When buying electronics, especially a refurbished computer, one thing to always ask about is if the machine comes with a warranty. At mac of all trades every computer comes with a 90-day warranty for free, and we also give the option to buy a 1-year or 2-year warranty.
It is imperative to do research before you by the product to see how warranties range from company to company on what they offer and what they do not cover. Most warranties will cover parts, labor, shipping and hardware problems, while leaving out coverage for liquid damage, accidental damage or any type of buyer negligence.
When buying a refurbished computer or device, another warranty you can ask about is if the Mac laptop or desktop comes with AppleCare. If the device you are looking into was made in the last year or so it can still have the one-year limited warranty and 90 days of telephone support from Apple. If the computer does have AppleCare and is within the first year of the warranty you will then have the option to extend your coverage to their AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+.
If you have recently bought an Apple product and are unsure if you are covered by AppleCare, this is how to check if your Apple product is under warranty.
1. Find the Serial Number
Before you will be able to look up your warranty coverage you will have to have the serial number from your device. Here is how you find it:
-iOS device: Open Settings, click General, click About and find the serial number in this section
– Mac computer: Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen, click on About This Mac, click More Info, and find the serial number.
2. Go to the Apply Support Page
Go to the Apple Support page provided here and enter the serial number for the device and click continue.
3. Your Service and Support Coverage
When you get to this page there are three sections that will be led with either a check mark with a green circle around it or with a yellow circle with an exclamation mark inside. If all three categories are green your Apple device is covered with Telephone Technical Support and Repairs and Service Coverage. Under the Repairs and Service Coverage section if it is active the page will also give you an estimated expiration date of Apple’s Limited Warranty. If the device you have bought or are looking in to buying already has AppleCare many times you might not have to purchase another warranty.
If the computer you are interested in isn’t covered with AppleCare, consider buying a warranty from the company that is supplying the machine. This warranty can cover you incase of many things that could go wrong with electronic malfunctions, and with technical support.