Buying off eBay - Applecare transfer?

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  1. timothevs macrumors 6502

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    So I am eyeing a killer deal on eBay for a Mid-2015 MBP, with Applecare till 2020, and am about to press purchase.

    However, here's the age old question - does the Applecare transfer with the device or do I need special paperwork from the seller to transfer it to my name? What's the policy in this regard? I google'd around to no avail - seems like contradictory information abounds. Just looking for some clarity. Thanks!
     
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  3. HDFan macrumors 6502a

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    AppleCare is normally 2 extra years, so for a unit sold in 2015 it would expire in 2018.

    http://www.apple.com/support/products/mac.html

    Unless someone else can confirm that longer periods are available, if they are claiming 5 years I would be suspicious and start asking questions. Is this the original owner? Can they supply the original sales receipt and proof of applecare until 2020?

    Make sure that the seller has disabled find my mac before erasing it:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201065
     
  4. timothevs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I did read that, but it seemed like some people have had luck without the actual transfer of the Applecare warranty in having Apple honor the same. So, I thought I'd check here too :)
    --- Post Merged, Apr 1, 2017 ---
    No sorry, he bought the MBP in Jan of this year (sent me the Serial Number and I checked) and bought AC alongside. That's why it is valid until 2020. I didn't know that Apple sold Mid 2015's in 2017, but a valid date of purchase is on file according to Apple's site.
     
  5. the Rebel macrumors member

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    Apple offers 4 year AppleCare agreements to educational institutions and special bid contracts.

    Thus if a school purchased Apple Computers in 2016, they could have AppleCare until 2020.

    Of course schools do not typically sell their newly purchased computers on eBay.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 3, 2017 ---
    In regards to the original question, AppleCare is attached to the serial number of the computer rather than to the user.
     
  6. Spink10 Suspended

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    Just be aware. He could request a partial refund for AppleCare after he sells the product. If he has the AppleCare registration number, rMBP serial number and proof of purchase for AppleCare he can get a refund at any time.
     
  7. timothevs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I have requested the seller send me a duplicate receipt which apparently you can get from Apple if you misplace your original receipt. Once I have that in hand, Apple Legal assures me, that there would be no problem transferring AppleCare to my name. Without doing the transfer, whether or not Apple would honor a claim (if ever I should have one), is what I was trying to find out here.
     
  8. timothevs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great, so that happens too? :| Man, I am starting to think that getting a device second-hand off eBay/Craigslist, where AppleCare is advertised as a bonus feature, is kind of a pain.
     
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    If they have good seller rating I would not be concerned.
     

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