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Credit Card or Sony Extended Serice Plan?? for KDFE42A10

clsrh14
10-20-2005, 10:07 AM
I just bought the Sony KDFE42A10 from 6th Ave. Electronics. I didn't purchase an extended warranty(yet), and my TV has not been delivered yet. I am not sure which is the best extended warranty/service plan. I am trying to choose between Sony's and my Visa credit card's plans.

Which one is a better deal...for anywhere from 3-5 years? Do either cover bulb replacement? I know I can probably ask questions directly to the customer service reps, but people here seem pretty knowledgeable. I read on the forums here that Sony's ESP doesn't cover bulbs, but from what I've read, it's not clearly stated that they do not.

Sony Service Plan (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/EW_ViewExtendedWarranty-Detail?CategoryName=CE_TV)

Visa plan (http://usa.visa.com/personal/cards/benefits/bft_warranty_mgr.html)

I don't watch that much TV (now), maybe 10-15 hours a week max. Should I even worry about bulb replacement? I also purchased a TrippLite SmartPro Digital Home Theater UPS 1000VA with surge/UPS/AVR protection (got a great deal from Dell), so hopefully that will help.

Edit: FYI - I called VISA and they mirror(i.e. add one year to) the 1st year of Sony's warranty for free (including bulbs). And their extended service plans actually cover the same exact things that Sony's 1st year warranty does..including bulbs. A 3 year extension (for a total of a 5 year warranty - 1 from Sony, 1 free year after that from VISA, and then 3 years extension from VISA) costs only $189.99. Sounds like I will go with that.

sschantz
11-03-2005, 11:11 AM
I don't know about your Credit Card protection but I can definitely tell you getting an extended warranty thru Sony is ALOT cheaper than going thru the place you bought it. Best Buy wanted $249 vs $99 for Sony.....you have to ask about the lamp coverage.(these cost $199 each)

I know they are covered for the first year but after that I don't know. Try calling 800-222-7669 Sony Help Line.

mu5a5hi
11-03-2005, 07:37 PM
Sony offers an extended warranty themselves? I had no idea. Does that apply to their SXRD sets such as the KDS-R60XBR1?

sschantz
11-04-2005, 08:50 AM
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/EW_ViewExtendedWarranty-LandingPage?CategoryName=ExtendedWarrantyRoot

I don't know if you have a Projection/Plasma or what exactly so just click on the corresponding link...

daleb
11-04-2005, 10:22 AM
Sony offers an extended warranty themselves? I had no idea. Does that apply to their SXRD sets such as the KDS-R60XBR1?

It's not a Sony extended warranty. It is a service plan just like the ones in the stores, underwritten by an insurance company. The reason it is relatively inexpensive is that it does not include lamp replacement.

The reason we have service plans, is very few manufacturers bother to extended their original warranties anymore. This is what created a market for 3rd party service plans. GE having the bulk of the business.

blockatvalpo
11-04-2005, 11:00 AM
The reason we have service plans, is very few manufacturers bother to extended their original warranties anymore. This is what created a market for 3rd party service plans. GE having the bulk of the business

I agree, you pay more because you get more. But if you buy the service plan from Best Buy or Circuity City use it. Most people won't ever call the tech for a routine check-up. I paid the extra $250 on my tv's because I know they work.