SOURCE: Continental Warranty

October 09, 2007 00:07 ET

Top Ten Tips Make Purchasing an Extended Car Warranty Easy

Continental Warranty Offers Helpful Guidelines for Purchasing a Car Warranty

LYNNWOOD, WA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - Buying an extended car warranty doesn't need to be difficult or confusing with these top ten tips from Continental Warranty, the leading provider of car warranties in the nation.

10. Review the car warranty coverage.

Drivers should go over the entire list of what is covered within the car warranty and make sure it matches their vehicle's needs before making a final decision.

9. Determine where the extended car warranty contract will be honored.

Most extended car warranties are accepted by any mechanic or licensed repair facility, which includes car dealerships. Drivers should make sure there are plenty of auto shops in their area that will honor their extended car warranty.

8. Compare car warranty prices.

Cheaper doesn't always mean better when it comes to car warranties. It may be more expensive, but a quality car warranty that covers maintenance and repair costs could end up paying for itself with just one preventative car maintenance check-up.

7. Find out what benefits are included along with the extended car warranty.

Many car warranty companies offer additional benefits along with the actual car warranty. Some of these may include roadside assistance, car rental benefits and trip interruption. Often times these are included at no additional cost to the customer.

6. How is the deductible applied?

Some people want their car warranty to handle all covered costs and are willing to have a higher premium while others are concerned with large unexpected repair costs and don't mind a smaller deductible. Drivers should take a deductible that reflects their particular needs.

5. How are claims paid?

Drivers should always check how fast and in what form the car warranty provider pays out claims.

4. When does car warranty coverage begin?

Consumers should buy a car warranty that begins when the manufacturer's warranty expires, ensuring uninterrupted coverage without paying extra for coverage they don't yet need. The car warranty company can confirm when the extended car warranty coverage begins.

3. Who provides the extended car warranty coverage?

When choosing an extended car warranty company, consumers should always pick a company that is backed by a reputable, A-rated insurance company. This will guarantee that claims will always be paid and that consumers are protected.

2. Does the car warranty provider offer a review period?

Consumers should ensure that they can cancel their car warranty if they are not satisfied with their decision within the first 30 days.

1. How will the covered vehicle be used?

When choosing an extended car warranty, the majority of the decision should be based on time, mileage and the services and components covered by the car warranty. Drivers that want to keep their vehicles for a long time while not driving them long distances should choose car warranties with lower mileage coverage and a longer time period. Drivers that will put a lot of miles on their vehicles in a short time period (such as taking a long road trip) will want a high mileage extended car warranty plan.

For more information on Continental Warranty's low priced extended car warranties call 866-706-9227 or visit www.continentalwarranty.com.

About Continental Warranty

Continental Warranty is a leading consumer-direct warranty company that offers comprehensive car warranty coverage by established and reputable insurance providers at wholesale prices. For almost 20 years, Continental Warranty has been helping consumers all across the country save money and gain peace-of-mind with affordable extended car warranties by cutting out the middleman and selling directly to the consumer. Continental Warranty provides broad coverage for most makes, models or budgets with value bonuses such as free roadside assistance, car rental and trip interruption benefits.