Precisely. And the odds of losing money are pretty high (otherwise insurance companies wouldn’t be profitable). It’s the short term cost vs. long term costs.
You should only do that if the loss you’re insuring against is something that you couldn’t recover from, or that would gravely impact your finances.
Having an $18K minivan (trade-in value today – new is about $32K) possibly losing its entire value due to one event is bad. I mean, I carry comprehensive insurance on it as well even though it’s paid off. So I guess I’m a natural born sucker =)
But I don’t think that’s at all likely (especially if you maintain your car) so, again, it seems like a bad bet.
I don’t necessarily disagree, but to some degree you could argue that I’m comfortable enough that protecting my downside is more “affordable” than protecting my short term cash position.
And while the odds of a big problem are statistically unlikely, I’ve had enough problems with cars that were under warranty (Dodge Viper, Volvo V70, Ford F150 SuperCrew) that I’m a little gunshy at this point. The Viper needed a new tranny at 250 miles, and had paint problems on the hood and side pipe covers for almost the life of the vehicle. When I sold it the new buyer found that it had a leaking oil seal that ended up costing something like $1500 alone to repair because of labor.
The V70 had to have a fuel tank replaced, engine control unit replaced, interior replaced, power seat fixed, and some other things I can’t recall. The F150 had major brake failure at 33K miles.
I’m not confident that in any of those cases that the vehicles would have suddenly become more reliable once the warranty ran out.
Now, granted, none of those have the Japanese car reliability mystique to them, but then again, I’m not sure how stock I put into that reputating given their reluctance to provide a stock warranty past 3/36K when freaking Kia offers like a 7/70K*.
- And yes, Kia likely has to offer that, much like Chrysler did in the 80s, in order to remove doubt about the quality of their vehicles