Warrantech Named As A Finalist In The 2018 Stevie Awards For Sales & Customer Service

By: Jeff Hatch

January 19, 2018

Warrantech was named as a finalist today in the Award for Innovation in Sales category in the 12th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Having previously won Gold in this category, Warrantech will ultimately be a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program. Warrantech has been nominated in two other categories as well – Sales or Customer Service Solutions Technology Partner of the Year and Sales Management Team of the Year. 

Based on the average scores of the 150 professionals worldwide who participated in the preliminary judging, Warrantech’s FutureProof Protect program was cited for its ability to eliminate the confusion that customers have with regard to smart-home products. An innovative service contract, it is the first protection plan of its kind to extend coverage to both smart devices and traditional household electronics. In addition to repair and replacement services, the FutureProof Protect plan offers 24/7 tech support to help customers with the integration of new smart-home products.

More than 2,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition. Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 150 professionals worldwide, in seven specialized judging committees.  

Entries were considered in 89 categories for customer service and contact center achievements, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Customer Service Department of the Year; 60 categories for sales and business development achievements, ranging from Senior Sales Executive of the Year to Sales Training or Business Development Executive of the Year to Sales Department of the Year; and categories to recognize new products and services and solution providers. 

The final results will be announced during a gala banquet on Friday, February 23 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Finalists from the U.S.A. and several other nations are expected to attend.   

“The 2018 judges were so impressed with the wide range of achievements detailed in the Finalist nominations,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “We look forward to announcing the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie placements in Las Vegas next month.”

For more information about the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and to see the list of finalists in all categories, visit www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.  

Filed Under: Awards, Customer, FutureProof, Protect, Service, Stevie, Warrantech

The 3 C’s: Tips for Purchasing a Vehicle Service Contract

By: Jeff Hatch

January 04, 2018

Purchasing a vehicle service contract can be a confusing and intimidating process. There’s a lot to consider and, in some cases, a lot of money involved. That’s why we’re here to help take the guesswork out of the decision-making process and make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. It’s easy. All you have to do is remember the three C’s of service contracts – cost, coverage and commitment.


Cost

First, you’ll want to determine if the car is worth the added investment. Do you plan on putting a lot of miles on it? Does the particular make and model have a history of needing frequent repairs? 

You’ll also want to keep in mind that just because a plan is cheaper, that doesn’t mean that it’s better. In some cases, a company might sell you a less expensive plan that doesn’t provide the same level of coverage. Look for a good service contract that can offer you exceptional long-term savings and value. A few things to consider in association with the cost of your plan include: 

24-hour technical assistance and access to qualified service professionals 

Value-added extras such as discounts on hotels and restaurants, rental car benefits, locksmith services and 24-hour roadside assistance 

Paying in advance could save you money later at the time of service 

In some cases, a service plan can pay for itself in just one repair


Coverage

Next, consider the vehicle type and the best type of coverage for it. For instance, if you have a vehicle that you intend to keep for long time, you’ll want a plan that takes high mileage into account. At the opposite end of that spectrum, if you simply want to protect your vehicle’s appearance, a supplementary protection plan is probably in your best interest. Warrantech has several options you can choose from that encompass a wide variety of services:

CustomEdge Plus – Provides you with the flexibility to pick your plan, length of coverage, miles of coverage and deductible

RepairMaster Service Drive – Complete coverage for cars, trucks and SUVs

MileEdge – Perfect for unpredictable, high-mileage vehicles, this plan covers costs associated with an automobile breakdown

SecureEdge – Covers costs to repair or replace any breakdown of parts, except engine, turbocharger/supercharger, transmission, transfer case and drive axle components

OwnerEdge – Offers powertrain vehicle protection

PowerEdge – For motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles 

CampersEdge – For motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-ups and slide-ins


Commitment

Finally, keep in mind that as the owner of the service contract, you are responsible for fulfilling the terms and conditions outlined within. As such, you’ll want to: 

Read the contract paperwork carefully and make sure you understand the coverages and exclusions

Follow all the manufacturer’s recommendations for routine maintenance. Failure to comply with these requirements could void the contract

Register your plan online if the provider has a website page that allows you to do so

Keep your contract paperwork, receipts, maintenance reports and contact numbers in a safe place where you can easily access them. This will make ownership and claim submission simple and easy

To learn more about our vehicle service contracts, visit warrantech.com 

Filed Under: commitment, contract, cost, coverage, service, vehicle, Warrantech

How Warrantech Differentiates Itself From The Competition To Help Your Business

By: Jeff Hatch

December 06, 2017

Infrastructure Scalability

One of the core strengths of The Amynta Group (Warrantech’s parent company), and a major reason why The Amynta Group was recently ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies, is the scalability of the our infrastructure. Rapid expansion capability is a hallmark of The Amynta Group and woven into the fabric of the company. Over the past 10 years, The Amynta Group has successfully integrated more than 2,700 new client programs and completed over 40 acquisitions. 

