5 Ways to Choose the Right Extended Warranty Company

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5 Ways to Choose the Right Extended Warranty Company

Extended vehicle protection on both new and pre-owned vehicles is more important than ever before, with garages and dealers charging outrageous repair fees for both parts and labor. How can you be sure that you are really getting what you pay for rather than falling into an extended warranty scam? Read on for 5 tips on choosing the right extended warranty provider. (more…)

Tips to Keep Car Owners from Running Out of Gas

Tips to Keep Car Owners from Running Out of Gas

Besides being bad for your car and leaving you stuck, it can be downright embarrassing to run out of gas, (even if you have a roadside assistance plan coupled with your extended auto warranty). We’re going to give you some of the best tips for keeping your car fueled up properly as well as a few ways to eke out some extra miles if you let the tank get lower than you intended. (more…)

4 Reasons Your Car Isn’t Starting and What to Do About It

4 Reasons Your Car Isn’t Starting and What to Do About It

Whether you are in your own driveway or 100 miles from home, you’re still going to get that same sinking feeling when you turn your car key and it doesn’t start up. Of course, it may be far easier to get help if you are home rather than traveling, unless you pair your extended auto warranty with roadside assistance. But it can also be helpful to identify the problem, so here are four possible reasons your car isn’t starting. (more…)

Avoiding Massive Car Suspension System Repairs

Avoiding Massive Car Suspension System Repairs

One of the most expensive problems that you can have with your car is an issue with the suspension system. Of course, if you have an extended warranty that covers the suspension, it can give you real peace of mind. If not, here are some of the reasons you want to consider one. (more…)

An Extended Auto Warranty Can Save You on AC Repair Costs

An Extended Auto Warranty Can Save You on A/C Repair Costs

When you are shopping for an extended auto warranty, one of the big things to consider is whether the A/C system is covered. This a component of a car that is about comfort and convenience rather than whether the car can function. And you see that reflected in how much garages charge to repair the A/C system. They know you want it, and that it is always going to break down at the most inconvenient time, so you get charged a premium. (more…)

The Best and Worst Ways to Improve Fuel Economy

The Best and Worst Ways to Improve Fuel Economy

Gas is expensive, so you don’t want your car wasting it due to poor performance. However, there are some simple things you can do to improve your fuel economy. Meanwhile, other things are a waste of time and money. Here are some of the best and worst ways to improve your fuel economy. Then we will discuss how an extended auto warranty can protect your fuel delivery system. (more…)

Pros and Cons of Choosing an Independent Car Warranty Provider

Pros and Cons of Choosing an Independent Car Warranty Provider

It is important to choose the right coverage options when getting a warranty for your car. It is just as important to select the right auto warranty provider. What are some of the advantages of going with an independent provider rather than purchasing a manufacturer warranty or a service contract from the dealer? (more…)

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle

If you are considering shopping for a pre-owned vehicle instead of buying your next car new, what are the advantages and disadvantages? We’re going to outline some of the pros and cons of shopping used rather than new, and then we’ll tell you where you should look for your extended auto warranty regardless of which option you decide is best for you. (more…)

An Extended Warranty on Your Chevy for Greater Peace of Mind

An Extended Warranty on Your Chevy for Greater Peace of Mind

Chevy drivers love the craftsmanship and attention to detail in these “made in the USA” cars, trucks, and SUVs. Still, when you buy a used vehicle, there is always that doubt in the back of your mind as to whether the car will really last without giving you a lot of trouble. Here’s the solution. (more…)

What to Do When Your Car’s Manufacturer Warranty Is About to Expire

When a driver buys a car from a dealer, the vehicle typically includes a manufacturer’s warranty. The salesperson may even convince you to add on an extended warranty. But what happens when the coverage is up. You’ve probably either had or heard of a number of “Murphy’s Law” type experiences wherein a vehicle breaks down just after the coverage expires.

Here are the two things you need to do when the manufacturer’s warranty is about to expire to maintain your peace of mind. (more…)

4 Ways to Reduce the Costs Associated with Vehicle Ownership

4 Ways to Reduce the Costs Associated with Vehicle Ownership

If you are a car owner, you know that everything from auto repairs to gasoline increase the costs of being a driver exponentially. We’re going to give you 4 tips for cutting your road costs. This will help you minimize how much it costs you to maintain your independence and get around town. (more…)

The Effect of Traffic Jams on a Car

The Effect of Traffic Jams on a Car

Traffic jams are a common issue all across the US. In fact, one report showed that commuters lose 42 hours of their life each year sitting in traffic (and if you ask a commuter who lives in a major city, he or she will probably tell you that figure seems low).

But drivers are giving up more than just shy of two days of life each while sitting in traffic. It can also take a toll on your vehicle. Why is traffic hard on a car? What are the US cities with the worst traffic? How can you protect yourself? (more…)

3 Myths About Extended Warranty Services

3 Myths About Extended Warranty Services

The extended warranty services industry has suffered a great deal at the hands of the truth behind the old saying, “A few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.” If you are wary of extended warranties because of a bad experience or something you’ve read online, we’d like the chance to respond to the three most common extended warranty myths.

Myth 1 – You’ll Never Use the Warranty

About half of people who buy extended warranty services end up using them. So unless you think 50/50 are good odds when it comes to thousands of dollars, this isn’t a valid reason to pass on a warranty. The fact is that some cars are far more likely to need repairs than others, so you may want to do some advance research if you are that worried about using the warranty. Remember that part of the reason for the warranty is peace of mind. You carry car insurance and health insurance even though you hope you never have to use them, right? Think of an extended warranty in a similar way.

Myth 2 – Your Coverage Will Cost More than the Repairs

First of all, labor is often over $100 per hour, and garages/dealers charge double what they pay for parts. Repair costs are skyrocketing, so you only need one major repair to have gotten a steal on your warranty. Remember too that you are also paying for the peace of mind that if your car doesn’t start one morning, you don’t have to decide between spending a few grand on repairs or using it as a down payment on something new.

Myth 3 – All Extended Warranties Are Scams

There are scammers in every industry. Most extended warranty companies are legit. But to be safe, make sure that your extended warranty provider is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau like Vehicle Service Center. We have affordable coverage options that can bring you peace of mind without breaking the piggy bank. Call 1-800-280-6708 to get your free quote today.

