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Looking at adding the Maxcare 8yr 60,000 miles $200 deductible for $2,730.00. It would carry the car under warranty almost the full time that I'm making payments. Tell me why I'm an idiot (or not) for doing this. Thanks everyone.
 

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That’s only $341/year. That could potentially save you thousands in the case of something like a catastrophic transmission failure. Thanks for posting this topic, I may look for a similar offer. I would pull the trigger on this (and I’m the guy that refuses to pat for extended warranties on almost everything 😆).
 

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So... you've pulled the trigger. You'll find two opinions here: congrats, pat yourself on the back, and enjoy the peace of mind that you're not alone in keeping the Italian purring - or that it is a very specific car with very specific needs and would be best serviced by a passionate (read: older, experienced, stayed in the game) specialist that works on Ferraris, Mclarens, and the fickle, rare-parted like. There are scant items that the 4C shares with all other new "Alfa Romeo".
Either way, the 4c is very simple and the opposite of a wire-sensor-module-nanny nest that contemporary sports cars have become, so even these dudes you signed up with will reveal their seriousness with just the first issue... Very much a car for someone that will love it and learn to keep it spinning the tires.
This forum is filled with anything that can go wrong and how to fix them/stories on how others paid others to fix them, and with subframes like the 4c has, eventually most of us will just swap something else in once the hit-or-miss transmissions die from one reason or another, and the wrecked cars run out. Again, two types of owners, the "lifers" that bought the immortal carbon tub/a true Alfa Romeo, and the "tourists" that bought the easy exotic/the (then) latest Italian race-breed and sell it for the next.
Either way, dont get discouraged with the car no matter what... Just know it's cheaper to deal with than a 6/8/10/12 cylinder with even more complicated/heavy/expensive transmissions, and yes, those of us that do/have owned the "other" exotics, know they all suck to have in service all the same as anything that the 4C might need attention with.
 

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Wait......wait

I EXTENDED my WARRANTY through zieglar chrysler , i have a 100 deductible its a 4 year extension for 1350 dollars total . Look into ZIEGLAR . I used it once with no issues . You have to have your current warrant intact . They also let you finance it with 0 interest . Amazing

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How does the company that provides you with extended warranty make money if, on average, the person pays less for insurance than the cost of the covered repairs?

In my opinion, this is a gamble, and the odds are against you. I don't buy extended warranties if I can afford to pay for repairs out of pocket.
 

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I believe its a gamble based on claims country wide , not many of us drive our cars often enough for things to break , none the less warranty is good piece of mind for the big items like engine and transmission. I think you would be a fool to not have one . Best thing about zieglar also is the warranty is transferable 1 time if i sell the car . Id personally rather buy a car with a warranty . That seems like common sense .

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Wait......wait

I EXTENDED my WARRANTY through zieglar chrysler , i have a 100 deductible its a 4 year extension for 1350 dollars total . Look into ZIEGLAR . I used it once with no issues . You have to have your current warrant intact . They also let you finance it with 0 interest . Amazing

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That's who this is through. Yours was calculated from the original in service date or after the standard one runs out?
 

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How does the company that provides you with extended warranty make money if, on average, the person pays less for insurance than the cost of the covered repairs?

In my opinion, this is a gamble, and the odds are against you. I don't buy extended warranties if I can afford to pay for repairs out of pocket.

I’m sure they have actuaries who are ensuring they do okay. They are probably taking into account that because these cars are so impractical, most of them are collecting dust. From the mileage that I have seen on resale cars, I would estimate that the majority of these cars (not owned by enthusiasts here) are accumulating less than 3000 miles per year. If you don’t drive them, things don’t break...
 

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I’m sure they have actuaries who are ensuring they do okay. They are probably taking into account that because these cars are so impractical, most of them are collecting dust. From the mileage that I have seen on resale cars, I would estimate that the majority of these cars (not owned by enthusiasts here) are accumulating less than 3000 miles per year. If you don’t drive them, things don’t break...

I mean things do break when a car is just sitting.
 

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To me, I understand that the odds are "stacked" against me for buying extended warranty, same way as the odds are against me for my dog's insurance. However, I think what's more important to me is the peace of mind that something big can break and it'll be okay. It's all about how much you're willing to pay for that peace of mind.
 

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Depends on your local AR dealership. Mine didn't even realize the 4C existed. :rolleyes:

I once had to visit this AR's parts department to figure out a part number -- I had to walk down some shady back alley behind a Mazda dealership to an unmarked door. I was greeted by an unplugged fax machine and an old vending machine that hasn't seen a customer in a decade. I rang the bell I came across and it felt like I woke some gamer that was trapped in a week-long Halo 4 binge after release day.

After that visit, I became the warranty. 🙃
 

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For me the service I received from official dealers was so bad I didn’t even consider it, don’t want them getting another penny of my money.

I’d rather things break and give it to a good independent than them get anything from a warranty payment.
 

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For me the service I received from official dealers was so bad I didn’t even consider it, don’t want them getting another penny of my money.

I’d rather things break and give it to a good independent than them get anything from a warranty payment.
Agree, unfortunately I don’t trust stealerships with my cars. I rather take it to an independent that probably seen more complex cars than a 4C. I’m not sure if these extended warranties are accepted by these independent Indis.

I have wasted thousands in extended warranties and never got my money worth. I rather save the money and/or invested in case something goes wrong. These cars are very simple and super reliable.
 

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It is all a matter or risk and if you are able to handle a major hit to your wallet like a trans failure paying out of pocket (i.e. trans replacement is about $6500 on a 4C). If you banked the money that would have gone for the warranty and saved it for that rainy day....it might be an alternative....and you will be collecting interest.
Also....while an independent is always an option, most do not have the sophisticated specialized est equipment and tools at this point for doing major things like chasing down computer problems. They can do suspensions, and simple mechanical work but not many can justify the cost of the specialized equipment....and ALFA may not make it or computer diagnostic information available to independents.
 

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...until you take them out, then they will typically cost you +35-50% more than if you did!
ask anyone with a vintage, low mileage, non-driven Ferrari, etc.
I hear ya, there is probably anecdotal evidence to support that, but I think a scientific study would bare out that more miles = more repairs in most cases. I am assuming they are being driven 2000-3000 miles per year. Now if they just sit for a year... drying out seals, leaving weight on bearing surfaces, not using electrical components, letting fluids age, etc... yah, I’m with you! That is inviting the worst kind of gremlins 🙂
 

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I purchased mine through Zeigler too. Within the first year it's cheaper. Do a search for a discount code (pay in full?) i think. The code dropped the 8yr/6ok from $1650 to $1250. No way not to purchase.
 

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I purchased mine through Zeigler too. Within the first year it's cheaper. Do a search for a discount code (pay in full?) i think. The code dropped the 8yr/6ok from $1650 to $1250. No way not to purchase.
You are a rock star. I got "payinfull" to work, brought down the total to $2365. Well worth it for peace of mind.
 

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I purchased my 2015 used. When I bought it, the factory warranty was just about to expire. Got a bumper to bumper 6 year extended warranty. It was not inexpensive. But, it is the best option which I hope I will never have to use. And it is all paid for.💰 I could opt out and get a refund, if wanted. If I sell the car it can go with the car. Or I can get a partial refund if I do not sell it with the car. Peace of mind. No worries. Happy, Happy , Happy.😁😊
 
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