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December 2002 to Today
Warranty Accruals for New Homes:
When a new home is sold, the builder sets aside a specific amount of money in the form of warranty accruals to cover its predicted warranty costs. Some builders do a consistently good job, accruing roughly the same amount per home sold from one season to the next. But others raise and lower their accrual rates over incredible ranges that seem to have little to do with predicted warranty costs.
August 13, 2015
Warranty Claims vs. Accruals:
Using a few key warranty metrics, it's becoming easier to tell when a given company is managing its claims and accruals responsibly. It's also becoming easier to tell when things run off the rails, even if a company makes no specific disclosures of a crisis.
November 8, 2006
Is the TREAD Act Working?
It may still be too early to say for sure, but recent auto safety-related announcements have been filled with specific quantitative data about warranty claims and failure rates. Could it be that the TREAD Act's Early Warning Reporting system is really doing its job?
March 16, 2004
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