: will purchase 98 Eldo ETC... who should inspect/work on car? EXT Warranty Info help

02-04-05, 05:19 PM
Hello everyone, and thank you for reading this..

The car has a clean VIN history (2 owners), looks clean (in and out), from a dealer who gets a lot of these and Seville's.

I would like to get it inspected prior to purchasing it... I am wondering if a mechanic is OK? (listed on AAA), or an online service that specializes in inspections (carchex.com -- does anyone have any input on them?).
My reasoning, is that a Cadillac dealer or independent mechanic, may want to work on it to get your business so they may list many things that are sort of wrong, with the intention of getting your business (i.e, conflict of interest). Has anyone here used Carchex?

Also I am wanting to purchase an extended warranty--can anyone with mechanical / ownership experience tell me if this sounds reasonable, terms described below?

I am looking at a very competitively priced 48 month or 50,000 mile coverage, described below (name of company has been XXXXX).

Does this sound like good coverage? They don't cover diagnostics--but the price is almost too hard to pass up--they've been in business for over a decade... normal BBB history....
Warranty info below ...


*Engine: All internally lubricated parts inclusive of: pistons, piston rings and pins, crankshaft and main bearings, connecting rods and bearings, camshaft and bearings, timing gear chain and/or belt, rocker arms, shafts and bushings, valves, valve springs, guides and seats, push rods and lifters, oil pump; externally: water pump, mechanical and/or electric fuel pump, oil pan, flywheel, valve covers, engine mounts, intake and exhaust manifolds, distributor shaft, gear, and bushing, engine head(s), engine block, gaskets and seals if damaged as a result of failure of covered engine parts.

*Transmission: All internally lubricated parts contained within an automatic transmission and transfer case inclusive of: clutches, bands, pumps, carrier assemblies, internal shafts, (main, intermediate, reaction), thrust washers and bearings, governor, valve body, servo and accumulator assemblies, torque converter, transmission mounts and shift linkage, throttle valve cable, case if damaged as a result of failure of covered automatic transmission parts. Internally lubricated parts contained within a manual transmission inclusive of: main shaft, coupler shaft, all gears, synchro hub assemblies, bearings, shift rails and internal shift forks, input shaft synchro rings and retainers, case if damaged as a result of failure of covered components. Internally lubricated parts within the trans-axle of a front wheel drive including ring and pinion gears, internal bearings, axle(s) and case if damaged by covered components.

*Rear-wheel drive: Parts contained within the differential housing including ring gear and pinion gears, bearings, differential housing if damaged by failure of internally lubricated parts, axle, universal joints.

*Four-wheel drive: Parts contained within the transfer case; transfer case if damaged by failure of internally lubricated parts.

*Air conditioning, cooling and heating: Factory installed compressor, clutch, condenser, heater core, blower motor, radiator, fan, and fan pulley.

*Electrical: Starter, starter solenoid, alternator or generator, voltage regulator, windshield washer pump, wiper motors, trunk lid motor, engine control computer, ignition control module, blower motor, power seat motor, door window motors, power mirror motors, speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, electronic control module (ECM/ECU), ABS, climate control, Power Train Control Module (PCM)

*Sensors: Manifold pressure temperature, throttle position, mass airflow, oxygen, coolant temperature, vehicle speed, camshaft/crankshaft angle. Wheel speed (ABS), and climate control sensors.

*Steering: Steering gear, power steering pump, steering column shafts and coupling, rack and pinion

*Brakes: Master cylinder, vacuum assist booster, emergency brake cable, brake calipers, wheel cylinders, compensating valve, brake line tubing and fittings.

*Front Suspension: Upper and lower control arms, control arm shafts, upper and lower ball joints, tie rod ends, constant velocity joints, axle(s), wheel bearings.

**Seals and gaskets: All seals and gasket are covered in conjunction with covered repairs.

*Labor: All necessary labor will be paid by XXXXX, INC. to repair or replace all parts covered under this warranty agreement.

*Rental: If a vehicle requires more than a 24 hour period to be repaired, XXXXXX. will pay up to $30.00 per day.

*24/7 Roadside Program: Towing, Emergency tire, battery, gasoline and lockout service, emergency transportation up to 150 miles.


