Laptop Extended Warranty Comparison Guide

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What is in this guide?

Quick decision guide

If you do not have the time to go through all the options available on the market you can decide which factor of the extended warranty is most important to you and just explore those options. The options below assume you haven’t bought the product you want to cover yet. If you have already bought the product or if you want to explore more options please refer to our comparison chart.

How long is the manufacturers free guarantee valid for?

Different manufacturers will include a free guarantee on their products for different lengths of time. Here is a list of some of the more popular manufacturers and the length of their guarantees.

 

Compare laptop manufacturers guarantees

Compare laptop manufacturers guarantees

Laptop extended warranty comparison chart

You have a choice of where to buy your extended warranty from. Retailers will only sell you the extended warranty if you have bought the laptop from their store. However, 3rd party warranty suppliers will sell you an extended warranty regardless of where you have bought the laptop from.

Question: Have you already bought your Laptop?

If you haven’t bought your laptop you have more options. If you have already bought your laptop the length of time that has passed affects the options available to you.

 

To make it easier for you we have divided up the information into 3 sections. Click on the link below and it will take you to the  relevant section.

Answer: Click on your answer to go to the relevant section

No, I haven’t bought my Laptop yet

You get a better deal if you shop around for the extended warranty before buying the product

Most retailers will only sell their extended warranties to consumers who have bought the product from their store as well.  You should take into consideration the cost of the laptop and the cost of the extended warranty together to find out the best overall value.

To help you decide where to buy your extended warranty from we have compiled a list of the providers and a comparison table.

Who sells extended warranties for laptops?

Retailers who sell extended warranties for laptops bought from them directly:
3rd parties who sell extended warranties on laptops bought from any retailer:
  • Amazon (Squaretrade cover)
  • Laptop manufacturers will often cover their own products (this usually cover products bought from any retailer). The cover can be bought through their websites.
  • Protect your bubble
  • Switched on Insurance

Laptop extended warranties comparison table

This table compares all the options if you have not bought your laptop yet. The majority of laptop extended warranties cover you for 2 or 3 years.

Acer Aspire S3-391

Acer Aspire S3-391

Best way to use this comparison table

 

We have made it easy for you to compare the overall cost by adding together the cost of the extended warranty and the cost of the product. This helps you work out the total cost over a 2 or 3 year period, which is usually the length of cover offered by the majority of the extended warranty suppliers.

 

It is difficult to compare extended warranties because they vary in terms of their length of cover and the way in which they are charged.  To help you compare all types of covers we have worked out what the an annual cost equivalent would be.

 

For this comparison we will use a popular Acer Aspire S3-391 13.3-inch Ultrabook – Aluminium (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit).

(You can sort the chart by clicking on the column header)

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Extended warranty retailer
Available for a laptop bought from a different retailer?
Product cost (either from extended warranty supplier or cheapest retailers)
Cost of Extended Warranty
Term
Per year cost
Accidental damage cover
2 year extended warranty including product
3 year extended warranty including product
Acer Advantage programYes £509£59.953 years£19.99Yes -£568.95
Amazon - Square trade policyYes £509£119.992 years£59.99Yes £548.99-
Amazon - Square trade policyYes £509£169.993 years£56.66Yes -£599.98
Argos Breakdown careNo£629.99£224.993 years£61.66Yes -£854.98
Currys - Whatever HappensNo£599.99£8monthly£96Yes £791.99£887.99
Currys - Whatever Happens PremierNo£599.99£11.50monthly£138Yes £875.99£1013.99
Currys - Whatever HappensNo£599.99£1492 years£74.50Yes £748.99-
Currys - Whatever HappensNo £599.99£1793 years£59.66Yes -£778.99
Currys - Whatever Happens PremierNo £599.99£1892 years£94.50Yes £788.99-
Currys - Whatever Happens PremierNo£599.99£2493 years£83Yes -£848.99
John Lewis Service PlanNo £549£1353 years£45Yes -£684
John Lewis as standard includes 2 years warranty No£549-2 years-No£549-
ProtectMyBubble.comYes £509£3.99Monthly£47.88Yes £604.76£652.64
ProtectMyBubble.comYes £509£47.88Annually£47.88Yes £604.76£652.64
Switched On InsuranceYes £509£3.99Monthly£47.88Yes £604.76£652.64
Switched On InsuranceYes £509£29.90Annually£29.90Yes £568.80£598.70
Tesco - Drops and spills planNo£529£119.992 years£59.99Yes £648.99-
Tesco - Drops and spills planNo£529£169.993 years£56.66Yes -£698.99

Prices correct as of 9th August 2013. Find out more about how up to date our prices are.

