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April 2019

Is Extended Warranty worth it?

is extended warranty worth it
Is Extended Warranty worth it?

Figuring out whether Extended Warranty is worth it can be a bit tricky, especially with a wide range of sources all saying different things. We have created a simple guide of things to think about so you can decide for yourself whether Extended Warranty is worth it or not.

1) How old is your vehicle?

Not all vehicles are eligible for Extended Warranty. Manufacturer’s warranty typically lasts between 3 – 5 years, and varies per make and model, so you would want to check that out first.

There are also a few benefits to purchasing Extended Warranty straight away on a new car. Find out more in our blog here.

2) What vehicle do you have?

Some vehicle makes are more expensive to repair than others. For example, luxury brands such as BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes might cost you more in car repairs compared to non-luxury vehicles.

Although maintenance costs include other items aside from car repairs that are not included with Extended Warranty, such as an oil change, you might find the graph below interesting (in US dollars, from YourMechanic.com).

cost of car maintenance

3) Is your car used?

Although used cars are more affordable, some people are concerned that they don’t know how the previous owner treated the vehicle. For example, what kind of a driver were they? Did they always properly maintain the vehicle?

Some drivers therefore think Extended Warranty is worth it because you cannot predict when you might need expensive car repairs, and for a small extra cost you can be covered.

4) Do you worry about the cost of car repairs?

The cost of car repairs is a worry for some drivers, regardless of whether their vehicle is new or used, and having a sudden and unexpected bill could be a big problem. Whether you want to protect your savings, or whether you just want to make sure your bills all get paid, an Extended Warranty policy might be for you.

5) Where will you buy the Extended Warranty policy?

Whether Extended Warranty is worth it or not also depends on the price you paid for the policy, and the coverage that comes with that. For example, the traditional purchase point of Extended Warranty is at the dealership. This is an expensive method of purchasing Extended Warranty for a variety of reasons such as;

1) large commission fees on the sale of a policy

2) you might be persuaded into adding the policy into your monthly payments (which hides the total cost)

However, with Obvi.ca you can now go directly online for Extended Warranty and GAP Insurance, saving up to 70% compared to the dealer and giving you better coverage. At Obvi, we think Extended Warranty is worth it, but only when you can buy online in your own time whilst fully understanding what you are buying and when the price is fair.

To find out more visit our Extended Warranty page, or get an instant quote to see how much it would cost you.

What GAP Insurance Covers

what does gap insurance coverHeard of it, but not sure what GAP Insurance covers? You’ve come to the right place. We will explain 1) what GAP Insurance is and 2) why you might want to consider purchasing GAP Insurance

GAP Insurance definition: Guaranteed Auto (or Asset) Protection is a type of car insurance which protects your finances when a loan is taken out to pay for your car.

Let me paint a picture…..
An unexpected event occurs (accident, fire, flood, theft of your vehicle) and your vehicle is ruined. Your insurance company determines that the car is worth $13,000. This is less a lot less than you thought it would be. Why is that? You bought a new car, and it quickly depreciated in value over time.

You still owe $17,500 because you took out a risky long-term loan over 7 years, meaning
$17,500          – $13,000 = $4,500

What you owe – car worth = Amount you still owe
GAP Insurance protects you and will cover this $4,500 – this is the “GAP”.

What GAP Insurance covers

GAP Insurance is there to protect you from paying the loan off on a car you have unfortunately just lost. Chances are if you had to take out a big long-term loan to buy your new car, suddenly having to cough up $4,500 or so would really hurt your bank balance – if not be impossible.

Taking out a long-term loan is popular in Canada. CBC News reported that in 2018, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years). Unfortunately, people forget that having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks.

What else do I need to know about what GAP Insurance covers?

  • GAP Insurance is not just available if you purchased your vehicle, it also includes leased vehicles.
  • Traditionally, GAP Insurance was only sold through the dealer when purchasing a vehicle. However, this was expensive, the dealer was often not knowledgeable about the product and they also were not the ones who would handle your claim.
  • Obvi has completely changed GAP Insurance; by bringing the sales process online and cutting out the middleman, consumers can save up to 70%, there is no sales pressure and confusing technical jargon and consumers get a better product at a fair price.

To find out more about what GAP Insurance covers and if you are eligible, check out our GAP Insurance page or get an easy Instant Quote now.

Can I cancel Gap Insurance from the dealership?

Can I cancel gap insurance from the dealership?

You bought a car from the dealership – congratulations! The whole process can be draining and take a long time, especially when you have to sit through sales pitches for add-on products. Ended up purchasing an insurance product with a deal you realized is really expensive? No worries, in some cases you can cancel gap insurance from the dealership.

3rd Party Policies

If you have purchased a 3rd party policy, you should be able to cancel your Gap Insurance policy at any time at a pro-rata rate. What exactly does this mean? It means you get a refund for the unused portion of the policy – but when it comes to cancelling “the sooner the better” is true .

Why Gap Insurance with Obvi is different

For more information about Gap Insurance, read our explainer blog here.

Gap Insurance is an important insurance policy, but you don’t deserve to be paying thousands for it. Obvi is the only fully online solution in Western Canada, meaning that we cut out the middleman saving you money. By being online, it also means that you don’t have sales or time pressure and can purchase when you are ready and have conducted as much research of your own as you like.

Why would I want Gap Insurance?

CBC News reported that in 2018, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years). Unfortunately, people forget that having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks. Here are some points to think about;

  • “I’m a sensible driver, I’m not going to crash my car…” Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a long term loan, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
  • The worst case; you don’t want to be left with a loan and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection.

GAP Insurance is there to help protect your finances and give you peace of mind. We sometimes forget the financial risks and ties that are associated with our vehicles, and we also often forget that some events are outside our control such as theft or accidents. With Obvi you can purchase GAP Insurance online. Find out more about GAP coverage and get a free quote now.