Proficient Project Management 

A skilled team of project managers effectively facilitates the integration process using proven methods to implement new programs and meld new companies into the Warrantech ecosystem. Each transaction poses unique program integration challenges, but our project managers collaborate with the various business teams to accomplish the desired results. 

Built-in Expandability 

Warrantech maintains facility space and IT resources solely for new programs and implementations. We have the ability to add significant resources to facilitate your business and can do so in a rapid manner. 

Skilled Workforce

Warrantech is adept at quickly amassing its workforce to accommodate new programs. Our Dallas, Texas location affords us access to a dynamic and highly trained workforce. Coupled with robust systems and training programs, Warrantech ensures rapid deployment of new, skilled personnel.  

Multiple Product Options

Warrantech maintains “off-the-shelf” products and programs for speed to market, but is equally adept at customizing programs specifically to meet each client’s needs. We are also able to work with each partner’s existing products, if desired.

Customer Service & Claims Adjudication

Warrantech firmly believes that service excellence is the cornerstone of any successful extended service contract program. The service standards and customer experience are mutually established with each of our clients during the implementation phase so that our service team can act as an extension of our clients. 

Finance & Accounting 

Warrantech has a sophisticated accounting structure and employs very experienced financial professionals. The organization uses the Oracle General Ledger System, which provides tools for effective management control and real-time visibility to financial results. Our accounting and financial statements are audited by the accounting firm of BDO USA, LLP. Relevant parent company financial information is filed as required with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our program-specific reporting capabilities enhance the overall management and administration of a program by using standard, custom and ad hoc reports to drive strong decision making and provide full transparency. We are compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI and maintain our SSAE16 certification.

Marketing Development

Warrantech employs a full-time, dedicated service contract marketing team. We also leverage third-party expertise to ensure that we are constantly providing robust marketing materials and strategies for our clients. This team is well versed in coordinating with the internal departments of our clients to ensure that all marketing requirements and brand standards are maintained. 

Missed Point of Sale/Renewal Marketing 

We employ a direct marketing team to capture opportunities that were missed at the point of sale by targeting prospects through personalized mail, Internet and/or telemarketing campaigns—all designed in conjunction with our partners. This team also manages our renewal program, which offers customers extended coverage and flexible payment terms, while providing additional revenue and brand loyalty to our partners.

Training & Field Services

Depending on each client’s needs, our training staff has the ability to build a custom field support program focused on:

• Internal program training: to ensure all of the Warrantech individuals assigned to this program have a full understanding and expertise with your culture and philosophy, the products and systems, sales and marketing approach, and customer experience standards. This training would be required before any individual would be permitted to touch any part of your program.

• Retail store and management training: to provide customized training, best practices, information on the products and systems, and general sales development.

Visit warrantech.com or give us a call at 800.833.8801 to learn more about how we can best support your business.

Filed Under: business, differentiates, management, strengths, Warrantech

Want Niche Capabilities? You’ll Want A Unique Company

By: Jeff Hatch

November 22, 2017

It’s important to partner with a company that’s well-versed in your line of work. After all, every industry has a unique set of risks and differentiators. And if you’re a small business owner, having access to someone who is receptive to the specific, yet ever-changing needs of your business can make all the difference. 

The Amynta Group, Warrantech’s parent company, places a deliberate focus on delivering quality programs and services to businesses in underserved niche markets. With a staff of business developers, underwriters and account managers who are experienced, dedicated and client-focused, they strive to develop strong partnerships to ensure that your business plans are expertly executed, fully licensed and well-designed for your particular industry.

Small Commercial Business

Specifically targeting small businesses, The Amynta Group has crafted its commercial package insurance offering to provide coverage for niche audiences such as: lumber, restaurants, automotive service centers, financial institutions, inland marine, commercial agriculture and much more. 