3 Reasons to Get an Extended Warranty on Your Lease

3 Reasons to Get an Extended Warranty on Your Lease

If you are leasing your car, you are limited in the number of miles you can drive. That means you’re not going to go beyond the manufacturer warranty. So why spend extra money on an extended warranty? Here are three important reasons to get an extended warranty on your lease.

  • Coverage for parts and repairs the factory warranty doesn’t cover – The factory warranty may cover a very limited number of repairs. An extended warranty allows you to know exactly what is covered and can easily save you money in the long run.
  • Get repairs at any licensed garage – Some factory warranties require you bring the car to the dealer. Then you get hit with all sorts of stuff that isn’t covered and the bill ends up being huge anyway. A third-party warranty lets you pick where the work is done so you can find an affordable shop that you trust for repairs and maintenance.
  • Trip interruption and roadside assistance – You can bundle your vehicle service contract with valuable extras like trip interruption insurance in case you break down in another town and need overnight accommodations. You can also get roadside assistance to protect you from a dead battery, lockouts, or running out of gas.

The Best Vehicle Service Contracts at Affordable Prices

Vehicle Service Center offers the best extended warranties at competitive rates. To get a free quote from one of our vehicle protection specialists, call us today at 1-800-280-6708, or fill out our online quote request form.

The 5 Most Common Check Engine Light Repairs and How Much They Cost

The 5 Most Common Check Engine Light Repairs and How Much They Cost

There’s nothing that gives a driver a bad feeling faster than seeing that check engine light come on. You may at first wonder how serious the problem is. Then you realize, no matter how serious or minor it is, you’re still going to be paying a lot of money out of pocket if you don’t have extended warranty coverage. Here’s a countdown of the 5 most common check engine light repairs and how much you can expect the bill to be (according to a study by CarMD).

  1. Oxygen Sensor Replacement – “Oh good, it’s only a sensor,” you think. Then you get a bill for $258.63. Between the rising cost of parts and the rising cost of labor, even simple fixes can be expensive.
  2. The Catalytic Converter – “Uh oh, that sounds expensive.” You’re right. The average repair cost was $1,190.18 in 2016.
  3. Ignition Coils and Spark Plugs – If you keep up with regular tune-ups, this shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, your average bill will be $401.22.
  4. Loose Fuel Cap – This one is more embarrassing than expensive, and it’s worth checking yourself when you see the light come on – especially if you were just at the pump. Some mechanics may feel bad for you and just charge a nominal fee for plugging your car into the computer. As a result, the average expense is a mere $16.88 plus your wounded pride.
  5. Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) – At this point, you know better than to think sensor repair will be cheap. MAF replacement is even more costly than the O2 sensor coming in at an average of $378.15.

Protect Yourself with a Vehicle Service Contract

The next time that check engine light comes on, you can play it cool and impress your passengers. After all, if you have a comprehensive service contract from Vehicle Service Center, you know what’s covered. Get a free quote from one of our vehicle protection specialists today by calling 1-800-280-6708, or request your quote using our online contact form.

2017 Study Shows Car Repair Costs Continue to Rise

2017 Study Shows Car Repair Costs Continue to Rise

Car owners may have been breathing a sigh of relief when 2014-2015 prices on auto repairs seemed to level off. However, a 2017 study by CarMD reveals that in 2016, repair costs spiked again. Let’s take a look at what you can expect next time you need to head to the dealer or local garage for repairs.

  • Parts Costs Have Increased – The average price of replacement parts for vehicles went up by 1.4% in 2016.
  • Labor Parts Increased More – The big difference, however, is in the price of labor. This increased by 4.7% in 2016. That’s a major increase when you consider the fact that many shops were already charging $100 per hour or more.
  • Engine Replacement Is the Biggest Expense – The biggest repair cost in 2016 was a full engine replacement. The total bill came to $7,600.

Your Check Engine Light – The 5 Most Common Causes

The study also shed some light on why your check engine light may have just come on. The top 5 reasons for that sensor being tripped are:

  1. Faulty Oxygen Sensor – You’ll be happy to know that 8% of the time you only need a sensor replaced. On the downside, the average bill for this quick fix is $258.63.
  2. Catalytic Converter – Unfortunately, the second most common issue at 6.75% isn’t such a quick fix.
  3. Ignition Coil and Spark Plugs – 6.23%
  4. Loose Fuel Cap – 4.16% of the time this problem could have been fixed by tightening the gas cap. Whoops!
  5. Mass Air Flow Sensor – 3.84%

Protect Yourself with an Extended Warranty

Vehicle Service Center is helping vehicle owners protect themselves against exorbitant repair bills by offering a wide array of coverage options. To learn more and get your free quote, call us today at 1-800-280-6708 or fill our online request form.

The Top 3 Extended Warranty Add-Ons (and Why You Need Them)

The Top 3 Extended Warranty Add-Ons (and Why You Need Them)

An extended warranty can give you peace of mind whether you are the original owner of the car and your manufacturer warranty is running out or you are purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. But when you shop for an extended warranty, don’t forget to price add-ons that can increase the value of your contract. Here are the top 3 extended warranty add-ons, and why you should be interested in them.

#1 Roadside Assistance

Roadside assistance can get you out of all sorts of jams. A good roadside assistance program includes features like:

  • Towing – Get your car to the shop without paying a bundle.
  • Lock-out assistance – Both sets of keys ended up locked in the car? Roadside assistance to the rescue!
  • Fuel delivery – Never make that embarrassing call to a friend or family member again.
  • Battery boost – A dead battery can happen at any time. Don’t rely on the car parked next to you being able to give you a jump start.
  • Tire assistance – Sure you can fix a flat tire, but who wants to do it on the side of the Interstate in your dress clothes?

#2 Trip-Interruption Benefits

Airlines are always trying to sell travel insurance, but what about if you are driving to your vacation destination? If you break down more than 100 miles from home, trip-interruption benefits can help cover hotel costs in whatever city you get stranded in. Now instead of being ruined, your road trip just took a little detour.

#3 Rental Reimbursements

If you are getting warranty-covered work done by the dealer, you may get a loaner car just to drive around locally. For any other long-term repair situation, you’re going to need a rental. Knowing you’re going to be reimbursed for the extra expense can remove the sting of not having your own car for a few days while the repairs are being done.

