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**Update, I went for the Stelvio! The original warranty is expired and Chrysler quoted me $6k for extended warranty bahaha ya no! Will post on here if any Canadian's have any recommendation for other warranty companies.

On the fence if I become a Stelvio owner. I test drove two 2018 Stelvio (base models) both with similar stats. I use to autocross (solo 2) race and have had some fun cars in the past so I'm very impressed with the handling and that alone is a huge selling feature for me. This will be my daily/only vehicle. I usually only keep vehicles for 2 to 5 years it seems. Where I'm conflicted is I don't know much about about mechanics and I don't have a lot of extra money to throw at repairs ($2k a year, sure np). From doing my research and searching through this forum seems like the luck of the draw if any weird one off things are going to happen. If I'm a mom of 6 year twin boys with a small dog who loves corners, horsepower but also needs to be practical and doesn't want to get stranded if the car decides to die, do I risk it? My other option is a 2015 RX 350 (same price as 2018 Stelvio). Both options are at my max budget and not sure I can afford the extended warranty the dealer will try to sell me. Need to decide in the next couple days... My heart says Stelvio but my brain says Lexus lol. Thank you for any input you have!
 

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On the fence if I become a Stelvio owner. I test drove two 2018 Stelvio (base models) both with similar stats. I use to autocross (solo 2) race and have had some fun cars in the past so I'm very impressed with the handling and that alone is a huge selling feature for me. This will be my daily/only vehicle. I usually only keep vehicles for 2 to 5 years it seems. Where I'm conflicted is I don't know much about about mechanics and I don't have a lot of extra money to throw at repairs ($2k a year, sure np). From doing my research and searching through this forum seems like the luck of the draw if any weird one off things are going to happen. If I'm a mom of 6 year twin boys with a small dog who loves corners, horsepower but also needs to be practical and doesn't want to get stranded if the car decides to die, do I risk it? My other option is a 2015 RX 350 (same price as 2018 Stelvio). Both options are at my max budget and not sure I can afford the extended warranty the dealer will try to sell me. Need to decide in the next couple days... My heart says Stelvio but my brain says Lexus lol. Thank you for any input you have!
Let's see... 5 year warranty with 100k coverage for max care is about $2500 (USD) which will run out in 2023 and you wanted coverage for 2-5 years more. I think they have the 9 years at which will put your car at 2027 with about 100k miles and cost will be close to $4k. does that math work for you? I don't think they have anything longer than that but check anyhow. As for Alfa or Lexus, I would take the Stelvio because it's 3 years younger. Used cars are as good as who drove it last. Look at some of our people who dumps 87 octane in as that could happen with Lexus, but just 3 years longer. (just an example :))
Go to Lexus forum and see what they say since from here, you will most likely hear Alfa.
 

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I don't have a lot of extra money to throw at repairs ($2k a year, sure np).
I'm a mom of 6 year twin boys with a small dog who loves corners, horsepower but also needs to be practical and doesn't want to get stranded if the car decides to die, do I risk it?
Both options are at my max budget and not sure I can afford the extended warranty the dealer will try to sell me.
Need to decide in the next couple days.
Honestly, if you have to stretch to afford the car, it might not be the best idea.
And if you are looking at 2018 cars, I would HIGHLY recommend the best of the best Max Care Extended Warranty offered by FCA / Alfa Romeo (NOT any third party warranty, make sure the dealer doesn't switch you to a non FCA warranty).

It's too much of a risk if you (and your 2 boys) have to spend the next 4 years only eating Kraft Dinners and Ramen Noodles just to be able to afford a car.
 

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If it still has the original warranty you can extend it for relatively cheap from a few online dealerships mentioned in this forum. I believe it costs a bit more and requires an inspection if you want to purchase it after the original factory warranty has expired.
 

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**Update, I went for the Stelvio! The original warranty is expired and Chrysler quoted me $6k for extended warranty bahaha ya no! Will post on here if any Canadian's have any recommendation for other warranty companies.

On the fence if I become a Stelvio owner. I test drove two 2018 Stelvio (base models) both with similar stats. I use to autocross (solo 2) race and have had some fun cars in the past so I'm very impressed with the handling and that alone is a huge selling feature for me. This will be my daily/only vehicle. I usually only keep vehicles for 2 to 5 years it seems. Where I'm conflicted is I don't know much about about mechanics and I don't have a lot of extra money to throw at repairs ($2k a year, sure np). From doing my research and searching through this forum seems like the luck of the draw if any weird one off things are going to happen. If I'm a mom of 6 year twin boys with a small dog who loves corners, horsepower but also needs to be practical and doesn't want to get stranded if the car decides to die, do I risk it? My other option is a 2015 RX 350 (same price as 2018 Stelvio). Both options are at my max budget and not sure I can afford the extended warranty the dealer will try to sell me. Need to decide in the next couple days... My heart says Stelvio but my brain says Lexus lol. Thank you for any input you have!
I was in the similar situation as you, I was looking to buy Acura RDX and then ended up buying Stelvio. You will definitely love the car as daily driver, but I agree there are few issues that might come up. Also how the previous owner maintained the car really matters, check the history of car on Carfax and make sure all the recalls and maintenance were performed on time.
I did not buy extended warranty through dealership but I bought it online through Ensurall. they were offering the same coverage as the dealership but there was almost $3500 difference in their quotes. Good luck!
 

