacturer’s warranty period…. 

Luckily, this where an extended car warranty can come to the rescue.

An extended car warranty can provide you with peace of mind knowing you’ll be covered and won’t have to pay out-of-pocket if your car suddenly breaks down and requires a high-cost repair

If you’re shopping around for an extended car warranty, try out these four techniques to help make sure you get the best deal. Don’t forget – the cheapest option upfront may not be the one that saves you the most money in the long run!

1.    Start Shopping Early 

You can get an extended car warranty at any time, even years after your original manufacturer’s warranty expires. However, the cost of coverage will generally go up as your vehicle get older, so the sooner you sign up for a coverage plan the better.

If possible, the best time to get coverage would be right before your manufacturer’s warranty expires. If you’re planning to keep your vehicle for over five years, it’s good to plan ahead. 

If you’ve already passed the expiration date of your original warranty, don’t worry. However, we do recommend you get coverage as soon as you can if you want to keep your long-term costs as low as possible.

2.    Don’t Misrepresent the Facts About your Vehicle

It might be tempting to want to tell a “white lie” and shave a few miles off your current odometer reading, or “forget” to mention any mechanical issues your car may already have – however, it’s best to as truthful as possible.

Misrepresenting mileage or car problems could cause your extended car warranty contract to be denied. Or, you could get your claims denied when you bring in your car in for its necessary repairs. 

Telling the truth is the ethical thing to do – and it’s your best option to get the best deal!

3.    Ask About Benefits and Options

As you shop around for an extended car warranty, you may get offers at many different price points. When this happened, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Different plans may cover certain items but not others. Don’t make any assumptions, make sure you’re clear on what is and isn’t included.

In addition, you may be offered benefits that make an otherwise higher offer an overall better deal.

For example, here at Circle Auto Protect, all our policies come with benefits including 24/7 Roadside Assistance, Rental Car Reimbursement, Locksmith Service, and Out of Gas Service. Also, you’ll be able to use any ASE-certified repair shop nationwide.

Be sure to factor in the savings when you’re comparing multiple extended car warranty offers.

4.    Make Sure to Pick Up the Phone

While you probably can get a quote online, before you make a decision, it’s a good idea to call and speak to someone directly.

A conversation is the best and quickest way to ask questions about your unique circumstances and easily learn about multiple possible coverage options. It’s also the best way to make sure you clearly understand the difference between any policies.

If you’d like to speak with one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives here at Circle Auto Protect, give us a call at: 833-247-2530 (833-CIRCLE0). Or, you can get the process started on our website!



Vehicles up to 140k miles are eligible for our Auto Plans.

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