Vehicle Service Contracts and the Add-Ons You Need

For the top extended warranties and add-ons, call Vehicle Service Center today at 1-800-280-6708 and speak to one of our vehicle protection specialists. Not a phone person? Request your free quote online by submitting the contact form.

4 Auto Maintenance Services That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

4 Auto Maintenance Services That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

Auto repairs can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars if the wrong thing breaks and you don’t have extended warranty coverage. There are, however, some general maintenance services that can help your car to continue running smoothly for as long as possible. We’re going to look at four of these services and how expensive the consequences can quickly become if these normal maintenance procedures are ignored.

  1. Oil Changes – First of all, you probably don’t need an oil change as often as you have been led to believe. Although the old standard was 3 months or 3,000 miles, many car manuals now say 4 or even 5 months and between 4,000 and 7,000 miles depending on the make and model. The consequences of failing to get regular oil changes can be a full engine replacement. That would run upwards of $4,000. A massive price to pay for skipping a $30-40 oil change.
  2. Tire Rotation – Not getting the tires rotated every 7,500 miles or so (some people just get it done every other oil change), can lead to early tire wear and the need for replacement. Since a new set of tires can cost upwards of $500, you want to put it off as long as you safely can, and tire rotation extends that safe period.
  3. Timing Belt – This can be a $1,000 expense in and of itself. The good news is that most cars only need it done every 90-100,000 miles. On the other hand, failure to keep the timing belt in good shape can result in it breaking. This often does a tremendous amount of damage to the engine. You’re talking $2,500 and up easily.
  4. Brake Pads – Replacing your brake pads can cost a couple of hundred dollars, but that’s a lot cheaper than the $600 it can cost if you need to replace your rotors too. Get your brakes checked at least once a year and sooner if you hear squealing when you brake or have to push the pedal down harder than usual.

Get the Protection You Need from Massive Repair Bills

Of course, taking care of your vehicle will only get you so far. The repair bills will eventually come. When they do, you will want an extended warranty from Vehicle Service Center to offset the costs. For a free quote, call us today at 1-800-280-6708 or submit the online request form.

Why You Should Purchase a Vehicle Service Contract for Your Used Car

Why You Should Purchase a Vehicle Service Contract for Your Used Car

Vehicle service contracts are often referred to as extended warranties. These contracts provide coverage in case of a major repair, much the way a warranty does when you initially purchase a vehicle. However, while many auto manufacturers include at least some measure of a warranty on a new car, warranties for used cars need to be purchased from a third-party. Here are two reasons to find an affordable vehicle service contract if you don’t already have one on your used vehicle.

#1 The Car Is Older

Manufacturers provide warranties on new cars because they are new and less likely to break. But once a car is already past its prime is when you need that protection more than ever. A vehicle service contract can help protect you against the major repairs that are usually unnecessary during the first 60-100,000 miles of driving a vehicle, but the become more common between 100-200,000 miles.

#2 Bundled Extras Like Roadside Assistance

How is the battery on your used car? Did your pre-owned vehicle come with brand new tires? Have you ever run out of gas or locked your keys in the car? Roadside assistance is a must for drivers, and it only becomes more important if a car is older. The gas gauge may not be functioning properly, or worn tires may be ready to go flat. Don’t get stuck looking for the person who owns the car next to you in the parking lot to see if you can get a jumpstart. Roadside assistance can be bundled with your extended warranty.

Get Peace of Mind Today with Auto Warranty Protection

The pros at Vehicle Service Center can help you to get the coverage you need to enjoy peace of mind while driving your pre-owned vehicle. Contact us today at 1-800-280-6708 to get your free quote now!

5 Ways to Save Money on Auto Repairs

5 Ways to Save Money on Auto Repairs

The cost of auto repairs has reached ridiculous levels, and there’s no reason to believe your mechanic is going to drop his or her prices in 2018. So what can you do to save money on auto repairs when they spring up unexpectedly? Here are five tips to help you.

  1. Ask Questions – Never let a mechanic work on your car without having a conversation first. Read our post about 5 Things to Ask Your Mechanic to learn about some of the most important matters to discuss.
  2. Check Reviews – If the repair shop is not qualified to work on your vehicle or has a lot of bad reviews from angry customers, it’s time to find a new shop.
  3. Second Opinion – Don’t let a shady shop tell you that you need $1,000 in repair work on things that are unrelated to what you came in for. Is it possible all that other damage existed and you really need the repairs? Sure. Just don’t take one person’s word for it – especially when he or she stands to gain a lot of money from making something up.
  4. Get Estimates in Writing – Don’t let the shop repair anything until you approve it and you have a document in writing stating how much you will be charged for both parts and labor on any given service.

Protect Yourself – A vehicle service contract can protect you against covered expenses when the need for repairs suddenly arises. Vehicle Service Center offers a wide range of coverage options so you can get the extended warranty you need while staying in budget. To learn more and to have one of our vehicle protection specialists provide you with a free quote, call 1-800-2806708 today!

9 Items to Keep in Your Car When Driving in Wintertime

9 Items to Keep in Your Car When Driving in Wintertime

The winter brings with it additional driving hazards. That calls for drivers to be extra prepared for anything. Here’s a list of 9 items you should keep in the car if you are driving during the winter.

  1. Snow Shovel – You probably don’t have room for a full-size shovel in your trunk, but they do make compact shovels specifically for keeping in the car for emergencies.
  2. Ice Scraper – Even if you are only in a store for a few minutes, a quick change in weather can leave your car dusted in snow or your windshield icy. An ice scraper and snow brush combo is a must for winter driving.
  3. Jumper Cables – Winter drains batteries and having your own cables may make it easier to get a jump start in a pinch.
  4. Flashlight – You should always have a flashlight in your car regardless of the season, but winter makes it more important because it gets dark so early, so you probably spend more time on the road after dark.
  5. Spare Tire – If you get a flat that can’t be aired up, a spare tire will allow you to get to a repair shop without needing to be towed.
  6. Air Compressor – Portable air compressors are affordable and can often be used to air up a tire with a slow leak so you can make it to the shop to get a patch.
  7. First-Aid Kit – In case of an accident or injury, you can get started on caring for the wounded before the ambulance even arrives.
  8. Cat Litter – Litter absorbs moisture and can help your car to get traction on an icy road if you get stuck.
  9. Warm Blanket – If you are ever stranded and waiting for help on a cold winters day, a warm blanket will be your best friend.

