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smart choice warranty HELP !



  • I talked to the agent who sold the Smartchoice warranties to my dealer and he said that all the dealerships in the state of Pennsylvania are what are known as "administrator obligors" which means, according to him anyways, that all dealers in PA are non-obligors, and that SC&E is responsible for the Smartchoice warranties. Apparently, the wording in the contracts does differ, so I still want to talk to an attorney. Also, a deputy attorney general was assigned to this case in PA, and I'd like to check that information with them.
  • Why would a company "pick up" these warranties? How do they make a profit? Who is paying them?
  • My understanding is Prizm solutions is administering the warranty and the dealers are actually paying the cost of the repair. This is what the Prizm rep told me as well as one of the employees from a local dealership. Could be wrong but either way the repairs are covered.
  • chaz1prochaz1pro Posts: 5
    To all Smart Choice Warranty holders: I just got some great news and i'm posting it for all. I have discovered that the "provisional liquidators" from the Caymen Courts have completed the bankruptcy proceedings. Now all Creditor's (SC & E, and 3 others) have 10 days to select an administrator to handle all UNPAID CLAIMS and CANCELLATIONS. I also have been advised that a new adminitrator will be assigned to take over the remaining warranties that customers keep, at no cost to the consumer. I will update u further as my investigation continues.
  • Chaz1pro, This sounds like great news but what is your source for this information? The finance guy at my dealership hasn't heard anything and there hasn't been anything posted at SC&E's website at
  • deeleehdeeleeh Posts: 5
    FYI, the website for SC&E was slapped up there to try to appease people. The truth is, it has never been updated in any way, and I doubt they ever intended to maintain it. In fact, some of the people at Deltagroup didn't even know the website existed until recently! So I wouldn't expect to see any info there. I haven't heard about any new developments with Smart Choice but I will ask the people I know who would know.
  • chaz1prochaz1pro Posts: 5
    A note to all.....I'm a dealer! I too have alot at stake. I have a good reputation, a strong presence in my community, and a great sense of responsibility for my customers that have purchased Smart Choice from us. I cannot get any assistance from our Attorney General and have been doing my own investigation. I have been staying up with this with the help of Dick Piersol at the Lincoln Journal Star, our Delta Group Representative, and other key contacts. The latest information in writing is at this will assist you in letting you understand that the end is hopefull near. Also you can go to NWIG's website and scroll towards the bottom for the latest updates. Good Luck to all, and lets hope for a fair resolution for all contract holders.
  • scammedinpascammedinpa Posts: 29
    Chaz1pro, what's the bottom line on the Smartchoice contracts? Are they really being honored? Should the dealerships who sold them be aware of this settlement by now? Thanks.-Ken
  • gpo1gpo1 Posts: 2
    after filing a complaint with the pa. attorney general regarding my smart choice contract i received a letter which stated in part,
       the Bureau of Consumer Protection met with the former owners of this car dealership to review his losses and profits regarding the sale of National Warranty Corporation leases.
        our office remained concerned over whether the dealer may have profited from the sale of these contracts and should relinquish such profits in light of the closing of the warranty company.we have reviewed our records of the former owner of the dealership and are satisfied that his losses in addressing several dozen claims such as yours outweigh any profits made through these is our determination that further action by this office against the dealer is not feasible under the circumstances.
  • scammedinpascammedinpa Posts: 29
    I called Prism Solutions and the (very nice)person there told me that they are administering the contracts for several dealerships, mostly in New York, I think. They are processing claims to determine what gets covered, just like NWIG was doing before they went under. However, Prism is not actually paying any claims. That is up to the dealership.
  • msbluemsblue Posts: 1
    I bought my Smart Choice warranty through Consumer Automotive Consultants, and for the first 9 payments or so, it was deducted automatically from my credit card. I wonder if there is any recourse there? Also, was wondering if there really is ANY hope of getting reimbursed for this mess? How unlike ENRON is this, really?
    I'm sure there are a few "lucky" souls relaxing in high style, while the rest of us pay for their lifestyle!
  • ealeal Posts: 2
    I sued my dealer in small claims court (Connecticut) and won.
    My contract stated "The contract is between me and the Selling Dealer"
    when I found out smart choice was in bankruptcy I read my contract and it had a cancellation clause. I followed the directions and sent a request for a refund. They refused so I went to small claims court.
    Their argument was that I had to get my refund from smart choice not them they said they had to service my vehicle but refused to refund me the money. We had a hearing on 6/15 and I just received notice they must refund me $1300

