HondaCare Extended Warranty



  • scottgbwiscottgbwi Member Posts: 85
    I just bought mine from out of state. Is it just your state or did I get robbed?
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    Thank you blaurence and parviz for your replies. Here's what I did....I'm posting this so others that are in the same situation as me can save some money. By the way, I live in California so this may be of help to others in California, especially those who have bought a Honda Care warranty and want to get it cheaper, or those who want to buy one but not haggle with their dealer on the price.

    I called Honda Care and when I asked them about my warranty, they said I could get a full refund in the first two months after purchase. However, if I wanted to buy another Honda Care policy on my new vehicle, it would have to be done within 30 days of the original vehicle purchase date. After that date, they would not allow me to cancel one Honda Care policy and then purchase another Honda Care policy on the same vehicle - my only option would be to get a third market extended warranty, which we did not want to do. They also said that we could not buy a new Honda Care policy until the old one had been cancelled, since their system would not allow two policies on the same VIN number. So I had to cancel my old one and buy a new one in the first 30 days. They directed me to my original dealer to complete a "Cancellation Request Form."

    Before we made our decision, I decided to see if I could actually buy the warranty from My Honda Warranty or from Bernardi Warranty since there seems to be some confusion about getting these online, especially in California and Florida. The price of the 84 month 100,000 mile $0 deductible extended warranty on my new 2008 Honda CRV was $785.00 on both of these websites, a savings of $615.00 from the $1,400.00 I had paid at the dealer. I called both vendors but unfortunately, both told me that they COULD NOT sell the Honda Care extended warranty to me since I live in California, due to a court injunction and California insurance laws.

    I started calling all the local dealers, who were not very accommodating. Many did not want to give prices on the phone, some directed me back to my selling dealer, and others quoted really high prices. I was just about to give up when I discovered a dealer in El Monte, CA called Spirit Honda. I spoke to their Finance Department and explained that the warranty costs only $785.00 online. They told me that $785 was their cost and they did not understand how it could be sold at dealer cost online. They offered to sell me the same policy for $885.00 so they would make $100.00 and I would still save $515.00. DEAL!!!

    I was worried that they might not honor the price, they might be giving me a third party warranty, etc., but decided to just trust them (for once) and proceed anyway. I cancelled my old extended warranty by filling out the cancellation request form at my original dealer. I called Honda Care to expedite the cancellation (they were very nice.) Then I called Spirit Honda in El Monte and handled all the paperwork over the phone and via FAX. They assured me I would get the Honda Care warranty (not third party), 84 months, 100,000 miles and no deductible - the same thing I had before. We completed the transaction, and then I waited to get my Honda Care Welcome kit and my $1400.00 refund on the old warranty before I wrote this message.

    I have since received both the official Honda Care Welcome kit and the $1400 refund and everything is great. Now, we have the same exact coverage as before, but we paid $515 less !!!

    If you live in California and want to contact Spirit Honda in El Monte, CA, go to their website at for contact information. Their address is 3464 N Peck Rd El Monte, CA 91731. Edmunds would not allow me to post the name and phone number of the person I dealt with, so if you need that information you will have to try to contact me somehow, then I can give it to you.

    By the way, I decided to keep my Honda Value Care Plan for the free oil changes since it was relatively inexpensive.

    Thanks again everyone for all your help. This forum saved me $515.00 and even though that is not a lot of money to some people, it is to me and my family.
  • mercaramercara Member Posts: 291
    Only some states who have senators/congressmen on the car dealers payroll are affected. Most states are fine. Ofcourse these laws are passed under the guise of "Consumer Protection". i.e to protect the local dealers profits so the consumer doesn't buy a discounted Honda care warranty from a franchise honda dealer in another state.
  • kipkkipk Member Posts: 1,576
    Consumers need to be protected from unscrupulous dealers that sell the EW at less than near 100% markup. We also need protection from those that don't add the $995 +++ "Protection" package. on the second sticker. :sick: (sarcasm)

    While getting the Pilot serviced a while back, I noticed a "Supply and Demand" charge on most of the new Hondas. It was over $1700. That was in addition to the "Protection" package. There were a few people getting cars serviced , but I was pretty much the only person walking around in the new car areas. Their huge inventory suggested that sticker should have reflected a $1700 discount as their supply was far greater than the demand.

