Six years ago, I walked into the CarMax on Barrett Parkway in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, and I bought a 2006 Range Rover. It would go on to become the world’s most famous 2006 Land Rover Range Rover, cheered on by an endless following of viewers and readers who wanted to know about that CarMax warranty.
And oh, boy, did it deliver. My Range Rover had precisely the sort of issues you’d expect from a 12-year-old used Range Rover, meaning that it broke all the time. As a result, I was constantly able to provide updates on the CarMax warranty, which I purchased for just $3,899 at the same time I bought my Range Rover. Unfortunately, those updates stop now, because the warranty has officially expired.
This happened last week, and I’m still a bit surprised it actually made it. When I bought the car, on December 8, 2012, the salesperson wrote down the warranty expiration date in the handbook as December 7, 2018, and I remember thinking it felt so insanely far away — and I questioned whether I’d actually own the car then. I especially questioned what I’d be doing on such a futuristic date, six years in the future. Back then, it felt like forever away.
Well, it was Friday. The warranty is expired. And the total is upon us.
Now, I’ve made many YouTube videos and articles over the years detailing every single expense this warranty has incurred, including one just a few months ago, back in September, when I left my Range Rover with a friend on Nantucket Island so I could have a car to use when I went on vacation there. As a result, I’m not going to go back through every single update. Instead, I’m just going to cover the last one, and the final total.
So here it is: for the last warranty repair, my friend Mason — who stewards the Range Rover now, when I’m not using it — took the Range Rover to Land Rover Cape Cod and told them to fix a few issues he had been hearing, and a few other minor concerns. The check engine light was on, for instance, and the turn signal stalk wasn’t functioning as designed. The dealer fixed those items and also a few other things — worn idler pulleys, for instance — and submitted a claim to CarMax. The claim was approved, for a warranty payout of $4,350.96.
In the end, that payout, combined with all the others, means that CarMax paid $21,276 in warranty claims on my Range Rover. I purchased the Range Rover for $26,998, and I paid $3,699 for the warranty, so the overall cost of the warranty claims nearly exceeded the value of the vehicle. It’s truly impressive that we got this far.
So what’s next for the Range Rover? Believe it or not, I’m keeping it. The Range Rover will live out the rest of its days on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where my wife and I like to vacation. I’ll use it when I’m on Nantucket for a few weeks out of the year, and my friend Mason will use it otherwise. But there will be one major difference: going forward, when the check engine light turns on, we’ll probably just ignore it.
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