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BJT

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1,899 posts

134 months

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I will be calling the RAC in the morning as I missed them today but was thinking there could be some experience on here..?

I have the RAC Gold Warranty that came with my car when I purchased it last month.
I have a central locking fault now. I was going to rip in to the door and find the fault but remembered the warranty.

I think from reading the small print I have to do the following:
Call an approved garage (National Service Network), get them to diagnose the fault.
Call the RAC (warranty provider) and get their permission.
Get the garage to call the RAC
Then they will (if approved) fix the fault.

It also says: won't pay for diagnostics.....

Any experience...?

blank

2,242 posts

75 months

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I'll be interested to see how you get on.

Mine is up for renewal from buying the car a year ago but have never claimed. About £230 for a year which seems good value if needed.

BJT

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I will report back after my call tomorrow.....

PigFilth

3,258 posts

88 months

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Had it on my A6 - rightly or wrongly, it didn't seem to cover the one thing that went wrong with the car - the dual mass flywheel, which broke up.

I would rather put the annual fee to one side and use it as a fund for repairs.

nottyash

4,252 posts

82 months

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In 2001 I bought a new Jap import Honda Prelude 2.2 SI. It developed a 4WS problem, so I took it to Honda in portmouth. At first they were reluctant to work on it as it was an import as thier "computer may not talk to it2 However it did, they diagnosed the fault to a speed sensor on the gearbox, changed it and billed RAC for £350 plus labour.

I drove it off the forecourt and the 4WS light came on again. The Honda garage had it for a further 2 weeks and asked me to collect the car as they had "exhausted thier testing methods,it maybe a new ECU at £2300)

I took the car to a local BOSCH agent who found a loose wire on the speed sensor scotch cliped to the back of the speedo when the car came to the uk to change KMH to MPH.

I contaced Honda UK and stated thier mechanics were monkeys who cant fault find, and RAC telling them Honda charged them for parts the car never needed.

I got no where.

IMO warrantys are not worth it.
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BJT

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Friday 25th March 2011 quote quote all
I also would not normally bother with a Warranty..

I have booked the E46 in with a local garage.
RAC say that they will pay up to £40 p/h labour. The garage need to diagnose the fault, call the RAC and then they will advise if it is covered.
If it is covered, they pay all costs.
If it is not covered - I gat the bill...

We will see...

Carrot

5,959 posts

89 months

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Used them for a corsa with HGF

They recommended a Nationwide chain of Autocentres that massively overcharged for the work (causing me to go way over the £500 excess) and totally bodged the job.

Ultimately they paid to put it right at another garage, but the hassle was not worth it really.

If you have to use them - DO NOT use any of their recommended chain garages. You will end up paying towards the warranty, but it will be worth it in the long run.

BJT

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Carrot said:
Used them for a corsa with HGF

They recommended a Nationwide chain of Autocentres that massively overcharged for the work (causing me to go way over the £500 excess) and totally bodged the job.

Ultimately they paid to put it right at another garage, but the hassle was not worth it really.

If you have to use them - DO NOT use any of their recommended chain garages. You will end up paying towards the warranty, but it will be worth it in the long run.
They said I can use any VAT registered garage. I'm using a local BMW one.

Carrot

5,959 posts

89 months

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BJT said:
Carrot said:
Used them for a corsa with HGF

They recommended a Nationwide chain of Autocentres that massively overcharged for the work (causing me to go way over the £500 excess) and totally bodged the job.

Ultimately they paid to put it right at another garage, but the hassle was not worth it really.

If you have to use them - DO NOT use any of their recommended chain garages. You will end up paying towards the warranty, but it will be worth it in the long run.
They said I can use any VAT registered garage. I'm using a local BMW one.
Spot on thumbup

BJT

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134 months

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Turns out it was just dirty and sticking. The BMW guy couldn't find a fault.
Warranty people therefore were not interested and I paid £45

Kiltox

9,920 posts

45 months

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"not covered Sir, sorry. "

Default response of used car warranty people.

4433allanr

2 posts

20 months

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Not wishing to buck the trend but I bought a 2008 Mini from the Car Shop in Swindon, £700 for a three year warranty, after a few months the thermostat housing split leaving my wife stranded and got car towed to a garage locally, straight forward repair, I paid about £250 and was reimbursed pretty quickly by TWG or RAC as they are sometimes called. I was actually quite impressed. That was about a year and a half ago, about 10,000 miles late and the car has broken down again, large clouds of black smoke and engine management light on, I have contacted TWG this morning to tell them what happened and that the car is at the same repairer, I will keep you updated as to what happens!!!

4433allanr

2 posts

20 months

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Unfortunately TWG or the RAC were completely useless! The front page of the warranty policy states, 'ALL MECHANICAL COMPONENTS COVERED'. However as many of you will have guessed the small print goes on to state that certain components are not covered. They seem to be working on a very different meaning of the word ALL. An exhaust valve on cylinder 3 was the culprit, this is specifically NOT covered, after spending time on the phone with a lady from TWG (the company hiding behind the RAC brand name), she took great pleasure in telling me that this was not included in their version of ALL.

Please never buy one of these policies, I should have put the money into a savings account for such an eventuality.

If you Google gen2 mini burnt exhaust valve you will see it is pretty common but neither Mini, BMW or Peugeot will admit there is a design flaw.

The really sad thing is that it is a very good car, brilliant to drive and very safe, just hopelessly let down by the Achilles heel, that Peugeot engine.

In summary never trust the RAC or TWG or Mini,,,rant over!!! Does anyone want to buy a Mini???

Andehh

1,833 posts

93 months

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Thanks for the update! smile

BullyB

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Yer, my RAC Warranty came with the car from the dealer but I wouldn't pay for it myself.

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