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Sears Auto Centers Now Sell Used Car Warranties

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author photo by Autotrader February 2011

Back in 2009, Sears offered used car dealers the opportunity to operate a licensed Sears Auto Center. That means a used car lot and an authorized Sears Auto Center could exist on the same lot. Now, Sears is beefing up that program by essentially offering a certified used vehicle program similar to GM’s Certified and other automaker backed pre-owned vehicle warranties. The interesting thing here is that the Sears program isn’t brand specific like certified pre-owned programs offered by various automakers, potentially any or all brands could be included in the Sears Automotive Limited Warranty program.

Just like an automaker’s certified pre-owned plan, the Sears certified pre-owned vehicles must pass a 100 point inspection done by a qualified technician. The protection term is for three months or 3,000 miles and includes one year of 24 hour roadside assistance. It is a limited warranty, so not all parts are covered, but Sears says those exclusions are “clearly stated. “ The plan also has a $100 deductible.

In addition to the Limited Warranty on select used cars, Sears will also begin selling extended service contracts on top of the basic certified vehicle protection. The Sears Automotive Protection Plan can be purchased by any Sears Auto Center customer whether they bought their car through the Auto Center dealership or not. Like any extended service contract, the terms and conditions vary but options include basic powertrain coverage to more comprehensive total vehicle coverage. The program length can vary from just a few months to more than five years. Rental car expenses, towing reimbursement and the cost of meals and hotel stays can also be covered in the event of a breakdown.

Though not all aftermarket service contracts – or extended warranties – are worth the money, with features like rental car and meal reimbursement, the Sears plan offers features on par with some of the better certified pre-owned plans from major automakers. Plus, since the contracts are sold through a Sears Auto Center, the customer can buy the extra coverage from the same place that will actually be doing the work in case there is a mechanical problem with the car.

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Sears Auto Centers Now Sell Used Car Warranties - Autotrader