Why Do We Lose Car Warranties Right Before We Need Them?

A few years ago, I bought a 2006 Saturn Vue SUV. No, let me rephrase that. A few years ago, I bought a brand-spankin’-new-zero-miles Saturn Vue SUV. Buying a never-before-driven car is a big deal in my family. I was the first one, aside from my paternal grandparents, to have bought a brand new car. My parents have been married for over 30 years and have always bought used cars. I was thrilled, to say the least.

That brand new 2006 Saturn isn’t so brand new anymore. This upcoming May will be five years that I’ve owned it. The only issues I have had within the five years I’ve owned it is that my battery died in December. That is…that was the only issue I had with it prior to last week. Suddenly my windshield wiper fluid started coming out oddly – it wasn’t spraying up more than two inches. I was halfway through a six hour road trip with four children in the car and my windshield was littered with a thousand bug carcasses. I actually had to stop at a gas station and wash the windshield with the sponge to get it clean enough to be able to drive the rest of the way home!

I remembered getting a letter in the mail a few weeks ago about my SUV, but couldn’t remember exactly what it was pertaining to. So I did a little research online (re: I Googled it) and found this nifty website called RepairPal and it actually has my windshield wiper issue featured there for my make and model! Now I just have to research (re: Google some more) and find out if my warranty is still good and if I can find a copy of that letter somewhere online!

I tell you, the internet makes my life so much easier!

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