Add Roadside Assistance to Your Extended Warranty

Don’t forget to add a roadside assistance plan to your extended warranty from Vehicle Service Center. Then, if you end up with a car issue this winter, you can make one phone call and then just wrap up in your blanket to wait for help to arrive. Call 1-800-280-6708 today to speak to one of our vehicle protection specialists and get a free quote.

3 Advantages of Purchasing an Extended Warranty (Service Contract) for Your Car

3 Advantages of Purchasing an Extended Warranty (Service Contract) for Your Car

Whether the manufacturer warranty is running out on your new vehicle or you are purchasing a used vehicle, why does it make sense to purchase an extended warranty (also known as a vehicle service contract)? We’re going to give you three good reasons to think about a service contract for your new or used car.

#1 What Happens When Your Manufacturer Warranty Runs Out?

We’ve all heard of Murphy’s Law. One of the perfect applications of that saying occurs when things start to go wrong on a vehicle right after the warranty is up. It’s almost as though the car knows and is punishing us for not getting a longer warranty. An extended warranty fixes the problem by picking up where the manufacturer warranty leaves off.

#2 You Can Bundle Your Extended Warranty with Additional Features Such as Roadside Assistance

Not only are you covered if you need major repairs done on your vehicle, but you can also have someone come jumpstart the car if you left the lights on while at the grocery store. Other features may include gas delivery if you run out on the road or assistance if you lock yourself out of the car. Plus, some extended warranties can even be bundled with trip interruption insurance in case your car breaks down more than 100 miles from home.

#3 You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Peace of Mind

Whether you get stuck home or away and whether the repairs are major or minor, you know that you have a vehicle service contract in place and roadside assistance to get you out of a tight spot. In a world where peace of mind is so hard to come by, you shouldn’t have to worry about your vehicle too.

Let Vehicle Service Center Help Give You Peace of Mind

To find the perfect extended warranty for your car, talk to one of our vehicle protection specialists today by calling 1-800-280-6708. You can also request your free quote online by using our contact form.

4 Car Repairs That Are Often Overpriced

4 Car Repairs That Are Often Overpriced

If you need to get some work done on your car, even if it is considered normal maintenance, you don’t want to end up paying more than the service is actually worth. We’re going to take a look at four car repairs that are frequently overpriced so that you know to shop around.

  1. Oil Changes – Repair shops get a ton of money out of drivers by having you come in every three months or 3,000 miles. However, your owner’s manual may reveal that only need an oil change every 7,500 miles or so.
  2. Braking System – Most of the time, you only need brake pads, and your mechanic does the job in under half an hour. You pay for an hour of labor and double the price of the pads. Try to find a mechanic who will let you buy your own pads.
  3. Tune-Up – Never go into the shop and just ask your mechanic for a tune-up. You’re basically giving them carte blanche to do repairs on your car, and that can add up to $1,000 or more quickly. Instead, have the vehicle evaluated and get an estimate on what actually needs to be done.
  4. Fluid Top-Offs – If your mechanic tops-off the fluids in your car for free, that’s great! If not, beware that you are probably paying way too much for the little bit of fluid that gest poured into your car.

Protect Yourself with an Extended Warranty from Vehicle Service Center

At Vehicle Service Center, we offer service contracts to meet any driver’s needs or budget. To talk to one of our vehicle protection specialists, call us today at 1-800-280-6708 or request your free quote online.

4 Things to Check on Your Vehicle Before Winter Strikes

4 Things to Check on Your Vehicle Before Winter Strikes

It’s that time of the year again, and your car needs you more than ever. The winter can be particularly rough on vehicles, so we’ve compiled this quick checklist to help you get ready for the coldest months of the year.

  1. Get your battery checked – One of the biggest problems people run into during winter is a dead battery. If you get yours checked and it is borderline, you may be better off replacing it a little early than having to worry about it when you get stuck somewhere.
  2. Buy a portable air compressor – Your tires will drop about a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature dips. So some mornings you make wake up to find that all of your tires are 5-10 pounds low. Rather than driving on low tires to the gas station, a compressor will allow you to air up the tires at home.
  3. Check your wiper blades – Most wiper blades are really only meant to last a year. And that lifespan can quickly be shortened if you try to turn the wipers on before you defrost the windshield. Change old wiper blades and always turn them off before shutting your car, so they don’t kick on automatically when you start your car on an icy morning.
  4. Replace or clean lights – Any head or tail lights that are out on the car need to be replaced. Also, you will want to consider cleaning the headlights if they have grown cloudy, which happens over time. It is dark during the evening commute in the winter, so clean and working headlights are most important during this season.

Add Roadside Assistance to Your Service Contract

Another thing you can do to prepare for winter is to add roadside assistance to your service contract. Vehicle Service Center offers coverage options that can protect you from a dead battery, a flat tire, or many other hazards you may run into in winter. Request your free warranty quote online, or call us today at 1-800-280-6708.

Three Reasons to Purchase an Extended Car Warranty When Yours Runs Out

Three Reasons to Purchase an Extended Car Warranty When Yours Runs Out

A vehicle is a huge investment. That means you don’t automatically toss it away and get a new one just because the manufacturer warranty is up. Unfortunately, that’s usually right around the time when things start to go horribly awry. How can you protect your investment? Here are three reasons to purchase an extended warranty or service contract for your car.

  1. Murphy’s Law – Murphy’s Law states that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. If you’ve ever kept a car past its warranty, you probably know how a saying like this came about. It’s almost like the car knows you aren’t covered anymore, and it seems like parts start to break immediately after the coverage expires.
  2. Peace of Mind – Stress and worry seem to be constant elements of modern life. An extended warranty is a simple way to get rid of one of those stressors because you know that if something goes wrong with your car, it is covered and won’t cost you a bundle.
  3. You Love Your Car – With some older cars, you may as well just use the money to make a down payment on something new rather than repair it when something big goes wrong. If you love your car and don’t want to have to think about giving it up, a service contract is a great way to protect it against repairs that would be too expensive to be cost-effective on an older vehicle.

