Ok, so you cannot afford a new car, most people can't so they visit the local dealer to buy a second hand car. It can be exciting and being caught up in the sale can cost you money, and in most cases will cost you a lot more than the advertised price. The unseen extras that they sell you are totally unessessary and in my opinion one of the biggest rip offs out there. I'm not just talking about paint and fabric protection or overpriced window tinting. I'm talking about used car warranties that cost between $800 and $2200. There are more clauses than you can poke a stick at in these used car warranties, they always state that if they have a warranty concern that you must service and take the vehicle back to them, when 99% of the time it's just a gimmick to get you car into the dealership workshop, deny you warranty, then charge and overcharge to repair the vehicle. Q.V.W.N or Queensland Vehicle Warranty Network were one of the biggest rips, they have now changed their name to National Warranty, but still the same clauses and conditions and added clauses so if you do have a claim, it won't be honoured. I've had customers with these warranties and i tell them plainly, they are not worth the paper they are printed on. I've been in the industry for 36 years and i know all the tricks, i have tried to get a claim from these companies and only once did they pay in all my years with dealing with them, the one time they did pay was for a piston in an engine that failed, but get this..... they would not pay anything else but the piston and when i recieved the piston it was a cheap chinese piston that i didn't want to use. Don't be sucked in when you go buy a second hand car, don't fall for fabric protection, they don't clean the fabric, they spray tinned scotchguard over the dirty fabric, and use liquid wax or silicone over the paint and call it paint protection, all for considerable prices, and window tint? If you shop around you can get the same tint they use at a fraction of the price. If you are after a good warranty always insist on a manufacturer's warranty, some 2nd hand cars still qualify for a factory warranty or manufacturer's warranty, depending on the brand of the vehicle, if they decline to give you a warranty or even an extended warranty, then listen to the reasons they give you and weigh up the cost's, maybe you should buy a newer car that quaifies for a warranty other than a dealership or used car warranty. Don't be caught up in the hype of buying a used car and get an independent mechanical report on the vehicle before you commit to buy it.
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