When you receive a warranty protection offer, you might wonder if it’s right for you. Can you trust a warranty company since many have a bad reputation for high denials and limited coverage options?
The answer lies in research – with a little bit of know-how, you can evaluate any program offer and determine if it’s the right fit for you.
Review the company
- How long has the company been in business and have they had multiple changes to their brand name?
- Are they partnered with any notable companies or industry organizations?
- Read customer reviews.
- Review their Better Business Bureau profile for accreditation and complaints.
- Have complaints been resolved in a timely manner and to the customer’s satisfaction?
- Have they been recognized by the BBB or industry associations for their customer service or contributions to the industry?
Review the Terms and Conditions for each offer and note the following:
- What are the warranty coverage inclusions and exclusions?
- Are there hidden service fees or deductibles?
- Are there coverage caps on the amount paid per repair or per year?
- Are there coverage restrictions?
What are people saying online?
Google the company name with the word “Complaints” and see what appears. Also note the kind and number of complaints a company has had with the Better Business Bureau or the State Attorney General.
Contact Customer Service
Call the company’s customer service number with questions. Were your questions answered to your satisfaction? Did you have a long wait time before you spoke with a representative? Does their company website have a “frequently asked questions” section that addressed some of your questions? How well the customer service team responded to your questions is usually indicative as to the level of service provided to customers.
Are they accredited with the Better Business Bureau?
All companies are rated with the Better Business Bureau, but some companies choose to be accredited, meaning they abide by a code of ethics set forth by the Better Business Bureau and communicate with the organization regularly by responding to all inquiries and complaints in a timely fashion.
Once you’ve completed an evaluation of the company, only you as a homeowner can determine which warranty is most beneficial for you.