Lots of questions here! I'll try and answer these - my information is based on purchasing a two year old Alfa, and liaising with both ARUK, AlfaCare, and my local dealer to transfer the third year AlfaCare warranty into my name, and subsequently extending cover to the 4th year AlfaCare Premier Cover:
1) Since your Alfa Romeo is in third year of warranty, this is the AlfaCare warranty and is indeed an Alfa dealer
warranty only (you may only get your Alfa Romeo fixed at any Alfa dealer in the UK, and most European
countries, including the EU part of Cyprus - you do not have to take it just your local dealer).
2) The AlfaCare dealer warranty has been extended to 100,000 miles. This was extended from 60,000 miles last
year. I do hope they haven't put it back to 60,000 miles again! Best to check with AlfaCare themselves, or
phone up ARUK just to make sure!
3) If it is still 100,000 miles the best way to transfer the cover is via the dealer. They are linked to the
ARUK/AlfaCare database and the transfer is immediate. The fee was £28, but this may have gone up.
4) Unlike the first two years (which is a manufacturer's warranty), the third year AlfaCare dealer warranty must
be in your name. A card with your name will be supplied, together with supporting documentation. You need
this information when you claim on the warranty - the details are held electronically, but on the two claims I
made in the Third Year, and the two claims in the Fourth Year, they always asked for the documentation.
5) One advantage of transfering the remaining period of cover into your name is that it gives you the
opportunity if you wish to extend cover to the fourth year. This is called Premier Cover and is as good as the
Third Year cover. Please note: you cannot get this fourth year cover if the third year is not already in your
name, as cover from the third to fourth years must be continuously in your name, with no breaks.
6) If you decide to go for the 4th year Premier cover, this is not an Alfa Dealer only cover. You can have your alfa
repaired at any dealer in the EU, plus any VAT-registered garage in the UK or EU, as long as the invoice is
supplied showing tax paid, plus parts must be OE Alfa or of an equivalent quality (whatever that means.....).
Hope that helps.
Last edited by Spider95; 22-11-09 at 22:08.