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I just purchase a RTL-T AWD last week. Checking around for the best deal for Honda Care.

Here is a pretty good quote, anyone know of a better deal?

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Prices valid through 4/30/17.

Plans for vehicles under 6,000 miles. Plans start on the day vehicle was first sold, and 0 miles.

$0 deductible plans

Plan Code D34. D46. D56. D50. D58. D68. D60. D62. D72. D70. D78. D80. D82.
Plan Length 36/45k 48/60k 60/60k 60/100k 60/80k 72/80k 72/100k 72/120k 84/120k 84/100k 84/80k 96/100k 96/120k
Base Price $410 $555 $575 $850 $730 $795 $1,005 $1,115 $1,320 $1,210 $890 $1,290 $1,395

$100 deductible plans

Plan Code C58 C50 C68 C60 C62 C72 C70 C78 C80 C82
These plans are about $100 more expensive.

We do not charge tax on your purchase.


Thinking about the D80 plan. 8 years 100,000 miles for $1,290.00

Thanks for your comments:
 

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I just go these yesterday from hyannis honda.
Please contact Sean Rausch at (508) 778-7878 for more information.

$0 Deductible Options
Plan Code Years* Mileage* Rate
D34 3 45,000 $340.00
D46 4 60,000 $485.00
D56 5 60,000 $505.00
D58 5 80,000 $660.00
D50 5 100,000 $780.00
D68 6 80,000 $725.00
D60 6 100,000 $935.00
D62 6 120,000 $1,045.00
D78 7 80,000 $820.00
D70 7 100,000 $1,140.00
D72 7 120,000 $1,250.00
D80 8 100,000 $1,220.00
D82 8 120,000 $1,325.00
$100 Deductible Options
Plan Code Years* Mileage* Rate
C58 5 80,000 $555.00
C50 5 100,000 $675.00
C68 6 80,000 $620.00
C60 6 100,000 $830.00
C62 6 120,000 $940.00
C78 7 80,000 $715.00
C70 7 100,000 $1,035.00
C72 7 120,000 $1,145.00
C80 8 100,000 $1,115.00
C82 8 120,000 $1,220.00
 

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You should try College Hills Honda in Ohio. They beat every other price that I got including Hyannis. I just bought Honda Care in March. The only downside to the College Hills experience is that you have to initiate the conversation with a trouble ticket. Once you make contact you can switch to email or call if you want. At the last minute Hyannis started dickering with me when they realized that I was probably going somewhere else. College Hills beat their new lower price. I strongly recommend them. Others recommended them to me or I never would've found them.
 
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I am in the same spot as you, looking at extended warranty plans. For me it seems the questions I must answer include the following:

1. Do I need a warranty at all? This can turn into almost a religious debate. On the one hand, I bought a brand which is widely regarded as being very reliable. On the other, I just bought a new model in its first model year, with nearly every feature and a lot of pricey technology which could be expensive to fix after the 3/36 warranty is up.

2. If the answer to #1 is "yes", then next I need to make a mileage assumption - how many miles per year will I put on this vehicle? If the mile estimate is high, say 20,000 miles per year, then the most coverage that I should buy is the 6/120K plan, because the plan will expire in the 6th year of use due to miles regardless of the plan's time limit. Buying years 7 and 8 buys me no additional coverage.

3. What is the most affordable plan to cover both my expected "time to own" and my expected "miles/year".

4. What is the likelihood that my usage profile will change in the next 7-8 years? What if I get a job farther away from my home? Or instead, start a work-from-home job? I believe my risk there is low because I would need to almost double my miles/year to materially affect the math.

5. What has my experience been with other extended warranties? For me, I have purchased them a couple of times and have never used them for anything. Those were both on Toyotas, and I even got a sweeter deal on my Tacoma. The dealership offered to buy back my 7-year policy at face value upon expiration as long as I did not use the warranty even once, and I still held the title to the truck at the 7-year mark. I did both of those things and got a refund check of almost $1300 from my dealer. Their risk on making a deal like that is low, though, since a majority of consumers would get rid of the vehicle before 7 years either by selling, trading or totaling, and there is a non-zero chance the vehicle would need some kind of out of warranty repair in seven years. I have not seen that offer from any Honda dealers...

For me the numbers skew this way:

A. I tend to keep cars a long time (12 & 10 years for the last two).
B. I am a low mileage driver (around 8,000 miles per year) - I live close to my job.

So for me, out in year eight (8) I would expect to have around 65,000 miles on this truck. Will a lot of expensive stuff break after year three (3) but before year eight (8) and 64,000 miles? That is the $1200 gamble. Some would look at my use case and say, "Heck, the thing will be barely broken in at 65,000 miles", and they might be right.

For my use case, the sweet spot for HondaCare is actually at 7 years/80K. That buys me the most time with the least cost per year but still gets me all the miles I need. I would expect to still be below 60,000 miles at the end of 7 years, but certainly below 80,000. Bumping up a year, from year 7 to year 8 coverage would cost me another 50% ($400 at minimum) in premiums, which is a very expensive insurance policy for one additional year of coverage. In fact, that jump (7/80 to 8/100) is more expensive than any other change in premium for one additional year of coverage on the chart. But since there is no 8 year/80K plan, I am just buying just one year of coverage, since I already have more miles than I will ever use.