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I was in the similar situation as you, I was looking to buy Acura RDX and then ended up buying Stelvio. You will definitely love the car as daily driver, but I agree there are few issues that might come up. Also how the previous owner maintained the car really matters, check the history of car on Carfax and make sure all the recalls and maintenance were performed on time.
I did not buy extended warranty through dealership but I bought it online through Ensurall. they were offering the same coverage as the dealership but there was almost $3500 difference in their quotes. Good luck!
Thank you for the feedback! I'm now thinking of going with Obvi for the extended warranty as their rate is half the cost of Alfa and their reviews are good but haven't had the chance to compare policies yet. Have you heard of Obvi? I'll check out Ensurall, thank you!
 

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Thank you for the feedback! I'm now thinking of going with Obvi for the extended warranty as their rate is half the cost of Alfa and their reviews are good but haven't had the chance to compare policies yet. Have you heard of Obvi? I'll check out Ensurall, thank you!
I did a lot of research before buying used car warranty, I have read about Obvi, it had good reviews but it was not available in Ontario. Their warranties are only available for Alberta, BC, Manitoba & Saskatchewan. My next option was Ensurall, so I called their head office in Toronto, spoke to the guy over phone & bought the warranty. He also offered $500 discount during sign-up..

Regardless, I have also filed/used a claim through Ensurall and they paid the mechanic/workshop directly. So its genuine (Bought & Tested)

The only drawback is Alfa dealers will not entertain any 3rd party warranties, They ask you to pay directly and claim it yourself later on (which Ensurall does not allow). So if you're planning to take your car only to Alfa dealership then be prepared OR you have 2 other options:
1. You can find a lot of European car mechanics, I found a lot of Independent workshops specialising in Alfa's here in Greater Toronto Area and they do accept 3rd party warranties.
2. You can take your car to nearest Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep dealership and they should be able to do regular maintenance stuff or mechanical breakdown fix on your car.

you can look at this website for more info The 6 Best Canadian Car Warranties for 2022 | Free Buyers Guide
 

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The only drawback is Alfa dealers will not entertain any 3rd party warranties, They ask you to pay directly and claim it yourself later on (which Ensurall does not allow).
And that right there is why I recommended calling the chrysler dodge jeep ram dealers to see if they would be willing to sell the MaxCare Warranty on the Alfa at a lower cost.
 

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And that right there is why I recommended calling the chrysler dodge jeep ram dealers to see if they would be willing to sell the MaxCare Warranty on the Alfa at a lower cost.
I tired Chrysler warranty when you guys suggested me but they said they don't provide warranties in canada. Then I also emailed Tom from some Chrysler dealership, he said no as well. After that I called 2 Dodge Chrysler dealerships when I was shopping for warranties. Both have different quotes, 1 dealer quoted $5800+tax for additional 3 years 100,000kms. Other dealer quoted $6280+tax for 3 years 150,000kms. While Alfa was quoting me $7800+tax for 3 years 120,000kms. At that price point I'd rather buy a new Stelvio 😅



FYI there 13% tax in Ontario.
 

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I did a lot of research before buying used car warranty, I have read about Obvi, it had good reviews but it was not available in Ontario. Their warranties are only available for Alberta, BC, Manitoba & Saskatchewan. My next option was Ensurall, so I called their head office in Toronto, spoke to the guy over phone & bought the warranty. He also offered $500 discount during sign-up..

Regardless, I have also filed/used a claim through Ensurall and they paid the mechanic/workshop directly. So its genuine (Bought & Tested)

The only drawback is Alfa dealers will not entertain any 3rd party warranties, They ask you to pay directly and claim it yourself later on (which Ensurall does not allow). So if you're planning to take your car only to Alfa dealership then be prepared OR you have 2 other options:
1. You can find a lot of European car mechanics, I found a lot of Independent workshops specialising in Alfa's here in Greater Toronto Area and they do accept 3rd party warranties.
2. You can take your car to nearest Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep dealership and they should be able to do regular maintenance stuff or mechanical breakdown fix on your car.

you can look at this website for more info The 6 Best Canadian Car Warranties for 2022 | Free Buyers Guide
Appreciate this! I don't plan on putting a lot of kms on it so i think im just going to bend over and buy the Alfa extended warranty for between $4k/$5k (depending if i do 2 or 3 years) and be done with. Obvi max claim amount per claim is $10k and they don't cover spark plug wires; glow plugs; hoses; drive belts so if the engine goes, I'll be on the hook for those extra things. Ensurall doesn't cover the area I live unfortunately.
 
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