    The key to winning was that my contract was with them the "selling dealer" not with SmartChoice.
  • Wow! That's great! Did your contract also state that "some of the Selling Dealer's Obligations may be assigned to SC&E Administrative Services?"
  • Hss anyone else sued the dealership? My contract also states that the contract is between "me and the selling dealer", but adds that SOME of the dealers obligations may be assigned to SC&E Administrative services (Smartchoice). I am in Pennsylvania. My dealer says they will not honor the warranty.
  • I heard Ivan is headed straight for the Cayman Islands
  • ahlusahlus Posts: 8
    Who should I be looking at to supply me with a warranty.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    If you want a solid warranty, go through the manaufacturer like Honda, Ford or GM. You can find dealerships that will sell you the warranty over the internet normally with a discount. If you buy a third party warranty, BEWARE!!! Too many stories of companies going out of business.
  • That is good news but how do you get your name out there for them to know that you have this issue. I have already tried to find the Attorney General and filed a complaint with the better business bureau. But how do you get the lawyers and the courts to know that over $2,000 of that funds is yours in breach of this contract. I just don't feel that I have done enough and that I am losing a channel of notifying someone that I am involved too.
  • I just found all this out on 04/15/05 because I need a part and never needed to use my warrantee until now. Am I the last to find out? Anyone still going threw this?
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    and perhaps I'm too experienced in things like this after dealing with folks with aftermarket contracts as a service manager, but I've seen this a lot...I wish you luck, and a consumer lawyer would probably be a good move.
  • On August 7, 2002, I applied for an extended warrantee with Consumer Automotive Consultants. I spoke to a consultant of this company that sold me a 10 year or 100,000 mile warrantee for $2K bumper to bumper. I agreed to the contract with a payment plan of for 18 months but to lock in the deal, a small down payment. My last payment was debited on February 20th 2004. At this time of contract I was unmarried and now recently married. On August 13th, 2002, I received a letter congratulating me on my new warrantee and that my contract will follow in the mail. One month later, I did receive my three-page contract on legal green paper and an SmartChoice 2000 ENCORE brochure of what is covered and not covered. I read all my information and disclosures and was satisfied of the contract. On August 11, 2003, I received a letter from Consumer Automotive Consultants telling me that they had moved the processing of claims submitted to Automotive Consumer Services, Inc. On February 20th 2004, my last payment was auto debited from my account. Later on this same evening, I contacted Automotive Consumer Services, Inc. I asked if my account was paid in full and would I be receiving a confirmation letter. The rep reviewed my account and said that yes I was paid in full and that a letter will be sent to me of confirmation paid in full. A few weeks later, I received a letter in the mail indicating my account was paid in fill on 02/02/04 made to CACFinancial towards my service contract, they still indicated that my policy is the same as the previous claim company. The contract states that customers with this warrantee must have authorization from the company before going to the dealer. I went to my quarterly oil change and it was indicated to me that I need a part replaced on my vehicle at this time 04/15/05 and update my new last name on my account. I pulled out my paperwork and called the number listed. I happened to speak to a rep at a company named TheAutoWarrenty Division, that the same number I called in February 2004. He never heard of the company that I was calling about but his manager mentioned something about their contract being redirected again. I called 7 different phone numbers to look for my account; no one could help me or knew what I was talking about. None of the telephone numbers on my paperwork are valid to my contract or service. It seams that I have a contract that is not valid and I cannot contact anyone that I can discuss my warrantee, get my vehicle repaired with my warrantee, or even get a refund for my contract that I still have at least three years left.
  • mrdeemrdee Posts: 1
    I purchased a smart choice contract from a dodge dealer in 10/2001. The sales person originally told me the contract was goin cost me 15,000. But when I went to the person who did the paperwork he told me the contract was going to cost me 3000. I was desperate for a car because I had just had a child, so I agreed..The money was added to my car note. I realized that was a big mistake. I want to take them to court. What I want to know is does anyone know how much a contract like that should cost for a 1998 dodge stratus with 6700 miles on it? They charged me 3,000. I also forgot to mention that I sent a cancellation request to smart choice 6 months later when I found out about the company going bankrupt. I havent had any repairs on my car but counting interest $4000 was added to my car note what can anyone tell me
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    there's obviously no limit on markup on the warranties....your question about what it should cost is VERY vague and has 200 answers, depending on level of coverage and length of contract.