The Best Extended Warranty and Service Contract Options

For the best extended warranty and service contract options, call 1-800-280-6708 and talk to the vehicle protection specialists at Vehicle Service Center today. You can also request your free quote online by submitting the contact form.

5 Mistakes that Can Lead to Major Repair Bills

5 Mistakes that Can Lead to Major Repair Bills

One of the biggest costs a car owner can have is a major repair bill. Some of those repairs, however, are avoidable. We’re going to look at 5 mistakes drivers make that lead to expensive repairs so that you can protect your vehicle and your wallet.

#1 Not Maintaining the Car

Getting an oil change on schedule may seem like a little thing, but this and other maintenance operations add up. If you don’t keep up with your car’s regular maintenance, you really can’t be surprised when major repairs follow.

#2 Poor Communication

Good communication with your auto mechanic can save you a bundle. You need to let the mechanic know what you hear, see, and even smell that lets you know something is wrong with the car. You should also provide any recent repair history if you got some work done at a different location prior to coming to the garage you are presently at.

#3 Diagnosing the Problem Yourself

If you are a mechanic and will be doing the work yourself, this is fine. If you are bringing your car in for work, let the repair person diagnose the issue and fix it. If you say that a belt is bad and should be replaced, you can’t complain later if the tech does exactly what you said but it doesn’t fix the problem.

#4 Ignoring Issues

Car issues don’t get better on their own. If something is wrong with your car, it is only going to grow worse with time, so don’t wait to get the repairs done. If a warning light appears on the dashboard, have it checked out as soon as possible.

#5 Not Shopping Around

If your car is drivable, you can take it to several different shops to see which experienced mechanic charges the best rate Don’t sacrifice work-quality for price but don’t pay extra just because you didn’t shop around.

A Vehicle Service Contract Can Reduce Repair Bills

Having the right service contract on your vehicle can shrink major repair bills to a manageable size. To get an extended warranty on your new or used vehicle, call Vehicle Service Center today at 1-800-280-6708.

The 3 Types of People Who Need Roadside Assistance the Most

The 3 Types of People Who Need Roadside Assistance the Most

Roadside assistance can be a real lifesaver, but it is also an added expense if you never use it. With that in mind, we’re going to address who will get the most benefit from a roadside assistance plan.

#1 The Absent-Minded Professor

If any of the following sounds like you, then roadside assistance is probably a great idea:

  • You have trouble keeping track of your keys
  • You’re unlikely to notice a light on your dashboard for hours
  • You never remember to get your car serviced on time

Since roadside assistance can help with everything from locking your keys in the car and running out of gas to a dead battery because the lights we left on or a flat tire, you may want to invest in a roadside assistance package. Don’t feel bad though because these things happen to all of us from time to time.

#2 People with Stressful, Busy Lives

You don’t have time to deal with being stuck in a parking lot or on the side of the road. Plus, you’re always dressed up, so even if you know how to change a tire, you’re not wearing the proper attire to do so. Roadside assistance can remove the added stress of having to deal with car issues by giving you a simple number to call to make everything better.

#3 Anyone Who Doesn’t Already Have It

Let’s face it – car trouble can happen to anyone. Whether it is a dead battery or a flat tire, you never know when or where you may need assistance. Having a roadside assistance plan is just a part of driving a car unless you are a mechanic and you keep your tools in the trunk (and even that won’t help if you lock your keys in the car or run out of gas).

Roadside Assistance Packages, Service Contracts, and More!

Take the stress and hassle out of owning a car by calling Vehicle Service Center today. Our vehicle protection specialists will help you to customize an extended warranty with all of the services you need most. To get your free quote, call 1-800-280-6708 now!

5 Things to Help You Avoid an Accident and the Repair Bill

5 Things to Help You Avoid an Accident and the Repair Bill

One of the most expensive causes of a vehicle repair bill is a car accident. Even if you have collision insurance, you still likely have a deductible that has to come out of pocket for the repairs. Plus, an accident can often mean higher insurance premiums. Here are a few tips to help you avoid getting into an accident in the first place.

  1. Follow Traffic Laws – While some may seem overly restrictive, traffic laws are in place for our protection. Since most accidents occur while a person is speeding, obeying the speed limit is particularly important.
  2. Maintain Your Vehicle – If you hit the brakes and nothing happens, an accident is almost certain to ensue. Keeping brakes, tires, and other vital components of the car in proper working order is a must. Even headlights, brake lights, and signal lights help to prevent accidents.
  3. Never Drive Under the Influence – We get regular reminders never to drink and drive but remember that being under the influence of certain medications can be just as dangerous (and illegal).
  4. Don’t Text and Drive – Regardless of your state’s smartphone use laws, avoid texting and other distracting behaviors while driving.
  5. Set Your GPS While Parked – Start your GPS before you leave if you are driving alone. If you have a passenger with you, he or she should be handling the GPS while you drive.

Vehicles Break Down Enough Without Accidents

Even without an accident, your car is likely to need repairs now and then. That’s why we encourage you to protect yourself with an extended warranty. The right service contract can help ensure that your vehicle doesn’t cost you a fortune when turning the key doesn’t bring it to life. To get a free quote from one of our vehicle protection specialists, call Vehicle Service Center today at 1-800-280-6708.

3 Reasons to Get Trip Interruption Benefits Before You Travel This Holiday Season

3 Reasons to Get Trip Interruption Benefits Before You Travel This Holiday Season

We’re mere weeks away from Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the true kickoff of the holiday season. If you are going to be traveling, especially if you plan to drive for your vacation or to visit friends and family, here are three reasons to add trip interruption benefits to your service contract:

  1. Hotel Costs Are at an All-Time High. Every year the cost of hotel rooms goes up. If you get stuck during your travels and need to spend the night in an unfamiliar area while your car is repaired, you want trip interruption benefits to help cover the costs of accommodations.
  2. Car Rental Rates Are Skyrocketing. Sometimes spending the night while waiting for your car to be repaired is not an option. You either have to rent a vehicle or miss the holiday celebration. Since car rentals can easily cost $45 day just for an economy car (and you probably need something with a little more room for bags if you are traveling), rental reimbursement is another important addition to your car’s service contract.
  3. Auto Repairs Can Cost a Small Fortune. You don’t want to spend your entire holiday worrying about how big the bill is going to be when you go back to pick up your car from the shop. That means having the right service contract so that when you get work done you know won’t be footing the entire bill yourself.

