Post warranty meaning refers to an important period of a product guarantee, and is defined by the timeframe immediately following the warranty period in which the manufacturer may still repair an item for a fee. A warranty is a guarantee that a manufacturer or other party will make on the condition of the product it is providing.


A warranty also refers to the situation and terms in which you will be allowed to exchange or repair your product if the product does not function as it was originally described at the time of purchase. With a warranty, there are usually restrictions or limitations that the manufacturer may require to be present before they agree to replace or repair the product.

For example, household product warranties typically cover the product for one year from the date of purchase. They also typically require that the problem necessitating a repair or replacement is a result of defective workmanship or parts.

Since many manufacturer's warranties only cover a product for the first year, many vendors who sell the product offer their own extended warranties that their consumers can add on at the time of purchase. The coverage period for these extended warranties are often set for a number of years above the manufacturer's warranty and are more lenient in the terms for which they will allow repair or replacement.

Unfortunately, warranties that can make it impractical or even impossible to achieve satisfaction have no way of being enforced. There are limitations on what they can require, such as a manufacturer not charging a consumer for more shipping than the cost of purchasing the product, though they can require proof of the broken item to reduce the risk of fraud.

Reasons Why a Warranty Could Be Denied

There are some times when a warranty can become invalid, or a warranty claim can be denied. For example, warranties will only cover products that have not been modified or altered after the original purchase. This can happen with automobiles when original parts are altered or replaced for the purpose of altering:

  • Functionality.
  • Reliability.
  • Stability.
  • Performance.

These types of changes can invalidate the original warranty because they can affect the reliability or performance of the vehicle in ways that the manufacturer or dealer cannot be held responsible for.

Each company has its own processes and procedures in place for addressing warranties. Some companies may even require that contracts under warranty include multiple points of proof to show that the product failed in its operational use. The company may want to ensure that the product failure did not have to do with the owner instead of a fault in design or manufacturing. For example, if a product was stored in extreme temperatures that can affect the use of the product, they may be deemed the cause of the issue and the warranty becomes unenforceable.

Additionally, the terms of the warranty can vary greatly from offers to repair the product to full replacement of parts or even the entire product. If repairs are part of the warranty, the owner may be directed to take the item to an authorized repair shop or send it back to the seller for repairs to be performed.

After-Sale Service

The term for any attention paid to a transaction after it has taken place is referred to as after-sale share. After-sale share functions can refer to such items as:

  • Installation.
  • Training.
  • Warranty-related repair.
  • Parts replacement.
  • Maintenance provided by the manufacturer or supplier after the warranty period.

Extended Warranty

Many people may find themselves faced with the challenging decision of whether or not to purchase an extended warranty. Considering how frequent and expensive repairs can be, it may seem like a good idea, but according to Edmunds, there are only two cases where you might want to consider purchasing an extended warranty:

  • Rear projection television sets.
  • Apple computers.

The cost to get a warranty often requires a significant cost of repairs that fall under a specific set of circumstances, making it what Consumer Reports calls "a sucker's bet". The cost of repairs seldom cover the total cost of premiums. Often times people who purchase extended warranties are surprised to find out what the warranties actually cover and what they do not.

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