Liberty Bell offers a wide rage of extended car warranties to protect everything from your powertrain to your GPS with three different coverage options. It has a fantastic reputation for providing good customer service and covers a wide range of vehicles with more covered makes than other warranty companies.
Liberty Bell has three plans that specifically list out exactly what is covered. It’s easy to see, for example, what they mean when they say the engine is covered so you’re not surprised when some parts of the engine are covered while other parts are out-of-pocket.
Its contracts also have a section that calls out specific items that are not covered under any plan. This includes general wear and tear items like brake pads, but it also includes some pricier components with catalytic converters, airbags, and hybrid batteries completely excluded.
The table below shows the 10 most expensive car repairs and their average costs. It also shows which of those repairs are covered by which Liberty Bell plans.
|Avg Cost||Platinum||Platinum Plus||Platinum Prime|
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(*)Seals and gaskets are covered only in conjunction with repair of covered parts.
Every plan offered by Liberty Bell includes the following benefits:
The Platinum Plan is the most affordable plan from Liberty Bell with the fewest items covered, but the good news is those items are the ones that people worry about the most.
There is exactly one addition to the list for the Platinum Plus Plan and that addition is steering. It includes coverage for:
This is the premium offer from Liberty Bell and covers everything in the Platinum Plus plan PLUS:
Air Conditioner/ Heating
Condenser Compressor Compressor clutch Accumulator A/C high/low pressure compressor cutoff switch and blower motor Seals and gaskets
Seals and Gaskets
It’d be nice if we could give you a firm number, but that’s pretty much impossible. Your warranty cost depends on where you live, your car, how many miles are on the odometer, and even whether you choose to pay as a lump sum or in monthly installments. There are also a variety of terms with 2-year to 5-year options, a choice of mileage limits, and various deductibles that again depend on your vehicle.
We received quotes for the following 2014 model year cars with 100,000 miles on the odometer. Consider these figures a guideline, but do not expect exactly the same quotes for your vehicle.
|Vehicle*||Plan Name||Term||Total Cost||Deductible|
Before any repairs are done, you must call Liberty Bell and file a claim. You also must use either a licensed repair facility or ASE certified technician to do the work in order for it to be covered. Liberty Bell will pay them directly.
You should keep receipts for reimbursable expenses that you need to pay for right away. This includes things like car rental charges, lodging, or meals for which Liberty Bell may reimburse you.
Most vehicles are eligible for a Liberty Bell warranty, but there are restrictions that may exclude your vehicle from coverage. When you call for a quote, the representative will ask questions to determine if your car is eligible so you’ll know right away whether or not they can offer a warranty. Liberty Bell does not provide coverage for the following:
Components not a part of coverage: Cars are complicated with lots of parts, which can make it confusing to understand what is and is not covered. Although there is a comprehensive list easily viewed on the Liberty Bell site, sometimes claims are filed for parts that aren’t a part of the warranty coverage, which results in a denial of the claim. Be sure you understand what is and is not covered when you purchase your warranty. Read the warranty carefully.
Pre-existing conditions: There is a waiting period before repairs are covered. If you have problems during the waiting period, which has both a number of days and mileage stipulation that varies, then Liberty Bell will not pay the claim. Make sure you are very clear on when the warranty coverage begins and the limitations of how old a problem can be and still be covered by your warranty.
“I was skeptical at first with extended warranty companies. After getting quotes from a few companies, I ended up purchasing a policy with Liberty Bell Auto Protect. The Liberty Bell has very detailed coverage plans and their prices are hard to beat. But the most significant difference and advantage from other companies are that they have an in-house claims department. They do not outsource the claims process. That alone convinced me to go with Liberty Bell Auto. So far, very happy with their sign up process.” - Jennifer, Trustpilot
“When my AC unit on the truck needed to be replaced, I dropped my truck off at the local dealer and one phone call was made by the dealer & everything was taken care of. Highly recommend Liberty Bell Auto Protect.. This Company is Great!” - Romelia, FindReviews
“This is the best car warranty company. I like their prices and customer service. Got a warranty from them for my Mercedes. They offered me zero deductible and free rim and tire package. Thank you Liberty.” - Chad N., BestCompany
“Purchased the Platinum Prime for my vehicle, took my car to the dealership to be diagnosed. The dealership pointed out the issue and asked if I had an extended warranty on the car. The dealership called Liberty Bell Auto, explained the issue, and Liberty Bell denied the repair, claiming it was apart of the wear and tear.” - John A., FindReviews
“Buyer Beware! They refuse to pay for a covered item "because it doesn't meet their guideline." They tried to pass it off as a "wear and tear" item. How do you maintain an alternator? It either works or it doesn't.” - Ronna P, BestCompany
The decision to get an extended warranty is one that very much depends on you and your car. If you’re a worrier and the thought of an unexpected repair bill keeps you up at night, then the peace of mind offered by an extended warranty may be worth the price. Instead of having to cough up a chunk of change for repairs as they happen, you can simply budget the cost of the extended warranty.
An extended warranty is also a good call if your car doesn’t have a great reliability record. If the make or model has a bad reputation for quality, then there’s a good chance you’ll end up saving money in the end by paying for the extended warranty.
The downside to an extended warranty is that you may be paying for something you never use. A new car is already covered by a warranty with many going until lengthy milestones of up to 100,000 miles and five years depending on the components. If you won’t be hitting those milestones anytime soon, then an extended warranty isn’t worth the cost.
Also, be cautious of any calls out of the blue offering an extended car warranty as they are very often scams. Instead, do your own research and choose a provider that has a good reputation you can trust.
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Yes. Liberty Bell has a solid reputation with excellent customer service ratings and has been around for over a decade.
We previously listed quotes for various policies with Liberty Bell to serve as a guide, but your quote may vary. Expect to pay at least $1000 for a basic policy.
Once you purchase a warranty, it’s as simple as making a phone call to Liberty Bell anytime you need a warranty repair. All claims need preapproval, so don’t forget to call first!
Yes, you can cancel the warranty and receive a prorated refund for any unused time still left on the coverage. You can also have the warranty transferred.
An extended car warranty can save you a lot of money on expensive repairs. Sure, you might only have small repairs most of the time, but the big stuff is out there and when it goes wrong, you could be looking at a repair bill in the thousands. An extended warranty saves you that expense and the related panic attack.
Yes. You will get a prorated refund for the unused time still left on your warranty.
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