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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-21-2006, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket Warranties - Well Worth It or Waste of Money?

well this probably should of been included with my lo-jack thread but i was curious to hear what everyone's opinions are on aftermarket tire, maintenance and extended warranties. most probably think it's a waste of money but knowing that you could basically get them for free would you still do it? or would you rather take the money off the cost of the bike (GSX-R)?

i'm up in the air on all of them. the tire warranty sounds great and i know i've already had to deal with tires the moment i got my last bike and my buddy had to get a new set 3 years in a row. not to mention that this also includes rims. seeing that it would cost at least $400 for tires and install, paying less for 4 guaranteed tires + rim coverage for 5 years doesn't sound bad to me.

maintenance is also a tempting. it's a new bike, so it's going to need service for the first few thousand miles or so. so y not get a break on service that i'm going to have to pay for anyway? it's for 4 services and 4 oil changes...essentially the same thing. i can do oil changes but i'd rather not be adjusting the values and what not on a new bike.

last comes the extended warranty. these bike are here to last but shit goes wrong all the time. i've read that the gsxr has a bike of tranmission problems but nothing that's too serious. is it worth a few hundred to be covered for 4 years?

thanks again in advance. chances are i already know that answers. the real decision is whether or not to take the warranties vs paying less for the bike.

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unles it comes directly from the specifically made manufacturer....dont bother...i know so man people that fawked themselfs by being cheap, then got it after the warrenty period to save $...and they get assrapped everytime...either get it from honda/suzi/kawi/yami or the dealer you bought it from...or dont bother...most shit is not covered...and to top it off...you have to actually CALL the warrenty joint to have them approve the repair before it can get repaired...and they fight tooth and nail about repairs PERIOD

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I doubt the tire warranty (or any part of it) would cover what is considered 'normal wear and tear'. So yeah, it will cover if the tire fails or you hit a nail. Even then, they'll check the mileage and condition of the tire and prorate it, meaning you'll still have to pay some. Tires with install can be had for around $300 if you bring the rims to someplace other than a dealer (Jim comes to mind). And unless it's exotic, 'maintenance' consists of oil change, chain tension check, and cable lubing. Regardless of what they say, I doubt too many places will crack it open to check valve clearances, especially on an extended warranty.

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Don't get any of that crap. I was going to get that stuff from CC but had it all taken off except the maintenance at the last minute. I should have taken the maintenance off too b/c you do not get priority scheduling like it says. I sent my maintenance thingy back for a refund after the first service.

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unles it comes directly from the specifically made manufacturer....dont bother...i know so man people that fawked themselfs by being cheap, then got it after the warrenty period to save $...and they get assrapped everytime...either get it from honda/suzi/kawi/yami or the dealer you bought it from...or dont bother...most shit is not covered...and to top it off...you have to actually CALL the warrenty joint to have them approve the repair before it can get repaired...and they fight tooth and nail about repairs PERIOD
well it would directly from the dealer and at the time of purchase. it can also be used at any franchise dealership. which from what i understand is any dealership. it also includes roadside and doesn't void if i decide to put aftermarket parts on it. but you're right, it doesn't include everything. i have a list but it's far too much to list.

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Don't get any of that crap. I was going to get that stuff from CC but had it all taken off except the maintenance at the last minute. I should have taken the maintenance off too b/c you do not get priority scheduling like it says. I sent my maintenance thingy back for a refund after the first service.
i noticed you have an '05 gixxer. do you recall the cost of the first few services?

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i noticed you have an '05 gixxer. do you recall the cost of the first few services?
its an '06 and the first one is like $350

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It's all a waste and its how they make money. It sounds good but in the end you lose. The maintenance is a waste, if you can change oil and can read a manual and torque some bolts that's all you need to do maintenance wise until that warranty will be up. Unless you are going to put 16K miles or more on the bike in the nxt two years. Tires are a lot to replace but it is rare that anyone would get use out of that warranty to cover the price you pay, not to mention most of that crap has hidden deductibles you have to pay. I had a flat after 1 day of owning my last new bike and no others in 14 years of riding, so again, shit happens, but I wouldn't say its worth it. Save your money for when you actually need it. Learn to work on your bike yourself and take it in when something actually requires it.
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its an '06 and the first one is like $350
$350!! shit. well that's my point though. if i need 4 services or so...y not spend the $850 now and get it done with? i'm going to call and ask what the 4 services cost.

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$350!! shit. well that's my point though. if i need 4 services or so...y not spend the $850 now and get it done with? i'm going to call and ask what the 4 services cost.
you really want chicago cycle doing your service work? not exactly known for their shop work there.

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Because $350 is a RIP OFF. On my Kawi they wanted the same to do the first service. Change oil and filter, check all the bolts, tighten chain and check the whole bike over, lights, cables, etc. that's it. For $40 I bought my oil, filter, chain lube and did it myself in an hour. Save you receipts and follow your manual. They can't default your warranty for doing you own maintenance, if you have some proof you did it. Kawi's dont call for valve inspections at first service, I doubt many bikes do.
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$350!! shit. well that's my point though. if i need 4 services or so...y not spend the $850 now and get it done with? i'm going to call and ask what the 4 services cost.
Check the owner's manual or online service manuals for EXACTLY what gets done with the various mileage services. You'd be surprised how much ISN'T done. As also stated, the service group isn't making money on it (dealer already made it, but the shop gets graded on service bills paid). You can be damn sure your bike will be sitting for weeks while they do all the work for people paying in cash.

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It's a Suzuki, get ALL the warranty you can get!! just kidding. I bought the extended warranty from CC for my Honda, and the ONLY thing that has failed on my bike are the gauge buttons. TWICE i've brought it to them (to the same guy no less) and both times they were NOT fixed. My problem is a simple fix (remove white piece from under the rubber and replace) but since i already paid for the warranty, why not have them fix it? I also purchased the 4 pre-paid work on my bike only because i was new to riding and had no knowledge of working on one. (still don't) Would i take it back if i could? yes. WHY? Cause i met people on CLSB that assisted me in working on my bike, plus, you get a better feeling knowing that the work was done right and clean. EVERYTIME i got my bike back from CC it looked like camelshit on a stick. Grease/oil everywhere, overtightened bolts that caused spider cracks on my fairings, etc. As for the tire warranty, i heard some crap about that as well, can't remember who though. In the end, if you feel comfortable about doing the work yourself, don't buy the warranty. Before you buy the bike, do some extensive research for abnormal issues, if there are a lot, get the warranty, if not, i'm sure that Zuk will run foerver and the warranty would be useless. And if there are issues i'm sure they are minimal. (cept for that frame cracking issue. lol)

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