    In feel that all the above "haggle items" should be made illegal, because there are unsuspecting people that don't know any better. In my opinion, cars should have the selling price on the window. Period. No haggling on the purchase.
    Haggling would be reserved for the "trade in" allowance.

  • gmr78gmr78 Member Posts: 4
    I purchased new 2008 Honda CRV AWD in SantaClara, California. During the purchase of the car, finance department offered me “CAREFREE CAR PROTECTION” for 6 years or 100K miles for $2100 with platinum coverage. Dealer said I will be getting entire $2100 back if I wouldn’t use this protection from beginning of 4rth year to end of 6th year.

    They offered me this cash back only if I purchase this on the day the car was bought; if I have to buy this later no refund option is available.

    Could you please let me know if the $2100 is the best price for “CAREFREE CAR PROTECTION” and also is it worth buying this protection for a brand new car?
    Are there any other options available?

    I appreciate the responses, as I have few more days to cancel the policy with full refund.

  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Member Posts: 1,207
    Do you mind to list what are included on “CAREFREE CAR PROTECTION” ...

    Platinum Coverage - do they really put platinum to cover your car? I think 24K gold (currently $900/oz.) is just fine for me.
  • gmr78gmr78 Member Posts: 4
    Platinum coverage inclues:
    Rental car coverage, Towing coverage, Travel breakdown(hotel expenses), Diagnostic coverage etc...
    Silver and Gold includes the following coverage:
    Cooling, Fuel, air conditioning, Steering, Front suspension, Rear Suspension, Electrical.

    I am just wondering if any one has bought "Care free Car protection", if yes how much is the amount paid?
    Is honda care is better than this?

  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    Dear Mahesh,

    I'm not sure what "CAREFREE CAR PROTECTION” is, but it sounds a lot like the Honda Care Extended Warranty.

    I also have a 2008 Honda CRV (but not the AWD model - just the base model.) I got the 7 year 100,000 mile coverage for $885 (see my earlier post) and it has a zero dollar deductible and also includes Rental Vehicle Reimbursement, Trip Interruption Reimbursement ($100 per day to cover hotel if more than 100 miles away from home), Roadside Assistance including towing, flat tire change, jump start, emergency fuel delivery, lockout assistance, etc. Covered items include Engine, Front, Rear and 4WD axles, Transmission, Chassis - Suspension, steering and braking system, fuel system, computers and electronics, Air Conditioning, Heating and Cooling systems, honda electronics, etc. So I don't see much difference in what you are getting.

    The only difference I could tell of what you have and what I have is the "refund" option if you don't use it. The Honda Care extended warranty allows a full refund in the first 60 days, after that, if you ask for a refund, it's pro-rated. With your Platinum coverage, it seems like the only way you'll get a refund is if you never use it. If that's the case, why would you want it anyway? It's like giving the dealer an Interest-free loan! For example, let's say something breaks in year 4 (i.e., Air Conditioner) and you find out it will cost $500 to fix it - if you use the warranty, you'll lose all $2,100 you paid. If you don't, there's $500 out of your pocket. Then if you have more breakdowns (radio, suspension, etc.) you'll have to decide each time if it's better to pay yourself or relinquish you rights to a refund. To me, that sounds like a bad deal.

    I think you should either get a Honda Care extended warranty for much cheaper (like the $885.00 I paid) or not get anything at all. My advice is for you to get your $2,100 back as soon as possible!
  • kipkkipk Member Posts: 1,576
    Does the "Carefree" coverage include Honda Recommended routine service, by any chance?

