Originally Posted by Poughkeepsie159
the same stuff is covered, but it is harder to claim in a lot of instances. The dealer has much less money pre-authorized to spend, they have to run most things by ARUK first. Sometimes ARUK inspectors have to come look at the car and approve the repair too. Also if your dealer isn't nice and the problem isn't obvious they may tell you that they will look for the problem, but if they don't find it you are on the hook for the labor costs!
The third year dealer warranty called AlfaCare is underwritten by Car Care Plan, which also runs warranty programmes for other organisations such as the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA). There is liaison between ARUK and Car Care Plan but this is purely notional as all responsibility is devolved to the underwriting party CCP.
For claims under £500 there is no need for pre-authorisation to conduct repairs. However for repairs likely to be in excess of £500 then it is Car Care Plan inspectors who will assess the case and decide whether repairs will receive approval or not.
The Third Year dealer warranty is extremely comprehensive. It is virtually indentical to the manufacturer's first two years warranty. I have claimed several times in the third year and had no problems at all getting work done. I do agree though that a helpful dealer is certainly a plus, as any work done is conducted at both reduced labour rates and discounted parts prices.
If you wish to extend to the fourth year when your third year is about to expire, there is now no need to renew through your dealer. You will be contacted directly by AlfaCare and the premium for renewal is considerably cheaper than that previously offered by the dealers. The fourth year Premier cover is exactly the same as the third year cover, so it's well worth it.
If anyone wants to see an electronic copy of the fourth year Alfacare cover, please PM me with your email and I will forward a copy to you.
Hope that helps.