The time is now. Protecting your vehicle sooner than later will save you time and money down the road, literally.
If it’s currently running poorly or needs repairs, it’s no longer eligible for a vehicle service contract - which means you’ll have to pay for repairs on your own.
So buy now, save now, protect now. Even if you still have some time left on your manufacturer’s warranty. With additional advantages such as 24-hour roadside assistance and rental vehicle services, a vehicle service contract fills in the gaps in your current protection and picks up where your warranty leaves off when it expires. Waiting until you need repairs is too late, and waiting until your warranty expires only increases the cost of your service contract premiums.
Your vehicle identification number (VIN) and mileage are the two most important pieces of information when determining your vehicle’s value and the right protection plan to keep it in good running condition.
All vehicles are assigned a unique VIN when they are manufactured and are used to identify the vehicle in accidents, insurance records and when a body shop, dealership or mechanic does work on it.
Vehicles produced after 1969 will have the VIN stamped to a metal plate located on the driver’s side of the dashboard, near the bottom of the windshield, and can be read from the outside of the vehicle looking through the windshield. You may also find your VIN on the driver’s door vehicle information sticker. It’s also on your vehicle title or insurance paperwork.
All vehicles are equipped with an odometer which tracks the number of miles your vehicle has been driver. It is located in a prominent position in the main dashboard area of your vehicle. Newer vehicles may have a digital odometer; older vehicles have a 6-digit manual odometer that resets after 999,999 miles. You should be able to see it easily from the driver’s seat.
Every vehicle has a history, so before you purchase a used or demonstration vehicle, it is important to get its record. Because Vehicle Service Contracts do not typically cover “pre-existing conditions”, it is important to understand ahead of time what issues may not be covered.
Understanding the true value of your vehicles will help you analyze your investment, prepare for maintaining your vehicle and keep you on the road. Before you make a vehicle purchase, sale or trade, visit Kelley Blue Book online.