When can I buy AppleCare?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Caitlyn, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    Can I buy AppleCare for my MacBook anytime after my one year warranty expires or do I need to buy the AppleCare immediately after my stock warranty expires?

    Any answers would be great as soon as possible.

    Best, Caitlyn.
  2. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    I believe the general rule of thumb is to buy Applecare a month or two BEFORE your warranty expires.
  3. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    ... and no later than the day your warranty expires. Applecare must be bought while your warranty is valid.
  4. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Yes, you are quite correct. You must buy your warranty BEFORE the one year standard warranty is over. Note however, that certain states have speical provisons that might affect this. For example, in California, if your notebook has to go in for repairs, the time it takes to complete the repair (assuming it's greater than one day) is added onto your total warranty time. EG:

    Purchase on 8/12/2007

    Go in for repairs on 9/1/2007

    Receive notebook back on 9/6/2007

    Total Repair time: 5 days

    Applecare expiration date: 8/17/2008.

    Again, I only know this is so in California, other states and countries, you're on your own.
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Hope you haven't missed your date!

    And buying it isn't enough, you have to register it! The guys at the Apple Store told me that way too many people think buying is enough and they never open the box and register.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  6. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    wow, i had no idea this was true. it's pretty neat, but i'm not surprised, though. california has a law where gift certificates aren't allowed to expire. i only wish we were a cool state that didn't have sales tax. :eek:
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I didn't either, until one of those ABC 7 Michael Finney things. Turns out, a car dealer was trying to scam people out of their warranties. Good thing I saw that story:) I also first learned about the gift card deal on Michael Finney.
    As for sales tax, I wish it was lower and a flat number (5% sounds so much easier to deal with), although I wouldn't complain if it was reduced to 0%:D

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