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Do I need to send in the warranty cards for new items I have purchased?

Warranty cards aren’t always needed for coverage. "It’s not important or necessary to fill out the card in order to get warranty service," says Todd Marks of Consumer Reports magazine. The cards, which usually ask questions about income or product preferences, are mainly used for marketing purposes. If you bought a coffee maker, a company may try to sell you its bread maker. A computer software manufacturer may let you know when an updated version is available. "On the plus side, the little cards are really the only way a company has of alerting you in case of a product recall" says Marks, who writes a monthly product recall column. "Keeping the receipt is more important," says Marks, who recommends stapling it to the back of the owner's manual and filing that away.



Written by Sandra McKinnon and Cynthia E. Crawford, Ph.D., Family Financial Education Specialists, University of Missouri-Extension


Last update: Sunday, April 23, 2006












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