 

Protect Yourself and Your Wallet During the Holiday Season

If you’re going to break the bank this holiday season, it should be on getting gifts for loved ones and having a great time with friends and family. Emergency car stuff should be covered under a service contract so that you have peace of mind. To get a quote on an extended warranty and add-ons like trip interruption insurance and car rental reimbursement, give our vehicle protection specialists a call at 1-800-280-6708.

4 Ways to Keep from Getting Slammed with a Huge Car Repair Bill

4 Ways to Keep from Getting Slammed with a Huge Car Repair Bill

Auto repair costs are constantly on the rise. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this list of 4 smart things you can do to keep from getting taken for a ride by a mechanic.

  1. Get the Used Parts Back – If you ask the mechanic to give you the used parts, you can confirm that the parts were bad and needed to be replaced. You also know that the part was really changed out and that the invoice isn’t just being padded.
  2. See Two Mechanics – If something sounds funny, especially the estimated repair cost, be sure to seek a second opinion before letting anyone work on your vehicle. Sometimes you may get pressure to take care of something now when it’s not only not an emergency but not even really necessary.
  3. Cut a Deal – Negotiate with the shop to get the best deal possible, especially if you feel like the final bill doesn’t accurately represent the estimate or any additional services that you may have verbally added on later. You may be able to get a discount on the labor.
  4. Have a Service Contract – Many of the largest expenses you face as a car owner may be covered if you just have the right service contract on your vehicle.

Assistance in Acquiring the Service Contract that Meets Your Auto Repair Needs

The best thing to do is to get a service contract on your vehicle before you find yourself staring at a repair invoice with your mouth hanging open due to the exorbitant price. To talk to a vehicle protection specialist and get a free quote, call Vehicle Service Center today at 1-800-280-6708.

3 Service Contract Add-Ons You Want to Have

3 Service Contract Add-Ons You Want to Have

When it comes to buying a service contract from a third-party warranty service like Vehicle Service Center, you want to be sure that you are getting the most benefit for your dollar. Our vehicle protection specialists are the best at helping clients to determine which add-ons they will get the most benefit from. Let’s look at three of these add-ons now.

#1 Roadside Assistance

Getting stuck on the side of the road can be a nightmare without some type of roadside assistance. What are some of the things that roadside assistance can help you with? Here are some of the most popular features:

  • Towing
  • Lock-out assistance
  • Battery boost/jump assistance
  • Tire assistance
  • Fuel delivery

#2 Trip Interruption Benefits

What’s worse than breaking down on the side of the road? Breaking down on the side of the road when you’re a hundred miles or more away from home. That’s what trip interruption benefits are for. If you get stranded overnight due to a breakdown, you may be eligible to have some of your expenses reimbursed, besides the repairs that are covered by your service contract.

#3 Rental Reimbursements

You can’t be stuck without a car. How will you get to work or even the grocery store? That’s why rental reimbursement exists. If you have to go without your car for a few days while repairs are being done, you can stay mobile without having to spend a fortune.

Call One of Our Vehicle Protection Specialists Today

We offer free quotes on our service contracts and add-ons, so you know exactly what you are getting and how much it will cost before you commit to anything. To learn more, call Vehicle Service Center today at 1-800-280-6708, or you can request your free quote online.

4 Helpful Hints that Can Save You a Major Repair Bill

4 Helpful Hints that Can Save You a Major Repair Bill

Auto repairs can be a major expense, but there are definitely a few things you can do to reduce the risk of getting a huge invoice from a mechanic. Here are 4 tips to help you reduce the likelihood of a major repair bill in your future.

#1 Drive Safely

Many of the largest auto repair bills come when a person is in a motor vehicle accident. Driving in a safe manner can reduce the likelihood of a crash. Unfortunately, you can’t account for how everyone else on the road will be driving, so occasional accidents happen even for safe drivers.

#2 Perform Regular Auto Maintenance

Everything from getting oil changes done on the correct schedule to keeping your tires at the proper pressure will help keep your engine, suspension system, and other more expensive car systems in working order for as long as possible. Your owner’s manual should tell you how frequently certain maintenance procedures are to be performed.

#3 Don’t Ignore Warning Signs

Whether it is a light on your dashboard or an odd sound coming from under the hood, most car problems only get worse if you ignore them. If there seems to be something wrong with your vehicle, the best thing to do is to find a garage you trust to check it out before a quick fix turns into a major repair job.

#4 Get a Service Contract

The right service contract can save you a bundle when you have an issue that may have normally costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. To discuss which coverage options are the best for you and to get a free quote today, call 1-800-280-6708 and speak with one of our vehicle protection specialists.

The Top 5 Reasons People Require a Towing Service

The Top 5 Reasons People Require a Towing Service

Getting stuck on the road can be a miserable experience. Towing costs are often expensive, and that’s just the start of the expense if repairs are necessary. We’re going to take a look at the five most common reasons a person would be in need of a tow truck and then we will discuss how to protect yourself from these expenses.

  1. Car accidents – Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you drive, another driver may be negligent and cause an accident. As a result, you may find your car is no longer drivable without servicing. The tow truck will bring your car to the body shop where you want to have the work done.
  2. Overheating – When a car’s engine gets too hot, it could quickly cause major damage. That means shutting down the engine and having it towed to a place where it can be fixed. Driving those few miles to the shop may be enough to do serious engine damage, so it is better not to take a chance.
  3. Dead battery – Fortunately, the towing service doesn’t usually have to bring your car anywhere for this one. A simple jumpstart often does the trick. But if the battery is dead because of an electrical problem in the car such as a bad alternator, you may need to get some work done at a shop before charging or replacing the battery will help.
  4. Flat tire – If you have a spare, the tow truck driver will likely just help you replace the tire so you can drive yourself to a tire shop. If you don’t have a spare, your car will have to be towed to the shop.
  5. Out of gas – Rather than towing your car to a gas station, the tow truck driver is more likely to pick up gas and bring it to you. That is usually the faster and less expensive option.