-Trucks over one ton classification, taxis, buses, law enforcement vehicles, motor homes – Vehicles used for delivery, construction, taxi, rental, or racing competition – Vehicles modified from the manufacturer’s original specifications –Salvaged vehicles – Vehicles equipped with a snowplow – Vehicles with inoperable/inaccurate speedometers or odometers – Cadillac’s equipped with 4.1 liter engines – Vehicles with 3, 10, or 12 cylinder engines.

Pre-existing: Pre-existing conditions may be defined as, but not limited to, any part that was broken, was worn beyond serviceable limits, or making noise at the time of purchase. Any component or system that was not functioning properly upon the first attempt to operate is also considered pre-existing and includes, but is not limited to: four wheel drive, air conditioning, and electrical components. Failures or breakdowns resulting from pre-existing conditions are the responsibility of the service agreement purchaser.
Mechanical Breakdowns: The inability of any Covered Component to perform the function for which it was designed due to defects in material or workmanship. Mechanical Breakdown does not include the gradual reduction in operating performance where a failure has not occurred.


1. Anything done without the authorization of XXXX
2. Any tampering or alteration to the odometer of the vehicle so that the true and actual mileage is not shown on the odometer or cannot be determined
3. Delays of loss to you, the Warranty Holder, because your vehicle has broken down or other incidental or consequential damages except provided in this warranty agreement.
4. Defects, damage, or deterioration due to exposure, misuse, alteration, negligence, accidents, or deterioration of non mechanical parts due to normal use.
5. Lack of normal maintenance required by the manufacturer
6. Leaking oil or fluids seals for example Power Steering, pump, or rack and pinion seals if the part is performing the function for which it was designed, the part will not be covered simply because of leaks
7. Non-replacement of service items. For instance: brake linings, clutch components, tune-up-related items or labor, filters, fluids
8. Any part that was broken, worn beyond serviceable limits, or making noise at the time of purchase.
9. Damage to the internal engine parts, transmission, drive axle, or CV joints due to deteriorated seals or gaskets.
10. Any wear or damage caused by failure to maintain the vehicle under the standards of the manufacturer.
11. Pre-existing conditions are not covered by this vehicle service agreement.
12. The deductible charge, fluids, filters, and applicable CO-pay as determined by XXXXX.
13. Deteriorated seals and/or gaskets or the replacement of seals and/or
14. Any other part not listed in this agreement.


Cancellation by the Warranty Holder: This warranty may be canceled within 30 days of the purchase and the refund shall be made less a cancellation fee of fifteen percent of the total warranty purchase amount. No portion of the price shall be refunded if XXXXX. has paid a claim. To cancel, the Warranty Holder should submit to XXXXX. A “Request for Cancellation of warranty, by the warranty holder” document completely filled out at the time of the request for cancellation. The warranty holder must notify XXXXX. via fax/phone, postal mail or email of the reason(s) for cancellation. XXXXX. makes all refunds less a cancellation fee of fifteen percent of the total warranty price.
Cancellation by XXXXX; if the consumer has not paid the total purchase price of his/her warranty, as agreed, XXXXX. shall be entitled to cancel this warranty agreement with no refund. XXXXX. reserves the right to cancel this warranty agreement if it determines that the vehicle is not eligible for coverage as specified under “Ineligible Vehicles” above. In this case, XXXXX. will provide the Warranty Holder, with a refund of the warranty purchase price less a cancellation fee of fifteen percent.

*Indicates all covered components

02-04-05, 06:35 PM
must be the one for $1099, i've been looking into it myself.....as far as your inspection, i would find someone in town that been in business for a long time and has good knowledge of caddys......try the phone book then goe to the better business bureau site and see if they come up...type bbb in search engine:rolleyes:

02-04-05, 08:46 PM

13. Deteriorated seals and/or gaskets or the replacement of seals and/or

That would exclude the "big ticket" item.

02-05-05, 01:32 AM
Yup, generally extended warranties are not a good idea. They exclude the stuff that will cost the most money anyway, and they only fix symptoms, not the problems unless it will make the car illegal to drive. Unless you have a total engine failure, it's not worth it in most cases, and the chances of that are slim. Read this post: