Applecare? is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by stormtroopar, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. stormtroopar macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Pretty much decided to get a MacPro, do you experience people think getting the Applecare along with it is worth it? I am most likely getting the quad macpro and the Apple care cost around $200 for it. For those who have bought it in the past, do you find this really worth getting along with the system and why or was it just a waste of money?

    Thank you.
  2. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Yes, electronics, no matter who makes them, fail. This covers your expensive investment. Mine was worth every penny.
  3. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    Yes. Your Mac is going to last much longer than the (1) year that your standard warranty covers. Better safe than sorry - once you've had to use it one time you'll never buy another machine without it.

    Plus, it gets you really good customer support. Even if there's nothing wrong, you can call up AppleCare to get support about any aspect of your machine or operating system.
  4. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    As I've said in other threads about this... I get it for the peace of mind. You might never need it, but when you do you'll be glad you have it.
  5. RobZ1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009

    This is a must with most electronics......Apple care has saved me from expensive situations
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Yes. :D Apple's repair costs are really high, and the Apple care is cheap by a fair margin.

    The logic board for example, has held at ~$800 for the previous model, and now with the daughter board design, is likely more when you combine the parts (logic board + daughter board). Not inexpensive at all. :(
  7. stormtroopar thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Thank you for all the responses. Its helpful to hear from people's experiences. Sounds like it would be worth it to have. I think I will get it then with my new system.
  8. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
  9. srichart1 macrumors member


    Sep 30, 2007

    It is worth it without a doubt on ANY Mac. I have used it every time, some times more than once.

  10. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I have had it when I don't need it. When I've needed it i haven't had it. D'oh!
  11. sommls macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2008
    For a desktop with a record of reliability, I think not. Particularly if you buy with an AmEx card (doubles basic manufacturer warranty to two years). If it hasn't failed after the first couple, unless it is a G5 with a coolant leak, there is a very strong chance it will go on forever.

    Harder to repair, high strung laptops are a different matter. My MBP had an optical drive failure 2 years out and I saved myself one episode of taking it apart with AppleCare. However, the HDD failure at 2 years 9 months was a different matter. Apple would only replace an 80 gig HD with an identical model, which was still available. For $90, it was a no brainer to upgrade to 320 gig and do it myself.
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I would get it still. While failures are still rather limited and things like hard drives can be replaced easily. But like someone said above, talk to all those people who don't have it and get to replace Logic Boards...
  13. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    If you live in the EU you may not need it.

    In certain countries manufacturers are required to do repairs at
    their own expense even after the expiry of a one year warranty.
  14. Macpropro80 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Yes, i have had to replace 2 graphic cards under apple care on my mac pro. they ship replacement parts SO fast when u have apple care. (asked for replacement at 4p.m. and it arrived at 6 am in the morning next day) and they pay for all expenses.
  15. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Deployed atm
    dude, you will regret it if you dont. trust me.
  16. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    I don't usually get it for my laptops.

    If the laptop worked well the first year, I try to get 6 more months out of it and sell it and buy another laptop. I still have the $350 I did not spend on the AppleCare and I get a new laptop with a new one year warranty.

    If you are going to keep the computer for several years, then it makes more sense. Also, it's only $250 for the desktop (v. $350 for the laptops).

    But any failure at all would likely make AppleCare pay for itself. Video card or motherboard especially.

    Other things like hard drives, who cares, you can replace those yourself and prolly get a bigger better hard drive as well.
  17. 3587 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2008
    I got mine off of Craigslist for $85... I wouldn't pay full price.
  18. grue macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2003
    I can't honestly say I'd bother on a Mini.
  19. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    i wouldn't (and haven't!) buy a mac without it.

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