What to do When Your Warranty Runs Out
Most technology you buy in stores comes with a warranty of some sort. It might be included or an add-on. Still, it is unlikely to last the lifetime of the device or software, and it seems inevitable that your desktop will die immediately after the warranty runs out. Do not worry, you still have options.
Murphy’s Law of warranty says that you will have no problems with your computer or printer while it is covered. Then, as if waiting for the most inconvenient time to go bust, the technology fails just after your warranty ends.
After the frustration of looking up that warranty plan to see the expiration date a few weeks ago, your first response might be to take that device back to the store. You have noticed they have a service desk, and that is where you made the purchase. But the technicians on-site are likely to send your laptop to the manufacturer repair. That could be far away, which negates the convenience of taking it down to your local store. You could wait weeks for your item to get to the repair centre. Then, it stills needs attention and returning to your store.
Also know that many manufacturers charge a premium for outside-of-warranty repairs. Now that you are one or two years into a relationship with the products, they hope you will decide upgrading is easier. They have a planned lifecycle for computer hardware and plan the warranty end accordingly.
Of course, if you are within days of your warranty’s end, ask if the manufacturer will continue to cover the technology. Sometimes it will. The manufacturer may also use this opportunity to sell you an extended warranty.
Some help with manufacturer warranty
Our first piece of advice? Be proactive about technology issues. Do not put off getting something looked at. You may discover you could have saved money by having it checked out under warranty.
Check your eligibility by visiting the manufacturer’s website and typing in the product serial number to check the warranty. Quickly find the page by searching the manufacturer’s name and “check warranty status.”
It is a good idea to keep track of when your warranty is set to expire. That way, you will be more likely to request service in a timely manner. Do not believe us? Have you ever planned to take an item back to the store only to leave it until the return window has closed?
Small business computer repair shops specialise in repairing out-of-warranty devices. They can run diagnostic tests to determine the problem. Then, they will help you decide whether it is worth the cost of repairs. If so, they can fix it at a competitive rate.
Plus, you get personalized service. There is also the peace of mind that comes from knowing where your computer is always. You are not worrying about it shipping around the country to a manufacturer’s repair shop. The timeline reduces, too, as the IT experts are on-site at a convenient computer repair outfit.
We can help keep your computers and other technological devices up and running. Contact us today at 01423 525277!