  • mercaramercara Member Posts: 291
    Third party coverages are a bad bet. You will run into serious issues when you have a claim. They are more profitable for the dealerships. I suggest skip it and buy the Original Honda Care warranty. It includes Towing and roadside assistance as well. Consider it a warranty and a AAA membership combined.
  • parvizparviz Member Posts: 484
    Good work, Paul and thanks for sharing the info. It is good that sometimes ordinary people like us can also find loop holes for some of the funny laws that are put together for the benefit of the big guys.
  • gmr78gmr78 Member Posts: 4
    Thanks for the detailed information. your reply is very informative and I will cancel my policy today and ask the dealer for Honda care.

    Thanks again.
  • easyaccesseasyaccess Member Posts: 2
    Hi paulinca,

    Could you advise how I can contact you for more detail information about spirithonda? Thanks.
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    Make your email address in your profile "public" and reply to this message to let me know it's done so I can send you an email. I tried to make my email public so you could contact me, but it doesn't seem to be working.
  • easyaccesseasyaccess Member Posts: 2
    Hi paulinca,

    Thanks for your prompt response. I got into a similar situation as you and bought the Honda Care EW at an outrageous high price $21xx. I am going to return it tomorrow anyway. But according to your post, if I still want to get the EW, I have to buy one within one month. Is that right? BTW, please check my email address and send me more info about the person at spirit honda. Thanks again.
  • bcorollabcorolla Member Posts: 9
    I too am in California and would like to purchase this Honda Care extended warranty. I have a 2006 Honda S2000 (3rd owner) that was first originally sold June 2006. Will I still be eligible to purchase Honda Care?

    Paulinca - I would appreciate if you could e-mail me the person who you dealt with at Spirit Honda.

  • shodanusmcshodanusmc Member Posts: 14
    Do a WEB search for Honda Warranty' can get one at a certain Honda dealer for a lot less....I got a 5 year/60K for $415 and no ded. Do not over pay! It is the same Honda Warranty that your Honda dealer will sell you. Or at least get their prices, and then ask your dealer to match it. THey are still making some money on it. Everything is negotiable!
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    Just sent the email - let me know how it turns out.
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    Regarding buying a new policy within the first month, that's what Honda Care told me on the phone. You may want to call them to verify that information in case they changed their policies, but I doubt it. They said since my VIN already had a Honda Care on it, I could either keep the original Honda Care policy I bought at the dealer or cancel it and buy one within one month of the purchase date of my vehicle. So I had to rush a bit, and the whole process was a bit complicated and unnerving. But in the end, I was satisfied.

    Thanks for the email - I sent you the name and numbers I have for the Spirit Honda representative.

    By the way, before you call Spirit Honda, check online to see what the warranty should cost for your vehicle at the websites mentioned earlier in these posts. Then you will have a starting price to work with when you call Spirit.

    Good luck - let me know how it goes.
  • rkerrrkerr Member Posts: 1
    where did you buy your warranty? I would like to talk with them.
    [email protected]
  • jensadjensad Member Posts: 388
    Well my wife purchased an Odessey quite a few years back. The Honda dealer offerred the same thing on extended coverage. After the time required to get a refund, and at that time she had only 70k miles, they refunded our cost which was at that time $ 800. No interest but we also did not utilize the warranty either.

    But then they got to earn interest on our $$$ and that was ok with us.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

  • aeagleaeagle Member Posts: 1
    how are you?

    where did you get your warranty?

    what websites did you look at?

    is it the same exact warranty as the honda dealer would give you?

    honda dealers are not calling me back pertaining to the warranty.