Towing Coverage and Service Contracts

Vehicle Service Center offers towing and other roadside assistance options that you can pair with your vehicle’s service contract. To learn more and to get a free quote, call 1-800-280-6708 today.

4 Things to Consider When Getting a Service Contract for a Used Vehicle

4 Things to Consider When Getting a Service Contract for a Used Vehicle

Many people have been misled into thinking that all extended auto warranties are scams. The problem that most people face is not doing their homework to purchase the right service contract. For example, what kind of warranty do you need if you buy a pre-owned vehicle? Here are 5 things to consider.

  1. Don’t expect your service contract to cover everything.Exclusion contracts are the easiest to understand. Everything is covered, except what is specifically excluded. For the average service contract, you will want to get a list of covered items, since you will not be compensated for anything else.
  2. Did you buy a make or model with a history of breakdowns? – Some models just have more problems, even if the manufacturer is usually reliable. Doing a little research can let you know what the most likely issues are with your vehicle. Then you can get a plan that covers those things in particular.
  3. Can you afford car repair work? – Some vehicles have more expensive parts than others. Regardless, labor is usually between $85 and $120 per hour for auto work. If you can afford minor repairs here and there, you don’t need your coverage to be as comprehensive.
  4. Is the service contract provider reliable? – Read online reviews to make sure you are working with a reputable company. Every company will have a disgruntled customer here or there, but if the norm is one-star reviews, then you should take your business elsewhere.

Finding the Right Service Contract at the Right Price

Vehicle Service Center is dedicated to helping consumers find the right extended warranty services at an affordable rate. This can give you peace of mind when you drive off the lot in your pre-owned vehicle. To learn more and get your free quote, call 1-800-280-6708 today.

Avoiding Warranty Scams When Getting Your Coverage

Unfortunately, a very small percentage of third-party warranty companies have given the industry a bad name. You know the ones we’re talking about. They give you the hard sell to buy way more coverage than you need and then when you actually have a claim, the company is nowhere to be found, or they come up with terrible excuses for not paying. We’re going to provide you with a few helpful tips to help you avoid scams and get your coverage through a legitimate third-party warranty provider.

Warning Signs When Purchasing a Warranty

Here are 5 things to be wary of when purchasing a warranty:

  1. The hard sell – A caller telling you that a special deal is only available during this call may just be the sales rep trying to hit a quota, but it could also be a warning sign of something shady. A warranty provider should have no problem with you wanting time to check out the company website and read reviews before making a final decision.
  2. No guarantee – Reputable companies should have a money back guarantee. If you get buyer’s remorse during the first 30 days, you should be entitled to a refund.
  3. Robot dialers – If you get a phone call from a robot instead of a human, that’s a bad sign. The fact is that a scam artist may have trouble finding humans willing to try and rip-off their fellow man. As a result, robot dialers are often used.
  4. Claim to be your manufacturer warranty – Your manufacturer warranty company isn’t going to call you to extend your warranty when the one you got with the car runs out. If the company won’t tell you they are a third-party service, you should be on guard.
  5. Lots of fine print – That fine print may be the company’s way of talking you out of getting your claim paid. If you can’t understand the fine print yourself, have someone help you go over it before signing anything.

Real Third-Party Extended Warranty Services for Every Budget

At Vehicle Service Center, we are proud to offer legitimate third-party warranty services to meet any budget. Our extended protection plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee to add to your peace of mind. And your quote is always free. To learn more, just call 1-800-280-6708, and get the coverage you need for your vehicle today.

Extended Warranty Benefits – Understanding Deductibles

Anyone who has ever dealt with an insurance company understands how a deductible works. This is the amount of money that you have to pay out of pocket as the policyholder. The insurer then covers the rest of the expenses. Extended warranties sometimes work in the same way. You may have a deductible that will dictate how much of the auto repairs you have to cover out of pocket before the warranty company covers the rest. Here’s what you need to know about extended warranty deductibles.

Types of Repair Deductibles

There are two main types of repair deductibles. You either pay the deductible for each repair or for each visit. For the sake of illustration, let’s say that your warranty has a $100 deductible. If that deductible is per visit, then no matter how many covered items need to be fixed on the vehicle, as long as you get them all worked on in the same visit, you pay $100, and the rest is covered. However, if your deductible is per repair and you are getting the transmission, A/C, and drive axle worked on, your cost would be $300 because you would have to reach the deductible on each of the 3 repairs even though they are being taken care of during the same visit to the shop.

What Is the Deductible Based On?

With a manufacturer warranty, there is usually no deductible, so what is the deductible based on when it comes to an extended warranty. There are several factors. First of all, whether the car is new or used will make a big difference. The make and model of the vehicle are also taken into consideration.

Finally, your budget is considered. To make the service contract more affordable, someone with a smaller budget may have to choose a larger deductible to be able to afford the extended warranty. Remember that not all warranties have a deductible, but some do. You definitely want to discuss this with the agent selling the warranty to you.

The Right Coverage Options to Meet Your Needs and Budget

Vehicle Service Center is pleased to be able to offer the best coverage options to our clients. Our customer service representatives can help you to determine what plan will meet your needs and fit your budget. To get your free quote, just call 1-800-280-6708.

Reasons You Want Your Car’s A/C Unit Covered by an Extended Warranty

We’ve all had it happen, and it’s always at the worst possible time. You get in your car on a blistering summer day with temps creeping toward 100 degrees. You flip on the car’s air conditioning and get a blast of hot air. You expect it to turn cold any second, but it never happens. Now you’re driving around with the windows down, sweating through your clothes on the way to work or the store. You don’t even want to think about how much the repairs would cost, but you don’t want driving to be miserable all summer long either. What do you do?

If your car’s A/C unit is cover by an extended warranty, all of those concerns instantly melt away! But what if you don’t have coverage? Consider the following stats about car A/C repair costs.

How Much Will It Cost to Fix My Car’s Air Conditioning?

Car air conditioning systems are complicated, and the problem can be anywhere in the unit. As a result, there’s no way to guess what repairs will cost until you see a mechanic. The price range of the repair bill can vary wildly from $150-$200 for a lead to as much as $2,000 for major repairs due to compressor failure or system contamination.

