Let’s talk about these Warranty Services
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Volvo’s “Service for Life” plan certainly has its perks. Many of the elements of this plan sound incredible, so if you are interested in an extended auto warranty for your Volvo, you should pay attention.
Volvo Software Upgrades and Aftermarket Software Upgrades
Sure, Volvo’s software upgrades aren’t proprietary, so if you wanted you could get them from places other than the dealership. The fact is that any qualified mechanic can find official and aftermarket Volvo software updates online. Beware however; as Volvo suggests that using aftermarket software can disable the ECM (Engine Control Module, or the “computer”) in some cases.
Outside of software updates needed as part of a repair, there really isn’t that many upgrades that you need to keep it running. Volvo admits that there are no software upgrades to prevent component failure. Many upgrades are insignificant “tweaks” to your system that you may never notice if you keep up with your routine maintenance, which, by the way, is a qualification to get approved for a warranty claim. All the same, these “tweaks” are available in aftermarket versions.
Volvo Factory Trained Technicians vs. Other Mechanics
It certainly seems by the title of “Volvo factory trained technicians” that Volvo dealership mechanics have a special “inside angle” on how to fix your car. The unfortunate fact is that they don’t. All mechanics learn the same skills in their training, and there is nothing so unique about any car that a skilled mechanic could not figure out immediately, factory trained or not.
The real difference in the ability of a mechanic to fix a vehicle is in their experience, not in their training. There is the theory, which you learn in school, and the practice, which you learn by working. Just like in your occupation, there are situations in auto repair where schooling does not match “real world experience.” As you can imagine, there are likely to be non-dealership mechanics with much more experience than dealership mechanics out there.
Volvo’s Car Warranties Keep Money “In the Family”
Besides requiring you to use their official software and mechanics, Volvo’s car warranties require you to use “Volvo Genuine Parts” for replacements. If a manufacturer’s part is not immediately available, that means you will have to wait until the part gets delivered, and that could take a week or more. If you were allowed to use aftermarket parts, the part could be delivered as quickly as 15 minutes. Apart from the price, there is no significant difference between manufacturer parts and aftermarket parts, just as there is no significant difference between “Fruit Loops” and “Tootie Fruities” breakfast cereals.
Using third party used car warranties such as CARCHEX allows you to use the nearest certified mechanic and aftermarket service. You don’t even have to rely on their dealerships to get the software upgrades. The big question now is, if Volvo is truly interested in providing you the best service, why does everything have to come from their company, even if it means that you are inconvenienced?
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