Extend your Ford Warranty

The future of Ford looks a little bleak at the moment (September 2019) with the century old motor manufacturer’s credit status having just been downgraded to junk status by Moody’s.  Yes, the same guys who evaluate South Africa’s credit rating and somehow decided that our debt is still investment grade!

Not so for Ford Motor Company who have been in for a bumpy ride over the last few years with the troublesome Ford Kuga Ecoboost 1.6 catching fire (which was recalled) and the Ford Fiesta Fiesta and EcoSport with its easy to pick lock problems where several owners have had their cars locks picked without the alarm going off. Thankfully Ford has come to the rescue and provided recalls to sort these known issues out – which should restore some faith in the Ford brand.

The “new” shape Ford Ranger bakkie was launched in 2012 and has been one for the best selling bakkies in South Africa ever since – having seen neck-on-neck sales with Toyota’s venerable Hilux until 2016 (when the all new Hilux was launched). The previous model Ranger was a slow seller but the aggressive styling of the T6 Ranger, specifically the Wildcat, won the hearts of many South African bakkie buyers. 

In an ongoing Ford Ranger T6 Problems poll by popular 4x4community – you can see that roughly 5.7% of owners had minor issues and 6.7% had major mechanical issues with the Ranger 3.2L Auto. But don’t let this distract you as fewer people report good service and trouble free motoring than those who are frustrated and looking for recourse to problems.

If you are considering buying a used Ford Ranger T6 you should be aware that according to Steve’s Auto Clinic – the Ford Ranger has several known mechanical issues which you might want to check on before making a purchase.

You would do well to purchase any of these Ford models though, as any inherit issues should have been sorted out by dealerships under recall.

And of course – any unforeseen mechanical issues can be dealt with by taking out an Extended Warranty for your Ford Ranger, Ford Fiesta or Ford EcoSport. These are monthly plans and are well worth investigating.

And over the long term the cost of ownership can be reasonable with a Service Plan Here.

Ford makes great cars and with the appropriate extended warranty and service plan you can have years of fun in your Ford 😉

How to Detect Any Recalls on your Ford

If you are considering buying a used Ford or just want to know if you should be rectifying any potential issues your car may have, then simply punch your VIN numbers in here and take it from there.

VW Service Plans and Warranty for your Polo, Golf, Up

The Last of VW Jetta 6

If you didn’t own one, someone, somewhere in your life most likely did. I’m talking about a VW Jetta which has sadly been pulled from Volkswagen lineup of cars in South Africa. It was pretty much a VW Golf with a boot and offered additional storage space and stiffness to tame hot hatch range. It was however, altogether more sedate and very often found to be the average family car with that easy driving Golf predictability.

In March 2019 the last remaining VW Jetta 6 was sold in South Africa and with that the Jetta model is no more. The newer Jetta 7 will not be scheduled for release here as Volkswagen global will not be making Jetta’s in right hand drive variants. A bit sad really, but it’s not the end of the world. Remember, it was only 10 years ago (2009) when the last VW City Golf rolled off the production line! City Golf fans the country over thought that the sun would never shine again – and then enter the VW UP! The VW Polo Vivo Sedan was another casualty in the VW stable – but this was announced in 2018 so it’s hardly news.

But you know whatever model Volkswagen UP, Caddy, Amarok, Touran or GTi you drive, with a good extended warranty you can keep your VW going for many years. In fact, if you purchased any VW Golf, Caddy or Jetta and it has done less than 200,000km and is less than 15 years old you can take out an aftermarket warranty from Warranty Extender to keep it running well for years to come.

The Good News is that if you own a Volkswagen that is out of plan – then you can apply for an Extended Warranty or Service Plan here. Do this now.

Citroen Extended Warranties and Service Plans

Probably one of the saddest motor manufacturer exits from South Africa would be the amazing and stylish Citroen, French motoring flair at its finest!  Now you may scoff and say “Farewell”, but just think about all the amazing contributions that Citroen has made over the last century.  Yes, it’s been a long time – Citroen was founded in 1919.

