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December 2002 to Today
Service Contract Pricing: SquareTrade:
Next year, once Allstate completes its SquareTrade acquisition, we'll find out whether there's more value in its direct-to-consumers sales model or in its traditional retail relationships. But this year, though the company has a reputation for selling inexpensive product protection plans, we're finding that some of its retail partners are marking up prices significantly.
December 1, 2016
Vehicle Protection Association:
Although it would have been better to prevent the "expiring warranty" scam from trashing the reputation of the vehicle service contract industry, efforts are now under way to repair the damage by making direct marketers adhere to a code of conduct. In the UK, however, the code preceded the need, so there was no problem, at least in the vehicle service contract industry.
January 14, 2010
In the automotive market, sooner or later virtually every software package has to interact with warranty data. And why not? Warranty is a $9 billion activity for vehicle manufacturers, with a direct impact on the bottom line. It's also one of the best available measures of a product's quality and reliability, and it could be as useful to the engineers as it already is to the accountants.
July 28, 2003
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