:I have to disagree- partly. While in general I agree with what's been
:posted(and Consumer Reports recommends against them), I have bought
:them for a couple of appliances, and been glad I did. My wife wanted a
:new style fridge a few years ago, and we got 5 yr warranty at a
:discount. My family is hard on things- 3 kids, harder than training
:dogs... I've had the fridge repaired 3-4 times already, partly due to
:defective design- as I said, a new style(french door, bottom freezer),
:but also due to careless treatment. I think I'm already well ahead,
:with over 2 yrs left on the warranty.
: Had a similar experience with a dishwasher, which I must admit was
:largely due to poor purchase choice on my part- Maytag. Again,
:though, they offered me discounted warranty, and though I'd have been
:happier if I'd just bought a reliable machine, at least I haven't had
:to pay for the repairs.
: I'd consider them with new models of unknown reliability, or if
:your kids are as rough on things as mine have sometimes been. If you
:do, see if they'll give it to you at reduced rate.
In my case, I tend to be careful with my purchases and in most cases
won't be overusing them. In particular this goes for my refrigerator.
I've had mine ~ 6 years and I figure on a scale of 1-10 my usage is
around a 2. If I had a big family, etc. I might consider it for some
purchases, such as you suggest.
Of course, the fact is that with most items, if there's a problem in the
manufacture of it, it will become known to the purchaser before the
original warantee expires. Most warantees I've seen stipulate that they
cover defects in manufacturing only, not failure due to usage. An
extended warantee then seems pretty dumb unless it's practically for