Citroen has bought us so many amazing motoring firsts: pneumatic suspension, disc brakes, a mass produced front wheel drive system and swiveling headlights that moved to shine light into corners. And this was all before 1970!  This legacy of thinking ahead and making motoring exciting is at the heart of every Citroen and it’s the reason these cars are feature rich, extraordinary and a pleasure to drive.

If you’re an existing Citroen Owner – then you know that it’s hard to find a car that has so much thought put into it.  All the clever little storage options and the ergonomic touches that challenge other manufacturers to compete at the price point.  So yes it’s sad news that they have left and they will be missed.  But the good news is that if you are considering buying a used Citroen, then we have both a Citroen Extended Warranty for you and an aftermarket Service Plan for your Citroen to make the upkeep more affordable.

There probably aren’t that many manufacturers that can seriously propose and pull off rubberized door panels quite like the Citroen C4 Cactus!!

Buying a Used Citroen C3, C4 or DS3 and need an Extended Warranty?

So obviously buying a vehicle that is no longer sold in South Africa sounds risky, but just look what you’re getting for the money!  These cars are fully loaded and weren’t awarded 2010 Car of the Year by Top Gear for nothing. It’s probably worth taking the risk (if any at all) and then to be sure just get an extended warranty for anything that rears it’s ugly head.

The only downside would be that you are probably not going to sell it easily when the times comes to say bye bye but if you are prepared to sell low then you it’s really not a problem.  Few cars hold there value well beyond 7 years anyway, so it’s a case of buy low and sell lower…  If you’re OK with that and understand that normal car is an investment, then go for it, buy the Citroen and be covered with Warranty Extender.

Hyundai’s Extended Warranty the Ultimate in Maintenance and Service

Fewer gestures give you more confidence when buying a new or used Hyundai than its standard 5 year / 150 000km warranty. It’s a bit like saying – “we believe in our product and so should you” and as most Hyundai owners will attest, it’s mostly hassle free motoring with Hyundai. The growing popularity of the Hyundai brand, especially in the smaller car segment with its i10 and i20 variants (which replaced the trusty Getz) have seen the almost meteoric rise of Hyundai as a brand that can be relied on. Whilst the Korean manufacturer can often be seen as being “vanilla” (a great flavour actually) – it may be the Toyota quality you can rely on at a more affordable price. Just ask any Getz owner – a solid little car that has been providing great service for more than a decade.

But, all good things come to an end, and that means that sooner or later your 5 year/150 000km Hyundai warranty will expire and you will be left without a warranty plan to fall back on. Or you could get an extended warranty for your Hyundai and keep your favourite Tuscon, iX30 or Sante-Fe going strong from Warranty Extender.

As of the 1 February 2016 – Hyundai has upper the standard again and is now offering 7 year/200 000km manufacturer warranty on the majority of it’s vehicles (see website for exact details), provided the vehicle is serviced and maintained at an Authorised Hyundai Service Centre. That really is an incredible testament to the kind of quality vehicle you can expect. Well done Hyundai!

Remember, that you can keep your older Hyundai in good order with the Warranty Extender product available over here. So if you have a 2008-2013 Hyundai that needs an aftermarket service plan or warranty, Warranty Extender has a plan for you!

Audi Service Plans and Extended Warranty

Audi has a long and prestigious relationship with South Africans, and the German manufacturer impresses with it’s line up of mid range and premium cars. From the Audi A3 hatchback, the go anywhere Q5, the super sporty Audi TT to the luxurious A6 sedan, Audi has a variant to suit almost all our motoring needs and Warranty Extender has a Service plan to cover almost all the Audi models.

But maintaining and servicing your Audi can cost you more than you budgeted for once your factory service plan has expired. And keeping your Audi love affair going strong requires that you look after your finances too. Best way to do this? Get a Warranty Extender Service Plan for your Audi car and know that when you reach your service intervals, you are on target with your finances too.

Get and Audi Service Plan

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Get an Aftermarket Extended Audi Warranty

We offer aftermarket Audi service plans and warranties for the following popular models:
Audi A3, Audi A4,Audi A5
Audi Q3, Audi Q5
Audi S3, Audi TT

Did you not see your model listed here, then don’t worry – we have a motor plan for every Audi model, but you are welcome to contact us to confirm and get a price. Please use the quote form above to get an Audi warranty or maintenance plan extension cost.

