My first Mac was an Apple IIGS. I absolutely loved it while everyone seemed to use a PC. Over the past several years, people have grown increasingly fond of the Mac, as reflected in improving marketshare. What can you do to protect your Mac investment? AppleCare! It has saved me lots of money over the years.
In general, I am not a fan of purchasing any kind of warranty. I’ve found that, in general, they are a waste of money. They may give you some piece of mind, but I hardly end up taking advantage of them. Plus I’ve found if I do want to use my warranty, there are so many loops to jump through that I don’t even want to deal with it. AppleCare is different.

What is it?

AppleCare is Apple’s extra warranty which they offer on almost all of their products. It extends your warranty from 1 to 3 years. It can be purchased any time within the first year of ownership. After your free 1 year warranty runs out, you can no longer purchase an Apple warranty.

How to use it?

You can either bring your Mac product to the Apple Store to have them take care of it or you can do it over the phone. Both ways work out great for me but I usually deal with problems over the phone. After navigating through the phone menu, just explain what your issue is. They may ask you to do some simple things to verify you have a problem. Then, they will email you a box the next day for you to ship the product back to them. Usually it takes about a week for them to fix it and send it back to you.

My experience

AppleCare has saved me tons of money. I especially recommend it for Mac laptops. Although Macs are built well, problems can creep in now and then. Amog the major laptop problems I’ve had: Titanium laptop that developed a broken hinge 14 months after purchase, Macbook LCD screen went bad 15 months after purchase. In both of these cases, estimated repairs would have been above $500 but I was able to get my repairs free because of my warranty. I’ve had many other minor issues (batteries duddenly dead, broken power cords, etc) which have been promptly taken care of as well. I will always get AppleCare with a Mac laptop.

How to purchase?

There is no need to purchase it right away. Wait until the 1st year warranty is almost up. There’s no need to tie up your money if not necessary. Also, please don’t purchase from Apple or a retail store. You can get it much cheaper on ebay. Significantly cheaper. Search for yourself. Compare to Amazon prices below.
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