Last question to ponder, what is my exposure if I don't keep the truck the full life of the warranty - perhaps due to an accident, or I decide I need something different, or some other unforeseen life event? I think there are pro rata refund and transfer-to-new-owner clauses in the Honda policy to help with that. But this is another $800 - $1300 "accessory" at risk to fight over with the insurance company if somebody totals my truck for me.

For most who make the decision to buy a warranty extension, it comes down to "what is peace of mind really worth?". At ~$800 for 7 years, that works out to less than 2% of the price of the truck. That almost seems like too good of a gamble to pass up. I plan to wait until closer to the end of the first six months to decide. I will have more data by then about how the truck is performing.
 
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I purchased the 6/120, with zero deductible plan, when I purchased my new 08 RTL. I never had occasion to use it until 119,975 miles when the wiring harness failed because of the draw from the HVAC. It was in the Honda shop for 3 days and guess what? It paid for the entire repair, more than paying for the insurance.
 

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Extended warranties for vehicles are actually insurance plans and some states make them sell them as such. Most often a third party payer is involved in covering claims. It may be Honda Motors, it may be Lloyds of London. We have no way of knowing.

Whether or not you should purchase an EW has always been subject to a lot of debate and traditionally not recommended by groups such as the Consumers Association (Consumers Reports). Remember, the odds are always in the house's favor. They wouldn't sell warranties at the price they do if they weren't making money on them.

You've already thrown darts on each side of the line. Good manufacturer history versus new model. Low mileage driver versus affect of age. When life cycled it really isn't that much per year.

I was in much the same boat. I'm now a low mileage driver (my G1 had 35,000 miles after six years, my G2 has 1500 miles after 3 months). Traditionally I've been a 10 year keeper, but my last two trucks have been 5/6 years. Financially I'm in a position where a major repair would be an inconvenience, not a hardship.

Honda has a good (but falling) reputation. The VCM is new, with its last version being less than spectacular. The AWD/VSA is new with 'mode selection' versus lockup. Much of the electronics are new to the Ridgeline, but have been in service in other models for a couple of years. But we do know its not perfect.

In my mind it all adds up to both sides are rolling the dice and hoping to come up a winner. Honda can absorb more than we can and they do have millions of "good" cars with EW on the road subsidizing the mistakes. I chose to purchase warranty and BTW, I did get a credit back on my G1 extended warranty when I traded it in.
 

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I purchased a Honda Care plan for my Ridgeline from College Hills two weeks ago. The D78 7year 80K plan was $795. No problem with the transaction, done with Email and a credit card. Received the Honda Care Vehicle Service Contract in the mail two days ago.
A year ago I purchased the same D78 plan for my 2016 Civic Touring from Saccucci Honda, the price was $740. Their price this year was $890. Hyannis was also $740 last year so prices have gone up. The contract is good in all 50 states and D.C.
 

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I also purchased the D78 plan from College Hills last month. The price was $795 and the process couldn't have been easier. This was the first vehicle extended warranty I have ever purchased as I don't like betting against myself, but the newness of the RL and the anticipated cost of repairs if something did go wrong convinced me it was worth the gamble.

I went with the D78 versus the other plans as it looked to be the most bang for the buck for my situation. I don't put that many miles on my vehicles, and will likely hit the time limit before the mileage limit. The D78 provided the longest time at the best price where the next step to add more time would have been the D80 at about $400 more. $400 for an additional year didn't feel worth it to me.

I also helped justified it in my mind as the plans do provide emergency roadside assistance during the length of the contract.
 

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Just spoke to Lynn at College Hills Honda and she quoted me $795 for D78 and $1195 for D80. Just not sure now which plan to get.

A lot of good points by various posters to consider before purchasing....but I will be purchasing (I think D78).
 

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Is the HondaCare warranty voided by the use of things like VCM Muzzler, skid plates, lifts, etc?
I suspect (guess only) that a skid plate wouldn't impact a warranty issue with a radio failure, but I would bet that the VCM Muzzler could create an interesting discussion if you had an engine failure.
 

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I purchased a Honda Care plan for my Ridgeline from College Hills two weeks ago. The D78 7year 80K plan was $795. No problem with the transaction, done with Email and a credit card. Received the Honda Care Vehicle Service Contract in the mail two days ago.
A year ago I purchased the same D78 plan for my 2016 Civic Touring from Saccucci Honda, the price was $740. Their price this year was $890. Hyannis was also $740 last year so prices have gone up. The contract is good in all 50 states and D.C.
Can you tell me how you started as a trouble ticket? Is this the site? Honda Dealership Wooster OH | Orrville | Ashland | College Hills Honda
 

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I also purchased the D78 plan from College Hills last month. The price was $795 and the process couldn't have been easier. This was the first vehicle extended warranty I have ever purchased as I don't like betting against myself, but the newness of the RL and the anticipated cost of repairs if something did go wrong convinced me it was worth the gamble.

I went with the D78 versus the other plans as it looked to be the most bang for the buck for my situation. I don't put that many miles on my vehicles, and will likely hit the time limit before the mileage limit. The D78 provided the longest time at the best price where the next step to add more time would have been the D80 at about $400 more. $400 for an additional year didn't feel worth it to me.

I also helped justified it in my mind as the plans do provide emergency roadside assistance during the length of the contract.
Did you call them direct or contact them online?
 

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Did you call them direct or contact them online?
I contacted them through their website. They provided a quote via email, and we finalized things over the phone. A couple of days later, the paperwork for my extended warranty arrived in the mail.

It was a really smooth and easy experience.

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