It’s taken Audi a long time, the better part of almost two decades, to separate brand superiority from parent company VW. We have come a long way from the days of the old Audi 100 with it’s feisty 5 cylinder engine that was smooth and somehow kicked like a stallion when needed. Audi has grown on this proud tradition of producing cars with refined elegance that have muscle in all the right places to be a premium car manufacturer today. Premium cars come with high price tags, especially the parts needed to keep older cars going strong. Keep your Audi in good shape with a little help from Warranty Extender.

Chrysler Aftermarket Warranty available as automaker exits South Africa

It’s been an interesting year for automotive brands in South Africa, where we have seen a few major players announcing that they will be leaving the country for good. Chevrolet announced this earlier in June 2017 and now Chrysler and Dodge have followed suit, albeit it for very different reasons.

Chrysler has been scaling back it’s available models since 2014 and had only kept the best selling models, the Chrysler 300c and the Chrysler Grand voyager. Earlier models such and the PT Cruiser, Neon and the Crossfire were either discontinued or removed from local sales floors. Dodge and Chrysler have decide to stop producing cars in right hand drive layouts for the export market and this means that Dodge and Chrysler South Africa will be no more.

Both the 300C and the Grand Voyager remain brilliant cars, and if you drive one you know why.

Chrysler 300C

I bet you all recall the first time you saw a Chrysler 300C – the car had lines that were pure gangster and oozed Bentley class. And its class was not merely skin deep – it had some of the finest German engineering DNA you can find. Much of the engineering on the earlier 300c were from the Mercedes E-Class – suspension, steering system, transmission and much of the wiring loom. There are many other Mercedes parts and technologies that made it’s way into the Chrysler 300C and as such, it was and remains a luxury car with excellent handling and smooth power output.

http://www.300cforums.com/forums/2nd-generation-chrysler-300-discussion/144898-300-built-mercedes-platform-2.html
http://www.300cforums.com/forums/general-discussion/61122-300c-e-class.html

Chrysler Grand Voyager

If you needed to transport your family but wanted to avoid driving a taxi – then the Chrysler Grand Voyager was hard to beat. It offered excellent comfort with seating for up to 7 adults (in luxury) including ample space for your luggage – and space is where it was grand indeed. Chrysler spent a jaw dropping U$221 million (US dollars) on making the Stow ‘n Go seating configuration that makes the Grand Voyager so useful.

http://wardsauto.com/news-analysis/stow-n-go

The seats can be folded flat into the floor or rolled forward without the need to remove the headrests. There are also two large storage bins under the floor when the seats are in the upright position, making space the highlight of this car. The diesel version is also powered by a 2.8L VM Motori motor – the same manufacturer that currently provides Jeep with it’s power plants. If you needed to move your whole family with space for surfboards, fisihng rods and golf clubs, then this was without a doubt the best car for the job.

Good News

You’ve got options, and they’re not bad ones either! Warranty Extender will continue to offer both warranties and service plans for the Chrysler Grand Voyager and aftermarket warranties and motor plans for the Chrysler 300. You don’t need to panic and retire these awesome cars prematurely or jump to sell them at a giveaway price. Relax – Warranty Extender will look after your motoring peace of mind for years to come.

More Good News about used Chrysler 300c or Grand Voyager warranties and service plan

If you happen to come across a good condition used Chrysler 300c or Grand Voyager, that is younger than 15 years and not done 250,00k, then rest assured you will be able to get an affordable service plan and a warranty for it. Buy with confidence!

Chevrolet Warranty and Service Plans Alternatives

With the May 2017 announcement that General Motors and the Chevrolet brand will be leaving South Africa for good (again), after a recent 13 year stint, comes as a bit of a shock. Having recently unveiled the new and improved Trailblazer in October 2016 – a mere 8 months ago, it would appear that this latest decision was taken rather hastily. As a Chevy owner you have every right to be alarmed, but before you decide to ditch your Chevrolet as redundant, perhaps you should examine a few important factors.

