Tips to Maximize Dell’s Limited Warranty Policy
Recently purchased a Dell laptop? If so, you’re probably aware that your computer comes with Dell’s laptop warranty. After registering your laptop at the start of your purchase, Dell guarantees to replace your laptop or defective components if it breaks down within a defined period. Considering how fragile your laptop is, this can mean the difference between a free replacement versus shelling out for a whole new device. Not too shabby, right?
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at not only what is included in Dell’s laptop warranty, but also how you can maximize Dell’s limited warranty policy using your credit card. First, let’s look at Dell’s limited warranty policies.
Dell’s Laptop Warranty Coverage Period:
Dell’s laptop warranty comes in five time-sensitive coverage periods:
- a 90-day limited warranty
- a 1-year limited warranty
- a 2-year limited warranty
- a 3-year limited warranty
- a 4-year limited warranty
These warranty policies have a number of coverages in common. If your laptop is damaged in shipping, Dell will pick give you a replacement. If there’s a defect in the manufacture of the device, you’re also covered. Additionally, Dell-branded monitors, keyboards, and mice are also eligible for replacement. Last, if anything occurs to your laptop within 30 days, you can get a full replacement for a refund or a credit of the produce purchase price.
After the first year elapses, what is covered and what’s not covered changes. This specifically includes the laptop’s battery, which you’re responsible for replacing after the first year no matter which one of Dell’s limited warranty policies you have. As a rule of thumb, the longer the Dell laptop warranty you have, the less the coverage—and the more you’re on the hook for paying for replacement parts.
Exclusions to Dell’s Limited Warranty Policies:
Of course, not everything is covered by Dell’s laptop warranty policy. This includes:
- external devices (except as specifically noted)
- accessories or parts added to a Dell system after the system is shipped from Dell
- accessories or parts added to a Dell system through Dell’s system integration department
- accessories or parts that are not installed in the Dell factory
- products purchased through the Software &Peripherals department
- monitors, keyboards, and mice that are not Dell branded or that are not included on Dell’s standard price list
To receive Dell’s limited warranty coverage, you must purchase the laptop in the United States.
[For more info, be sure to check out the fine print on Dell’s limited warranty policies here.]
Has Your Policy Expired?
The best part about Dell’s laptop warranty protection is that savvy consumers can extend it. If you purchased your Dell with a credit card, you can typically tack on a year’s worth of coverage. Most credit cards automatically extend Dell’s Laptop Warranty. This is known as your credit card’s extended warranty protection and it mirrors the terms of coverage (and exclusions) offered by Dell. For instance, if you have a manufacturing defect within the extended period, you’re covered by your credit card and you’ll receive a reimbursement via statement credit or check. If the battery dies in the second year of owning your laptop and you need a replacement, your credit card’s extended warranty protection won’t cover it.
If you’re like most people, keeping track of Dell’s limited warranty policy might not be on your mind when you need it. It’s hard enough remembering a loved one’s birthday, let alone the exact purchase date of your Dell laptop years ago. Luckily, using Sift can take care of the guesswork that comes with Dell’s laptop warranty—especially with warranties that span over the course of several years.