    Thanks for all you help,
    [email protected]
  • njhondadude3njhondadude3 Member Posts: 6
    OK, so I am purchasing a 2006 Honda Accord with 32K miles and its over 3 years since birth. I can't buy a Surraci extended warranty since its over 3 years. The dealer (Honda Universe NJ) wants $1500 for the remainder (68K or 44 months). I think this is over-priced and will refuse it. I did buy their "Certified" for $500, so I get 12 months/12K. Anyone agree or disagree?
  • njhondadude3njhondadude3 Member Posts: 6
    Update! While signing some papers tonite, the Honda dealer lowered the price of the extended warranty to $1000. That's a $500 drop. This was after I told him I wasn't going to buy it. Is it worth $1000 to get peace of mind for 68K/44 months?
  • kipkkipk Member Posts: 1,576
    "Is it worth $1000 to get peace of mind for 68K/44 months? "

    Our 03 Pilot has 36K+ miles on the clock right now.

    I've had an ongoing problem with a check engine light that comes on every once in a while for the last few months. Error code is P1457 which could involve the gas cap not tight. Generally I just turn the light off and tighten the gas cap and the light doesn't return for a while. But it does return and doesn't coincide with gas fill ups.

    I was at my Honda dealer yesterday from 1:30 pm till 4:30 pm. The Error Code P1457 covers a lot of area dealing with the fuel evaporative system. That starts with the gas cap and goes through a lot of stuff before terminating at the evaporative canister. . They didn't really find anything wrong. They did a lot of checks and tightening of components. Won't know if the problem is fixed for a while. Because it only happens every once in a while.

    A couple of years ago it appeared the torque converter was self destructing. Car would jerk and buck violently at around 50 mph when the TC was trying to lock up. There were no error codes, and Honda tech support was baffled and no help to the dealer.

    It took nearly 2 days to discover a sluggish EGR valve. Seems it does some stuff with the engine as the torque converter is locking. What we were feeling was the engine bucking and jerking, but felt more like the tranny. As I said, there were no error codes.
    There were in the neighborhood of 8-10 hours technician time and a rental car involved.

    Point is, that while they are looking, the $$$ clock is running at somewhere in the $100 per hour range. The "Honda Care" Extended warranty is and has payed the bill.

    The wifes 03 CR-V destroyed the inside of the AC compressor, last summer. Factory warranty had expired June of '06. They said the entire AC system would need replacing due to particles floating around inside it. Price would be in the $3000 range. Then a few weeks ago, she had a check engine light. Turned out to be an 02 sensor. Replacement cost in the $300-$500 range. Her extended warranty covered both.

    My son's Suburban destroyed the tranny at 66K miles and his extended warranty fixed it.

    There is the group that says, it is a Honda, or a Toyota and "Shouldn't Break". There are those that drive 100K+ miles without a single problem. But if or when a problem does appear, it can be very expensive to repair. The savings on repair bills have more than paid for the EW on both our cars and my son's car.

    You are looking at $23 a month or 1.5 cents per mile for health insurance on your Pilot.

    In my opinion there are just too many things that can go wrong with these new cars to not have the extended warranty. I look at it as a health insurance policy on the car. I won't leave the dealer without one.

    I've carried insurance on my homes for 40+ years and have made a claim for one tree hit by lighten for which I was paid $175. I've just filled a claim for hail damage to the roof in the last two weeks. Those two items will not even come close to what I've paid out. Yet I will continue to pay for it year after year.

    Just some thoughts.

  • bcorollabcorolla Member Posts: 9
    Anyone know what the refund policy is for the Hondacare extended warranty? My understanding is that you have 60 days from date of purchase to have a full refund and thereafter they will prorate the refund to you. Please correct me if I am wrong
  • oddbuyeroddbuyer Member Posts: 1

    I just bought an Odyssey EXL with 7yr/80K EW. Paid $27400 for EXL and paid $1000 for EW. I live in Milpitas, CA. I tried many sites to buy warranty online, but they don't sell in CA. at $1000, I think it was not a bad deal.

    Any thoughts?
  • merk850merk850 Member Posts: 14
    Hello All,

    We just bought a new 09 odyssey for 27,100 and dealer presented warranty for over $2,000. I negotiated 8 yr/ 120k warranty for $1,525. I had a '00 Odyssey with a third party warranty that cost me $900 back then. I have not had Hondacare in the past.

