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Is an extended warranty on my car a good deal?

Is an extended warranty on my car a good deal?

Is an extended warranty on my car a good deal? At Central Garage in Pataskala we are asked this question quite often. Understanding warranties and how they work is essential in making a good choice. Think of the warranty in much the same way you consider health insurance coverage. Your health insurance policy will have a deductible, co-pays, and a perhaps a list of uncovered services. Some procedures may be capped at specific amounts. The better your coverage, the higher your premium and you can expect out of pocket expenses with every policy. Extended vehicle warranties work the same way. We have had mixed experiences with warranty companies – ranging from great coverage that pays well to very limited coverage that pays very little. Our best advice is to read the contract carefully and ask questions before you buy! To assume that your failed Engine will be replaced free of cost is a misconception. In mo ... read more

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Central Garage Timing Belt

Central Garage Timing Belt

Believe it or not, this is a picture of the remnants of a timing belt! The estimate to perform a complete timing belt job including the water pump, and all the tensioners and pulleys in the timing belt system as preventative maintenance was $900.00. It seems like a lot doesn’t it! Although this maintenance was due and recommended at 100,000 miles, it was never performed. The car had 150,000 miles when it suddenly stopped running and had to be towed in. We found that the water pump had locked up and one tensioner came apart. When the remaining pulleys tried to turn the timing belt it generated heat, melted and literally shredded the belt. More bad news, this is an interference engine which means it will bend the valves in the cylinder head when the timing belt fails. The new estimate to get the car repaired is nearly $4000.00! Some shops try to save the customer money by replacing only the timing belt. But it’s important to note in this case, both the water pump and one ten ... read more

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