Is AppleCare or extra warranty really worth buying?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lilskaterpunk, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. lilskaterpunk macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2008
    Im thinking of buying a MBP 13.3'' 2.53Ghz sometime today as I can hopefully get a deal through a local store here in town as they might match the prices (Due to sales) or I can either order online from and try to also get a student discount. (I don't think its worth waiting for 3 months or so for updates from Apple as your always gonna be a step behind)

    My questions are....

    1. Is it worth paying that extra couple $$$ for warranty or Applecare?

    2. Can I buy Applecare/warranty lets say 7 months down the road if I notice my Mac has been having many problems and I don't want to take the chance or not being covered?

    All Mac's come with an 1 year standard warranty and a store here in my town will offer an extra 2 years for $249.99 CAN or 3 years $299.99 CAN. There's also the choice of 4 years for $399.99 which I think is ridiculous unless you plan to keep the Mac for longer then that. This is there coverage and not through Apple, so no sending away, they fix or replace at the store.

    Myself I usually will end up selling my laptops within a year as I prefer to always have something different or try to stay up to date with some of the new technology.

    So I don't think its worth paying $249 or $299 more for warranty if Im the type of person to sell my laptop usually before a year or just right after.
    Am I thinking right? lol

    Some advice would helpful!

  2. acurafan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    yes, if you're holding it for more then a year. my own macbooks have seen at least 4 visits in a span of 8 months. apple's hardware QA stinks.

    yes, you can add applecare if you're within the original 1 yr warranty period.

    then what's the point? dump the laptop and get another 'rental' macbook.
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...yes you can get applecare after you purchase up to day 365 but you have to rego it with in the first year or your out of luck...

    If you sell just before the year is up, the applecare will help you get a better price and the warranty transfers with the machine to the new owner...
  4. deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
    It sounds like you've answered your own question. AppleCare is like any other insurance policy. Apple's standard warranty (at least in the US) is one year parts and 90 labor. If you sell every year then AppleCare only gives you a labor cost advantage. You decide if the cost is worth it to you. If you have an American Express card and use that for your purchase, American Express will double the warranty up to one year. This would give you 2 years parts and 6 months labor. I don't know if anyone else sells a policy for Apple. I know I would not buy a 3rd party policy. And yes, I do buy AppleCare.
  5. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Definately worth it in my opinion even if you are only going to keep it for a year as it adds resale value. Repairs on apple products really can be quite expensive after the warranty has expired! [​IMG]
  6. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2009
    Are you sure the standard one year warranty doesn't cover labor for the year as well? I was led to believe if I needed repair for something the warranty covers there would be no cost to me for the entire year. I don't think 90days is correct for labor. Now there is only 90 days free phone support in the standard warranty but parts and labor should be one year.

    And on the credit card warranties if you buy something with a US card that only applies if you buy in the US. I bought in Europe and Visa would not offer the extended warranty just FYI.
  7. star-fish macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2009
    In all countries in the EU, you have a 2 year warranty on electronic and electrical goods (including Apple products) anyway.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I think it is worth it. The harddrive in my iMac crashed after the regular warranty had expired, took it in and it was replaced the same day under AppleCare.
  9. gummer macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    United Kingdom
    No you don't. At least not in the UK. Do you have a source?
  10. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    To me, buying Applecare depends on what I'm buying. For imac's and MBP's its a yes. The Applecare for an IMac is less than 10% of the items price.
    The MBP's is much more expensive, but you just can't take the chance on that big of an investment.

    But on the MB, its cheap enough to skip it. After the year's coverage you could still pick up a replacement cheap enough to justify taking the risk.
    The Applecare is upwards of 25% of the items cost in this case.
  11. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    yes, it's a full year for BOTH parts & labor.....the 90 days is telephone support, NOT labor

    you can buy the warranty extension anytime right up to the end of your 1 year warranty, so in your case, you should definitely wait since you say you're likelyg to sell it within a year
  12. eelpout macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2007
    Silicon Valley
    what confuses me is which AppleCare to get, if you don't buy direct from Apple. For instance on Amazon, there seem to be many different items out there for iMac with differing product numbers. They might align with different generations of iMac, but it's never clear.
  13. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    Yes absolutely.

