How to plan for life after your BMW warranty?

Car Tips, News | December 20th, 2016 by 8
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For all 2017 model year vehicles, BMW offers one of the better warranties on the market today. With BMW Ultimate Care, which provides scheduled services …

For all 2017 model year vehicles, BMW offers one of the better warranties on the market today. With BMW Ultimate Care, which provides scheduled services (including even oil changes, brake fluid changes and spark plug changes) for up to 3 years/36,000 miles, whichever comes first. But even after that, the car is still covered by the BMW new car warranty, which is for the first 4 years/50,000 miles, whichever comes first. All new BMWs also get an Unlimited-Mileage Roadside Assistance.

But what happens when that warranty ends? Well, luckily for you, there are a few things you can do when your warranty runs out and we’re going to tell you about some of them.

Extended Warranty

One of the more proactive things you can do is purchase yourself an extended warranty. Now, an extended warranty is exactly as it sounds, it’s an extension of the original warranty. One can be purchased from the dealer or one can be had from a third-party company. You certainly need to do your research before and make sure you pick the one that covers the most. If you want to keep your car for years after its warranty expires and want the peace of mind of having a warranty, it will be worth it. Here is a company that many have used in the past, which also offers free quotes: Carchex

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Plan Ahead of Time

All cars break, regardless of brand or country of origin,  so you can expect your car to go wrong at some point in its life. Whether it’s something cheap or expensive, you can count on a car having some issues after its warranty. So be sure to have some money set aside for any issues that may arise. Whatever you can spare, just put some money in a piggy bank and keep it for any problems that might occur. Don’t wait until the warranty runs out to fill that piggy bank, start preparing for issues before that, so when something does happen, you are prepared and ready.

Get Some Tools

No everyone knows how to wrench on cars and that’s fine. Not everyone wants to, as it can be a real pain in the ass. For people who don’t like to work on their own cars, the previous two options are better. However, for people who might want to fix things themselves, it really is the best option. Reason being is that both dealerships and repair shops will pull your pants down over the price of any repair. They need to make a profit on the parts, so they charge far more for them than you can get on your own, and they need to charge you labor, which is usually the most expensive part. But, if you have the patience and willingness, parts can be found online for cheaper than any shop or dealer will sell them for and you can have your car repaired without paying for labor. All you have to waste is some of your time. Plus, with things like Bentley manuals and online tutorials, there’s basically no job you can’t learn. There’s also the fact that it’s incredibly rewarding to drive a car that you fixed yourself. I creates a great connection between man and machine.

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