Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing six local auto warranty companies. They are National Dealers Warranty, also known as Stop Repair Bills.Com., Warranty Activation Headquarters, also known as Nationwide Automotive Protection, Extended Warranty Corporation, also known as Key protection Group, Dealers Warranty.U. S. Auto Warranty, and Dealer Warranty Services.
Kosters said many if not most extended automobile warranties are a hoax and should be scrutinized.
The warranties can end up costing more than the car is worth... and the warranty companies won't pay out the full amount if that's the case.
Koster says the break even point is sometimes as early as between the first and second year of a multi year contract.
What's more, there is a new wrinkle. Some companies mail out engine additives with instructions for the owner to add it to the car in order for the warranty to be valid. Later, those same customers were denied a refund and told that using the additive made the warranty invalid.
Not all auto warranties make misleading claims, but how do you know to tell the difference? Ask what are the limits of the policy before you buy.... and what parts are covered? Look not only for a legitimate company, but make sure you read the fine print.
Koster is suing for restitution for consumers, and to force the companies to adhere to Missouri law.