Jeep Extended Warranties
In the market for a Jeep Extended Warranty? Decided not to buy extra protection when you made the original purchase? Hello, my name is Nate Waterfalls and I will try to help you answer the question "Do I need to purchase a Jeep extended warranty or mechanical breakdown protection?" Here is what I will cover in this short article:
- Jeep History
- Jeep Warranties
- Jeep Reliability
- Do I Need Jeep Extended Warranty Protection?
- Options for Extended Protection
Jeep, a division of Chrysler, is the off-road iconoclast founded in 1941. Jeep has roots that come from the Military which explains why some of their SUVs are still such able, rugged vehicles to this day. The term Jeep is synonymous with off-road vehicles and the capability to go almost anywhere.
The original Jeeps, We all remember at least from war movies, were built for the military and often were equipped with machine guns. Todays models listed below have lots of options, but fortunately have dropped the machine gun.
- Grand Cherokee
Jeep offers a 3 year/36,000 mile basic limited warranty that provides bumper to bumper coverage. For additional information on the Jeep limited basic warranty please refer to www.jeep.com
Jeep also offers a new unlimited year/mile powertraim warrnty on most of their vehicles. Check the Jeep website for more details.
Historically Jeeps have an aura of rugged reliability and perhaps not too much in the way of comfort. The older Jeep had a great reputation for reliability. Late model Jeeps, which have added all the options and creature comforts, have unfortunately lost that reputation. In fact, the brand rated below average on J.D Power's initial quality study in 2009.
Recalls are one factor a driver should review when selecting coverage for their vehicles. A little research on Jeep extended warranties is always a good idea.
A few of the major recalls Jeep has experienced recently include:
- Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee vehicles: possible improperly manufactured rear track bar. Reduced vehicle stability could occur increasing the risk of a crash.
- Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee: possible improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip. This could result in brake failure without warning which could cause a crash.
- Compass and Patriots: Possible failure of on-board computer.
- Commander: Air bag sometimes fails to deploy.
Before making any decision, research your specific model and year to ensure reliability. Certain cars are known to be unreliable, making the extended protection decision a no-brainer. Check out the the U.S News and World Report. for current reliability ratings.
Another easy to find out about a product's reliability in the age of the Internet is to check with a community of people that have the same product. People in these groups tend to be very outspoken. In the case of automobiles one such community is Edmunds.com.
Use the links below to research your specific model for known problems.
Here's another great resource to check the reliability record of your used vehicle.
Do I Need Jeep Extended Warranty Protection?
Choosing to purchase extended protection for your Jeep is ultimately a personal decision. However, here are some things to consider:
- The age and mileage of your Jeep
- The reliability record of your particular Jeep model
- How many miles you drive
- How long you plan to own your Jeep
- Your risk tolerance
- Your financial ability to pay for unexpected repairs
If you decide that extended protection is a good “bet” for you then be sure to purchase it before the original Jeep warranty expires. The sooner you do it the less it will cost you. If the Jeep warranty expires, your options may be limited. However, you don't have to purchase a Jeep extended warranty – there is another option: Mechanical Breakdown Protection.
Options for Extended Protection
You have two basic options when it comes to extended protection for your Jeep.
- Jeep Extended Warranty
- Third Party Mechanical Breakdown Protection Plan
Jeep extended warranties are only offered by the manufacturer and are usually sold through the dealership. A mechanical breakdown protection plan may be purchased from a third party company. Coverage between the two options is usually comparable, but be sure to compare closely. Be sure to read Kirk Steele's free report for tips on what to look for.
The main difference between the options is the price and the fact that the mechanical breakdown protection plan lets you have your service done at any repair facility. The Jeep extended warranty requires that you service your vehicle at the dealership or other Jeep authorized repair facilities. This tends to limit your options.
Third party mechanical breakdown protection plans can to offer more value and may be found at a lower price with similar coverage. However, it is important to purchase the coverage from a reputable company.
The Jeep extended warranties are a solid choice but a mechanical breakdown protection plan from a reputable third party my serve you best if you need the flexibility of choosing your own service location or personal mechanic.
For additional information on determining your need for mechanical breakdown protection please review the following pages:
Although, you will pay more, the manufacturer's extended car warranties are usually a solid choice. However, if you decide that mechanical breakdown protection is a better option for you, I recommend the folks at autoPOM! and Mercury Insurance Group.
autoPOM! backed and administered by Mercury can provide you with repair service comparable to the manufacturer's extended warranty. Not surprising, autoPOM! pricing is far less than dealer pricing and offers the flexibility of allowing you to choose the repair facility that you're most comfortable with.autoPOM! has an A+ rating from the BBB and Mercury has a A+ rating from A.M. Best.