How do we work out the total cost over 2/3years?

Most retailers require you to buy the extended warranty & the product from them. For these retailers we took their price of the laptop and added their cost of the cover over 2/3 years. For suppliers who only sell the extended warranty and not the laptop, we took their extended warranty and added the laptop price from the cheapest supplier we could find. The cheapest supplier from the above retailers was Amazon which was priced at £509 for the laptop alone.

Yes, I bought my laptop LESS THAN 30 days ago

Acer Aspire S3-391

Acer Aspire S3-391

This section compares all of the options available if you have already bought the laptop. You have a lot less options if you have bought the laptop already. Most extended warranties are only available on products bought from the same store e.g if you bought a laptop from Argos you could not then go and buy the extended warranty from Currys. In this example you would only be able to buy the cover from Argos or a 3rd party provider, which means you might not get the best deal.

You have more options if you take the laptop back to the shop for a refund

If you have bought the laptop, you have limited your chances of shopping around for the best extended warranty deal. Look at the comparison table above and compare the different options to see if you could have got a better deal, taking into account the cost of the laptop and the extended warranty combined. If you think you would have got a better deal see the advice about getting a refund below.

Advice on returning your laptop for a refund

Did you buy in a physical retail store?

You may be able to return the product or cancel the order as you are within 30 days of purchase. This is not a legal right but it is quite common to have a 30 day return policy at a lot of retail outlets. The returns policies are usually only valid if you can return the product unused, in a resalable condition with all its packaging intact and the original receipt.

Did you buy the product online or over the phone?

In addition to the rights you have if you bought the product in a physical retail store, when you buy online or without face to face contact from a store who would normally sell in this way you have additional protection. You will definitely have 30 days to return the goods as per the Distant Sellers Act. You have the right to cancel the order up to 7 days after you have placed the order even if you have opened the product.  If the seller doesn’t give you information straight away about your right to cancel your 7 days starts from when the seller provides this information.

What to do if you can’t get a refund?

If you can not get a refund then check the comparison table below which will give you all the options for if you need to purchase an extended warranty on a product you have already bought.

Check the price of your retailer’s extended warranty

In addition to the options in the table below you may also be able to buy the extended warranty from the place you bought it from. To check if your retailer offers an extended warranty product check table above.

Laptop extended warranties comparison table

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Extended warranty retailer
Cost of Extended Warranty
Term
Per year cost
Accidental damage cover
Acer Advantage program£59.953 years£19.99Yes
Amazon - Square trade policy£119.992 years£59.99Yes
Amazon - Square trade policy£169.993 years£56.66Yes
ProtectMyBubble.com£3.99Monthly£47.88Yes
ProtectMyBubble.com£47.88Annually£47.88Yes
Switched On Insurance£3.99Monthly£47.88Yes
Switched On Insurance£29.90Annually£29.90Yes

Prices correct as of 9th August 2013. Find out more about how up to date our prices are.

Yes, I bought my laptop MORE THAN 30 days ago

Retailers only have to offer you an extended warranty at the same price as when you bought the product for 30 days from purchase. Some retailers will sell you a warranty for a longer period after purchase. Visit this page for information about which suppliers offer longer than 30 days to buy the extended warranty. You may have more options than shown below if your retailer offers their extended warranty for longer than 30 days after purchase.

Comparison based on a popular laptop

Acer Aspire S3-391

Acer Aspire S3-391

Manufacturers sometimes offer free extensions to their standard guarantee

It is worth checking on the manufacturers website to see if they offer a free extension to the standard guarantee.

3rd parties who sell extended warranties on laptops bought from any retailer over 30 days ago:

These retailers will sell you an extended warranty without you having to have bought the laptop from their store.

