Many people say that you shouldn’t bother with extended warranties at all, but if you do have to use them, to make sure to get the best deal and reliable service possible.
SquareTrade has moved to the front of the pack in terms of this ‘alternate’ service. SquareTrade will warranty almost any electronic item, usually if you purchase a warranty within 30 days. They have gotten great reviews as a reputable service and their prices can’t be beat.
I’m pretty nervous about a lot of electronics, so I’ve purchased four warranties from them. My wife and I purchased new Blackberry phones last summer, and I got warranties for both of them. In addition, I obtained a warranty on a flat screen TV. Finally, I purchased a warranty on a basement dehumidifier that had good reviews, except a few too many that said it didn’t last more than a year. For $15 I was happy to cover the $129 I paid for the unit.