    1) What are your impressions of Hondacare?
    2) Do you think my price was worth it? I can still cancel.

    Thanks in advance.

  • planaduplanadu Member Posts: 1
    paulinca, can you please email me the person and phone no. that you spoke with over at el monte honda? i, too, am in california and would like to cancel the ew i bought through the dealer. thanks.
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    Your email is set as private so I cannot send you the info. Click on my link (paulinca) to see my email address, then send me an email to my Yahoo account so I can send you the info.
  • kellyrwnkellyrwn Member Posts: 2
    Is it possible to get these through honda care? It seems like everything I'm reading has nothing related to '04 cars. If not, what are my other options for an EW?
  • kellyrwnkellyrwn Member Posts: 2
    is this available through honda care for an '04?
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Member Posts: 1,207
    AAA auto club
  • aristotlearistotle Member Posts: 123
    I bought a certified 2006 Honda Odyssey EX with 39K miles last week from an out-of-state dealer. Is it worth buying the Honda Care EW ( 7 years 100000 miles ) for $583 now? Since the van is already 44 months old what I am really getting is an EW for 40 months,61000 miles only. Besides I already get a 12 month 12000 mile Honda certified car warranty which means I am really extending my warranty only by 28 months and 49000 miles.

    Is it worth paying $583 dollars for 28 month, 49K miles? Does the Odyssey really break down that much before 100K miles?
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    For the extra 28 months at $583, that equals about $21.00 per month - sounds like a good deal to me for peace of mind. But it's your choice.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Member Posts: 1,207
    Do you buy insurance?
  • rukindrukind Member Posts: 17
    I have the 120K 6 year 0 deductible plan and it is worth it. However, be sure to read the fine print regarding exclusions. I have two instrument bulbs that need to be replaced and the plan does not cover them. The only bulbs covered are those that illuminate the instrument panel. I thought the AC controls etc were considered part of the instrument cluster but not. The plan only overs the bulbs that illuminate the RPM, MPH cluster.

    So, my local Honda dealer wants $105 for labor plus 6.95 per bulb to replace them. That's spendy... :mad:
  • thaisharkthaishark Member Posts: 19
    Hi All, I have just purchased a new Pilot Touring and have a question regarding the EW. I have been reading all the forums but i am confused about 1 part.
    Is the Honda Care Warranty fully refundable if it runs its entire term and is never used?
    I am thinking of getting the 8yr 100k coverage so its likley i would need it at some point but wanted to clarify this part.

  • loveipos1234loveipos1234 Member Posts: 15
    If you have a 5 year EW and you never use it, the money is gone, and yuou do not get any of it back. Otherwise, within the time period, it is pro-rated. So if you sell the car after 4 years on a 5 year plan, you can get 2 years back, minus the cost of a repair made under the plan. Best not to get it. Save the money. Remember, you can negotiate the price of a warranty way down from what the Dealership wants for it. For a 5 year, 60K, you should be able to go under $550 easy.
  • thaisharkthaishark Member Posts: 19
    Thank you for the clarification !
  • mcgongmcgong Member Posts: 5
    I have been reading that if I live in California, I cannot buy the Honda Care from an out or state dealer. Bernardi Honda won't sell to me since I live in California.

    BUT...a dealer in Jay Honda in OHIO said they can sell me the HC. Is this right?
  • 1headlight1headlight Member Posts: 24
    edited March 2010
    I have compared my local dealership with "online" competitors and found that one can find substantial savings on a EW.