  • Amazon (Squaretrade cover)
  • Laptop manufacturers will often cover their own products (this usually cover products bought from any retailer). The cover can be bought through their websites.
  • Protect your bubble
  • Switched on Insurance
Laptop extended warranties comparison table

This table compares all the options if you have already bought your laptop. The prices in this table are based upon the product being less than 1 year old. If you want to cover a product which is older than 1 year you will need to check with the extended warranty provider to see how much the age of the product affects the price or if they will even cover it.

For this comparison we will use a popular Acer Aspire S3-391 13.3-inch Ultrabook – Aluminium (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit).

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Extended warranty retailer
Cost of Extended Warranty
Term
Per year cost
Accidental damage cover
Acer Advantage program£59.953 years£19.99Yes
Amazon - Square trade policy£119.992 years£59.99Yes
Amazon - Square trade policy£169.993 years£56.66Yes
ProtectMyBubble.com£3.99Monthly£47.88Yes
ProtectMyBubble.com£47.88Annually£47.88Yes
Switched On Insurance£3.99Monthly£47.88Yes
Switched On Insurance£29.90Annually£29.90Yes

Prices correct as of 9th August 2013. Find out more about how up to date our prices are.

Who is not included in the comparison chart and why?

Asda

Asda do sell extended warranties for laptops but do not stock the exact model this comparison chart is based on. They charge £184.99 for a 3 year extended warranty on a similar Acer laptop which costs £479.

CO-OP

CO-OP do sell extended warranties for laptop but do not stock the exact model this comparison chart is based on. They charge £119.99 for a 2 year extended warranty on a similar Acer laptop which costs £499.

Hughes Direct

Hughes Direct do sell extended warranties for laptop but do not stock the exact model this comparison chart is based on. They charge approx. £200 for a 3 year extended warranty on a similar priced laptop.

Manufacturers own extended warranties

A handful of the laptop manufacturers offer an extended warranty on the products they manufacture and they do not care which retailer you bought them from. Check the chart above to find out if your manufacturer offers an extended warranty.

The comparison chart is based upon one specific Acer laptop to give you an indication of the total cost of the product and the extended warranty. The reason this is useful because most retailers will only sell you their extended warranty if you buy the product from them.

Companies who sell extended warranties but not for laptops

Other alternatives to buying an extended warranty

John Lewis

John Lewis offer a two year extended guarantee all their electrical products. They do not charge extra for this although they do offer own extended warranty cover/service plan which covers you past the initial extended cover included in the price and also for accidental damage. They also offer a price matching service however they will not match internet only stores e.g Amazon etc.

For the example above for the Acer laptop for a two year warranty the John Lewis price was the same as buying the product from Amazon when you include purchasing the extra laptop cover.

Credit cards

A couple of credit cards offer you an extended warranty on products bought with their card, up to a certain limit. Most cards do not offer this service, so it is unlikely you will have protection on your credit card, unless you were made aware of it when you signed up for the card.

Self Insure

This is only for people with plenty of savings or people with very good budgeting skills. It requires you to either put the money aside to repair the product, or have enough spare cash saved to replace the product if need be.  Extended warranties are not always the cheapest option available to you. If you have very good will power you could estimate how long you think the product you are buying will last, divide the cost of a replacement by the number of months and save that much money each month. The down side is when the product breaks you will need to try and find a trustworthy engineer to try and fix it. Even then the engineer might not be able to fix it. This could leave you with an unwanted bill and a broken product you still need to replace.

If you take into consideration all of the risks and do not value the peace of mind an extended warranty offers then you may wish to take this option.

Other things to consider when comparing laptop prices

Do you need all the features?

Laptops often have a lot of confusing stats and figures about them. More often than not unless you are doing something which is very demanding of the laptop, a cheaper model will do. More demanding tasks could be editing large media files such as video or music or playing very graphic intensive games (Angry Birds does not come into this category!)

Are you going to carry the laptop around or just use it at home?

Some of the cheaper laptop are quite big and heavy. If you plan on taking them around with you while working or travelling you may want to consider some of the more slimmer, lighter versions. Although these models can often cost quite a lot more then the basic models.

Delivery

If you are buying the laptop online do you have to pay extra for delivery or is it included?