Read more on why Chevy chose to leave South Africa here

  • Chevrolet will continue the after-sales and parts support until the end of 2017 for all Chevy customers
  • Your Service Plan and Warranty will remain in place
  • In 2018 and beyond, Isuzu will provide the service and after-sales support for all Chevy and Opel customers
  • General Motors South Africa will help transition all Chevrolet dealers
  • Your spare parts and service requirements will be taken over by Isuzu

Some memorable South African Chevy cars

Chevy Spark – the tiny car with big car attitude. Was always one of the top 10 selling vehicles.
Chevy Utility Bakkie – The Chevy Ute battled Nissans NP200 in the small sized utility vehicle and was always one of the top selling bakkies in South Africa.
Chevy Captiva – One of the nicest mid-sized SUV’s in the country.
Trailblazer – This went head-to-head against the likes of Toyota’s Fortuna, a tough act to beat.
http://citizen.co.za/news/news-national/1518629/how-general-motors-exit-from-sa-affects-you/

Alternatives for Chevy Service and Warranties

Thankfully Warranty Extender is able to offer a complete range of extended warranty and aftermarket service plans to keep your Chevrolet Spark, Captiva, Trailblazer, Ute or any Chevy in good shape for years to come. For up to 15 years actually! So no need to rush off and sell your Chevy at a reduced price just yet. It is and will continue to be a great car for years to come – just keep it maintained with a service plan and for your own peace of mind, get a warranty for “just in case”.

Why did Chevrolet leave South Africa?

Word from the US is that it was to improve their core Market, specifically the manufacturing and sales centres. Clearly South Africa represents a small slice of the pie and perhaps current stagnant sales figures and slow economy did little to help the South African division. General Motors insist that the decision was not made based on the recent credit ratings downgrade to Junk Status or by government policy, but you can’t help but wonder that if our country was in better hands with a buoyant economy then perhaps we would not have been such a slow mover in the first place. However, it is done.

Get a service plan quote here and an aftermarket warranty quote here

Do you know the difference between a Service Plan, a Maintenance Plan and a Warranty?

That’s quite a long question, but it’s actually an important one as a Service Plan is different to a Maintenance Plan and a Warranty is quite a different thing altogether. I’ll try help you understand the basic differences between the three products mentioned above.

Service Plan vs Maintenance Plan

Firstly, it’s important to understand what a service plan is before we can compare it. A Service Plan assists you in being able to pay for the basic (and full) service requirements for your car. Its intention is to help you budget for when your car, (usually a used car) needs an engine service with a reliable service centre. Generally speaking, a service has 2 parts – a major service, which often includes a cam belt change and a minor service – sometimes called an oil service. There are many more details about major and minor service procedures, and they do differ from car to car, so we won’t go into any more specific detail here.

A car maintenance plan is kind of a super plan – it has all the elements of a Service Plan, including a Warranty against mechanical failures and then it covers wear and tear items as well. Typical Wear and Tear items include brake pads & linings, wiper blades, shock absorbers and mounts, batteries, globes (light bulbs), aircon gas, etc. Basically anything that has a natural wear cycle and needs to be replaced as performance degrades. So a car maintenance plan is all encompassing and more suited to a younger car that has not done excessive milage. Only a very select few car qualify for a mainteneance plan – perhaps you should consider buying a service plan instead.

Hopefully, you now understand the different between a service plan and a maintenance plan.

Maintenance Plan vs Warranty

If you read above about a Maintenance plan, then you will understand that in most cases, it includes a car warranty.

But what exactly is a Motor Car Warranty? Well a warranty is a kind of insurance product that you take out to ensure that you are covered in the event of a mechanical breakdown. So for example, your car suddenly and unexpectedly starts to make a funny noise and then a clap, bang! You know that something bad just happened – and it’s definitely not a flat tyre – more like a engine problem. A warranty is there to help you in this situation – and it should probably pay for some, if not all the costs of repairing the damage sustained. It’s also important to note that different warranty plans, give you different amounts of cover. Typically, a more expensive plan will pay out more for the cost of repairs.

Service Plans vs Warranty

If a service plan is considered a kind of budgeting aid, by assisting you by paying the full cost of a motor car service – then a warranty can be considered an emergency mechanical assistant – by helping you pay for the cost of a breakdown and repair.