    Curry Honda in MA is one that I have found. This one is mentioned here, who are the others and what are your experiences???
  • jamtracyjamtracy Member Posts: 75
    College Hills Honda in Ohio is the one I found. $700 for 6 yr/ 80K miles.
  • doccarmandoccarman Member Posts: 1
    Just bought a 2011 Pilot Touring for my wife, through Honda of Princeton, in Princeton NJ. Of course, the finance manager was pressuring us on Honda Care, at a price of $2,499 for 60 mos/100K miles. The dude was looking at my wife the entire time, since he knew I was on to him.
    He applied all of his "discounts" and brought the price down to "only" $1995. Ridiculous. Found the same plan through Sacucci Honda ( for $750, and a 72 Mo/120K plan for $1,015. Don't succumb to the pressure by the finance manager. Go online and find a deal.
  • tricky3tricky3 Member Posts: 1
    the antenna on my xm radio has stopped working, show antenna in the display set up. The Honda service dept says they can't tell me if it is covered under my honda extended warranty until they look at it . Why ? It seems that not much is covered under the extended warranty unless it is major maintenance. The salesman I bought my car from made it sound like it would take care of almost anything. My suggestion is not to by one it isn't worth the money you paid for it. So far 3 maintnance issues and none have been covered yet!
  • paulincapaulinca Member Posts: 9
    I just found out that the person I dealt with at Spirit Honda in El Monte, CA is no longer working there. So I no longer have any contact information for who to buy a cheaper warranty from in California. My best advice is to check the prices online, then call all your local dealers, ask for the Finance Department Manager, then offer $100 to $200 over the cost you found online.

    To get a price, go to Saccucci Honda or Bernardi Honda. Please note, for both websites you'll have to choose a state other than FL or CA and give a valid email address for them to send you a quote via email. You used to be able to get the HondaCare quotes directly online, but I guess they want contact information now. Neither of these are in California, and they cannot sell to you if you are in California, but at least you'll get a starting point for your price.

    Make sure you insist on Genuine HondaCare, not one of their own in-house warranties when you call dealers here in California. To see what a genuine HondaCare Application looks like, click here. If your application does not look like that, then you're probably not getting genuine HondaCare.

    If you find a dealer in CA willing to negotiate a price close to what's mentioned above, let him/her know that you can post it here and get them lots more customers. Since I've submitted my post 2 years ago, I've had over 20 folks email me for the contact info for my guy. I don't know how many secured a contract with him before he left, but if they all did and he got $100 each, he made a quick and easy $2K. And probably many others just looked up the phone number themselves. Maybe he made $5K.

    Sorry I can't help you anymore, but I hope that Honda gets a clue and stops ripping folks off on these warranties. Otherwise, I would guess that people will most likely look at other car manufacturers that have more consistent policies on pricing.
  • gjintexasgjintexas Member Posts: 1
    I purchased a Honda CR-V in July and was told by the dealer that I had until 8000 miles to purchase HondaCare warranty. Went by last night with 7000 miles on my car and was told that HondaCare only sells to autos with 6000 or less, but I could buy the dealer's recommended warranty for 5 year/75,000 miles for $1095. When I balked, he came down to $995. I went home and started researching since my car already has warranty for 3 years/36,000 miles, that would be over $500 year for the remainder. I found this great article to share.'ve decided to wait until my other warranty starts to run out and then purchase!!!!!! Who knew they made so much money on warranties?
  • snowdaddyosnowdaddyo Member Posts: 53
    edited November 2010
    But the HondaCare warranty is still a better value than the third-party warranty when purchased before the 6000 mile expiration. It's cheaper and is backed by the manufacturer itself.
  • jstaylor7jstaylor7 Member Posts: 3
    Just purchased a Hondacare policy from Saccucci for 8 yr/120K/0 deductible for a new 2012 Odyssey for $1295. I live in CA and it was not a problem. Was quoted $2695 from the CA dealer for the same exact policy !!!
  • gonecks1gonecks1 Member Posts: 5
    Big thanks to this forum. I got some online quotes and saved myself about $1300. The finance guy was pretty stumped when I pulled out quotes from 3 different dealers that were way less than he was. Wish I would've know about this when I bought my Pathfinder in 08, I looked in my paperwork at paid $2700 for the extended warranty at the dealer, ouch!
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