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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-06-2010, 05:21 PM
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Well.. call me skeptic, but I don't believe anybody would sell $950 warranty on $5000 wheels that HAVE TO HAVE some curb rash sooner or later.
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Pass on all 3. They are all overpriced pure profit services. Your windshield is normally covered by your regular insurance, and since you don't drive this car everyday, chances of it needing any work are slim to none. I've owned and/or driven several 20+ year old cars with their factory windshield. The tires should already be covered by a tread life warranty and the wheels are already covered under the standard factory bumper-to-bumper warranty. There isn't much to fail on a rim, so no need to have any extra warranty coverage. If you aren't driving this everyday and putting in tight parking lot spots, then paint-less dent repair coverage is also a waste of money. Should you happen to get a dent or two, then have them taken care of. That would cost a whopping $50-100.
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Well.. call me skeptic, but I don't believe anybody would sell $950 warranty on $5000 wheels that HAVE TO HAVE some curb rash sooner or later.
No problem for me. I'm not sure from the OP's comments exactly what the wheel/tire warranty covers. But using your estimate of $5000 for 4 wheels, if he bent one and they replaced it, wouldn't that be about equal to the $950? But then I guess they can be straightened for less money.

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My 97 E420 has a total of 3 small ding's, not bad for 13 years and 120K miles. My 04 Silverado with 80K miles has 2 small dings. Careful parking does wonders. Don't think the paintless dent removal would pay off for me.


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Guys, I just have the chance to log into this forum again. I decided to turn down all those extra warranty offers. Many thanks to all of you for the inputs.
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A bit late but one more opinion here. Had a tree fall on our new GL320 a month after we bought it back in 2008 and discovered the hard way that State Farm Insurance only covers the cost of the windshield if you go with the generic "acme" type windshield. State Farm would not cover the cost of a genuine Mercedes Benz OEM windshield guaranteed to work with the rain sensing wipers. I've heard stories of Mercedes owners going with the insurance-special "acme" windshields and discovering that their wipers no longer worked.

Anyway, we wound up having to pay another $300-$400 out of pocket to get the genuine OEM windshield for the GL so when I bought my E350 this year I elected to buy the dealer's windshield warranty coverage.

The C350 I traded in was only 2 years old and had already developed a stress-crack and 2 rock dings. Driving in Houston (especially the toll roads) is pretty rough on windshields as this city and county spends very little money clearing the roads of rocks and debris.

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