In 2017, the Subaru Forester celebrates its 20th anniversary. Subaru’s crossover SUV has been a favorite among drivers for years due to its roominess and high fuel economy. It receives up to 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Forester also has received high safety ratings from the NHSTA and includes improved technology features like Incline Start Assist, EyeSight Driver Assist, and Reverse Automatic Braking. Plus, it was crowned SUV of the Year in 2014 by Motor Trends.
The Forester comes standard with a manufacturer warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles for its basic plan or 5 years or 60,000 miles for the powertrain option. While the basic warranty mainly covers material defects of the vehicle, the powertrain warranty covers components like the engine and water pump. Make sure you’re well-versed in all the inclusions (and exclusions) of your warranty so you aren’t surprised with a bill from the repair shop.
But what happens when this warranty expires? Most cars now last well beyond the 3- or 5-year mark and as your vehicle ages, there is a higher chance for necessary vehicle repairs to be necessary. When your original policy is no longer valid, you don’t want to be left without coverage and face paying out of pocket for replacement or repairs.
A vehicle service contract helps provide peace of mind, if you want coverage after your original warranty has lapsed. It’s not associated with the maker of your vehicle, but is a separate policy that can provide repair coverage for parts like the transmission, alternator, starter, and other major parts. Having a current vehicle service contract could mean a savings of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for repair or part replacement.
With a vehicle service contract, you can also receive benefits such as free roadside assistance, towing services, and rental car reimbursement. This can help alleviate some of the financial strain that often comes with vehicle repair needs. You can have the coverage you need through a Platinum, Comprehensive, or Powertrain plan without having to worry about unexpected repairs at inopportune times.
Even if you’ve just purchased your car and may not be thinking years down the road when your warranty will expire, it’s a good idea to know your options. You can get a free quote today by providing the make, model, year, and mileage of your car and ask any questions you might have about vehicle coverage.
*Estimates from repairpal.com
A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “extended warranty,” but it is not a warranty. A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not.