Is your Suzuki warranty about to expire? Didn't buy the extra protection when you made the original purchase? Hello, my name is Kirk Steele and I will try to help you answer the question "Do I need to purchase a Suzuki extended warranty or mechanical breakdown protection? Here is what I will cover in this short article:
- Suzuki History
- Original Suzuki Warranty
- Suzuki Reliability
- Do I Need Extended Warranty Protection?
- Options for Extended Protection
Headquartered in Japan, Suzuki began selling a small line of lightweight, inexpensive motorcycles in the United States in 1963.
Through a deal with Chevrolet, Suzuki began selling cars in the 1986 model year, setting a first-year sales record for Japanese automakers. Twenty years later in '06 Suzuki sold over 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. for the first time in the brand's history. As of 2009, GM no longer has a stake in Suzuki.
Before considering extended protection, it is important to know the original Suzuki warranty.
Suzuki boasts having America's #1 Warranty with a transferrable 7-year/100K mile powertrain warranty with no deductible.
The Suzuki Extended Protection Plan that Suzuki offers can only be purchased during the original limited warranty. This is an aspect that usually leaves customers looking to a third-party for their extended protection.
You will want to consider the remaining time and mileage on the Suzuki warranty to determine your need for extended protection. Remember, Suzuki's original manufacturers warranty will expire whenever time (months) or mileage (whichever comes first) reach the thresholds described above.
For complete Suzuki warranty information see www.suzukiauto.com.
Suzuki is slightly in the shadow of the larger Japanese automakers although the brand didn't have the same head start in the U.S. market. In either case, Suzuki reliability ratings seem to be on the rise and you can expect its loyalty to follow the same suit. For more information see the US Word Report and News.
Here's what J.D. Power and Associates have to say about Suzuki quality:
- J.D. Power and Associates rate 2009 model year Suzuki’s as having generally lower powertrain quality than other brands
- In the body/interior quality category Suzuki rates far above the competition
- Suzuki jumped from 38th in 2008 to 9th in 2009 in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study
It is easy to find out about a product's reliability in the age of the Internet. All you have to do is 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.
Before making a decision on extended protection, use the links below to research your specific model for known problems. Certain cars are known to be unreliable, making the extended protection decision a no-brainer.
Here's another great resource to check the reliability record of your used vehicle.
Do I Need Suzuki Extended Warranty Protection?
Choosing to purchase extended protection for your Suzuki is ultimately a personal decision. However, here are some things to consider:
- The manufacturer's original warranties
- The age and mileage of your Suzuki
- The reliability record of your particular Suzuki model
- How many miles you drive
- How long you plan to own your Suzuki
- Your risk tolerance
- Your financial ability to pay for unexpected repairs
Here are two additional resources to help determine if extended mechanical breakdown protection is right for you:
If you decide that extended protection is a good "bet" for you then be sure to purchase it before the original Suzuki warranty expires. The sooner you do it the less it will cost you. If the Suzuki warranty expires, your options may be limited. However, you don't have to purchase a Suzuki 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 Suzuki
- Suzuki Extended Warranty
- Third Party Mechanical Breakdown Protection Plans
The extended Suzuki warranty is only offered by the manufacturer and is 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 read the actual contract to be sure.
The main difference between the options is the price and the fact that mechanical breakdown protection lets you have your service done at any repair facility. The Suzuki extended warranty requires that you service your vehicle at the dealership or other Suzuki authorized repair facilities. This tends to limit your options since there is not a large Suzuki dealer network in the United States.
Mechanical breakdown protection plans tend to offer more value and can often be found at a lower price with similar coverage. However, it is important to purchase the vehicle service contract from a reputable company.
The Suzuki extended warranty is a solid choice but mechanical breakdown protection from a reputable third party may serve you best if you need the flexibility of choosing your own service location or personal mechanic, and are concerned about price.
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For additional information on determining your need for extended warranty protection please review the following pages: