Warranties, like rebates, are pretty awesome for saving money. And just as with rebates, the general population typically doesn’t bother with them due to the headache usually involved. But Mr. FG and I recently bothered with two lifetime warranties. (Yay us!)
We hired someone to install replacement windows back when we bought this house (they were so bad, many of them wouldn’t even close.) The windows we got have a lifetime warranty, which is a good thing because one of our panes had a seal failure.
At first, I thought the window was dirty on the outside, but when I went outside to clean it, I realized the “dirt” spots were inside the window.
So, we dug up the warranty information and got a new pane sent out. I thought they’d send us a whole new upper window portion, but they only sent the glass, which has to be installed in the frame.
I was a little scared of the process, so when my dad came over to do the cabinet door installation, I asked him if he could help me put the new glass in.
It turned out to be not a super difficult job, and I now feel confident that I could replace the glass myself if any of our other windows fail.
Also, Mr. FG bought a Ridgid drill a few years back after getting frustrated with the poor battery life of his other drill. The batteries on Ridgid tools come with a lifetime warranty, so if one stops taking a charge, you can get a new one for free.
The batteries have been fine for several years, but lately, one quit taking a charge. So, we went over to Home Depot, where someone in the tool rental department was able to handle getting us a new battery.
So, now we have a new window pane and a new battery for $0 out of pocket. Schweet.
Of course, the most awesome thing would be to buy something so well made that it never needs a warranty. But if you try to buy quality and it still fails, the second best thing is to have a warranty and to use it.
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