Better to wait 11.5 months or so. The reason is Apple's very strange condition that Applecare can only have a one time transfer. Sounds like a bit of a con job to me designed to make people buy new machines because it reduces the availability of used machines with Applcare. I think this is particularly relevant for laptops. The reasoning is this, if you intended to sell you machine down the track and you bought it with Applecare, then if you sold it after say 11 months which a lot of people seem to do (who don't buy Applecare) then you could still advertise it with Apple care at the price that you would had you bought it, then if someone buys it, instead of handing over a machine with Applecare that THEY cannot tranfer if they want to sell it in a year, you instead just take the cost of Applecare off the price which gives them the chance to buy it themselves. Same cost to them, same cost to you BUT the one time tranfer has not been used up, meaning they can sell it WITH applecare 6 months before it's up which makes it much more saleable. Which therefore make the original sale to them more attractive. All these shenannigans are purely because Apple unfairly restricts the transfer of Applecare to one time. This makes no sense at all because Apple say the Applecare is attached to the computer.