I have a 2.5Ghz "old" MacBook Pro, in the past I've always upgraded models when the new ones came out (selling old ones first) but I'm not too thrilled with the new version so I'm thinking that I'll be able to hold onto mine for a while... Its the first time I think I'd benefit from the security AppleCare covers and am considering purchasing it. 1) Its 3 years from the date or MBP purchase, right? So even if I want until the day before the standard warranty expires I'm not gaining anything? 2) Does AppleCare make it easier to get a full system replacement vs. having to send your laptop out for repairs (or wait for a part?) For example, lets say my Video goes out tomorrow (I have the 8600) and I just have the standard warranty, would they repair mine and leave me with a PC for a few days, whereas if I had AppleCare they'd just hand me a replacement? 3) In the past I'd get a call from Apple about 6 weeks before the warranty was set to expire and they'd try and sell me AppleCare over the phone - pretty much in all cases the laptop they were calling about had already been sold so I didn't have to talk with them much.. Do they offer any better deals when they call? Do they have flexibility to lower the price or is it the set rate I'd get in the store? 4) And finally, whats the best rate for AppleCare from 3rd parties? I was checking ebay last night and it looks like its about $220 (give or take a few dollars depending on the seller).. Has anyone gotten a good deal elsewhere? Thanks in advance.. I know most of the threads here are about the new MBP so hopefully this won't get lost!