Dear Doctor: I am interested in buying an extended warranty for my 2006 BMW with 105,000 miles. I’ve seen TV commercials on warranties that offer car coverage from front-to-back. At your shop, have you ever dealt with these types of warranties? Mattie
Dear Mattie: Some of these aftermarket warranty offerings come with legal small print that are very part-replacement specific. Recently, I had a vehicle with one of these aftermarket extended warranties that had the worst coverage I’d ever seen. On the parts that were covered, the warranty company wanted to fly in an aftermarket, not original manufacturer quality part. The coverage was also limited on labor rate. The owner had to pay the difference in the actual bill on the repairs I rendered. Remember the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not true.