How does the warranty work on the MBA bought through eBay?

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  1. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

    mhnajjar

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    Is there any chance that I would not have warranty on it?

    I have already beed through two defective 1.6 MBAs (one with clicking sound and the other had heat issues). Now I am thinking of getting the 1.8 SSD to avoid having similar issues but they are way cheaper on eBay.
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    It's end user warranty will automatically be transferred to you. But, it's warranty will be voided if that prior owner did anything that caused damage to it. Apple will not warrant damage caused by the end user (or unauthorized servicing).
     
  3. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That means that I would not have to provide any evidance that the machine is mine?

    Okay, thanks :)
     
  4. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    That's right. The warranty follows the serial number. They don't care who has it.

    The only time a warranty needs to be formally transferred, is in the case of the extended AppleCare warranty. That, Apple asks that the original owner send them a signed letter with the computer's serial number and information and formally transfer it to the new owner with their information.

    But, that's not absolutely required. It just updates their system. The warranty will follow the computer's serial number either way.

    But, I have seen that the formal letter does work. Machines in my history of purchases (and their warranties) have been cleared out of my online purchase history (and lists of current service plans) when I have written in to transfer the extended AppleCare warranty after selling a computer.
     
  5. dibara2003 macrumors 6502

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    you should ask the seller for the SN and look it up in apple's support site
     
  6. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Yep, that's a good idea. I've done that before to confirm.

    Naturally, all of the MBA systems should still be under warranty though. They've only just been released.

    But, it will give you a confirmation of how much warranty remains, and ensure that he does have said system (or at least it's serial number).
     
  7. shfawaz macrumors newbie

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    Many sellers may not release the serial number prior to you winning or buying the laptop for fraud prevention reasons. Don't automatically assume they don't have it because they won't give it to you prior to auction end or payment. Most legitimate sellers will forward a valid serial number once you've won or paid so you can verify the warranty. Some will even send you a clip of the online warranty statement so you can see it with the serial number blurred out. The fact that a seller provides a serial number does not automatically mean the seller is legitimate-do your homework and always use a credit-card to pay, never Western-Union.

    Those that perpetuate fraud on eBay tend to email legitimate sellers seeking valid machine serial numbers so they themselves can forward those legitimate serial numbers to unsuspecting potential buyers of their own fraudulent auction to give false assurance to potential buyers that they have a machine in hand when realistically they don't have anything.

    Be very careful.
     
  8. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you guys for the great help.

    I saw one seller offering 1.8 MBA with 64 SSD for $2,100 BIN and FS :eek: How possible is that? "it looks too good to be true :("
     
  9. umgolfer macrumors regular

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    Too good to be true is probably correct. Watch it and see if it mysteriously disappears from your watch list. I've seen a bunch of them do this.
     
  10. umgolfer macrumors regular

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    I have a week 2 MBA and have had zero issues with it. I really expected I would, but have nothing bad at all. It's been a gem. Sorry to hear your problem though... Where was it clicking btw?
     
  11. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It was clicking right under the arrow keys :confused: (the HDD is on the far upper left corner).
     

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