What is a vehicle service contract?
Vehicle service contracts are designed to protect consumers against unexpected, costly repairs to their vehicle.
A vehicle service contract can be purchased by a consumer to cover the costs associated with vehicle repair, including parts, labor, and/or sales tax, for certain repairs or replacements that may be required after a manufacturer's warranty expires. Different contracts have different coverage levels. A given individual's coverage for any given repair is based on the terms and conditions of his or her vehicle service agreement.
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- What is a vehicle service contract?
- How does a vehicle service contract work?
- Why do I need a vehicle service contract?
- What does a vehicle service contract cover?
- What is an extended warranty?
- 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?
- What happens if I sell my car? Is my vehicle service contract transferrable?
- Can I purchase extensions and upgrades to my vehicle service contract?
- What vehicle upkeep am I responsible for in order for my service contract to remain valid?
- Where can I take my vehicle for repairs?
- If I get a vehicle service contract, can I still work with my local mechanic?
- Do I have to pay for my vehicle service contract in full at the time of purchase?
- What if I want to cancel my vehicle service contract?
- Can my claim amounts exceed the amount of money I paid for my vehicle service contract?
- How are vehicle service contract claims paid?
- What happens to the money I pay for my vehicle service contract?
- What should I look for when considering purchasing a vehicle service contract?
- How does a vehicle service contract deductible work?
- Why should I buy a vehicle service contract now? Especially if I still have a manufacturer's warranty.
- Are auto manufacturers involved with the creation and sale of vehicle service contracts?
- What's the difference between a vehicle service contract and a manufacturer's warranty?
- Will purchasing a vehicle service contract subject me to telemarketers and mailings from companies that may not be reputable?
- How does the Vehicle Protection Association (VPA) ensure that I, as a consumer, am protected from fraud, false advertising, or other exploitive practices?
- Does the VPA provide a list of trusted organizations and businesses?
- Who can I contact if I have a problem with my automotive service contract or its provider?
The VPA was formed to address "extended warranty scams" in the vehicle service contracts industry. The VPA and its members are intent on preserving the integrity of the automotive service contracts industry and protecting consumers from bad actors that may enter the business.