AppleCare Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hostelo, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. hostelo macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    I have a Macbook Pro and my 1 year care included with the mac expired 2 months ago.

    Sadly my hard drive seems to have stop working, computer never fell nothing just seems to be screwed all of a sudden.

    If I buy and applecare for my macbook and then proceed to take it in with the hard drive problem will i be covered?

    Or how does it work?
  2. indefatigable macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    As far as I know, you need to buy the extended warranty at purchase or during that first year.

    I hate to say it, I love my mac, but they are being made a little crappier then they used to be. ALWAYS buy the extended warranty up front or within that first year.

    Case in point, the logic board on my powerbook died twice while I was in grad school, and just outside of the 1 year.
  3. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    They do let you buy Applecare outside of the 1st year on occasion, it may be worth contacting Apple about that to see their thoughts on that.

  4. outaru macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    It's not possible, when i bought Apple Care, I asked every seller and they told me that I should be under the 1 year warranty to be able to avail and activate apple care..
  5. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Two days, maybe, two months, forget it. YOYO.
  6. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
  7. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    How did you buy it? Did you pay with a credit card? A lot of the major credit card companies offer a 1 year extended warranty on purchases of new items that come with a standard 1 year warranty.
  8. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    LoL... that's because... BACK IN THE DAY... of the 68040 and 68030... the Quadra's and Performa's... they DID allow you to purchase AppleCare after the one year... you could even renew... so long as they did an inspection on the unit. But this was about 14-15 years ago.... when I was running on a 680LC40 I believe....
  9. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    My understanding is that you need to buy Applecare within the first year of purchase; it can be bought right up to the last day, but still ought to have been purchased within the first year. However, it never hurts to try to test that, and I'd suggest that you try to contact Apple - or, indeed, your credit card company, if that is how you bought it, - and check if you can extend it now that the initial warranty has expired.
    Cheers and good luck
  10. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    You can ask if you like but the answer is no. As others have said you need to buy Applecare within the one year limited warranty period. You have to activate the Applecare coverage on their system and it will not allow activation beyond the limited warranty coverage period.

    Sorry, but I've never heard of anyone recently being made an exception, especially if the person who wants to purchase said coverage intends to immediately apply for service.

    I failed to buy Applecare for my first iMac (20 inch Core Duo) and its logic board failed 6 weeks out of the one year warranty. It ended up costing me $550.00 out of pocket to repair instead of the free service it would have been under Applecare.

    Never again. I've got Applecare on my current iMac.
  11. ant-macyourself macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008
    If it's just the hard drive, why not just buy a new one and pop it in there? You could spend the same or less amount of money purchasing a new HDD than you would extending your warranty (which they won't let you do anyway at this point).
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The probably won't let you buy it; if they did, everyone would wait until they needed it to buy it.

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