The High Cost of Common Auto Repairs

The High Cost of Common Auto Repairs

The High Cost of Common Auto Repairs

A car that won’t run properly is not just a hassle, it can also be a major expense, especially if you don’t have an extended warranty to protect your vehicle. What are some of the most common repairs, and how much do they cost? We’re going to answer these questions and show you how to protect yourself from a huge repair bill. (more…)

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. (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…)

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…)

Tips to Keep Drivers from Running Out of Gas

Tips to Keep Drivers from Running Out of Gas

Not only is it bad for your car to run out of gas but it can also leave you stranded for quite a while and feeling embarrassed. Even if you make the smart choice and pair roadside assistance with your extended auto warranty, you still want to avoid running out of fuel if at all possible. Here are a few helpful reminders to assist you. (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…)

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…)

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 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.

“Why Doesn’t My Warranty Cover Maintenance Work?”

The question many people find themselves asking after they get an extended warranty is, “Why doesn’t my warranty cover maintenance?” The fact is that most warranties do not cover normal work that needs to be done on a vehicle such as oil changes, replacing worn tires, or replacing a timing belt. Why are these services not usually covered? Is it still worth it to get a warranty? Are there options that do cover maintenance? Read on to learn more.

The Reason Maintenance Isn’t Covered

First of all, many people take extended service contracts with a deductible to save money. An oil change costs about $30-50 depending on where you go and what service you get. So the fact is that you would never hit your deductible anyway. Things like tires come with their own warranty. The shop that puts them on may offer a road hazard replacement package. As a result, tires are usually covered for their normal life cycle anyway. Things like a timing belt are not usually even bad or worn out when changed. This is simply done to prevent the damage that a snapped belt can cause, so the manufacturer sets a number of miles to make the change at.

Is It Still Worth Getting a Warranty?

Yes, even if maintenance is not covered, it’s worth it. Why do people still get healthcare despite deductibles and copayments? Because if an emergency occurs, it can save thousands of dollars. The same is true with an auto service contract. A $2,000 suspension problem or transmission problem can be a nightmare if a person doesn’t have coverage.

Can I Get My Maintenance Covered?

Yes! Some contracts cover everything from maintenance to roadside assistance. Speak to one of the vehicle protection specialists at Vehicle Service Center to learn more about plan options, and discover the plan that will meet your needs. You even get a free quote by calling 1-800-280-6708.

A Warranty Can Save You from Huge Front and Rear Suspension Costs

Suspension problems are one of the more common and expensive issues that car arise in motor vehicle use. How do suspension issues occur? What are the most common problems? How much will the repairs cost? How can you protect yourself from this expense? We’ll tell you here.

How Do Suspension Issues Occur?

While in rare cases a suspension issue may be due to a manufacturer defect, it is far more common for these problems to arise from wear and tear on a vehicle. Potholes are one of the major causes of such damage. AAA reported that potholes result in about $3 billion in repairs in the US each year. To limit the damage, it is vital to try and avoid potholes, keep tires properly inflated, and to slow down as much as possible if a pothole cannot be avoided.

What Are the Most Common Suspension Problems?

The suspension system of a vehicle is complicated. With so much that can go wrong, you may wonder what the most common repairs are. Here are 5:

  • Alignment
  • Shocks
  • Springs
  • Ball joints
  • Control arms

How Much Do Suspension Repairs Cost?

In part, this depends on what is wrong. The repairs, however, are unlikely to be cheap. According to one report, replacing ball joints can cost anywhere from $350 to $2,200. Stocks were estimated at $200 to $1,500, although they can cost much more on a luxury car. Replacing the entire suspension system can cost up to $5,000.

How Can You Protect Yourself from Suspension Repair Costs?

To ensure you don’t get stuck with a massive repair bill, be sure that your suspension system is under warranty. To assist you in this regard, Vehicle Service Center offers coverage options that can save you a bundle. To learn more, get a free quote from one of our vehicle protection specialists 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.