    Try calling apple care after 90 days or so theyll tell to head straight to an Apple Store since phone support isnt covered after the 90 days.
    When things are busy and youre in a tight bind, phone support is a good convenience alone.

    Also doesnt hurt to have the extra couple years on hardware support, especially for the newer models who've only been out for a little over a year now.

    I say by all means, go for it
  14. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    All extended warranties are a rip off. If they are going to fail, most electronics will fail in the first year.

    You would be better off putting the money you would spend on extended warranties into a savings account that you use for repairs if your item breaks.
  15. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    There are some that say selling a laptop that has AppleCare will fetch a higher price than selling a laptop that doesn't have AppleCare, esp. if the laptop is near the end of its one-year warranty.
  16. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2009
    This is not really accurate. They have to send you a box for repair. As long as you are in warranty. They dont have to try and diagnose software probs etc but if you call and say your display stopped working suddenly they will not say you have to go to the apple store and if someone does I'd escalate it as that's not right. I asked them specifically this on the phone two different times and they confirmed they will do basic trouble shooting free and send a box.
  17. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    applecare is a waste of money if you use a credit card

    duh... most credit cards DOUBLE your warranty
    so you have two years up front
    Applecare then costs a ton to get warranty for year 3

    Apple fanboys will tell you to get it
    Are these computers THAT unreliable?

    You cannot have it both ways
    either apple makes reliable computers... or they dont...

    and you are spending a fortune for LATE failures

    I have never had a problem with 5 apples i have bought - so i saved 1500 by not buying applecare
    thank goodness
  18. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    The exception in my opinion: TV hard disk recorder. Contains a hard disk that records 24 hours a day. They fail after about two years. And every time, the extended warranty buys a new model including three years extended warranty. Seems I am set up for life as long as they never last more than three years :D
  19. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    If you do this, you are still rolling the dice on an expensive piece of equipment because you're too cheap to pony up a few more hundred bucks to protect it. All of the failures affecting my Powerbook G4 happened several years after it was purchased.

    Or, to put it another way, you can drive without car insurance and be as careful as you can possibly be, but you're eventually going to get popped.

    Folks, just because you have been lucky enough to avoid major failures so far doesn't mean you'll always be so lucky. But if you truly can't see the value of spending $300 to protect a $2500.00 machine, I'm not sure any amount of convincing will ever get through to you.

    Have fun paying through the nose for repairs when something bad eventually happens to your machine, but don't say we didn't warn you.
  20. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005

    Unfortunately, the logic is flawed. With a credit card, you get two years coverage. You paid $300 for applecare. But a 2 .5 year old powerbook is worth less than HALF of the original price. So, you paid $300 to protect a $1000 machine, and after it worked perfectly for 2 years already. And something just came up in the 3rd year. It is no longer a 2500 machine. I cannot think of a powerbook g4 worth $2500 right now. Yep, a sucker is born every minute. EXCEPTION: if you believe apple machines are VERY UNRELIABLE. Then it is worth it. Cant have it both ways.
  21. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    As is the case with any electronic devices. You will have duds. They have some of the best QC actually.
  22. deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
    The extra year gets tacked on at the end. If you get AppleCare then you have those 3 years plus the credit card for a total of 4 years. At least that's how AmEx does it.
  23. lilskaterpunk thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2008
    GREAT comments everyone, thanks!

    It is a decision that im still thinking of making...

    Keep posting if u have an opinion to share.
  24. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Just FYI, extended warranties are THE biggest profit center for electronics companies. Just syaing so that you have all the info before you make a decision.
  25. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    So what? Why would that have any bearing on the decision to buy or not buy a warranty?

    Of course it makes them money, they're not a charity.

    Here's your choice: Buy an extended warranty for a couple of hundred bucks more now, or risk paying thousands out of pocket later if something goes wrong.

    How much buying the warranty profits the company is totally irrelevant.

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