MBA purchased ... Now Apple Care or 3rd-Party Warranty?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 81Tiger04, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Just purchased my wife's MBA and I'm excited. Now, I cannot decide if I should got with Apple Care or a 3rd-Party Warranty. Has anyone experienced both? Which is recommended? Should I keep it simple and go Apple Care?
     
  2. macrumors 68030

    Spink10

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    I suggest AppleCare from B&H Video - cheapest - may go 3rd party if you have no Apple Retail store / Apple Service provider near you.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why is B&H cheaper? Is it the same AppleCare warranty you could get from Apple?
     
  4. macrumors 68030

    Spink10

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    Yes - exactly the same. Read the reviews - its 100% legit.

    Purchased AppleCare for an old MBP there and also my iMac.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    I have also purchased Applecare from B&H several times with no issues. I use SquareTrade for my smaller devices--iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and recently had a hassle free experience with them. I think they are great. But for my actual computers, I feel safer with Applecare.
     
  6. macrumors Westmere

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    AppleCare
    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac or Apple Display

    • You can buy AppleCare any time during the first year warranty period, so you don't have to buy it at time of purchase.
    • You can check your remaining warranty and/or AppleCare coverage here
    • AppleCare will extend the 1 year warranty for an additional 2 years, for a total of 3 years coverage from the date of your Mac purchase.
      It also extends telephone support from 90 days, which is included with your original warranty, to a total of 3 years.
    • You cannot buy AppleCare again or renew it once it expires.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover damage from accidents, spills, etc. They only cover manufacturing defects.
    • AppleCare+ provides some coverage for accidental damage, but is only available for the iPad and iPhone, not for Apple computers.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover batteries that have worn out. They only cover defective batteries.
    • You can buy AppleCare from Apple or from other sources, such as Amazon, B&H Photo Video, L.A. Computer Company and others. Exercise caution when buying from sites such as eBay, as some AppleCare offers have been scams.
    • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    You can purchase Applecare at any time within the first year with Apple, but does B&H let you do that? I'm curious as to how B&H can afford to sell Apple products so much cheaper and even sell Applecare at a much lower price
     
  8. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Yes, you can buy AppleCare at any time from any vendor that sells it. Whether your Mac qualifies for it is up to Apple, not the vendor.
     
  9. macrumors 601

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    As long as you are aware AppleCare does not cover accidents, dents, glass break, water damage. It's not an cover-all insurance.

    It's a nice thing when ur wife asks, hey I got a problem with my laptop, you say, "oh, take it to the genius, they will take care of you." and u keep golfing :)
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. After spending well over $1K on a MBA, AppleCare seems more than worth it.
     
  11. macrumors 68030

    Spink10

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/582542-REG/Apple_MC246LL_A_3_Year_AppleCare_for_MacBook.html

    You can buy AppleCare any time within the first 365 days

    You get 1 year warranty with purchase and 90 days phone support.

    AppleCare gives you a total of 3 year warranty and 3 years of phone support.

    You can check your coverage by on Apple's website with your serial # - https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do
     

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