    Also, there hasn't been any actual damage to you, financially, since you agreed to the contract (and price). The dealer isn't on the hook for Smart Choice.

    You haven't had any repairs, so no claims have been denied - if that had happened, you MIGHT have a breach of warranty action, but a lawyer isn't going to want to chase a bankrupt company and pay filing fees only to have to get in line behind everyone else...

    Sorry I couldn't give you cheerier news.

    Oh, and by the way, I haven't seen a state yet that allowed more than a 2 year statute of limitations on any civil action....your car deal is 3 years, 8 months old - even if there was a problem, you're out of statute of limitations, so you can't take any action.
  • I had no clue there were any problems with this warranty until today. My service engine light came on, so I took it in to the dealer who sold me both the car and the extended warranty. They told me that that the extended warranty company had gone bankrupt, and that they were going to charge me $90 to "diagnose" the problem with the car. But, out of the generosity of their hearts, they did say that they would give me some kind of discount on whatever parts were needed. :mad: Is there any kind of lawsuit I could join against either the warranty company or against the car dealership itself?
  • beeferbeefer Posts: 1
    Wrong, driftracer. Most states have a statute of limitations of at least FIVE years for breach of contract, and often that's from the time of the BREACH.

    Nice try, though.
  • janmjanm Posts: 1
    I was trying to find some information on my warranty on the internet and ran across this message board. The dealer is giving me the run around on fixing my 2002 Honda, that needs a $950 part, I bought the Smart Choice 2000 --100,000 mile warranty. The service manager keeps saying he faxed my information to the company because they couldn't find it on their computer and will call me as soon as they decide if the part needed is covered---even though when they sold me the contract is was supposed to be bumper to bumper. Now I know, the service manager is telling me a bald faced lie and I'm mad as hell. I will be in contact with the management tomorrow and may sue in small claims court if they don't reimburse my money for a worthless contract and fix my Honda, will let you know of the outcome.
  • ealeal Posts: 2
    Is there a cancellation clause in your contract?
    Is the contract between you and the "selling dealer"

    Cancel the contract if you can (cancellation clause on back of contract) and sue in small claims for the refund (there was a formula for figuring out the refund on the contact) make sure you send everything by certified mail

    My dealer refused my refund and then tried to get me to prove I had done
    everything I was supposed to (oil change every 3000 miles etc.) they wanted
    to prove I had voided the warranty. I wouldn't send them anything.

    Sued them in CT small claims and won
    I refused to send them anything
  • Just had repair work done and repairman called to get covered for extended warranty and lo and behold - not in business. So I have been holding a non-existent contract for, it seems, over two years.
    I note that the contract is between me and the dealer but also states the bit about liabilites with this Contract are with SC&E Administrative Services and performance is insured by an insurance policy issued by National Warranty Insurance Company in Lincoln, NE. What a bunch of crap, just a way to keep passing the responsibility on to someone else.
    I bought this policy for $1895.00, along with a Dodge Durango for quite a few bucks more, in Lake Havasu City, AZ., at the Dodge dealership. They kept me there for 4 1/2 hours hoping they would finally weaken my determination to not be taken advantage of and it worked. I will be checking into their legal obligation and will post outcome here. Unfortunately, it has been my observation over the years that it is almost always the big boys with the big bucks that win in a legal matter.
  • len628len628 Posts: 1
    My car just broke down the other day and I pulled out my warranty which I purchased in 2002 and never used. Only to find out they went out of business. I purchased this warranty from CAC in Missouri not through a dealer. Did you ever get an answer from anyone on who may still process a claims? Or is this just a worthless $1600.00 document!
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