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Do I have to pay for my vehicle service contract in full at the time of purchase?

No. Most vehicle service contracts offer options to pay for your contract over a period of 12 to 18 months with no additional fee. Ask a service representative at your contract-providing company what types of payments plans they offer.

 

Learn About Vehicle Service Contracts

Click below to browse our Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is a vehicle service contract?
  2. How does a vehicle service contract work?
  3. Why do I need a vehicle service contract?
  4. What does a vehicle service contract cover?
  5. What is an extended warranty?
  6. A warranty came with my car when I bought it. Why do I need a vehicle service contract? Isn't my car covered by the original warranty?
  7. What happens if I sell my car? Is my vehicle service contract transferrable?
  8. Can I purchase extensions and upgrades to my vehicle service contract?
  9. What vehicle upkeep am I responsible for in order for my service contract to remain valid?
  10. Where can I take my vehicle for repairs?
  11. If I get a vehicle service contract, can I still work with my local mechanic?
  12. Do I have to pay for my vehicle service contract in full at the time of purchase?
  13. What if I want to cancel my vehicle service contract?
  14. Can my claim amounts exceed the amount of money I paid for my vehicle service contract?
  15. How are vehicle service contract claims paid?
  16. What happens to the money I pay for my vehicle service contract?
  17. What should I look for when considering purchasing a vehicle service contract?
  18. How does a vehicle service contract deductible work?
  19. Why should I buy a vehicle service contract now? Especially if I still have a manufacturer's warranty.
  20. Are auto manufacturers involved with the creation and sale of vehicle service contracts?
  21. What's the difference between a vehicle service contract and a manufacturer's warranty?
  22. Will purchasing a vehicle service contract subject me to telemarketers and mailings from companies that may not be reputable?
  23. How does the Vehicle Protection Association (VPA) ensure that I, as a consumer, am protected from fraud, false advertising, or other exploitive practices?
  24. Does the VPA provide a list of trusted organizations and businesses?
  25. Who can I contact if I have a problem with my automotive service contract or its provider?

As a consumer, buying a vehicle service contract can give you peace of mind that you can deal with a large unexpected repair need that comes your way. The news covering an "auto warranties scam" will often overlook the core value proposition of the industry.

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