My 1978 Oldsmobile had a greatwarranty. When the car was 23 years old, the left door hinge was worn and it was hard to close the door. I went to one body shop and I was told that I would have to find the hinge. I decided to see if the Oldsmobile dealer might be able to get the part. When I drove in the service writer got the body shop manager. She came out and told me that the part was no longer available. I decided to have some fun, so I,told her that when I purchased the car from this dealer, I was told that parts and,service would always be available and Iwas really disappointed. She replied that they hadn’t expected me to keep the car 22 years and drive it 225,000 miles, but she would see what she could do. She disappeared for about 5 minutes and returned with a really large bodyshop man. He had a big box wrench, a drift pin and a sledge hammer. He loosened tbe bolts on the hinge, put the drift pin under the hinge and pounded on it. He tightened up the bolts,and the door worked perfectly. When I inquired about the, charge the body shop technician said "There is no charge. We guarantee these babies 25 years or 250,000 miles.
The stupidest attempt to sell me an extended warranty came from Sears on a vacuum cleaner. We had an upright, which was great on carpets, but the tools,didn’t work very well and it was hard to use it to vacuum out the car. While walking through Sears, Isaw a canister vacuum marked down from $59.95 to $19.95. The problem was that the tools had been lost, so,all that was included was,the power unit and the hose. I bought it because I figured the tools from my upright vacuum would fit, which they did. Three days later I got a call from Sears,offering me an extended warranty on the vacuum for only $20 a year for the next three years.,I,declined.