The main problem is that A/C issues often happen on older vehicles. If your car is only worth $2,000-$4,000, do you really want to spend $2,000 to repair the A/C? For many people, that kind of repair bill means making do without air conditioning. While that may only mean a few months of discomfort in some northern areas, in southern states, it can make driving a terrible experience most of the year.

Purchasing the Right Extended Warranty Gives Peace of Mind

If you purchase the right extended warranty that meets the needs of your vehicle and your budget, you can have real peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to deal with repair bills that cost more than your vehicle may be worth. Vehicle Service Center provides high-quality service plans that meet every sort of budget. Just request a free quote online or call 1-800-280-6708 to get started today.

 

The Facts About Transmission Warranties, Repair Costs, and Longevity

Even a basic warranty package should cover transmission repair. Why is this so important? How much does it cost to repair the average transmission? How long should your transmission last? Read on to learn the facts about transmissions.

How Long Does a Transmission Last?

According to one transmission remanufacturer, even when a transmission receives the minimal care it should last 100,000 miles. There are a few factors that can affect this figure:

  • Manufacturer Defect – If a defect exists in the transmission, it may last significantly less time.
  • Proper Care – Minimal care of a transmission includes things such as transmission servicing, fluid flushing, and the like. The number of miles between services depends on the manufacturer and should be included in your car’s manual.
  • Pre-Owned Vehicles – When you buy a pre-owned vehicle, you may not know how well the previous owner cared for the transmission. You may not even know if the transmission in the vehicle is the original or if it has been rebuilt. This can make the life of the transmission difficult to estimate.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace a Transmission?

The cost of transmission repair depends on many factors. If you have a manual transmission and you just have to do basic repairs to the clutch or solenoid, the price range could be as little as $500 to $1,500. However, if the entire transmission needs to be replaced, average costs range from $1,800 to $3,500. What accounts for such a wide range?

A transmission replacement costs between $2,500 and $3,500. Some may opt to save a little money by going with a rebuilt transmission. This can reduce costs to $1,500 to $2,500. While the primary advantage is about $1,000 in savings, there are also disadvantages to a rebuilt transmission.

 

Avoiding the Headache of Transmission Repair Costs

Rather than guessing how long your transmission will last and potentially ending up with a huge repair bill, protect yourself in advance with a warranty that covers your engine, transmission, drive axle, and differential assembly. Vehicle Service Center will be happy to help you select the extended warranty that meets your needs and budget. Call 1-800-280-6708 for a free quote.

Roadside Assistance Plan

4 Reasons to Have a Roadside Assistance Plan

Roadside assistance is such an important factor in car ownership that some manufacturers now include it in a package when someone buys a new car. Unfortunately, there usually is no such deal for a pre-owned vehicle, or you may have purchased your car new but are now beyond the time or mileage of your roadside plan. Here are a few reasons to purchase roadside assistance if you don’t already have it.

#1: When You’re on “E” and There’s No Gas Station in Sight

The worst feeling is when you see the light come on to warn you that gas is low but you know you can’t make it to a gas station from where you are, or even worse, you never see the light come on and run out by surprise. If you’ve had this happen, you’re far from alone. Recent reports indicate that incidents of running out of gas are up by 18%. If you ever get caught without enough fuel to roll up to the pump, you’ll be happy to have roadside assistance.

#2: You Find Yourself Locked Out of Your Vehicle

Unfortunately, most towns don’t have a 24-hour locksmith available anymore. But roadside assistance should be able to get someone with the skills to help you as fast as possible. Most of us leave a spare key with someone for emergencies like this, but we never seem to lock our keys in the car when that person is available or when we are within reasonable driving distance. Especially if this occur on a long trip, roadside assistance can be invaluable.

#3: The Dreaded Flat Tire

Whether you don’t have a spare or simply don’t have the physical ability to change a tire yourself, being able to call for help from the side of the road and knowing it will be on the way can provide peace of mind. Roadside assistance can be a real lifesaver, because driving on that flat tire, even for a short distance, can end in disaster.

#4: Roadside Assistance Gives You Peace of Mind

Vehicle Service Center is your source for extended auto warranties, and we are happy to offer roadside assistance packages to boost your peace of mind even more. Not only do you know that help will be on the way if you get stuck, but you can minimize those massive repair bills through our warranty services. Get a free quote right now by calling 1-800-280-6708!

Vehicle Service Center Choosing an Extended Warranty Company

5 Ways to Choose the Right Extended Warranty Company

Extended vehicle protection on both new and pre-owned vehicles is more important than ever before, with garages and dealers charging outrageous repair fees for both parts and labor. How can you be sure that you are really getting what you pay for rather than falling into an extended warranty scam? Read on for 5 tips on choosing the right extended warranty provider.

#1: Find an Experienced Company

Look for a company that has been in business for at least several years. Scam companies close relatively quickly once claims start coming in and complaints spring up over a lack of payment. Plus, companies that have been around for a few years are established and will still be in business if you need to make a claim several years from now.

#2: You Should Be Able to Get in Touch

Look for companies that give you a phone number or a way to contact the company online. Warranty services that are tough to get in touch with when you have a question will be impossible to get in touch with when you need them to make a payment.

#3: Find Out What Is Covered

You don’t want to wait until you get a huge repair bill to find out that you had work done on a part of the vehicle that isn’t covered. Even if the company says you’re getting full coverage, you should ask for the warranty provider’s definition of full coverage.

#4: Can You Just Buy What You Need?

Don’t get roped into an expensive plan if you only need to cover catastrophic repairs. A warranty company should be able to provide a customized package that provides you exactly what you need in order to keep the warranty affordable.

#5: Discuss the Deductible

The expense of your plan may also be determined by a deductible, so don’t automatically take the cheapest planning thinking it’s the best. You may find it just means you’ll still get hit with a big chunk of the repair bill.

The Vehicle Protection Service That Meets Your Needs

Vehicle Service Center has been providing quality extended warranties for years. You can easily contact us by calling 1-800-280-6708. We’ll be happy to discuss what is covered by our full coverage plan or help you to develop a custom warranty that meets your vehicle needs and your budget. In the end, you get peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is protected and that you paid the best price. Customer satisfaction is the lifeblood of our business.