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Used car owners risk costly repairs

Used car owners risk costly repairs 

According to a recent WhatCar? poll, 57% of used car owners surveyed have not invested in an extended car warranty for their vehicle which means that they are in danger of facing spiralling repair bills.

The article revealed that only a third of motorists with a car warranty in place had actually researched the market to find the right policy for their needs, with the remaining two thirds being in danger of finding that a costly failure on their car isn’t covered by the car warranty policy.

WhatCar? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The average cost of a visit to the garage for used car owners is approximately £350, which is similar to the cost of an extended car warranty. That’s why we’d urge everyone to get a car warranty included in any used car deal, to future-proof themselves against any nasty surprises.”

But WhatCar? are encouraging buyers to thoroughly research the market before taking out car warranty cover as not all companies offer the same level of protection. Chas added: “The onus is very much on the buyer to study the policy small print before purchasing a car warranty. In general, extended car warranties can save the motorist a lot of money if the car has a problem, but only if the right warranty has been selected.”

We say:

There are a lot of inferior warranty products on the market, so it is important that buyers do have the best level of cover available. Car repairs can be extremely stressful, which is why as part of the ‘Safe and Sound’ free motoring package, our dealers will automatically include one of two exceptional car warranties, to ensure that you leave the showroom with the very best protection available on the market for your new car’s age and mileage.

If your vehicle has not exceeded 6 years or 60,000 miles at the policy start date then you will be issued a minimum six months of the Safe and Sound ‘Ultimate’ car warranty which covers the failure of all mechanical and electrical components, even including wear & tear. Items covered include the engine, gearbox (automatic and manual), timing belts, turbo, drive system, brakes, steering, cooling system, propshaft, fuel system, suspension, wheel bearings, clutch, electrics, casings and much more.

If your vehicle has exceeded these parameters at the policy start date, don’t worry – you will still be issued with a minimum six months of the Five Star car warranty plan which covers all of the above items against mechanical breakdown or electrical failure, but minus the wear & tear cover. You can read both policy documents by clicking here.

Many of our car dealers are even offering up to 50% extra Safe and Sound car warranty cover free of charge when you purchase a longer term – simply ask your dealer for more information or click here to find your nearest Safe and Sound Dealership.

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