Uh, it doesn't work that way....
No you don't. Applecare has a three year max. It's equal to 2 years added onto the standard year. However, you can buy it anytime within the first year.
same here, except it's only 12 years of buying macs. the only repair i needed was a lousy usb port on an ibook that was taken care of through apple care. never needed warranty outside of 12 mos.
i understand this sentiment completely. but the way i look at it, i've owned 10 macs in my lifetime, and i've saved at least $2,000 by not purchasing apple care on any of those computers. so if i ever need to service a product after that first year, i'll still have saved some money. it's worked for me so far (knock on wood).Rather cliche, but I'd rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it. Sure, a catastrophic failure could occur one day after my AppleCare expires but at least I'll sleep better till that day.
AppleCare is absolutely not a must-have, for any Mac. AppleCare is a profit center for Apple, which means they collect more in premiums than they pay out in claims. As a general rule, you should only insure items which you can't afford to repair or replace, otherwise it's a bad deal for you. Remember also that you automatically get one year of coverage for Apple products. AppleCare only extends the warranty for two more years.
I think Apple's Quality Control has gotten worse since the 80s. Apple Care all the way. I was lucky enough to get the $1100 repair on my computer done for free. it was a week out of warranty and the motherboard and power supply went up. Now all these problems with MacBook Pros and what not... just get the warranty.
Hindsight isn't a good argument for Applecare. Like IJ Reilly wrote above, it's a huge profit maker for Apple. Think about it, they couldn't make money if it was really needed on the consumer's partIf you ever buy Apple Care, you're never going to sit back and think, "Geez, I wish I'd never even bothered". If you don't however, you may think, "Geez, maybe I should get Apple Care"
This is another important point. By the end of your AppleCare service warranty, your Mac will probably be worth -- at best -- about half of what you paid for it, and the new Macs available at that time will probably be cheaper and more powerful. You might very well be better off dumping the broken Mac and using the money you might have spent on AppleCare on a new one.by the time you need it , your mac will probably be so outdated you may as well just buy a new one - or have an 'accident' and claim on your insurance