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What to expect from a used car warranty?

I just wanted to run my experience past other members of this board to see whether I'm getting a raw deal or not, because it feels like I am...

I bought a 159 from an Approved Alfa Dealer last week, it was a May 2006 vehicle so it's original warranty had expired. Perhaps I am naiive, but I thought that buying from an Approved Alfa dealer would mean that the warranty I got on the car would be the equivalent of the 3rd year on a brand new car, i.e. would enable me to take the car to any Alfa dealer to get work done.

There was a fault on the car when I bought it (see the thread about "glowplugs"), which the dealer told me might be because the battery was running low from standing around on the forecourt etc. However, the fault is still there, so I thought I would take it to my local dealer (not the dealer I bought the car from) to get it fixed. However, they're saying they don't recognise the warranty that I've been given, it's a 3rd party warranty, so I've got to go back to the original dealer to get the work done.

Is this what other people's experience has been? Seems a bit poor to me - the main reason I had for buying from an Approved Alfa Dealer was for the peace of mind of a comprehensive warranty, I could've bought from anywhere if I knew I was just going to get a 3rd party one...Have I been mis-sold this warranty, or is this normal? Opinions and experiences please!
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I'm afraid it all depends on the warranty you have.....if it was one that the dealer "threw in" then it's probably not worth the paper it's written on. If it's an extended Alfa one I think there are 2 levels and again if it's the basic one it's almost useless. I decided to take out a warranty myself with CSMA and the cover they give is pretty damn good but around half the price! Anyway I think you need to go back to your original dealer as they can hardly fail to recognise it, then you will have to push them as much as you can, if you think they are playing games get your local trading standards office involved (make sure the dealer knows you are considering this) Good luck!
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