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Help with extended warranties please!

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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
Hi all, newbie here who after being sucked into all the hoo-hah with the Woolworths thing today (and I only tried to buy 1, and still failed :o( unsurprisingly!) is wondering how anybody gets any work done!

Anyway, I am still looking for a good deal on a large LCD TV and having looked at the forums here and elsewhere, I think I've found a few options. The problem is I am quite tempted to buy a 5 year warranty as I will be spending nearly £1k, and would be quite gutted if there was a problem after the standard 1 or 2 year warranty expired. It seems that all of the good deals just come from places which don't sell extended warranties.

Just wondered, having tried unsuccessfully myself to find them, if anybody here knew about buying separate/standalone extended warranties and any personal experience/thoughts about them? Any help would be very much appreciated, and I hope to get some work done tomorrow to make up for doing almost none today! :oops:

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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Hi Kalamity,

Depending on where you're looking to buy your TV from, there is a good approach to the warranty issue.

If you can get a good price on the high street, and have a local John Lewis, they'll price match your local deal. JL include the 5 year warranty as standard.

Your high street price may be say £100 more than the best internet deal, but if that's the cost of the 5 year warranty effectively, you still do very well out of it.

HTH,
Steve
#2
Fantastic tip, thanks! I'll let everyone know how I get on.

Talk about what you know, not who!!!

And just got my order cancellation email from Woolies :-( not a great shock I guess, and at least they were honest about the reason, not the usual "out of stock" or whatever story.
#3
hi and welcome kalamity
i used this one got a good write up and under written by
domestic and general

http://www.warrantyex.co.uk/
#4
Domestic and General have a 10% discount on extended warranties purchased online too.
#5
Hi - quick update and request for info verification!

The best deal I've found is a 42" LCD at Pixmania (LG 42LC3R) at £880, couldn't find a 42" on the high street anywhere near this price to use the John Lewis pricematching trick :-(

I was going to get a 3 yr extended warranty (as it comes with 2 already) from Dom & Gen, at £189, but now with the info above about warrantyex, it appears (and a guy there confirmed this to me) that I can buy their 4 year policy for £199 and it will only start at the end of the manufacturers warranty period, so giving 6 years cover, even though on the warrantyex website, it does say it's a 1+4 year policy. Is this right? Is it possible to get a six-year policy? Or have I just been given duff info?

Whichever, I think I am going to go for this today, even with Pixmania's £19.80 delivery charge, the total cost only comes to £1,056 if I go for the warrantyex policy (even if I only get an additional 3 years instead of the 4 I am paying for, it's still a better policy than Dom & Gen even though underwritten by same people!), and I use the £25 Pixmania discount code and including the £17.60 Quidco cash (assuming they all work together)! Have I worked all of this out right? :-D

Sorry such a long post but I don't spend over £1k that lightly (even though I'll also get credit card cashback too ;o) and I thought others might be looking for v big TVs too. Thanks for everyone's help :p

kalamity
#6
The "normal" period is for up to 5 years, so I don't know about that. If it's covered for the first two years, why not wait until the start of the third year and pay annually? Domestic and General always contact you at the end of manufacturer's warranty to offer extended guarantees anyway.

Looks like you've already got it sorted :santa: Good luck and Thanks for the info :santa:
#7
Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way :santa:
#8
Thanks rayman :)

I looked at that, but I can buy 4 years now for £199, or only 1 year's cover for £149 then - I know it's money spent now instead of then but I dunno... :oops:

Oh well I can always toss a coin :-D
#9
kalamity
Thanks rayman :)

I looked at that, but I can buy 4 years now for £199, or only 1 year's cover for £149 then - I know it's money spent now instead of then but I dunno... :oops:

Oh well I can always toss a coin :-D


What Rayman is saying is right.You are fully covered for 2 years now.It makes no sense to shell out £199 now.Wait until just before the 2 years is over and check for online warranty services then.They have been becoming cheaper over the last few years as people become more aware of the rip-off warranty charges made by high street retailers.
You could try this website which does 3 items for a monthly premium of £10.75.Handy if you want to insure say a dishwasher and washing machine as well as the TV.http://www.warrantydirect.co.uk
#10
kalamity
Hi all, newbie here who after being sucked into all the hoo-hah with the Woolworths thing today (and I only tried to buy 1, and still failed :o( unsurprisingly!) is wondering how anybody gets any work done!

Anyway, I am still looking for a good deal on a large LCD TV and having looked at the forums here and elsewhere, I think I've found a few options. The problem is I am quite tempted to buy a 5 year warranty as I will be spending nearly £1k, and would be quite gutted if there was a problem after the standard 1 or 2 year warranty expired. It seems that all of the good deals just come from places which don't sell extended warranties.

Just wondered, having tried unsuccessfully myself to find them, if anybody here knew about buying separate/standalone extended warranties and any personal experience/thoughts about them? Any help would be very much appreciated, and I hope to get some work done tomorrow to make up for doing almost none today! :oops:

kalamity


John Lewis is the way to go, they will match almost any physical shop (not online only ) price and give you a 5 year warranty on top, (worth hundreds of pounds on a large LCD or plasma set)
#11
I wouldnt bother with a warranty if it comes with a 2 year warranty already.

Extended warranties are not normally worth the money, if you have to pay more that is. In 5 years time, the TV you purchased will probably be alot cheaper than it is now anyway, almost to the same price of a 5 year warranty i imagine.

Only time extended warranties are worth having is when you get them free, ie from John Lewis... Also some credit cards offer free extended warranties on electrical goods if you purchase it on your card, only normally a year extra though.
20% of the cost of your tele on a warranty is a lot of money if you pay £200 quid for it.

Extended warranties also normally come with a lot of exclusions about what is actually covered.
#12
John Lewis will price match Empire Direct (as ED now have shops). I managed to save £400 off the price of my Sony 40" LCD and get the 5 year cover included.

There's also a lot of discussion about price matching over at avforums.com (that's where I found out about the JL/ED price match).

Good luck :santa:

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