By on October 20, 2011

Aftre just one year on the market, Opel is ditching its Lifetime Warranty, says Das Autohaus in Germany. I don’t know how many new customers that braggadocious warranty got Opel, but it definitely got Opel into hot water. Everybody, from consumer advocates to Germany’s umbrella organization of the car business ZDK, was against it.  Consumer advocates even brought suit.

Das Autohaus thinks that the lawsuit made Opel retract the offer. Also, Opel dealers already had to fund the warranty with  €150 per car. Opel wanted more, says Das Autohaus, and the dealers balked.

The party line at Opel is that the warranty is no longer needed to boost the confidence of presumptive Opel buyers, because the confidence has been resurrected. According to Das Autohaus, Opel will offer an extended warranty to current Lifetime customers – at prices of €10 per month on up. This will not restore confidence in a company that had offered a warranty for life, only to kill it after a year.

“Lifetime” was a huge stretch anyway. The warranty came with such a litany of fine print that you felt had even before the first warranty claim was denied.

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