By combining leading technology, proprietary online business submission software and a deep understanding of each market, The Amynta Group reduces risk, produces efficiencies and provides effective loss control for its clients. The Amynta Group services small businesses with the same concern and attention to detail expected by large businesses, treating policyholders with the individual attention that they deserve.

Specialty Program

At its core, the program business provides risk funding arrangements to a small group of targeted program business clients dedicated to the long-term proposition of shared risk and shared rewards. The risks to which these policyholders are exposed require in-depth knowledge of the industry segments in which they operate. Underwriting often entails customized coverage, loss control and claims services, as well as risk-sharing mechanisms. Underwriting expertise is the core competency of this specialized business unit. 

The Amynta Group partners with MGAs and claims administrators to originate and manage this book of business. They target sophisticated small- and middle-market businesses, such as retail and wholesale operations, service operations and non-profit organizations. The coverages offered consist primarily of workers’ compensations, general liability, commercial auto liability and property insurance. 

Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty

Warrantech’s extended warranty coverage focuses on automotive and consumer product clients, offering accidental damage, mechanical breakdown and related risks, while The Amynta Group's specialty risk coverage targets the categories of consumer and commercial goods, auto, involuntary employment and travel/purchase benefits.

By serving as both underwriter and third-party administrator of our warranty programs, including our own full-service, state-of-the-art call center, we are uniquely positioned to simplify purchasing and help protect the integrity of our clients’ brands. 

Filed Under: business, commercial, extended, risk, small, specialty, Warrantech, warranty

Why You Need A Vehicle Service Contract

By: Jeff Hatch

October 19, 2017

Contemplating a vehicle service contract, but unsure of how it works or how it differs from an automotive warranty? You’re not alone. A lot of consumers tend to get the two mixed up or fail to understand just what they cover. But seeing as how your vehicle is usually the second most important purchase you will make right after your home, it is in your best interest to do your homework and make sure that you are protected.    

What exactly is a vehicle service contract? 

It is an agreement to cover costs associated with repairs or services made to your vehicle. A manufacturer’s warranty, on the other hand, is a promise from the manufacturer to stand by their workmanship for a limited time after you purchase the vehicle. Once this warranty expires, a vehicle service contract becomes valid and provides you with much-needed coverage on your vehicle’s most important systems and components. 

Is a vehicle service contract right for you? 

Here are a few things to consider:

Keep in mind that the average hourly rate for a mechanic is $100 an hour. A vehicle service contract can help do away with this cost, save you money and keep you from paying any unforeseen and unexpected repair bills. 

If you plan on owning your car for an extended period, it’s definitely in your best interest. A vehicle service contract can keep your car running at its very best and on the road for a long time. 

Even if you don’t intend to keep your car for long, a service contract can increase your vehicle’s resale value once you decide to sell. But before you do, make sure that the service contract you’re purchasing is transferable.  

Do some research into the make and model of the vehicle you plan on purchasing. Is it likely to need repairs and, if so, what are the costs? Weigh this against the price of the service contract to determine if it is worth it to you.

Does the contract include extras such as discounts on hotels and restaurants, rental car benefits, locksmith services and 24-hour roadside assistance? Not only do these add to the value of the service contract, they can provide you with added peace of mind in the event that something goes wrong while you’re on the road and away from home. 

Take your driving habits into account. Will you be on the road a lot? Is there a lot of stop-and-go traffic? What are the road conditions like? Do you park outside where the weather is extreme? These can all have an adverse effect on your vehicle. 

Check the terms and conditions carefully. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting and what is covered specifically. 

In addition to the type of coverage, be mindful of the length of coverage, miles of coverage and deductible. 

Research the company providing the service contract. Are they reputable? Some guidelines to help determine this might include checking their Better Business Bureau rating to see how they work with consumers and finding out what their A.M. Best rating is to verify financial strength and stability. 

Have questions about a specific vehicle service contract? 

Don’t hesitate to ask your salesperson or agent for more information. Most dealerships typically provide you with a brochure or direct you to a website so you can review the plan in its entirety. Take time to make sure that you fully understand the scope of the service contract and don’t get pressured into purchasing something that makes you feel uncomfortable. With so many options currently available, you are sure to find something that is satisfactory for your budget and your vehicle’s specific requirements.

Visit us online to learn more about our available vehicle service contracts or call 800.833.8801 to speak with a customer service representative. We’re happy to help.

Filed Under: contract, service, vehicle, Warrantech, warranty

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