Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:36:22 -0500
From: Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Extended Warranty


Jonathan Kaplan wrote: > Bob, > > You obviously are not from NY or NJ. In NJ the average auto policy is > $2,500+, the average homeowner's policy $1000+ (because the average house is > $500,000+ in Northern NJ area). I'm not guessing at the insurance figures, > I'm an insurance agent. Swell. So the rest of the world should take heed of what happens in the metro New York? My house is worth ~$400k and I pay about 400 a year for homeowners insurance. I pay about $3000 a year to insure *5* cars. I'm not an insurance agent, but I were in your position I would move out of that area as fast as humanly possible. > > This being said, non-dealer SAAB mechanics charge virtually the same hourly > rate as the dealer. Nonsense. The local SAAB specialists get half the hourly rate that the stealerships do, and they know how to troubleshoot. Dealership mechanics are generally parts swappers. > > I thought I would save money with my Volvo 850 by going to an independent > Volvo mechanic. It ended up costing the same as the dealer. So your experience at one Volvo guy means they are all the same? > > There are even fewer SAAB mechanics than Volvo ones. I chalk all this up to > the outrageous cost of living in NJ or NY. Usually the SAAB guys around here work on both. -- -Fred W

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