Rising consumer interest in extended warranties for used cars, vans and trucks has prompted Warranty Direct (www.warrantydirect.com) of Charlotte to produce a free “Consumer’s Guide to Extended Vehicle Warranties and Service Contracts.” “With the economy like it is, more and more people are holding on to their cars longer and realizing that an extended warranty or service contract can be an economical way to protect their investments,” said Tara Williams, Executive Vice President of Warranty Direct’s Charlotte operations. “Once the manufacturer’s warranty expires, the burden is on the consumer to pay for any repairs, which can run into the thousands of dollars as the years and mileage add up – unless you are protected by some sort of extended vehicle warranty or service contract. After the manufacturer’s warranty expires, consumers are likely to face more expensive repairs involving large mechanical parts, engine or drive train issues. That’s when a service contract can really come in handy and save owners as much as thousands of dollars.” Williams explained that the new Consumer’s Guide contains “a lot of key information spread across our website, www.warrantydirect.com, and other available resources. We’ve taken all that helpful information, condensed it into an 11-page e-book, and made it available free on our site as a public service.”The e-book can be downloaded at http://www.bit.ly/freewarrantyguide . Other key facts included in this professionally written publication include: • “The many benefits of an extended vehicle warranty” • “How to decide if an extended vehicle warranty is right for you” • “How to choose an extended vehicle warranty provider” • “How repairs and repair payments are handled” • “Service contract payment options, transfers and cancellations” For more than 30 years, Warranty Direct has been part of one of the largest and most established vehicle service contract companies in North America. Today Warranty Direct operates primarily on the Internet, providing full transparency for the consumer so they can see all options, prices and contracts online prior to purchase. The company respects consumers by never engaging in unsolicited phone calls (telemarketing). Warranty Direct is one of the few auto warranty companies rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.